The $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Poker Tournament: Event 51 of the 39th Annual WSOP in 2008
Set as Event 51 of the 39th Annual World Series of Poker, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. poker tournament took place at the wonderful gambling facilities of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A grand total 803 outstanding poker players signed up for this spectacular event, with a total prize pool of $1,096,095 at stake. At the end of the competition, 80 payouts were made to various participants of this spectacular poker tournament.
Just like all the rest of the exciting events of the 39th Annual World Series of Poker, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. competition of the 39th Annual World Series of Poker ended with a final table match among eight talented poker superstars. The first half of the final table roster was comprised of Matt Grapenthein, Sam Silverman, Esther Rossi, and Tommy Hang. In the meantime, the other half of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. finals lineup was made up of Victor Ramdin, Jason Dollinger, Phil Hellmuth, and James Schaaf.
Non-stop excitement and fun marked the opening rounds of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. poker tournament finals for the 39th Annual World Series of Poker, as each of the remaining participants tried to give out their best for one final push for a prestigious WSOP title. At the final moments of this spectacular showcase of outstanding poker skills and talents, Grapenthein grabbed the eighth place for a prize of $27,511. For the seventh place, Ramdin took the prize of $32,992.
In the ensuing rounds of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. poker tournament finals for the 39th Annual World Series of Poker, Silverman secured the sixth place for a prize valued at $42,966. Next in line, Dollinger took the fifth place as well as the $54,804 prize that went with it. Moving further, the middle rounds ended after Rossi's errors led to a fourth place finish, which was rewarded with a hefty pay of $68,505.
Hellmuth, Hang, and Schaaf starred at the closing moments of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. poker tournament finals for the 39th Annual World Series of Poker. After a few more rounds, Hellmuth ended at the fourth spot, which earned him $93,168. In the meantime, Hang owned the second place as well as the $158,933 prize. Finally, Schaaf's better strategies and more timely plays helped him win this all-important competition. His first place performance won him the grand prize of $256,412, while at the same time earned him an illustrious WSOP championship bracelet. After this all-important victory for Schaaf, things are looking very bright for this young and outstanding poker player.