2008 Event 17 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

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2008 WSOP Event 17 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

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Event 17 -- No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Day 1

The math was simple for this one, there were 1,000 entries, 100 will make the money and after Day 1, 10 are left. Prize pool rose to $1,370,596 thanks to the $1,500 entry fee. Here are the payouts for the final table:

  1. $335,565.00
  2. $209,527.00
  3. $129,675.00
  4. $82,582.00
  5. $40,267.00
  6. $23,887.00
  7. $15,697.00
  8. $12,421.00
  9. $9,828.00
  10. $7,507.00
There were 1,000 players who sat down at 12 noon to begin this shootout tournament. It was brutal as play ended at 7:00 am the next day! You had tons of top talent in the field, and no one wanted to go out easy. The heads up between Kyle Bowker and Travis Roseberry took six hours to complete by itself before Kyle finally hit two pair with all the chips to the middle in order to advance to the next round.

Eliminations that occurred include Carlos Mortensen, Andy Bloch, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Gordon, Erick Lindgren, Annie Duke, David Williams, J.C. Tran, Michael Binger and Nenad Medic. Now this was scheduled to be a 3 day event by the WSOP, but it may be over tomorrow. The 10 victors will meet again on Tuesday at 2:00 pm to play again.
  1. Casey Coleman 300,000
  2. Matthew Giannetti 300,000
  3. Thomas West 300,000
  4. Rory Monahan 300,000
  5. Kyle Bowker 300,000
  6. John Strzemp III 300,000
  7. Mike Schwartz 300,000
  8. Sergey Rybachenko 300,000
  9. Jason Young 300,000
  10. Alexander Triner 300,000

Event 17 -- No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Final Table

Here are excerpts from the report written by the WSOP:

Young recently left his job to pursue playing poker for a living. In his prior job, he worked for six years for the Parks and Recreation Department, involved in various community projects. Young collected $329,872 for first place. He remarked afterward: "When I worked as a recreation coordinator, I made $35,000 a year. Now, I just made ten years of my former salary in just two days!"

This was unquestionably the most dramatic final table of the WSOP thus far. Young's victory almost did not happen. In fact, his cagey opponent Mike Schwartz nearly pulled off the greatest recorded comeback in WSOP history. When playing heads-up Schwartz lost a huge pot and was down about 40 to 1 in chips. He had only 140,000 of the 10,000,000 chips in play (1.4 percent) with his big blind posted at 120,000. Incredibly, Schwartz won several hands over the next hour and was all-in down only about 7 to 3 in chips, holding the best hand. Had he won the final hand of the tournament, Schwartz would have been at a 3 to 2 advantage in heads-up play.

The final hand pitted Schwartz' 4-4 against Young's A-J. Schwartz was about to seize the chip lead, but an ace on the turn sealed the victory for the first-time WSOP gold bracelet winner.

  1. Jason Young $335,565
  2. Mike Schwartz $209,527
  3. John Strzemp III $129,675
  4. Rory Monahan $82,582
  5. Matthew Giannetti $40,267
  6. Kyle Bowker $23,887
  7. Sergey Rybachenko $15,697
  8. Thomas West $12,421
  9. Alexander Triner $9,828
  10. Casey Coleman $7,507

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