Event #36 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Results & Report
40th World Series of Poker 2009
|Event #36 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em|
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino|
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89103, US Full Schedule
Event Headlines –
1. Jordan Smith Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet 2. After Just One Female Final Table Player in First 35 Events (Annie Duke)...
Profile: Jordan Smith AKA "scarface_79"
Date: June 18, 2009
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em
|1||USA||Jordan Smith AKA "scarface_79"||$586,212|
|9||Canada||Jonathan Plens AKA "The Rookie"||$61,081|
|26||USA||Christian Harder AKA "charder30"||$15,270|
|58||USA||Jason Fennell AKA "Sergeant"||$7,866|
|59||USA||Adam Lippert AKA "Lippy"||$7,866|
|65||Canada||Robert Cheung AKA "RCW"||$6,971|
|70||USA||Hieu Ma AKA "Tony"||$6,971|
|71||USA||Jason Koon AKA "NovaSky"||$6,971|
|76||Netherlands||Pieter de Korver||$6,262|
|80||USA||David Rheem AKA "Chino"||$6,262|
|88||USA||In Sun Geoum||$5,614|
|90||USA||Kenna James AKA "Cowboy"||$5,614|
|105||USA||Matt Martin AKA "The Major"||$4,658|
|106||Guillaume de la Gorce||$4,658|
|108||Turks and Caicos Islands||Rhynie Campbell||$4,658|
|114||USA||James Sileo AKA "The Blender"||$4,658|
|133||USA||Gary Haglund AKA "G-Pirate"||$4,318|
|139||USA||Jared Hamby AKA "TheWacoKidd"||$4,318|
|144||USA||Brett Switzer AKA "threatnasty"||$4,318|
|148||South Africa||Conrad Coetzer||$4,010|
|149||Italy||Gianluca Marcucci AKA "The Bear"||$4,010|
|150||USA||Karec Terrell AKA "K-Rock"||$4,010|
|152||USA||Jeffrey Wan AKA "JooWish622"||$4,010|
|153||USA||Joseph Cappello AKA "bobo"||$4,010|
|154||USA||Ashly Butler AKA "Lunchbox"||$4,010|
Event Headlines –
1. Jordan Smith Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet
2. After Just One Female Final Table Player in First 35 Events (Annie Duke), Two Female Players Make the Finals of Event 36
3. Final Table Includes Chess Grandmaster and former European Champion Almira Skripchenko – Who Finishes Seventh
• Smith is a 27-year-old professional poker player.
• Smith admits that his decision to play poker for a living caused some hardship, enduring virtually unavoidable financial pitfalls. Smith stated that each time he encountered difficulties, various backers (including his parents) were willing to help him out in times of need.
• Smith was highly complimentary of his mother and father, who he noted “are the best parents in the world.” Smith stated that his parents have helped him at various times when he was down and have generally been very supportive of their son and his career as a poker player.
• When age 21, Smith dropped out of junior college to play poker for a living. He has been playing since then full time. He mostly plays online.
• Prior to his victory, Smith’s highest WSOP finish was 10th-place in 2007.
• Smith collected $586,212 for first place. He was also awarded his first WSOP gold bracelet.
• According to the official records, Jason now has 1 win, 1 final table appearance, and 13 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP. He has $693,824 in career WSOP winnings.
Winner Quotes (Jordan Smith)
• On his goals coming into this year’s WSOP: “I wanted to win a gold bracelet and make a million dollar score. So, I’m past half of that now.”
• On whether or not the victory will change the direction of his poker career: “Maybe. But I’m still the same person.”
• On his relationship with his parents and their reaction to his decision to play poker professionally: “They wanted me to stay in school. But after I had some success, they said – ‘if poker makes you happy, do it.”
• On the ups and downs of playing poker for a living” “I’ve had some ups and downs. They (my parents) have really helped me when I was struggling. They helped me with moral support and financial support.”
• On the timing of his victory: “This definitely came at the right time. I usually get blessed when I need it the most. I guess I am very fortunate.”
• On his plans to come to the WSOP: “I was not sure if I was going to come. I was pretty much broke. It’s been a rough year or so. I was looking for backers and people turned me down. Now, I guess they are not too happy about that.”
• On his views about poker in his home state of Texas: “I think poker definitely needs to be legalized and regulated. Legalize it. Tax it. Regulate it. I don’t think it’s the government’s job to tell me what to do or how to spend my money – even though they sure want a cut of this (taxes) whenever I win it.”
The Final Table
• The final table included nine players from five different nations – including Canada (2), England (2), France (1), Sweden (1), and the United States (3).
• This was the first final table at this year’s WSOP with more than one female player. Laurence Grondin finished third and Almira Skripchenko finished seventh.
• The runner up was Ken Lennaard, from Stockholm, Sweden. He is a wine merchant. In what was his ninth time to cash at the WSOP and best finish ever, Lennaard picked up $360,439 for second place.
• The third-place finisher was Laurence Grondin, from Montreal, QB (Canada). She became the highest female finisher so far at this year’s WSOP. Grondin was convinced to play in this event at the last minute by some friends. That turned out to be a terrific investment as third place paid $237,537
• The fourth-place finisher was Joe Morneau, from Candia, NH. This was his first time to cash at the WSOP.
• The fifth-place finisher was Anthony Roux, from London, England. This was his fourth time to cash at the WSOP.
• The sixth-place finisher was Patrick Atchison, from Fort Worth, TX. He has cashed in various WSOP Circuit events, in addition to the WSOP in Las Vegas.
• The seventh-place finisher was Almira Skripchenko, from Paris, France. Skripchenko is a professional chess player. She is originally from Moldova and started competing in international chess matches as a teenager. Skripchenko has won several major chess titles, most notably the individual ladies European Championship in 2001. She was decorated with the “National Order of Merit” by her native country of Moldova for her accomplishments and continues to represent herself and her nation in international competition. This marked her first time to cash at the WSOP.
• The eighth-place finisher was Andrew Seden, from London, England. This was his second cash within a week’s time, as he took 18th’s place in the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event.
• The ninth-place finisher was Jonathan Plens, from Toronto, ON (Canada). He finished 42nd in last year’s WSOP Main Event.
• David “Chino” Rheem, who finished seventh in the 2008 WSOP Main Event cashed for the first time at this year’s WSOP – finishing in 80th place.
• The defending champion from 2009 was Alexandre Gomes, from Curitiba, Brazil. He entered this event but did not cash.
Odds and Ends
• This is the 25th of 36 tournaments completed thus far at this year’s WSOP, with more than a $1 million prize pool.
• Seven more events are scheduled for live coverage of the final table, which are split between ESPN 360 and Bluff Media. For a complete broadcast schedule of events, go to: http://www.worldseriesofpoker.com/tourney/tourneydetails.asp?groupID=607
• The official WSOP gold bracelet ceremony takes place on the day following the winner’s victory. The ceremony takes place on at center stage of the main tournament room and begins during the break of the noon tournament. The ceremony usually starts around 2:20 pm. The national anthem of the winner’s nation is played. The entire presentation is open to public and media. Video and photography is permitted by both media and the public.
• The tournament was played over three consecutive days.
• The chip leader coming into the final table was Pat Atchison. He ended up finishing sixth.
• Winner Jordan Smith came into the final table ranked seventh out of nine players.
• Play at the final table lasted about nine hours.
• The final hand came when Jordan Smith flopped a diamond flush against Ken Lennaard, who flopped a higher-flush draw with top pair. Smith had 9-7 of diamonds. Lennaard had J-8 (jack of diamonds). The final board showed 8-4-3-3-6, with three diamonds. That meant Smith’s flush held up. He won the tournament.
• The tournament officially began on Friday, June 19th, at 12 noon. The tournament officially ended on Sunday, June 21st, at 12:45 am.
• Through Event #36 – the nationalities of WSOP gold bracelet winners reads as follows:
United States – 26
Note: Last year 19 of the 59 gold bracelet events were won by non-Americans (32 percent). In, 2007, the number was 15 of 55 (29 percent). In 2006, the number was 5 of 45 (11 percent).
• Event #36 winner Jordan Smith is to be classified as a professional player. Accordingly, the “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard (excluding Event #1 – Casino Employees) currently reads:
Professionals -- 24 wins
Amateurs -- 6 wins
Semi-Pros -- 4 wins
• Nine of the 36 winners this year (25 percent) were previous gold bracelet winners. There have been two double winners in 2009 -- Brock Parker and Phil Ivey.
• Through the conclusion of Event 36, the WSOP “Player of the Year” standings reads as follows (with point totals):
255 – Ville Wahlbeck
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