2009 World Series of Poker

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The 2009 World Series of Poker was the 40th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP). It was held at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and ran from May 27 to July 15. There were 57 bracelet events, culminating in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event. The "November Nine" concept returned for the second year, with the finalists of the Main Event returning on November 7.

Event schedule[edit]

# Event Entrants Winner Prize Runner-up Results
1 $500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em 866 Andrew Cohen $83,778 Paul Peterson Results
2 $40,000 No Limit Hold'em 201 Vitaly Lunkin $1,891,012 Isaac Haxton Results
3 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 918 Thang Luu $263,135 Ed Smith Results
4 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em 6,012 Steve Sung $771,106 Peter Vilandos Results
5 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 809 Jason Mercier $237,415 Steven Burkholder Results
6 $10,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud 142 Freddie Ellis $373,744 Eric Drache Results
7 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2,791 Travis Johnson $666,853 Steve Karp Results
8 $2,500 2-7 Draw Lowball 147 Phil Ivey $96,361 John Monnette Results
9 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Short Handed 1,459 Ken Aldridge $428,259 Carman Cavella Results
10 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha 453 Rami Boukai $244,862 Najib Bennani Results
11 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em 1,646 Anthony Harb $569,199 Peter Rho Results
12 $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event 194 Ville Wahlbeck $492,375 David Chiu Results
13 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 1,088 Keven Stammen $506,786 Angel Guillen Results
14 $2,500 Limit Hold'em Short Handed 367 Brock Parker $223,688 Daniel Negreanu Results
15 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 655 Brian Lemke $692,658 Fabian Quoss Results
16 $1,500 Seven Card Stud 359 Jeff Lisandro $124,959 Rodney H. Pardey Results
17 $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 1,060 Lisa Hamilton $195,390 Lori Bender Results
18 $10,000 World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 179 Daniel Alaei $445,898 Scott Clements Results
19 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Short Handed 1,068 Brock Parker $552,745 Joe Serock Results
20 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em 633 J.P. Kelly $194,434 Marc Tschirch Results
21 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. 452 Zac Fellows $311,899 James Van Alstyne Results
22 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout 1,000 Jeff Carris $313,673 Jason Somerville Results
23 $10,000 World Championship 2-7 Draw Lowball 96 Nick Schulman $279,742 Ville Wahlbeck Results
24 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2,506 Peter Vilandos $607,256 Andy Seth Results
25 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better 376 Phil Ivey $220,538 Ming Lee Results
26 $1,500 Limit Hold'em 643 Tomas Alenius $197,488 Jason Tam Results
27 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 198 Roland De Wolfe $246,616 Brett Richey Results
28 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2,638 Mike Eise $639,331 Jeff Chang Results
29 $10,000 World Championship Heads Up No Limit Hold'em 256 Leo Wolpert $625,682 John Duthie Results
30 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha 436 J. C. Tran $235,685 Jeff Kimber Results
31 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. 770 James Van Alstyne $247,033 Tad Jurgens Results
32 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em 1,534 Ángel Guillén $530,548 Mika Paasonen Results
33 $10,000 World Championship Limit Hold'em 185 Greg Mueller $460,836 Pat Pezzin Results
34 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2,095 Eric Baldwin $521,932 Jonas Klausen Results
35 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 363 Richard Austin $409,484 Sorel Mizzi Results
36 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em 1,695 Jordan Smith $586,212 Ken Lennaárd Results
37 $10,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 164 Jeff Lisandro $431,656 Farzad Rouhani Results
38 $2,000 Limit Hold'em 446 Marc Naalden $190,770 Steven Cowley Results
39 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2,715 Ray Foley $657,969 Brandon Cantu Results
40 $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha 295 Matt Graham $679,379 Vitaly Lunkin Results
41 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout 280 Peter Traply $348,728 Andrew Lichtenberger Results
42 $2,500 Mixed Event 412 Jerrod Ankenman $241,637 Sergey Altbregin Results
43 $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2,707 Michael Davis $437,358 Scott Buller Results
44 $2,500 Razz 315 Jeff Lisandro $188,370 Michael Craig Results
45 $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Hold'em 275 John Kabbaj $633,335 Kirill Gerasimov Results
46 $2,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 424 Derek Raymond $229,192 Mark Tenner Results
47 $2,500 Mixed Hold'em 527 Bahador Ahmadi $278,804 John McGuiness Results
48 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better 762 Brandon Cantu $228,867 Lee Watkinson Results
49 $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. 95 David Bach $1,276,802 John Hanson Results
50 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout 572 Greg Mueller $194,854 Marc Naalden Results
51 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2,781 Carsten Joh $664,426 Andrew Chen Results
52 $3,000 Triple Chance No Limit Hold'em 854 Jorg Peisert $506,800 Jason DeWitt Results
53 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better 467 David Halpern $159,390 William Kohler Results
54 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2,818 Tony Veckey $673,276 Jason Wheeler Results
55 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball 257 Abe Mosseri $165,521 Masayoshi Tanaka Results
56 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Short Handed 928 Matt Hawrilenko $1,003,163 Josh Brikis Results
57 $10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em 6,494 Joe Cada $8,547,042 Darvin Moon Results

Main event[edit]

The $10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold 'em Main Event began on July 3 with the first of four starting days. There were 6,494 total entries. After reaching the final table of nine players on July 15, the final table was once again delayed until November 7. The main event once again was a draw for many celebrities to play including:

The last day one, day 1d, had by far the highest number of participants, 2,809 (the lowest was day 1b (4 July), 873).[1] According to news reports, as many as 500 players, including Patrik Antonius, T. J. Cloutier, Layne Flack and Ted Forrest, were denied entry because capacity was filled.[2]

Players started with 30,000 chips, up from 20,000 in previous Main Events.

Performance of past champions[edit]

Name Championship
Year(s)
Day of
Elimination
Amarillo Slim 1972 2-a
Doyle Brunson 1976 and 1977 1-b
Bobby Baldwin 1978 5 (352nd place)
Tom McEvoy 1983 1-c
Berry Johnston 1986 2-a
Johnny Chan 1987 and 1988 2-a
Phil Hellmuth 1989 4 (436th place)
Jim Bechtel 1993 3
Dan Harrington 1995 5 (252nd place)
Huck Seed 1996 1-d
Scotty Nguyen 1998 2-b
Chris Ferguson 2000 4 (561st place)
Carlos Mortensen 2001 3
Robert Varkonyi 2002 2-b
Chris Moneymaker 2003 1-b
Greg Raymer 2004 3
Joe Hachem 2005 6 (103rd place)
Jamie Gold 2006 1-c
Jerry Yang 2007 1-a
Peter Eastgate 2008 6 (78th place)

Other notable high finishes[edit]

NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry.

Place Name Prize
14th Ben Lamb $633,022
24th Antonio Esfandiari $352,832

November Nine[edit]

Main article: November Nine

As in 2008, the final nine players returned on November 7 to complete the event. These players were as follows:

Name Number of chips WSOP
Bracelets
WSOP
Cashes*
WSOP
Earnings*
Darvin Moon 58,930,000 0 0 $0
Eric Buchman 34,800,000 0 9 $320,893
Steven Begleiter 29,885,000 0 0 $0
Jeff Shulman 19,580,000 0 15 $289,551
Joe Cada 13,215,000 0 2 $28,214
Kevin Schaffel 12,390,000 0 2 $92,166
Phil Ivey 9,765,000 7 38 $3,843,018
Antoine Saout 9,500,000 0 0 $0
James Akenhead 6,800,000 0 2 $525,867

*Career statistics prior to the beginning of the 2009 Main Event.

Harrah's deposited the remaining prizepool of $15,847,250 into a risk-free interest-bearing account back on July 16, 2009 up until November 2, 2009. This was the total money left over in the prize pool after each member of the November Nine was paid out ninth-place money ($1,263,602). The remaining money accrued $1,321 in interest and was distributed throughout the payouts.[3] The 2009 final table lasted for 364 hands, including 88 hands of heads up play.[4]

Final table[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st Joe Cada $8,547,042
2nd Darvin Moon $5,182,928
3rd Antoine Saout $3,479,670
4th Eric Buchman $2,502,890
5th Jeff Shulman $1,953,452
6th Steven Begleiter $1,587,160
7th Phil Ivey $1,404,014
8th Kevin Schaffel $1,300,231
9th James Akenhead $1,263,602

Notable achievements[edit]

  • Jeff Lisandro became the first player to win a bracelet in each of the Stud disciplines in the same World Series. In doing so, Lisandro was the first player to win three WSOP bracelets in the same year since Phil Ivey achieved this feat in 2002.
  • In addition to Lisandro, Ivey, Brock Parker and Greg Mueller won multiple bracelets during the series.
  • Ville Wahlbeck, who won Event 12, became the first Finnish player to win a bracelet.
  • Peter Traply, who won Event 41, became the first Hungarian player to win a bracelet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Day 1d of the Main Event, Cardplayer.com
  2. ^ Hundreds Turned Away from the WSOP Main Event, Cardplayer.com
  3. ^ "Live Reporting | 2009 WSOP Main Event - The Final Table". PokerNews. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2010-04-10. [dead link]
  4. ^ Slagter, Josh (2009-11-10). "Poker title goes to Michigan's Cada - Shelby Township resident cashes in on $8.5 million". The Grand Rapids Press. p. C1. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 

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