At 3:27 am on Tuesday, July 15th Dean Hamrick’s AJ lost to Craig Marquis’s Queens and the WSOP officially went on hiatus. While the Main Event won’t be completed until November 9 when the Final Table is played, 53 official events are already completed along with 2 charity events. So to follow up on our last Party Poker WSOP update, here is a Party Poker bonus WSOP Update
• Erick Lindgren Wins Player of the Year: While he hasn’t received his trophy yet, with the Main Event no longer factoring into the POY standings, Erick “E-Dog” Lindgren has clinched his first WSOP Player of the Year award. The POY was extremely competitive this year, becoming a 6 horse race between JC Tran, David Benyamine, John “Razor” Phan, Jacobo Fernandez, Barry Greenstein and of course, Lindgren. Lindgren began the 2008 WSOP with his first bracelet for a victory in the $5,000 Mixed Hold’em event. He followed that up with: a 10th place finish in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em, a 4th place finish in the NL Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball with Re-Buys, an 18th place finish in $10,000 World Championship Heads Up NL Hold’em and a 3rd place finish in the $50,000 World Championship of H.O.R.S.E. event. All told, Lindgren leaves the 2008 WSOP with $1,348,528 in winnings, a Player of the Year award and perhaps the most important prize for the Las Vegas pro: a World Series of Poker bracelet.
• Big Attitudes make Big Splash: Both Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and Phil Hellmuth made deep runs into this year’s Main Event. Matusow was eliminated by Paul Snead after The Mouth flopped a set of Aces with his AJ but was overtaken by Snead’s A9 when a 9 came on the turn. Mike finished in 30th place (very impressive considering that there were 6,844 entrants) and took home $183,000. Hellmuth, on the other hand, lost his fourth consecutive Main Event while holding that most dreaded of hands, AQ. Hellmuth was eliminated in 45th place and took home $154,400.
• Hollink Brings it Home for Holland: Groningen, Holland native, Rob Hollink won the first WSOP bracelet in Holland’s history. Hollink beat out 217 other players for the $10,000 World Championship Limit Hold’em bracelet. The 20 time cash finisher in the WSOP took home $496,931 for his victory.
• Cheaters Seem to Prosper: Or at least their parents do. Phillip Tom – father and funder of the infamous former owner of Absolute Poker, Scott “potripper” Tom – won the $5,000 NL Hold’em Shootout Event. Phillip Tom took home $477,990 for his victory.
• Dutch Goes Down: Beleaguered poker player Dutch Boyd had a horrific WSOP. The bracelet winner cashed in no events and is now losing the faith of his famed backers, Johnny Bax and Team SMD. After suffering losses in multiple events, Dutch capped his 2008 WSOP by failing to buy into the Main Event when Team SMD refused to pony up his $10,000 buy in. Dutch is now actively soliciting other backing.
• Nikolay Evdakov Shatters WSOP Record: Nikolay Evdakov, a Moscow native and part of the growing Russian contingent at the WSOP, has shattered the single WSOP record for cashes with an astonishing 10 in the money finishes. The previous record was 8 held by Chad Brown, Humberto Brenes, Phil Hellmuth and Michael Binger. Evdakov finished: 12th in the $10,000 World Championship PL Hold’em event, 139th in the $1,500 NL Hold’em event, 48th in the $1,000 NL Hold’em with Re-Buys event, 24th in the $10,000 World Championship of Mixed Hold’em event, 13th in $5,000 NL Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball with Re-Buys event, 14th in the $5,000 PL Omaha with Re-Buys event, 30th in the $1,500 PL Omaha with Re-Buys event, 38th in the $5,000 NL Hold’em six-handed, 158th in the $2,000 NL Hold’em event and 28th in the $10,000 World Championship of PL Omaha. While he didn’t win a bracelet, when it was all said and over with, Nikolay cashed in 4 different game variants and took home $228,527 along with his remarkable new record. Not half bad for his rookie year at the WSOP.
• Chau Giang is a forgotten Super Star: If it weren’t for Nikolay Evdakov’s historic 2008 WSOP, Chau Giang’s 8 2008 WSOP cashes would’ve put the Vietnamese born player into the record books. Chau Giang has quietly remained one of the most successful poker pros in the world with 3 bracelets and 46 WSOP cashes over the past 15 years. And that’s just his tournament success; often overlooked is the fact that Giang is a cash game monster and regular of the famous “Big Game” held nightly in Bobby’s Room in the Las Vegas Bellagio.
• The November Nine have been set: For the first time in WSOP history, the will begin 4 months after the 10th place player was eliminated. The November 9 Final Table has been set and with no bracelet winners among the lot, whoever takes home the $9,119,517 first prize will also be taking home their first WSOP bracelet. Here are the so-called “N9” players and their respective chip totals heading into Final Table play:
1. Dennis Phillips 26,295,000
2. Ivan Demidov 24,400,000
3. Scot Montgomery 19,690,000
4. Peter Eastgate 18,375,000
5. Ylon Schwartz 12,525,000
6. Darus Suharto 12,520,000
7. David Rheem 10,230,000
8. Craig Marquis 10,210,000
9. Kelly Kim 2,620,000
• Johnny World wins one for the World: John “Johnny World” Hennigan won the second annual Ante up for Africa tournament hosted by Annie Duke and Don Cheadle. 88 players paid the $5,000 buy-in to create a $440,000 prize pool, more than half of which will go directly to benefit charities working in the Darfur region of the Sudan. Two-time bracelet winner Hennigan is reported to have said that he will donate the entirety of his $136,860 first prize to the Ante up for Africa charity. Other notable top 10 finishers were actors Ray Romano and Casey Affleck’s 9th and 10th place finishes, respectively. And while it won’t count towards his record 68 WSOP cashes, Phil Hellmuth did finish in 4th place.
With the notable exception of the November 9 Main Event Final Table, that’s it for the 2008 World Series of Poker. Congratulations to all bracelet winners and especially to POY Erick Lindgren, new cash record holder Nikolay Evdakov and $50K H.O.R.S.E. champ Scotty Nguyen. Party Poker people should stay tuned to Tightpoker.com for all of the latest on the N9 and other major tournament updates.