Event 10 - Winner!


It's all over. The fat lady has sung and we have our Omaha Stud/8 mixed event champion!

Here's how it played out.

Quadzilla Strikes Again!

Tom Chambers was very short so when he had the nut low draw with 9 2 A T on a 3 3 7 flop, he was happy to go to war.

Rouhani hasn't struggled to make big hands at this final table however and called Chambers, flipping up 3 8 2 9 for trips. Still needing to avoid Chambers hitting a low to split, he went one further as the turn came the A to give him the low too.

More was to come though as incredibly a 3 peeled off on the river to give Rouhani quads, the win and the bracelet. That's the second bracelet this series that has been won with quads, following up Grant Hinkle's earlier win, also with quads!

Rouhani picks up a hefty $232,911 for this win.

PokerListings.com passes on our congratulations to Farzad on his win. Superb stuff!

We spoke to Rouhani after his victory.


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Event 10 - Final Table - Two More Down!

The players have been on a dinner break for the last hour but have just returned. Here's the early action from the felt.

Rampant Rouhani

Rouhani has taken a stranglehold on the competition. Being dealt monster hands always helps though!

In the Stud/8 competition, he forced a fold out of Tom Chambers showing A-A-K-K then followed this up by crippling Miami John after hitting a flush on seventh street.

Yuequi'n Go Now (4th)

Yuequi Zhu made a move to double his stack in the Omaha/8 with A 5 Q 9 but Rouhani's run of great hands continued unabated as he found A A 3 K to bust Zhu.

Zhu picked up $63,807 to ease his woes.

Cernuto Is Finito (3rd)

Although Miami John doubled up after being crippled by Rouhani, it proved a temporary stay of execution.

He got his final few chips in in reasonable shape with bottom two pair versus the gutshot and nine high flush draw of Rouhani, but Rouhani hasn't missed much in recent times and a spade on the river sent Cernuto off to the bar, leaving Farzad Rouhani and Tom Chambers heads up for the bracelet!

It will be a miracle if Chambers can turn round the 160k to 1.6 million chip deficit he faces...






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Event 10 - Down to Five

We are down to five at this final table with the elimination of young-gun John Racener. Farzad Rouhani is still the chip leader but the distribution of markers across the table is starting to even out. Read on for details on that last exit as well as some other action we've seen.

Racener Ravaged (6th)

John Racener was extremely shortstacked and was forced into action on the last hand of his tournament. He picked up a great hand to make a stand with two kings in the hole but woud be unable to make it hold up. By the time all seven cards were out for each player Farzad Rouhani had made a flush which was more than enough to cut short Racener's chances at the bracelet.

He's out in 6th and takes $37,481 for his trouble.

The Miami Double

The biggest name left at this final table, "Miami" John Cernuto, has just doubled, earning himself a few inches of breathing room as he attempts to lock up his fourth WSOP bracelet. He began the hand with rolled up jacks and ended up with a full house which was good against a pair of deuces from Zhu.

Zhu on Life Support

The most obvious choice for the next elimination is now Yueqi Zhu. The levels are now putting serious pressure on everyone but Zhu most of all. We'll be paying special attention to see if he can get himself back in this thing.

New Kizzounts

Here's a look at the newest in counts for our five remaining players, courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Farzad Rouhani
John Cernuto
Tom Chambers
Greg Pappas
Yueqi Zhu


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Event 10 - Down to Six

Things are heating up at this final table! In this last level we've seen some chips exchange hands as well as two eliminations. Read on for those as well as newly-updated counts.

Serious Shortstackery!

The levels are really starting to become a factor in this tournament and the fact that Farzad Rouhani is sitting on almost half the chips in play isn’t helping matters for the shortstacked players. It seems the relative inactivity since this final table began has finally caught up with the players. Stay tuned as the eliminations will be coming one after another soon enough.

Mowczan Mowed Down (7th)

Daniel Mowczan, who reportedly passes the time collecting watches and repairing vintage pinball machines, seriously, has been eliminated. He was short and got all-in in a three-way pot against Tom Chambers and John Racener in a hand of Omaha.

The board read Q J 7 and Chambers bet out. Mowczan called all-in and Racener called as well. Racener and Chambers checked the J on the turn before the T hit the turn. Racener bet out and after Chambes got out of the way Racener tabled A K 6 2 for the nut straight.

We couldn't see Mowczan's hand but we can only assume it was inferior. He's out in 7th and will take $28,557.

Grinder Grounded (8th)

We’ve finally lost a player at this final table. Unfortunately for poker fans and media it was Michael “Grinder” Mizrachi to hit the bricks. Mizrachi is certainly one of the most media-friendly pros around so it’s a shame to see him go.

We weren’t in attendance for his final hand but we do know he was knocked off by Yueqi Zhu. Mizrachi was all-in and unable to come up with a winning high or low. Mizrachi is out in 8th and will take $24,095 for his trouble.

Farzad Rouhani
Yueqi Zhu
John Racener
Greg Pappas
Tom Chambers$245,000
John Cernuto


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Event 10 - Mixed Hi-Lo Ho!

The final table for this, the most exciting of events, is underway. The visceral intensity of Omaha 8 and the cerebral rollercoaster of Stud 8 together at last! The final nine are in their seats and have been trading blows for the last hour. Read on for a rundown of the action as well as the current chip counts.

Current Counts

Here are the most up-to-date counts, straight from the good people at www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Farzad Rouhani
John Cernuto
Michael Mizrachi $225,000
Tom Chambers
Greg Pappas
John Racener
Yueqi Zhu$130,000
Daniel Mowczan$115,000

A Fine Grind

Michael "Grinder" Mizrachi is certainly one of the better known pros at this table and just gave us a small demonstration of why he deserves the respect. Driving the action until the final board read Q 6 4 Q 5 Grinder was looked up by big-stack Farzad Rouhani.

Grinder tabled A 9 5 2 which was good for the nut low and a flush for the high. His opponent also held A-2 which earned him one half of the low end of the pot.

Racener Out of the Gate

John Racener wasted no time getting involved at this final table but, unfortunately for him, his first altercation would result in doubling up opponent Yueqi Zhu. We arrived to see the board reading J T T 8 5 and the remainder of Zhu's stack being pushed into the middle.

Racener made a crying call and turned over A Q K 2 while Zhu tabled A A 4 3 which was good for the pot and the double.

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Event Name Event 10, Omaha Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 5 June 2008
Final Day 7 June 2008
Buy In $2,500
Entrants 388
Prize Pool $892,400
First Prize $232,911
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 25 0/0
Level 1 0 50/75
Level 2 25 0/0
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 25 0/0
Level 3 0 75/150
Level 4 0 100/200
Level 4 50 0/0
Level 5 75 0/0
Level 5 0 150/300
Level 6 100 0/0
Level 6 0 200/400
Level 7 100 0/0
Level 7 0 300/500
Level 8 0 300/600
Level 8 100 0/0
Level 9 200 0/0
Level 9 0 400/800
Level 10 200 0/0
Level 10 0 500/1000
Level 11 300 0/0
Level 11 0 600/1200
Level 12 0 500/1500
Level 12 300 0/0
Level 13 500 0/0
Level 13 0 1000/2000
Level 14 500 0/0
Level 14 0 1300/2500
Level 15 0 1500/3000
Level 15 700 0/0
Level 16 1000 0/0
Level 16 0 2000/4000
Level 17 1000 0/0
Level 17 0 2500/5000
Level 18 1500 0/0
Level 18 0 3000/6000
Level 19 0 4000/8000
Level 19 2000 0/0
Level 20 2000 0/0
Level 20 0 5000/10000
Level 21 3000 0/0
Level 21 0 6000/12000
Level 22 0 8000/15000
Level 22 3000 0/0
Level 23 5000 0/0
Level 23 0 10000/20000
Level 24 5000 0/0
Level 24 0 13000/25000
Level 25 0 15000/30000
Level 25 7000 0/0
Level 26 10000 0/0
Level 26 0 20000/40000
Level 27 10000 0/0
Level 27 0 25000/50000
Level 28 15000 0/0
Level 28 0 30000/60000

Farzad Rouhani

Event 10, Omaha Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Farzad Rouhani $232,911
2. Tom Chambers $142,784
3. "Miami" John Cernuto $86,117
4. Yuequi Zhu $63,807
5. Greg Pappas $48,190
6. John Racener $37,481
7. Daniel Mowczan $28,557
8. Michael Mizrachi $24,095
9. Tad Jurgens $19,633
10. Jared Okun $19,633