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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
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Jordan Smith AKA "scarface_79" Event Headlines –
1. Jordan Smith Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet 2. After Just One Female Final Table Player in First 35 Events (Annie Duke)...
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Profile: Jordan Smith AKA "scarface_79"
Date: June 18, 2009 Time: 12:00 PM

Buy-In: $2,000
Prizepool: $3,084,981
Entries: 1,695
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Jordan Smith AKA "scarface_79" $586,212
2 Sweden Ken Lennaard $360,439
3 Canada Laurence Grondin $237,537
4 USA Joe Morneau $166,584
5 UK Anthony Roux $120,311
6 USA Pat Atchison $95,631
7 Almira Skripchenko $78,664
8 UK Andrew Seden $67,867
9 Canada Jonathan Plens AKA "The Rookie" $61,081
10 USA Warren Woodall $42,880
11 USA Jack Powell $42,880
12 USA Steven Tabb $42,880
13 USA Tommy Chen $30,016
14 USA John Neckar $30,016
15 USA Adam White $30,016
16 USA Corwin Cole $21,008
17 USA Andrew White $21,008
18 USA Kenneth Yates $21,008
19 USA Joe Cutler $15,270
20 USA Robert Mazzie $15,270
21 USA Kyle Brown $15,270
22 UK Jamie Brown $15,270
23 France Manuel Bevand $15,270
24 USA Joseph Baldwin $15,270
25 USA Jordan Rich $15,270
26 USA Christian Harder AKA "charder30" $15,270
27 USA George Tokarczyk $15,270
28 USA Marty Wong $13,141
29 USA William Hegar $13,141
30 Sweden Andras Kovacs $13,141
31 USA William Miner $13,141
32 USA Brandon Meyers $13,141
33 USA Christopher Mozingo $13,141
34 USA Joe McGowan $13,141
35 USA Michael Mrozek $13,141
36 USA Jim McClain $13,141
37 Canada Denis Ward $10,735
38 USA Kevin Kelley $10,735
39 USA Jesse Yaginuma $10,735
40 Aaron Mayer $10,735
41 USA Philip Sparta $10,735
42 USA Scott Andrews $10,735
43 Ingemar Axman $10,735
44 USA Steve Ryan $10,735
45 USA Elliott Levy $10,735
46 UK Jerome Bradpiece $9,069
47 USA Donovan Panone $9,096
48 USA Christopher DeMaci $9,096
49 UK Darren Woods $9,096
50 USA Robert Firestone $9,069
51 Gary Myers $9,069
52 USA Matt Vance $9,069
53 USA Jeff Chotikul $9,069
54 Canada Mark Brockington $9,069
55 USA Terry Wheeler $7,866
56 UK Jason Gray $7,866
57 Argentina Damian Salas $7,866
58 USA Jason Fennell AKA "Sergeant" $7,866
59 USA Adam Lippert AKA "Lippy" $7,866
60 Joseph Butzberger $7,866
61 USA Dustin Dirksen $7,866
62 USA Matt Molinari $7,866
63 USA Jason Wheeler $7,866
64 USA Steven King $6,971
65 Canada Robert Cheung AKA "RCW" $6,971
66 USA Vinny Pahuja $6,971
67 USA Robert Brown $6,971
68 USA Michael Parizon $6,971
69 USA Steve McNally $6,971
70 USA Hieu Ma AKA "Tony" $6,971
71 USA Jason Koon AKA "NovaSky" $6,971
72 USA John White $6,971
73 USA Matthew LaGarde $6,262
74 Canada Theo Geothals $6,262
75 Germany Sergey Kishnev $6,262
76 Netherlands Pieter de Korver $6,262
77 Canada Ian O'Shaughnessy $6,262
78 Germany Andreas Krause $6,262
79 USA Corey Burbick $6,262
80 USA David Rheem AKA "Chino" $6,262
81 William Sumi $6,262
82 USA Brian Horton $5,614
83 USA James Pechac $5,614
84 USA Brandon Demes $5,614
85 USA Vadim Shlez $5,614
86 Venezuela Tark Abboud $5,614
87 USA Robert Zelinka $5,614
88 USA In Sun Geoum $5,614
89 USA Jason Sackler $5,614
90 USA Kenna James AKA "Cowboy" $5,614
91 UK Roberto Romanello $5,090
92 UK Jamie Roberts $5,090
93 USA Gregory Mihaly $5,090
94 USA Eugene Todd $5,090
95 France Pascal Vullion $5,090
96 USA Jim Downend $5,090
97 USA Danny Anton $5,090
98 USA Michael Binger $5,090
99 Dave Wilcox $5,090
100 USA Kyle Thacker $4,658
101 Norway Oddvar Brendo $4,658
102 USA Daniel O'Brien $4,658
103 USA Wayne DePalma $4,658
104 Canada Adam Fyshe $4,658
105 USA Matt Martin AKA "The Major" $4,658
106 Guillaume de la Gorce $4,658
107 Netherlands Rob Hollink $4,658
108 Turks and Caicos Islands Rhynie Campbell $4,658
109 USA Jeff Becker $4,658
110 Canada Chris Arvanitis $4,658
111 USA John Myung $4,658
112 Russia Lika Gerasimova $4,658
113 USA Thomas Gabriel $4,658
114 USA James Sileo AKA "The Blender" $4,658
115 Ireland Steven Forde $4,658
116 UK David Tighe $4,658
117 USA Dave Fox $4,658
118 USA William Childs $4,318
119 France Patrick Sacrispeyre $4,318
120 USA Paul Dominski $4,318
121 Bradley Bramlett $4,318
122 Russia Maksim Semisoshenko $4,318
123 USA Brandon Wong $4,318
124 USA Arkadiy Tsinis $4,318
125 Thomas Rebecca $4,318
126 Thomas Bohm $4,318
127 Italy Umberto Vitagliono $4,318
128 Canada Leo Kam $4,318
129 Israel Leon Yanovsky $4,318
130 Canada Gary Bain $4,318
131 USA Francy Vasquez $4,318
132 USA Shaun Deeb $4,318
133 USA Gary Haglund AKA "G-Pirate" $4,318
134 Australia Warwick Mirzikinian $4,318
135 USA Steven Bibi $4,318
136 USA Charles Dolan $4,318
137 USA Dong Xu $4,318
138 Canada Darus Suharto $4,318
139 USA Jared Hamby AKA "TheWacoKidd" $4,318
140 Canada Antoine Berube $4,318
141 Germany Gunter Wagner $4,318
142 USA Steven Hoefs $4,318
143 USA Charles Connally $4,318
144 USA Brett Switzer AKA "threatnasty" $4,318
145 USA Benjamin Heinrichs $4,010
146 Lars Bergstrom $4,010
147 USA Jeremy Tuttle $4,010
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
151 USA Greg Hobson $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
155 USA Yue Huang $4,010
156 USA Ibuki Fukui $4,010
157 USA Brent Reeder $4,010
158 USA John Conaway $4,010
159 USA Trevor Blackwell $4,010
160 James Rustemoglu $4,010
161 USA Jarrett Fenlon $4,010
162 Nina Tovish $4,010
163 USA David Bivins $4,010
164 USA David Whitley $4,010
165 Netherlands Pieter Druif $4,010
166 USA Dick Carson $4,010
167 USA Bryan Paris $4,010
168 USA Alex Santiago $4,010
169 Italy Riccardo Rinaldi $4,010
170 USA Rob Rightmire $4,010
171 Hungary Balazs Botond $2,005
172 USA Chance Kornuth $2,005

Tournament Report

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

The Winner
• The 2009 World Series of Poker $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em champion is Jordan Smith, from College Station, TX.

• 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 what it means to win a WSOP gold bracelet: “It’s the World Series of Poker….I play for living and I play for money. But so far as prestigious things go, winning the gold bracelet is the only goal to have.”

• 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 contained no former WSOP gold bracelet winners. This was the 12th of 36 finales held this year with no former winners -- which guaranteed a first-time champion.

• 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.

In-the-Money Finishers
• Former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Robert Cheung, Dick Carson, Hieu (Tony) Ma, and Rob Hollink.

• 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
• Turnout for this year’s $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship was about as expected – with 1,695 players. By comparison, all of the $1,500 buy-in events this year have drawn in excess of 2,000 players. However, the higher buy-in for this event trims the field size down slightly.

• 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 Event
• The $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em championship attracted 1,695 entries. The total prize pool amounted to $3,084,900. The top 171 finishers collected prize money.

• 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.

WSOP Statistics
• Through the conclusion of Event #36, the 2009 WSOP has attracted 36,295 entries. $71,768,288 in total prize money has been awarded to winners.

• Through Event #36 – the nationalities of WSOP gold bracelet winners reads as follows:

United States – 26
United Kingdom – 2
Canada – 2
Russian Federation – 1
Finland – 1
Australia – 1
Sweden – 1
Mexico – 1

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
(Thang Luu, Steven Sung, Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey-1, Rami Boukai, Anthony Harb, Ville Wahlbeck, Keven Stammen, Brock Parker-1, Jeffrey Lisandro, Daniel Alaei, Brock Parker-2, John-Paul Kelly, Jeff Carris, Nick Schulman, Phil Ivey-2, Pete Vilandos, Tomas Alenius, Roland de Wolfe, J.C. Tran, James Van Alstyne, Angel, Guillen, Greg Mueller, Eric Baldwin, Jordan Smith)

Amateurs -- 6 wins
(Freddie Ellis, Ken Aldridge, Travis Johnson, Zac Fellows, Michael Eise, Richard Austin)

Semi-Pros -- 4 wins
(Vitaly Lunkin, Brian Lemke, Lisa Hamilton, Leo Wolpert)

• 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
225 – Phil Ivey
220 – Brock Parker
220 – James Van Alstyne
195 – Roland de Wolfe
175 – Pete “the Greek” Vilandos
175 – Angel Guillen
165 – Daniel Alaei
160 – Steve Sung
155 – Daniel Negreanu
150 – Rami Boukai

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