WSOP 2008 Quick Results – Events 51 – 52

Event 51 – $1500 H.O.R.S.E 803 Entrants Prize Pool – $1 096 095

  1. James Schaaf – $256 412
  2. Tom Hang – $158 933
  3. Phil Hellmuth – $93 168
  4. Esther Rossi – $68 505
  5. Jason Dollinger – $54 804
  6. Sam Silverman – $42 966
  7. Annand Ramdin – $32 992
  8. Matt Grapenthien – $27 511
  9. Edward Brogdon – $22 031

New kid on the poker block, James Schaaf, will be elated with his maiden poker title and of course the priceless bracelet, and he has every right to be proud of his card playing prowess – he blasted one of the most feared and revered poker players in the world today, Phil Hellmuth, right off the final table. Hellmuth was gunning for a record breaking 12th bracelet, and even though he had over 20 000 more chips than Schaaf at the beginning of the showdown, the man we all love to hate, Hellmuth, did not make the best of his situation and crashed out in third place!

There were a number of big name casualties in the H.O.R.S.E showdown and they included seven card stud guru and a man who has over 30 years of experience in Las Vegas casinos, Keith Sexton (15th), 2005 WSOP Main Event winner, Joe Hachem (23rd), one of a handful of poker gurus who has won WSOP bracelets for three years in a row, the incomparable Allen Cunningham (30th), 2002 Tournament Champion of the Year, John Juanda (35th) and three-time bracelet winner, the contentious Mike ‘the Mouth’ Matusow (57th) .

Event 52 – $1500 No Limit Holdem 2 693 Entrants Prize Pool – $3 675 945

  1. David Daneshgar – $625 443
  2. Scott Sitron – $385 974
  3. Dan Heimiller – $275 695
  4. Farzad Rouhani – $231 584
  5. Corwin Cole – $189 311
  6. Matthew Matros – $148 875
  7. Andrey Zaichenko – $112 116
  8. Jeff Courtney – $84 546
  9. Voitto Rintala – $57 712

Venture capitalist, David Daneshgar, can add his WSOP bracelet to a number of reputable No Limit Holdem tour wins including the 2005 Larry Flynt’s Grand Slam of Poker, the 2006 WPT Borgata Winter Open and the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic. This part-time poker player was ranked in the top 100 in Card Player magazine’s Player of the Year standings in 2007! It was not all plain sailing for Daneshgar though, he had a interesting rival in Farzad Rouhani, who has been playing tournament poker for eight years now and apart from his fourth place finish in this event, he claimed a further two cashes and the coveted bracelet for the Omaha & Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better Event #10 at the current WSOP!