2008 Event 43 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better

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2008 WSOP Event 43 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better

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Event 43 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better Day 1

Statistics on event for Day 1:

  • Number of Entries 720
  • Net Prize Pool $982,800
  • Total Spots Paid Out 72
  • First Place Prize $216,249
At 12 noon the announcement was made to "Shuffle Up and Deal!" which marked the start of the 43rd event at the 2008 WSOP. Seated at the tables were players like WPT champion Paul Darden, Main Event champion Joe Hachem, Mel Judah, Barney Boatman, Dutch Boyd, Allan Smurfit, Can Kim Hua, Chip Jett, Shannon Shorr, Kathy Liebert, Thomas Walroos and Jeff Madsen.

Some were not fortunate enough to make the cut such as Barry Shulman who was busted by Jean-Robert Bellande when his set of 5's beat the Jack high straight of Shulman, Allen Cunningham, Gavin Smith, Lee Markholt and recent WSOP bracelet winner Layne Flack. There are 68 players remaining that will continue action on Day 2 at 2:00 pm. Here are the top 9 with chip counts:
  1. Ed Smith 119,500
  2. Shannon Shorr 86,900
  3. Damon Singer 80,400
  4. Martin Klaser 79,800
  5. Larry Wright 75,300
  6. Sam Khoueis 73,000
  7. Gabe Costner 69,200
  8. Jeff Bryan 66,900
  9. Bryan Jolly 63,300

Event 43 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better Day 2

Money payouts for the final table players:

  1. $216,249
  2. $137,985
  3. $83,538
  4. $68,304
  5. $56,019
  6. $44,226
  7. $34,398
  8. $27,027
  9. $19,656
At 2:00 pm, the 68 remaining players sat down to see who would go to the final table. Blinds were at 800/1,600 for continuing play. Chip Jett was eliminated after going all-in with A A K 2 when he met the Queen high straight of Dan Adams. Adams was also responsible for the exit of Joe Hachem when he produced three pair by the river (A's/7's/4's), beating the K K 5 4 Hachem had when he pushed his chips to the middle. Shannon Shorr looked good going in with A A K 7, but was sent to the rail after being run over by the wheel (A thru 5) of Tom Chambers. Also busting out of this event were Chris Ferguson, Berry Johnston, Ian Graham and Mikhail Ustinov.

The final table will be underway tomorrow. Come back to see who wins the bracelet!
  1. Jon Maren 377,000
  2. Erik Seidel 340,000
  3. Martin Klaser 337,000
  4. Michael Fetter 288,000
  5. Tom Chambers 263,000
  6. Casey Kastle 188,000
  7. Joseph J. Haddad 135,000
  8. Larry Wright 117,000
  9. Chad Burum 117,000

Event 43 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better Final Table

Notes from the WSOP on this event:

The 2008 Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low Split champion is Martin Klaser, from Rheinbach, Germany. He is a 21-year-old student, and aspiring professional poker player. Klaser has played previously in some European poker events. The defending champion, Lukasz Dumanski from Canada, entered this tournament, but he did not cash. This brings the current streak to 43 straight non-cashes for defending champions in their respective events.

Klaser turned 21 in April, 2008. At age 21 years and four months, he ranks as one of the youngest WSOP gold bracelet winners in history. However, at least five winners were younger than Klaser at their time of victory. Before the final table began, Erik Seidel (also a finalist) had picked Martin Klaser as one of the players to watch. Seidel's instincts proved correct. Klaser won $216,249 for first place. This was Klaser's first year to play at the WSOP (due to his age). This was only his third WSOP tournament entry. The final table began at 2:30 pm and ended at 10:45 pm, which totaled about 7 hours and 15 minutes, minus a one-hour dinner break.

At the beginning of the heads up, Martin Klaser had 1,500,000 chips to Casey Kastle's 700,000 of which Klaser immediately began using as a club in order to win 80 percent of the hands that were dealt, severely wearing down Kastle's stack. The hand of victory came when after a flop of J 9 9, Kastle put in the last of his chips holding pocket J's and Klaser called holding pocket Q's. The turn card was an unfortunate Queen for Kastle who thought he had this in the bag with his full house (J's/9's). But now he had to look at his opponent holding a bigger boat (Q's/9's). The river card was nothing to write home to mom about and Martin Klaser won his first gold and diamond bracelet as champion.

  1. Martin Klaser $216,249
  2. Casey Kastle $137,985
  3. Michael Fetter $83,538
  4. Erik Seidel $68,304
  5. Jon Maren $56,019
  6. Chad Burum $44,226
  7. Joseph Haddad $34,398
  8. Larry Wright $27,027
  9. Tom Chambers $19,656

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