2008 Event 31 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed

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2008 WSOP Event 31 No-Limit Hold'em/Six Handed

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Event 31 No-Limit Hold'em/Six Handed Day 1

This event had a good turnout with 1,012 coming to the tables after paying the $2,500 entry fee. A pool of $2,327,600 was created and the new champion will receive $528,418 and a beautiful gold and diamond bracelet designed by Corum for their efforts. Cash will go to the top 108 in the event.

Some players from the start went to the sidelines such as Jennifer Tilly, Chau Giang, Ted Forrest, David Pham, Marcel Luske, Erik Seidel, Noah Boeken, Humberto Brenes and Beth Shak. In the first two hours there were 170+ eliminations. Others who busted out were Phil Ivey, Greg Raymer, David Williams, Burt Boutin, Bill Edler, Mark Seif, Clonie Gowan, Allen Cunningham, Eli Elezra, Anna Wroblewski and Freddy Deeb. Today was a busy day!

Some of those who made the cut for Day 1 include Scotty Nguyen 118,600 chips, Bill Chen 108,100 who has been highly active in the years WSOP, Max Pescatori 71,500, Shannon Shorr 58,200, Shankar Pillai 57,300, Bruno Fitoussi 52,300 and Manelic Minaya 46,800. At the end of todays action, there were 73 in total that will go to Day 2.

  1. Alon Shahar 264,100
  2. Dario Minieri 191,600
  3. Justin Filtz 180,200
  4. Randall Brueckner 131,100
  5. Frank Rusnak 127,800
  6. Michael Skomac 123,700
  7. Ed Fernandez 121,800
  8. Andrew Emory 121,400
  9. Cory Albertson 120,500

Event 31 No-Limit Hold'em/Six Handed Day 2

Here are the payouts for the final table players:

  1. $528,418
  2. $330,519
  3. $214,139
  4. $141,983
  5. $98,923
  6. $73,784
Table action was fast and furious with players going out in just the first few minutes. There was so much action with big raises and players going into the tank, that not much attention was paid to eliminations. Dario Minieri was a big attraction as he raised big and often when he figured he was right. His very aggressive style of play took him to the final table with over 1 million in chips. Kevin Song did battle with Scotty Nguyen often over pots which captured the attention elsewhere. Scotty with his laid back style of playing kept lots of tension out of the air during those big hands. But Kevin using a charge ahead attitude at the table also gained him a seat at the final table with over 1 million in chips.

And Scotty Nguyen just missed the final table busting out in 7th place taking home $50,508. After being crippled in a hand with Kevin Song, Scotty who went all-in with pocket 10's had to say 'good bye baby' after Seth Fischer made his flush by the river card. Also coming close were Frank Rusnak in 8th $50,508 and Bruno Fitoussi in 11th $27,232. Here are the final table players:
  1. Dario Minieri 1,721,000
  2. Kevin Song 1,173,000
  3. Justin Filtz 891,000
  4. John O'Shea 589,000
  5. Seth Fischer 508,000
  6. Stuart Marshak 183,000

Event 31 No-Limit Hold'em/Six Handed Final Table

Here are excerpts from the WSOP event summary:

Six-Handed Hold'em emphasizes short-handed poker skills. Rather than a full table of nine players, each table is played six-handed (or less, as players bust out). This generally requires competitors to play cards out of the standard range of starting-hand requirements. It also makes post-flop skill paramount to victory. The game was included on the WSOP schedule as a concerted effort to measure as diverse a range of poker skills as possible.

Last year's winner was Hoyt Corkins. He did not enter this year's tournament, because he was playing in another event when this tournament started. The winner was Dario Minieri. He is a 23-year-old professional poker player. Minieri collected $528,418 for first place. He also earned his first WSOP gold bracelet.

The Event #31 winner Dario Minieri is to be classified as a professional. Accordingly, through the conclusion of Event #31 at this year's World Series of Poker, the "Professionals versus Amateurs" gold bracelet scoreboard reads:

Professionals - 24 wins
Amateurs -- 5 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins


At the beginning of the heads up, Dario's chip count was 2,896,000 and Seth's was 2,175,000. Blinds were 25/50,000 with a 5,000 ante. But in a few hands it was all over. The winning hand for Dario began with both players going all-in preflop with Dario having pocket Q's and Seth Fischer with Kd 10d. Board showed A A 5 2 3 giving Dario two pair (Q's and A's) for the win and title of WSOP champion.

  1. Dario Minieri $528,418
  2. Seth Fischer $330,519
  3. Justin Filtz $214,139
  4. Kevin Song $141,983
  5. John O'Shea $98,923
  6. Stuart Marshak $73,784
  7. Scotty Nguyen $50,508
  8. Francis Rusnak $50,508
  9. Todd Terry $38,870

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