WSOP Event 1 – $10 000 Pot Limit Holdem

The inaugural event of the 2008 World Series of Poker has already been decided and Full Tilt poker professional, Nenad Medic claimed his very first WSOP bracelet and $794 112 by outgunning Andy Bloch at the final table.

The 2008 Champion – Nenad Medic

The three day event took place from May 30th at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and over 350 entrants pitched up to fight for the maiden title and their share of a total prize pool of $3 308 800. ‘Love’ was the order of the day with Medic claiming the lion’s share with a 7 & 5 of Hearts!

Serbian, Medic, now domicile in Canada, had an auspicious start to his professional career by making it to the final table of the fabled Caribbean Poker Adventure in 2005. A year later he found form again and claimed third place at the elite Aussie Millions, the largest and richest poker tournament in the southern hemisphere, and he closed the year down by winning the World Poker Finals and over $1.7 million in cash!

Final Table Results

  1. Nenad Medic – $794 112
  2. Andy Bloch – $488 048
  3. Kathy Liebert – $306 064
  4. Mike Sexton – $248 160
  5. Amit Makhija – $198 528
  6. Chris Bell – $157 168
  7. Patrik Antonius – $124 080
  8. Mike Sowers – $99 264

What is Pot limit Holdem?

Pot Limit Holdem falls between Limit and No Limit Holdem and it simply means that the player can only bet the same amount as the size of the current pot. Consequently this makes each additional betting round that much richer.

This variant of Holdem is generally played in Europe but the WSOP has made the effort to include all known variants of Holdem into their tight schedule. Bear in mind that the strategy for Pot Limit Holdem is very similar to that of No Limit Holdem with one major exception – there are many more decisions to be made in the Pot Limit form of the game than in the No limit version as more flops are generally seen. This, in turn, means that a simple preflop betting strategy is not adequate for success in the Pot Limit form of poker.

Some poker professionals, including Daniel Negreanu, have ruminated that the Pot Limit version of Holdem should, in fact, be the format of the Main Event of the WSOP as it is a more skilful version of Holdem and a more fitting challenge for the prospective World Champion.