2007 WSOP - Event 1 (End of Day 2)

June 03, 2007 - 02:03:53 PM EST  | 

Event #1
Mixed Hold’em
Buy-In: $5,000
Number of Entries: 451
Total Prize Money: $2,119,700
Date of Tournament: June 1-3, 2007

End of Day Two Results

The Final Table:

Player Hometown Chips Seat
John Younger San Antonio, TX 94,000 1
Jon Turner Henderson, NV 88,000 2
Fred Berger Slidell, LA 942,000 3
Roger McDow Las Vegas, NV 320,000 4
Greg "FBT" Mueller Vancouver, BC 683,000 5
Kirk Morrison Wichita, KS 512,000 6
Steve Billirakis Chicago, IL 562,000 7
Steve Ambrose Waterloo, ON 771,000 8
Tony George Mesquite, NV 546,000 9

In the Money Finishers:

Position Name Hometown Prize Money
10 Phyong Tran Arcadia, CA $22,257
11 Stephen Buchanan Fullerton, CA $22,257
12 Michael Martin Washington Crossing, PA $22,257
13 Brett Richey Pittsburgh, PA $20,137
14 Paul Snead Hines Pk, NY $20,137
15 Joseph Tehan Las Vegas, NV $20,137
16 Thong Tran Las Vegas, NV $18,017
17 John Kroshus Calgary, ON $18,017
18 Louis Werman Agoura, CA $18,017
19 Matthew Gianetti Austin, TX $15,898
20 Artemus Duncan Lake Zurich, IL $15,898
21 Patrick Pezzin Venzano, IT $15,898
22 Jason Mann Hermitage, AK $15,898
23 Jorge Arian Caracas, VZ $15,898
24 Hieu Tony Ma Selmonte, CA $15,898
25 Todd Keikoan Las Vegas, NV $15,898
26 Jason Strasser New York, NY $15,898
27 David Grey Henderson, NV $15,898
28 Ali Esiami Los Angeles, CA $13,778
29 Mark Telitscher Britain, UK $13,778
30 Lonnie Heimowitz Monticello, NY $13,778
31 Johnny Chan Las Vegas, NV $13,778
32 Aaron Kanter Lodi, CA $13,778
33 Frank Sassey El Paso, TX $13,778
34 Van Hung Manhattan Beach, CA $13,778
35 Andreas Walnum Bodo, Norway $13,778
36 Joseph Brandenburg Portland, OR $13,778
37 Alex Bolotin Brooklyn, NY $11,658
38 Todd Brunson Las Vegas, NV $11,658
39 Emad Bastwards Northridge, CA $11,658
40 Sirous Baghchehsaraie Long Beach, CA $11,658
41 Millie Shio Las Vegas, NV $11,658
42 Mark Gregorich Las Vegas, NV $11,658
43 Thomas Koral  Skokie, IL $11,658
44 Stuart Rutter Birmingham, England $11,658
45 Cyntdy Violette Las Vegas, NV $11,658

Tournament Notes:

  • A star-studded field of 451 players entered the first event of the 2007 World Series of Poker, presented by Milwaukee’s Best Light. However, eight of the nine finalists will be playing for a first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
  • The current chip leader is Fred Berger, from the New Orleans area. His starting chip count is 942,000. He is the only prior WSOP event winner of the final nine. He won a pot-limit hold’em championship back in 2002.
  • Two Canadian players are ranked 2 and 3 in the starting chip count. Currently ranked second, Steve Paul Ambrose won $1.3 million at a January 2006 poker tournament held in The Bahamas.
  • Greg Mueller, aka “FBT” was the chip leader at end of Day One. He arrives at the final table ranked third in chips. The Canadian poker player has cashed seven times at the WSOP. His best showing was seventh-place in 2005.
  • Johnny Chan’s bid for a record 11th WSOP gold bracelet fell short. Despite some movement up the chip leader on Day Two, Chan ultimately busted out in 31st place. He remains tied with Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth, Jr. on the all-time wins list – with ten each.
  • All of the six women from Day One busted out on the second day, including Sabyl Cohen, the highest female finisher in the 2006 main event, last year. She finished just out of the money in this event. Two ladies did cash – Cyndy Violette (45th) and Millie Shio (41st).
  • This is one of the few times that a mixed hold’em tournament has been held at the WSOP. Interestingly, play tended to be more aggressive during the “limit” segments of the tournament. Although “no-limit” is generally considered a more volatile game, the escalating levels and multi-way action of “limit” play tended to crate larger pots and more chip movement than the “no-limit” rounds.
  • Play resumes on Sunday, June 3rd at 3 pm PST. ESPN will tape play at the final table for later broadcast.

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