2008 Event 38 Pot-Limit Hold'em

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2008 WSOP Event 38 Pot-Limit Hold'em

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Event #38 Pot-Limit Hold'em Day 1

A brave 605 players paid 2,000 each for a seat in this tournament. The resulting net prize pool rose to $1,101,100 with a scheduled 63 players to receive a share from it. First place will earn $244,583 for their efforts.

  1. Michael Binger 146,100
  2. Davidi Kitai 97,600
  3. Ayaz Mahmood 97,600
  4. David Chicotsky 94,100
  5. Ben Roberts 81,900
  6. Chris Bell 80,200
  7. Shane Schleger 79,400
  8. George Shahrezay 76,500
  9. Lee Watkinson 74,500

Event #38 Pot-Limit Hold'em Day 2

Money for final table players:

  1. $244,583
  2. $155,805
  3. $94,694
  4. $77,077
  5. $63,313
  6. $50,100
  7. $39,089
  8. $30,830
  9. $22,572
Some players who did not make the cut for the final table were Michael Binger in 11th $14,314, Neil Channing in 16th $8,808, Robert Perry in 20th $6,606, Shane Schleger in 33rd $5,505, Clonie Gowen in 34th $5,505, Marco Traniello in 36th $5,505, Matthew Hilger in 41st $4,404, Dale Pinchot in 44th $4,404 Vanessa Rousso in 57th $3,743.
  1. Jan Von Halle 485,000
  2. Lee Watkinson 357,000
  3. Robert Cheung 352,000
  4. Ayaz Mahmood 314,000
  5. David Kitai 274,000
  6. Chris Bell 260,000
  7. Keith Greer 238,000
  8. Michael Greco 120,000
  9. Ben Roberts 82,000

Event #38 Pot-Limit Hold'em Final Table

Notes from the WSOP on the event:

Kitai won $244,583 for first place. This was also his first WSOP gold bracelet victory. The 2008 $2,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em champion is Davidi Kitai. He is a 28-year-old economic analyst from Brussels, Belgium. Kitai was born in Antwerp, Belgium.

The heads-up match between Kitai and Bell was the longest to date at this year's WSOP. It clocked in at nearly five hours and went 186 hands. By contrast, the first seven players were knocked out in a relatively quick 3.5 hour span and included only 101 hands. The second-place finisher was tournament circuit regular, Chris Bell. Chris Bell dominated much of the final table play. He knocked out five of the first seven players.


But after Keith Greer went out in 3rd after his pocket J's ran into the pocket Q's of Chris Bell, it was heads up time. Chris began with 1,425,000 and Davidi started with 1,000,000 chips on his side. The end hand went simply with Chris going in with A J and Davidi doing the same with A Q. With no help from the board, Chris was outkicked by Davidi's Queen card and finished in second place. Davidi then became the newest WSOP gold bracelet wearing champion.

  1. Davidi Kitai $244,583
  2. Chris Bell $155,805
  3. Keith Greer $94,694
  4. Jan Von Halle $77,077
  5. Lee Watkinson $63,313
  6. Robert Cheung $50,100
  7. Ayaz Mahmood $39,089
  8. Ben Roberts $30,830
  9. Michele Greco $22,572

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