2008 WSOP Event 5 No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys

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2008 WSOP Event 5 No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys

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Event #5 -- No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys Day 1

These are always fun to watch and report on. Event 5 had 766 players that made an astounding 2258 rebuys in the beginning of the tournament. This pushed the prize pool up to $2,894,094 that will go to the top 72 players in this event. All players starting with 2,000 in chips, will compete for ten 60 minute levels and be able to make rebuys for the first two levels. Here is the payout schedule for the final table:

  1. $636,736
  2. $406,330
  3. $245,997
  4. $201,139
  5. $164,963
  6. $130,234
  7. $101,293
  8. $79,587
  9. $57,881
Big names at the tables include Billy Baxter, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Jamie Gold, Ted Lawson, Erik Seidel, Lee Watkinson, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu, Clonie Gowan, Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow and Jeffrey Lisandro. Once the rebuys were over, some were happy with their stacks and others weren't. Some of the unhappy ones busted out such as Men Nguyen, Barry Greenstein, J.C. Tran, Jennifer Tilly, Gavin Smith, Eli Elezra, Jamie Gold, Mike Matusow and Johnny Chan. When the day was done, 106 remained for Day 2. Here are the top 9 players with chip counts:
  1. Phil Ivey -- 175,500
  2. Amit Makhija -- 161,100
  3. Jeff Williams -- 145,700
  4. Marco Johnson -- 132,600
  5. Jesse Chinni -- 129,000
  6. John Hoang -- 125,400
  7. Zachary Clark -- 122,000
  8. Scott Dorin -- 117,300
  9. Alan Sass -- 111,800

Event #5 -- No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys Day 2

Action continued with yesterday's chip leader Phil Ivey busting out after his all-in with A K was met by another player holding pocket A's, but the distinction of bubble boy was given to another when Jason Grey burst the bubble in 73rd place. Other casualties were Lee Watkinson, Jeff Madsen, Nenad Medic who won the first WSOP event, John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Alan Sass and Phil Hellmuth when his A J was outkicked by another player holding A K after two more Aces hit the felt.

Michael Banducci realized he had a poker angel on his shoulder after losing badly on some hands to fall to 300K in chips when he began to bounce back and end up with 1.5 million chips going to the final table. Alan Jaffrey also dodged elimination hands to have over 1 million chips for tomorrow's play. Michael Binger survived on life support, almost losing to Alan Jaffrey at one point. But you can never count Binger out as long as he has a chip and a chair. Look forward to an exciting round of action tomorrow! The final table players are:

  1. Michael Banducci -- 1,500,000
  2. Alan Jaffrey -- 1,150,000
  3. Lyric Duveyoung -- 700,000
  4. Peter Gould -- 670,000
  5. Jeff Williams -- 640,000
  6. Jamie Rosen -- 490,000
  7. Johnathan Aguiar -- 386,000
  8. Steve Gross -- 170,000
  9. Michael Binger -- 152,000

Event #5 -- No-Limit Hold’em w/Re-Buys Final Table

This final table took approximately 10 hours to produce a champion worthy of wearing the WSOP gold bracelet. It did have lots of excitement take place, for instance, Jamie Rosen (9th place) and Steven Gross (8th place) were both taken out on the same hand! Lyric Duveyoung moved in with pocket Q's and the ladies stood up for him so he could take down a 605,000 chip pot. Michael Binger (7th place) lost to Jeff Williams who held K 8 when the river turned the hand into two pair. Jeff also took out Jonathan Aguiar (6th place) when he produced another two pair on the river (J's and 8's). Alan Jaffrey (5th place) picked up a six figure check for his efforts after Michael Banducci called the ladies out (Q Q) to gain a full house in order to win that hand (Q's/9's). A few hands later, Lyric Duveyoung lost to Peter Gould to claim 4th place in the tournament. But Peter Gould lost an all-in bid to Michael Banducci when his pocket 10's lost to the set of 7's produced by Michael.

Heads up began with Banducci with 5,260,000 and Williams with 1,225,000 chips. Soon after it started, it was over. The winning hand went as follows, both parties moved all-in pre flop with Banducci showing Ad Jc and Williams having Ac 5d. The board held Kc Jh 2d 10d 3c and resulted in a pair of Jacks that allowed 23 year old Michael Banducci to win his first ever WSOP gold bracelet.

  1. Michael Banducci -- $636,736
  2. Jeff Williams -- $406,330
  3. Peter Gould -- $245,997
  4. Lyric Duveyoung -- $201,139
  5. Alan Jaffrey -- $164,963
  6. Jonathan Aguiar -- $130,234
  7. Michael Binger -- $101,293
  8. Steven Gross -- $79,587
  9. Jamie Rosen -- $57,881

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