2008 World Series of Poker
The 2008 World Series of Poker was the 39th annual World Series of Poker. Held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, the series began on May 30, 2008, featured 55 poker championships in several variants. All events but the $10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas hold'em Main Event, the most prestigious of the WSOP events, ended by July 15; as has been the WSOP custom since 1976, each of the event winners received a championship bracelet in addition to that event's prize money, which ranged from $87,929 to $9,119,517. Highlights of the 2008 series include the selection of Erick Lindgren, who won a bracelet and made three final tables, as recipient of the "Player of the Year Award". Nikolay Evdakov led all players with a record 10 money finishes, Phil Hellmuth set a WSOP record of 41 career final tables; the Main Event, which began with 6,844 participants, was suspended once the event was down to the nine players needed for the final table. This year was the first in which the Main Event was suspended in this fashion, a change introduced at ESPN's request to allow the television network to do a same-day Main Event broadcast.
In a stunning statistical improbability, Justin Phillips knocked out Motoyuki Mabuchi in the Main Event. Phillips held a Royal Flush and Mabuchi held quad aces. One of the broadcasters, Lon McEachern, mentioned on air that the chances of such a showdown occurring were 1:2.7 billion. Ray Romano had just sat down at the table. Nikolay Evdakov set a WSOP record for most cashes at a single World Series with 10; the previous record of eight was held by five players: Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Humberto Brenes, Michael Binger, Chad Brown. Evdakov's achievement represents the most cashes by a player at one WSOP without reaching a single final table. Hellmuth, who made two final tables, established a new WSOP career record of 41 final tables, two more than T. J. Cloutier. Scotty Nguyen became the first player to hold both a Main Event and a $50,000 H. O. R. S. E World Championship bracelet. Several nationals were the first from their country to win bracelets. Brazilian Alexandre Gomes won Event 48 to become the first South American player to win a WSOP bracelet since Ecuadorian-born Carlos Mortensen won the 2001 Main Event.
Rob Hollink won Event 30, becoming the first Dutch WSOP bracelet winner, Davidi Kitai won Event 38, becoming the first Belgian player to win a bracelet. The 2008 Main Event final table took 15 hours and 28 minutes to play, beating the previous record of 14 hours and 2 minutes in 2005; the $10,000 World Championship No Limit Texas Hold'em Main Event began on July 3 with the first of four starting days. After reaching the final table of nine players on July 14, the final table was delayed until November 9; this change in schedule was made to allow ESPN to broadcast the final table on November 11, shortly after it was played. All final table players were paid ninth place prize money in July, with the remaining prize pool distributed in November. Instead of the Amazon Room, aka "the Poker Room," where all of the events were held, the final table would be held in the Penn and Teller Theatre. On November 9, players played down from nine to two and the winner was decided the next night; the final table consisted of 274 hands in total.
After a large decrease in Main Event participants in 2007 compared to 2006, the number increased in 2008 but was still far from the 2006 number. As in 2007, the payout structure is flatter than in 2006 and before, with the lowest payouts at $21,230, as compared to $10,616 in 2006; the "last woman standing" in the 2008 Main Event was Tiffany Michelle. Celebrities best known from television and professional sports, among other areas participated, with two placing in the money; the list includes: Out in Day 1: Jason Alexander, Nick Cannon, José Canseco, Jeff Fenech, Larry Flynt, Forrest Griffin, Orel Hershiser, Chuck Liddell, Brad May, Mekhi Phifer, Sam Simon, Jennifer Tilly, David Wells. Out in Day 2: Paul Azinger, Bruce Buffer, Shannon Elizabeth, Sully Erna, Ray Romano. Out in Day 3: Andy Griggs, Shane Warne. Out in Day 4: Steve Davis. Out in Day 5: Kara Scott. *Career statistics prior to the beginning of the 2008 Main Event At the age of 22, Peter Eastgate became the youngest Main Event winner, surpassing Phil Hellmuth, 24 when he won in 1989 and became the first European to capture the title since Carlos Mortensen won in 2001.
His winning hand was a five high straight known as a "wheel", made from his hole cards A♦ 5♠ and three of the community cards which were 2♦ K♠ 3♥ 4♣ 7♠, while his opponent Ivan Demidov lost with 4♥ 2♥ for two pair. NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry. Twenty past WSOP Main Event champions, representing 22 bracelets, participated in the 2008 Main Event. Two champions from the late 1980s finished in the money: Johnny Chan placed 329th for $32,166, Phil Hellmuth finished 45th for $154,400
A farmer is a person engaged in agriculture, raising living organisms for food or raw materials. The term applies to people who do some combination of raising field crops, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock. A farmer might own the farmed land or might work as a laborer on land owned by others, but in advanced economies, a farmer is a farm owner, while employees of the farm are known as farm workers, or farmhands. However, in the not so distant past, a farmer was a person who promotes or improves the growth of by labor and attention, land or crops or raises animals. Farming dates back as far as the Neolithic. By the Bronze Age, the Sumerians had an agriculture specialized labor force by 5000–4000 BCE, depended on irrigation to grow crops, they relied on three-person teams. The Ancient Egypt farmers relied and irrigated their water from the Nile. Animal husbandry, the practice of rearing animals for farming purposes, has existed for thousands of years. Dogs were domesticated in East Asia about 15,000 years ago.
Goats and sheep were domesticated around 8000 BCE in Asia. Swine or pigs were domesticated by 7000 BCE in China; the earliest evidence of horse domestication dates to around 4000 BCE. In the U. S. of the 1930s, one farmer could only produce enough food to feed three other consumers. A modern-day farmer produces enough food to feed well over a hundred people. However, some authors consider this estimate to be flawed, as it does not take into account that farming requires energy and many other resources which have to be provided by additional workers, so that the ratio of people fed to farmers is smaller than 100 to 1. More distinct terms are used to denote farmers who raise specific domesticated animals. For example, those who raise grazing livestock, such as cattle, sheep and horses, are known as ranchers, graziers, or stockmen. Sheep and cattle farmers might be referred to as shepherds and cowherds; the term dairy farmer is applied to those engaged in milk production, whether from cattle, sheep, or other milk producing animals.
A poultry farmer is one who concentrates on raising chickens, ducks, or geese, for either meat, egg, or feather production, or all three. A person who raises a variety of vegetables for market may be called a truck farmer or market gardener. Dirt farmer is one who farms his own land. In developed nations, a farmer is defined as someone with an ownership interest in crops or livestock, who provides land or management in their production; those who provide only labor are most called farmhands. Alternatively, growers who manage farmland for an absentee landowner, sharing the harvest are known as sharecroppers or sharefarmers. In the context of agribusiness, a farmer is defined broadly, thus many individuals not engaged in full-time farming can nonetheless qualify under agricultural policy for various subsidies and tax deductions. In the context of developing nations or other pre-industrial cultures, most farmers practice a meager subsistence agriculture—a simple organic farming system employing crop rotation, seed saving and burn, or other techniques to maximize efficiency while meeting the needs of the household or community.
One subsisting in this way may have been known as a peasant. In developed nations, however, a person using such techniques on small patches of land might be called a gardener and be considered a hobbyist. Alternatively, one might be driven into such practices by poverty or, ironically—against the background of large-scale agribusiness—might become an organic farmer growing for discerning consumers in the local food market. Farmers are members of local, regional, or national farmers' unions or agricultural producers' organizations and can exert significant political influence; the Grange movement in the United States was effective in advancing farmers' agendas against railroad and agribusiness interests early in the 20th century. The FNSEA is politically active in France pertaining to genetically modified food. Agricultural producers, both small and large, are represented globally by the International Federation of Agricultural Producers, representing over 600 million farmers through 120 national farmers' unions in 79 countries.
Farmed products might be sold either directly from a farm. In a subsistence economy, farm products might to some extent be either consumed by the farmer's family or pooled by the community. There are several occupational hazards for those in agriculture. Farmers can encounter and be stung or bitten by dangerous insects and other arthropods, including scorpions, fire ants, bees and hornets. Farmers work around heavy machinery which can kill or injure them. Farmers can establish muscle and joints pains from repeated work. Notes Bibliography Media related to Farmers at Wikimedia Commons The dictionary definition of farmer at Wiktionary
John Joseph Bonetti was an American professional poker player from Houston, Texas. Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Bonetti began playing poker at the age of 54, won three bracelets at the World Series of Poker in the 1990s. Bonetti made several notable finishes in the No Limit Texas hold'em WSOP Main Event: 1987 23rd place - $10,000 1989 16th place - $12,500 1990 8th place - $33,400 1992 12th place - $10,100 1993 3rd place - $210,000 1996 3rd place - $341,250Bonetti finished on the television bubble, 7th place, of the World Poker Tour Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, winning $86,377. Between May 1987 and February 2003, Bonetti won more than 40 poker tournaments. On June 27, 2008, Bonetti died at the age of 80. Bonetti's total live tournament winnings were $4,188,332, his 32 cashes at the WSOP accounted for $1,743,993 of those winnings
Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, United States, located southeast of Phoenix, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Once known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World", It is the sixth-largest municipality in Arizona, the fifth-largest in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area. Gilbert encompasses 76 square miles and has made a rapid transformation from an agriculture-based community to an economically diverse suburban center located in the southeast valley of the Greater Phoenix area. In the last three decades, Gilbert has grown at an high rate, increasing in population from 5,717 in 1980 to 208,453 as of the 2010 census; the town grew at an average annual growth rate of nearly 13% during this 30-year period. In 2017, the town's population was estimated to be at 242,354. Gilbert owes its beginnings to William "Bobby" Gilbert who provided land to the Arizona Eastern Railway in 1902 to construct a rail line between Phoenix and Florence, Arizona. Ayer's Grocery Store, the first store in Gilbert, opened in 1910 and became the location of the first post office in 1912.
The location of the town post office moved several times before settling on the east side of Gilbert Road in downtown, where it still stands today. In 1912, many Mormons who had fled the Mormon colonies in Mexico due to the actions of the forces of Pancho Villa settled in Gilbert. By 1915, they began holding church meetings at the Gilbert Elementary School. In 1918, they were organized into the Gilbert Ward. Incorporated in July 1920, Gilbert was a farming community fueled by the rail line and construction of the Roosevelt Dam and the Eastern and Consolidated Canals, it remained an agricultural town for many years and was known as the "Hay Capital of the World" from 1911 until the late 1920s. Gilbert is located in the southeast portion of the Phoenix metropolitan area, it is northeast of Chandler. According to the United States Census Bureau, in the 2000 Census, the town had an estimated area of 40 square miles; as of 2009, due to annexations the current Municipal Planning Area of Gilbert has a total area of 76.0 square miles, of which 75.76 square miles is land and 0.24 square miles is water.
Gilbert has a tropical and subtropical, hot desert type of climate with dry and hot summers, mild to warm winters, with a little amount of rainfall. As of the census of 2010, there were 208,453 people, 74,147 housing units, 3.01 persons per household. Fastest growing municipality in the United States from 1990–2003 4th fastest growing municipality in the United States Ranked by CNN's Money magazine in 2008 as one of the best places to live in the United States One of the top 25 safest cities in the United States 34.5% of Gilbert residents hold a bachelor's degree or higher. Highest household median income in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area with population 50,000+ According to Nielsen's Claritas demographics, in 2009 the racial makeup of the town was: 81.51% White 15.39% Hispanics or Latinos 3.08% Black or African American 0.79% Native American 4.70% Asian 0.23% Pacific Islander 5.97% from other races 3.73% from two or more races2009 estimated population data by gender/age: 31.37 average age male/female 50.22% male 30.03 est. average age 49.78% female 31.82 est. average age 37.14% population under 21 33.25% population under 18 70.01% population over 16 66.76% population over 18 62.86% population over 21 5.30% population over 652009 estimated population age 15+ by marital status: 20.87% never married 66.71% married, spouse present 2.23% married, spouse absent 2.11% widowed 8.07% divorced2009 estimated population age 25+ educational attainment: 92.33% high school/GED or higher 37.5% bachelor's degree or higher 10.46% master's degree or higher2009 estimated household by household income: $109,213 average household income $89,077 median household income $35,559 per capita Income 2.28% of families are below the poverty level Various religious denominations are represented in Gilbert.
The town has been known for its high population of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a fact evidenced by the building of [ dedicated March 2, 2014. According to the town's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: These performers have been associated with Gilbert: Elektrolytes, dance crew that won season 7 of America's Best Dance Crew Lydia, band Scary Kids Scaring Kids, band Lindsey Stirling, violinist and performer. Washington, DC-based CQ Press rated Gilbert the "safest municipality in Arizona, 25th safest in the nation."Since Gilbert remains incorporated as a town, it lacks the additional powers possessed by nearby Mesa and Chandler, which are incorporated as cities. For instance, Arizona towns do not have as much power to regulate utilities and construction within their borders as cities possess. Unlike most of its neighboring communities, Gilbert is theoretically vulnerable to annexation; the town is part of Arizona's 5th congressional district, represented by Republican and Gilbert resident Andy Biggs.
The mayor of Gilbert is Jenn Daniels. Gilbert is rated as a town of low crime. According to FBI records, Gilbert was the largest town in the United States with zero murders in 2005, 2007, 2014. Most of Gilbert is zoned to schools in the Gilbert Public Schools, while other portions are zoned to districts including the Chandler Unified School District, Mesa Public Schools, the Higley Unified School District
Bryan W. "Sailor" Roberts was an American professional poker player. Before becoming a poker professional, Roberts was a rounder and traveled the country looking for games with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim. In addition to his career as a poker player, he was a renowned contract bridge player. Roberts participated in the first World Series of Poker in 1970 along with Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson, Puggy Pearson, Crandell Addington, Carl Cannon. Roberts won his first WSOP bracelet at the 1974 World Series of Poker in the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event, he won the 1975 World Series of Poker Main Event, gaining his second and final WSOP bracelet and $210,000. Roberts earned his nickname "Sailor" for having served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Roberts died on June 1995 from cirrhosis caused by hepatitis, he was posthumously inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2012. Hendon Mob tournament results
Andrew Elliot Bloch is a professional poker player. He holds a JD from Harvard Law School. While studying at MIT, Bloch became part of the MIT blackjack team, featured in the book Bringing Down the House. Bloch said, he was one of the members of the team to play in Monte Carlo as detailed in Ben Mezrich's Busting Vegas. Bloch was featured in the blackjack documentary The Hot Shoe, as well as starring in his own instructional blackjack DVD, Beating Blackjack, which explains card counting. Bloch started playing poker in 1992, entering some small $35 weekly tournaments once a month. By the end of the year, he had won one of the World Poker Finals tournaments, a $100 entry fee no-limit Texas hold'em tournament; that was the first time he played no-limit Texas hold'em. In 1997, Bloch skipped the last week of law school classes to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event, he was the guinea pig in a low-tech hole card cam trial. Tom Sims was looking for a volunteer to "sweat" and record all his hole cards, Bloch agreed.
His records turned into a two-part CardPlayer Magazine article. After passing the bar exam in 1999, Bloch decided to delay his law career and went back to playing poker, his law career got delayed further after making two WSOP final tables in 2001, a first-place finish back at Foxwoods in 2002, two World Poker Tour final tables during its first season, finishing third both times. In 2005, Bloch chose to boycott the WPT in protest of its player release process. Bloch returned to the WPT after a lawsuit initiated by seven high-profile poker players, including Chris Ferguson and Phil Gordon, was settled in 2008. Bloch was the second season winner of the Ultimate Poker Challenge, he was a member of "Team Full Tilt" at Full Tilt Poker prior to the site closing down. At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Bloch finished second in the $50,000 H. O. R. S. E. Event when his 9♣ 8♠ failed to improve against David "Chip" Reese's A♣ Q♣ in the final hand, on a board of J♠ 7♣ 7♠ 4♥ 4♠; the heads-up battle was the longest recorded in WSOP history.
In 2006, he defeated Phil Laak heads up to win the Pro-Am Poker Equalizer, taking the grand prize of $500,000. The tournament was broadcast in early 2007 on ESPN. In March 2008, Andy Bloch finished runner-up to Chris Ferguson in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, he would defeat Ferguson that year in Season 5 of Poker After Dark. Bloch finished runner-up to Nenad Medić in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em World Championship at the 2008 World Series of Poker, earning $488,048; as of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceeded $4,200,000. His 24 cashes as the WSOP account for $2,149,821 of those winnings. Bloch won his first WSOP bracelet on June 2012 in a $1,500 Seven Card Stud event; the event started with 367 players and ended with a final table that included David Williams and Barry Greenstein. He defeated Greenstein in heads-up play to win the bracelet and $126,363. Bloch donated 100% of his winnings on Full Tilt Poker to various charities around the world. After qualifying for the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event via a tournament on the website, Bloch decided that any money he won in the event would go directly to charity.
He is contributing $100,000 of his winnings from the Pro-Am Equalizer to charities working in Darfur. Official site Full Tilt Poker profile HoboTrashcan.com interview Online Poker Center interview
Jack "Treetop" Straus was an American professional poker player. He is best known for winning the 1982 World Series of Poker Main Event, where he was able to come back from being down to one chip earlier in the tournament, which gave meaning to the poker phrase "a chip and a chair". In addition, Straus is known for pulling off one of the best bluffs in the history of poker. Straus began playing in World Series of Poker events in the early 1970s, he finished in fourth place in the 1972 Main Event. He won his first bracelet in 1973 in the $3,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event and finished in third place in the Main Event that year, he won the 1982 World Series of Poker Main Event, earning a second WSOP bracelet. His appearances at the final table of the Main Event in 1972, 1973, 1982 put him in a small elite group players to have made the final table three or more times. Other players to have done this include Main Event champions like Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, Johnny Chan, Dan Harrington.
Famously, Straus's 1982 win was a comeback after being down to a single $500 chip the origin of the common tournament poker aphorism: "a chip and a chair." Although accounts vary, the most common story is that he pushed his chips into the pot, was called and lost the hand. Straus had thought he was eliminated from the tournament, but when he got up, he discovered he had one chip left under a napkin on the table; because he did not declare himself all-in, the tournament directors allowed him to continue playing. Modern lore says that this feat occurred at the final table, but the 2005 book All In, which documents the history of the WSOP, confirms that it occurred early in the second day, did leave him with a $500 chip before his comeback. Straus is credited with one of the most celebrated bluffs of all time. While playing in a high-stakes no limit Texas Hold'em cash game, Straus had won several large pots in a row and so decided that he would raise the next hand pre-flop with any two cards; when he looked down he found that he had been dealt 7-2 offsuit, the worst starting hand in Texas Hold'em, playing a'rush', he raised anyway.
Straus's raise was called by a single opponent and the flop came 7-3-3. This was a good flop for a 7-2, so Straus bet out; however his tight opponent made a large raise, indicating a overpair to the board. Straus knew he was certainly behind, but he decided that he might be able to beat his opponent by representing trip threes, so he called the large raise; the turn was a 2, for a board of 7-3-3-2, no help to Straus with a better pair on the board, but he made a huge bet anyway. This set his opponent thinking deeply. Straus knew that he was desperate to avoid a call, as his chances of drawing out to win on the river were slim. After a few minutes, Straus offered his opponent a proposition, he told him that for $25, he could choose either one of Straus's hole cards and Straus would show it to him. The guy considered for a while tossed Straus $25 and chose a card. Straus showed him the deuce. After another long pause, his opponent figured that Straus would only make such an offer if both his hole-cards were deuces, therefore giving him a full house, deuces over threes.
He reluctantly folded, Jack Straus entered poker folklore as one of the most creative bluffers of all time. The bluff was depicted in the Stu Ungar biopic Stuey. Straus was nicknamed "Treetop" because he was 6'6". While it has been reported that he had played varsity basketball there, his name does not appear on the school's all-time list of basketball letter earners. Aside from his poker-playing, he was well known as a marksman, a big-game hunter, an erudite wit. After his championship win, Straus continued to play poker until his death, he died of an aortic aneurysm on August 17, 1988 at the age of 58 while playing in a high-stakes poker game at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. He was posthumously inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame that year. Straus's live poker tournament winnings exceeded $750,000