Number of Entries: 213
Total Prize Money: $387,660
Date of Tournament: June 19-21, 2007
WSOP GOLD BRACELET WINNER
EVENT # 32 – JEFFREY LISANDRO
The winner of the $2,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud Championship was Jeffrey Lisandro from Salerno, Italy. He is a 41-year-old investor and professional poker player. This was his first-ever WSOP victory.
Lisandro was actually born in Perth, Australia to Italian immigrant parents. He now owns homes in several places -- including Las Vegas, Italy, and Australia. Lisandro made his fortune investing in real estate.
Lisandro is currently single. He has one child. Lisandro is a regular face in some of the highest-limit cash games in the world. In fact, Lisandro concentrated much of his efforts in high-stakes cash game play before finally focusing on tournaments in recent years.
Lisandro’s nickname is “the Iceman,” given to him for his cool demeanor at the poker table. He commonly wears black, and a 1930s businessman-style fedora.
First place paid $118,426. To Lisandro, far more important than the prize money he collected was the prestige bestowed by winning a WSOP gold bracelet. In recent years, Lisandro was on the short list of poker players considered to be the best in the game never to have won a title at the World Series.
Prior to this event, Lisandro did win a $10,000 buy-in WSOP-related tournament. He was the victor at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe in the WSOP-Circuit championship held in May 2006. Lisandro’s win at Lake Tahoe was also televised by ESPN. A last minute decision was made by ESPN to televise this final table due to an exciting lineup of the final eight players.
Seven-Card Stud has long been considered an “East Coast game.” It was the dominant form of poker played at casinos in Atlantic City and Connecticut until the Hold’em craze invaded the Northeast a few years ago.