2009 World Series of Poker Winners (Events 1 – 3)

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2009 World Series of Poker

The 2009 World Series of Poker, the game's marquee event of the year is officially in full swing at Las Vegas' Rio Hotel and Casino.  Thousands of players from all over the world have descended into Sin City with dreams of becoming poker's next household name and looking to earn one of the coveted bracelets awarded to each event's winner.

As of this morning, 3 tournaments are in the books with the 4th, the special $1,000 buy in stimulus tournament wrapping up in the wee hours last night

Event #1 Results - No Limit Hold'em Casino Employees

The 1st event of this year's series was the $500 No-Limit Hold'em Casino Employees tournament where Andrew Cohen, a bartender and former NYC resident was able to outlast a field of 866 to earn his biggest tournament win ever.

Below is a list of the top 10 finishers along with their respective prizes.

1     Andrew Cohen     $83,833
2     Paul Peterson         $51,787
3     Casey Kuhn         $33,923
4     Grant Yasui         $23,483
5     Dulay Elpidio         $17,127
6     Robert Rooney     $13,125
7     John McAvoy         $10,545
8     Ferdinand Boleski     $8,865
9     Sam Porter         $7,782
10     Jonathan Williams     $5,502

Event 2 Results - $40K No Limit Hold'em

Event 2 is considered by many to be one of the more prestigious events at this year's series, if not all of poker.  The $40,000 No Limit Hold em event was held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the tournament series and taking down the top prize in a field of 201 of poker's best was up and coming Russian poker pro Vitaly Lunkin. His impressive showing earned him close to $1.9 Million.

Below is a list of the top 10 finishers of event #2 with their prize money earned:

1     Vitaly Lunkin         $1,891,012
2     Isaac Haxton         $1,168,566
3     Greg Raymer         $774,927
4     Dani Stern         $548,315
5     Justin Bonomo     $413,166
6     Alec Torelli         $329,730
7     Lex Veldhuis $277,940
8     Noah Schwartz     $246,834
9     Ted Forrest         $230,317
10     Antanas Guoga     $172,120

Event #3 - Omaha 8 or Better

Event 3 was an Omaha 8 or better tournament with a buy in of $1,500.  In perhaps one of the greatest accomplishments in WSOP history, Thang Luu defeated the field of 918 players and took home the bracelet in the event for the 2nd straight year.  Perhaps even more impressive is that in 2007, Luu was the runner up in the very same event.  It will be interesting to see if he will be able to 3-peat next year, becoming the first player in WSOP history to perform the feat.

Below is a list of the top finishers for this event:

1     Thang Luu         $263,135
2     Ed Smith         $162,110
3     Ming Reslock         $106,373
4     Robert Price         $73,405
5     Pascal Leyo         $53,293
6     Jordan Rich         $40,612
7     Jim Geary         $32,404
8     Freddy Deeb         $27,029
9     Senovio Ramirez III     $23,520

Events will be running every day for the next 3 weeks.  Be sure to check back in for more updates.

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