2008 Event 28 Pot-Limit Omaha W/Rebuys

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2008 WSOP Event 28 Pot-Limit Omaha W/Rebuys

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Event 28 Pot-Limit Omaha W/Rebuys Day 1

These are always fun to watch. The WSOP stated that there were 152 players who each paid $5,000.00 for a seat to this tournament. And the 483 rebuys continued to drive the prize pool up to $3,085,930. Whoever the new champion turns out to be, they will receive $817,781 for a first place finish. Total spots paid out will be 16 for this event.

More information will be posted later.

  1. Emmanuel Sebag 466,200
  2. David Benyamine 343,700
  3. Erick Lindgren 262,800
  4. Adam Hourani 236,400
  5. John Juanda 213,300
  6. Eli Elezra 205,800
  7. Phil Hellmuth 201,800
  8. Brian Rast 178,200
  9. Daniel Negreanu 176,400

Event 28 Pot-Limit Omaha W/Rebuys Day 2

Final Table payout schedule:

  1. $817,781
  2. $493,748
  3. $316,307
  4. $246,874
  5. $192,870
  6. $154,296
  7. $123,437
  8. $100,292
  9. $84,863
The final table players have been decided. But it wasn't easy by any means. Just missing the final table were Chris Ferguson in 10th $69,433, David Williams in 16th $54,003, Ted Lawson in 17th $54,003 and Eli Elezra in 18th $54,003. Plus other top players from London, Moscow and Queensland, Australia. David Williams lost to the set of Daniel Negreanu's set of 7's, Ted Lawson went out courtesy of the straight made by Johnny Chan and Eli Elezra walked towards the rail after meeting the 10 high straight of Brian Rast.

But my God, if you look at the names at the final table, you can see the action and fireworks will not stop until a champion is named. Come back to see who wears the gold bracelet of this event as the newest champion!
  1. Phil Galfond 1,393,000
  2. Brian Rast 1,176,000
  3. David Benyamine 1,041,000
  4. John Juanda 694,800
  5. Johnny Chan 624,000
  6. Gerasimov Kirill 558,000
  7. Daniel Negreanu 460,000
  8. Adam Hourani 300,000
  9. Phil Hellmuth 119,000

Event 28 Pot-Limit Omaha W/Rebuys Final Table

These are excerpts from the WSOP event summary:

The final table included four former WSOP gold bracelet winners, with a combined 28 victories between them. This eclipsed the previous all-time record set in the 2006 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship when there were a combined 27 victories between the nine finalists. John Juanda – 3 bracelets, Phil Hellmuth, Jr. – 11 bracelets, Daniel Negreanu – 4 bracelets and Johnny Chan – 10 bracelets. A potential dream heads-up matchup between the two all-time WSOP record gold bracelet winners -- Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan -- never materialized. Hellmuth ended up busting out in eighth place. Chen ended up fourth.

Due to the star quality of the final day, this was the toughest seat in town for poker fans. By the 3 pm start, the ESPN main stage and Milwaukee’s Best Light skybox were filled to capacity. Furthermore, hundreds of poker aficionados gathered around television monitors to see history in the making. While the finale was indeed exciting, several of the poker superstars busted out early which altered the enthusiasm somewhat for the late night drama.

The winner was Phil Galfond. He is 23-years-old. He is a poker pro who concentrates mostly on cash games. Galfond collected $817,781 for first place. He also earned his first WSOP gold bracelet. This was his fourth time to cash at the WSOP. This was the second-highest top prize ever paid to the winner of a Pot-Limit Omaha tournament. Daniel Negreanu made the most re-buys in this event, with 16. He invested $85,000 in entry fees in this tournament and collected $123,437 in prize money.


Heads up in this event was incredible as Phil Galfond and Adam Hourani played 100 hands before the deciding hand was dealt. In that last hand around 2:00 am on June 17th, after a flop of Ad Qs 8c Phil put Adam in for the remainder of his chips and Adam called. Phil had A 7 6 5 to Adam who had A K J 10 which brought the response from the tournament director that, "Phil is in bad shape here". But the turn card was a 6 and river a 2, giving Phil two pair (A's and 6's) and allowed a new champion to be born and win his first WSOP gold bracelet.

  1. Phil Galfond $817,781
  2. Adam Hourani $493,748
  3. David Benyamine $316,307
  4. Johnny Chan $246,874
  5. Kirill Gerasimov $192,870
  6. John Juanda $154,296
  7. Daniel Negreanu $123,437
  8. Phil Hellmuth $100,292
  9. Brian Rast $84,863

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