2008 Event 37 World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better

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2008 WSOP Event 37
World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better

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Event 37 -- World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Day 1

The entry fee for this World Champion event was $10,000 for all entrants, which kept the field down to a managable 235 players. But the pool grew to $2,209,000 with money going to the top 27, and the winner taking home $535,678.

A tired 123 players will go to their rooms for sleep and come back for Day 2.

  1. Soheil Shamseddin 115,000
  2. James DiGiorgio 92,800
  3. Erick Lindgren 91,700
  4. Chau Giang 84,700
  5. Bruno Fitoussi 84,600
  6. Annie Duke 83,700
  7. DR Kegel 82,000
  8. Brad Booth 79,900
  9. Hieu "Tony" Ma 79,400

Event 37 -- World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Day 2

Money for the final table finishers:

  1. $535,687
  2. $331,350
  3. $209,855
  4. $171,197
  5. $138,062
  6. $110,450
  7. $88,360
  8. $71,792
  9. $55,225
The list of the fallen for this event grew to include Johnny Chan, Hasan Habib, James Van Alstyne, Bruno Fitoussi, Yueqi Zhu, Alexander Kostritsyn, Gabe Kaplan, Farzad Bonyadi, Doyle Brunson, Ram Vaswani, Jennifer Harman, Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke, Chris Ferguson, Bradley Booth, Carlos Mortensen, Hoyt Corkins, Barry Greenstein, Tom Schneider, Chris Reslock and Erik Seidel.

Play ended after 3:00 am the next day. There will be 18 players to fight tomorrow for the bracelet and here are the top 9 with chip counts:
  1. Ram Vaswani 569,000
  2. Mike Matusow 396,000
  3. Chau Giang 384,000
  4. David Benyamine 378,000
  5. David Chiu 372,000
  6. Jason Gray 347,000
  7. Berry Johnston 338,000
  8. Hieu "Tony" Ma 319,000
  9. Toto Leonidas 269,000

Event 37 -- World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Final Table

Event notes from the WSOP:

This was the largest Omaha High-Low Split prize pool in poker history. In fact, only one previous event had ever surpassed the million-dollar mark the $5,000 buy-in championship held at the 2006 WSOP. This Omaha High-Low Split tournament ranks as the only $2 million-plus prize pool on poker history. The curse continues. Last year's champion for the equivalent world championship event, Frankie O'Dell entered this tournament. But he did not cash. This brings the current streak to 37 straight non-cashes for defending champions in their respective events.

The 2008 Omaha High-Low Split World Champion is David Benyamine. He calls two cities "home" Paris, France and Las Vegas, NV. Benyamine is a 35-year-old professional poker player. Benyamine plays regularly in some of the highest-stakes cash poker games in the world. In recent years, he has been on the unofficial short list as one of the greatest players in the game not to have won a WSOP victory, until now.

Benyamine dispelled the notion that he prefers playing Pot-Limit Omaha to other forms of poker. "I like all games," he said. "I do not have a favorite game." Benyamine's all-around poker talent is perhaps best reflected in his four cashes this year, in four different games. Benyamine won $535,678 for first place. This was also his first WSOP gold bracelet victory. The final table lasted ten hours. The heads-up match went for about 75 minutes.


The winning hand had both players go all-in preflop. Benyamine showed Q 10 10 3 and Jamison revealed K Q 6 2. What fell to the felt was J 10 9 J 3 giving Benyamine two full house hands! But the superior one was 10's/J's and that was good enough for a WSOP champion title and the gold and diamond bracelet to go with it.

  1. David Benyamine $535,687
  2. Greg Jamison $331,350
  3. Jason Gray $209,855
  4. Toto Leonidas $171,197
  5. Mike Matusow $138,062
  6. Eugene Katchalov $110,450
  7. Ram Vaswani $88,360
  8. David Chiu $71,792
  9. Hieu "Tony" Ma $55,225

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