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2008 WSOP Event #45: $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship

WSOP, 2008-06-30, by Ozone

The third annual $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship at the WSOP drew an identical field size to last year, 148. After five long, hard-fought days of poker, Scotty Nguyen claimed his fifth WSOP bracelet and the largest cash of his career. To illustrate how much poker has grown in recent years, Nguyen's first bracelet came in the 1998 WSOP Main Event. That win earned him $1,000,000. Ten years later, he won nearly double that much for winning the H.O.R.S.E. championship. Nguyen now has $9.5 million in career tournament winnings which puts him 6th all-time behind Jamie Gold, Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, Allen Cunningham, and Phil Hellmuth.

Needless to say, Scotty's win came amongst some formidable foes. A young player who honed his skills through online poker, Michael DeMichele, finished second and earned an impressive $1.2 million. DeMichele clearly possesses some talent in non-hold'em variants; earlier this series he finished 4th in the $10,000 buy-in mixed event.

Erick Lindgren continued his stunning year at the WSOP with a 3rd place finish ($781,000). With a win and a 4th place finish in previous events, Erick now holds a slim lead over Barry Greenstein for 2008 WSOP POY.

Greenstein's 6th place effort in this tournament kept Lindgren in close sights for POY honors and added $355,000 to his career winnings.

Matt Glantz and Lyle Berman finished 4th and 5th. Huck Seed and Patrick Bueno rounded out the final table in 7th and 8th. Others in the money included Phil Ivey (12th), Daniel Negreanu (13th), and Doyle Brunson (16th).

This event and the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha championship, which is currently in action, are the last two World Championship events before this weekend's much anticipated Main Event.

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