World Poker Tour
2008 World Series of Poker
2008 WSOP Event Schedule and Reports
2008 WSOP Event 26 Seven Card Razz
Individual Event Reports
Event 26 Seven Card Razz Day 1
A 456 field of players took to the tables for a chance at a bracelet from one of the most
frustrating styles of poker there is...Razz. The $1,500 entry fee helped to build a $622,440 prize pool
with $158,659 going to the new champion. Cash will go to the top 48 in the tournament.
At the end of the day there were 48 places remaining.
- Barry Greenstein 31,600
- David Levi 30,200
- Mark Gerencher 29,700
- Allie Prescott 29,200
- Anthony Viganola 28,600
- Vanessa Rousso 28,200
- Mike Wattel 27,000
- Frank Kassela 26,200
- Martin Stilling 23,100
Event 26 Seven Card Razz Day 2
Payouts for the final table:
Final Table players:
- Chris Viox 359,500
- Barry Greenstein 243,000
- Brandon Leeds 206,500
- Joseph Michael 155,000
- Anargyros Karabourniotis 113,000
- Mark Tenner 108,500
- Chris Klodnicki 105,000
- Mike Wattel 74,000
Event 26 Seven Card Razz Final Table
Excerpts from the event summary by the WSOP:
Razz is a variant of lowball. It is dealt out in a Seven-Card Stud format.
The objective is to make the lowest five-card poker hand. Ace-to-five is the
best possible hand in Razz. The 2008 Razz champion is Barry Greenstein, a
53-year-old professional poker player. Greenstein collected $158,659 for first place.
He also earned his third WSOP gold bracelet. This was his 34th WSOP career cash.
His previous victories came in 2004 for No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball, and
2005 for Pot-Limit Omaha.
Legendary gambler Archie Karas (real name – Anargyros Karabourniotis) finished
in seventh place. Karas is best known for coming to Las Vegas almost penniless
nearly twenty years ago and running gambling wins up to a reported $40 million at
one point – only to lose the entire fortune back. He also beat many of poker's best
players in heads-up play out of six-figure sums in 1993 – a list which includes the
likes of the late Stu Ungar, Johnny Chan, and Chip Reese. This marked Karas' highest
tournament finish ever in a WSOP tournament. "I'm here today to make my comeback
again," Karas remarked before the tournament began. "I'll parlay the money I won
in this tournament up to the $40 million that I used to have."
Last year's champion, Katja Thater played in this event. But she did not cash.
This brings the current streak to 26 straight non-cashes for defending champions
in their respective events.
Now regarding player Archie Karas, if you really want to learn about Las Vegas
gambling history, you should research his background on the Internet.
The winning hand for Barry Greenstein went as follows. After a tough heads up which
put Chris Klodnicki on life support, Chris went all-in on 3rd street with a 3 and
was called by Barry with an Ace card. Both turned over their cards with Chris having
A K 3 K 8 6 3 and Barry with 4 9 A J 4 9 7. So Chris was "razzed" with a loss after
making a two pair that was higher than the one Barry held. And this is how Barry
received gold bracelet number 3.
- Barry Greenstein $157,643
- Chris Klodnicki $97,389
- Chris Viox $58,742
- Mark Tenner $43,284
- Brandon Leeds $33,081
- Joseph Michael $25,661
- Anargyros Karabourniotis $19,477
- Mike Wattel $16,386
- Frank Kassela $13,294