The enormously anticipated 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) got underway last weekend with the first event, the $10,000 Pot Limit HoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢em World Championship. A field of 352 converged on the tables at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada May 30th, resulting in a total prize pool of $3,308,800.
Event #1 of the 2008 WSOP turned out to be a truly star-studded event, bringing out 84 past WSOP bracelet winners Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a whopping 1/4th of the entire field. An astounding 143 WSOP Bracelets are held among these entrants, making up about 20% of every bracelet awarded in the WSOPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 39-year history.
As the final table got under way, the seats were held by Andy Bloch, Phil Laak, Kathy Liebert, Patrik Antonius, Mike Sexton, Chris Bell, Nenad Medic, Mike Sowers and Amit Makhija. Andy Bloch had the cheap lead coming into the final table, which was enough to take him into heads-up play against Nenad Medic in competition for the gold bracelet.
The final hand was a post-flop all-in stunner. Andy held the early advantage with pocket 9Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s over MedicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 5h-7h Straight/Flush Draw on the Flop; 8h-5s-4h. The Turn revealed a Jh, giving Medic the Flush. There was little hope for Bloch, and the 5c River denied him.
Nenad MedicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s victory awarded him the first WSOP Bracelet of the year, along with the 1st place prize of $794,112.
The final table results of 2008 WSOP Event #1 were as follows:
1st Nenad Medic – $794,112.00
2nd Andy Bloch -$488,048.00
3rd Kathy Liebert – $306,064.00
4th – Mike Sexton – $248,160.00
5th – Amit Makhija – $198,528.00
6th – Chris Bell – $157,168.00
7th – Patrik Antonius – $124,080.00
8th – Mike Sowers – $99,264.00
9th – Phil Laak – $74,448.00
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