2008 Event 40 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)

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2008 WSOP Event 40 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)

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Event 40 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Day 1

Statistics on event for Day 1:

  • Number of Entries 238
  • Net Prize Pool $547,400
  • Total Spots Paid Out 24
  • First Place Prize $151,911
All players will begin with 5,000 in chips with blinds of 25/50 and limits of 50/100. Lots of big names were in the field such as Scotty Nguyen, Greg Raymer, John Juanda, Gavin Smith, Chad Brown, Mike Caro, James Van Alstyne, Daniel Negreanu, Annie Duke, David Singer and David Chiu.

As the day wore on into the night, bad beats and eliminations were commonplace. Out of the tournament were Jean-Robert Bellande, Chip Jett, Mimi Tran, Mickey Appleman, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Michael Mizrachi, Howard Lederer, Todd Brunson and Max Pescatori. The party ended by 1:00 am.

Some players still in the running are Steve Sung 49,300, Bill Chen 45,800, Chau Giang 30,500, John Phan 29,300, David Sklansky 28,500, Ralph Perry 11,800 and Billy Baxter 6,800. In all there are 30 players that will come back to the tables on Day 2. Here are the top 9 with chip counts:
  1. Shun Uchida 79,200
  2. Gioi Luong 72,300
  3. Raymond Davis 67,700
  4. Greg Raymer 64,600
  5. James Copeland 62,700
  6. Richard Chase 59,200
  7. Mike Wattel 57,200
  8. Chris Vitch 54,500
  9. Robert Mizrachi 54,200

Event 40 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Day 2

Payout schedule for final table players:

  1. $151,911
  2. $95,795
  3. $61,582
  4. $41,055
  5. $28,738
  6. $20,527
Some of the players who fell in this round of action include William Chen in 24th $5,474, Rafael Perry in 20th $5,474, Chau Giang in 17th $6,842, Raymond Davis in 15th $6,842, Greg Raymer in 11th $9,579 and Michael Wattel in 9th $12,316. Former Main Event champion Billy Baxter just missed a seat at the final table when his final draw gave him a Queen that put him over the top against Gioi Luong. Baxter finished in 7th place earning $15,054.

But that does not mean that the final table is devoid of talent. In fact by looking at the names in the seats, you can see that it is stacked. Come back to see how it turned out and who the new champion is!
  1. John Phan 294,000
  2. Gioi Luong 291,000
  3. Robert Mizrachi 215,000
  4. Shun Uchida 200,000
  5. Ben Ponzio 113,000
  6. David Sklansky 78,000

Event 40 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) Final Table

News excerpts from the WSOP on the event:

This game is rarely played anywhere except at the very highest levels. It is rarely spread inside public cardrooms either as cash games or tournaments. In fact, the WSOP is one of the few places where this poker variant is offered. Deuce-to-Seven Draw Triple Draw Lowball means the worst, or lowest ranked hand wins the pot. The very best possible 2-7 lowball hand is 2-3-4-5-7 of mixed suits. An ace counts as a high card. Flushes and straights count against the player. While a wheel (A-2-3-4-5) is the perfect hand in standard lowball, in Deuce-to-Seven it is usually a losing hand since the straight counts against the player. Players may draw up to three times to make their hand.

Eight of the last 12 players in this event were former WSOP gold bracelet winners. Four of the six final table finalists had previously won an event at the WSOP.

The 2008 Limit Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball champion is John Phan. Phan is a professional poker player. This was Phan's second career WSOP win, and second gold bracelet victory this week. His previous win was in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em championship (Event #29), which concluded exactly seven days ago. Pham won $151,911 for first place.

6/26/2008 Note:
A small technicality: In yesterday's report of 2-7 lowball, the A-5 hand was referred to as a straight. This is not true for 2-7 lowball, since an ace always plays as a high card.


Play began at 2:00 pm and lasted until 10:30 pm for the six at this final table. David Sklansky became the first to end his quest for the bracelet when his 6 4 3 2 was hit with another 6 on the last card making a pair and losing to Michael Mizrachi, leaving the table in 6th place. Ben Ponzio ended up in 5th after losing to John Phan who had 7 5 4 2 2 as the winning hand. Robert Mizrachi laid claim to 4th after a Jack card hit, giving him a higher hand than what Gioi Luong had. John Phan eliminated Gioi Luong in 3rd with a surprise 7 6 5 4 2 beating Luong's 8 7 6 5 2. Which was a good thing because Gioi Luong and John Phan got into very bad shouting matches over hands and at one point Gioi Luong got in John's face. It almost turned into a boxing match which also would have been proudly recorded for broadcast on ESPN.

At the beginning of heads up, John "The Razor" Phan had 612,000 chips to Shun Uchida with 607,000 on his side. Blinds were at $10,000/$20,000. John went into ultra aggressive mode with lots of raises and re-raises to wear his adversary down quickly. After winning two big pots that crippled Shun, John won with a 7 6 4 3 2 draw that gave him his second bracelet so far in this year's WSOP tournament series.

  1. John Phan $151,911
  2. Shun Uchida $95,795
  3. Gioi Luong $61,582
  4. Robert Mizrachi $41,055
  5. Ben Ponzio $28,738
  6. David Sklansky $20,527

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