There's a lot of dead money, but there's a lot of good players - don't get me wrong. I got hit by the deck yesterday and I just ran over the players. I had tremendously good starting hands and got paid off.
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (PRWEB) June 21, 2008
Down to just two players in the Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo World Championship - famed poker icon Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and a young German unknown - most observers expected a very short and very decisive heads-up match, ending in a sixth career gold bracelet for Jesus.
But, as the World Series is famous for, things didn't exactly go according to plan; four hours later, Day 21 of PokerListings.com's com's live coverage of the 2008 World Series of Poker* wrapped with a surprising new champion - 24-year-old Sebastian Ruthenberg.
The win, however, was undeniably well-deserved. The field on the whole was peppered with top quality talent, with David Benyamine, Allen Cunningham and Howard Lederer among the pros bubbling the final table and Marcel Luske, Steve Sung, Annie Duke and Ferguson filling four of the final eight seats.
But the young German pro more than held his own throughout, playing confident poker and rarely backing down to the big names surrounding him. Entering heads-up play down 2-1 in chips, he even dropped to just 200,000 at one point, but still managed to hang on and storm back for the victory.
Joining Ruthenberg in the winner's circle on Day 21 was another lesser-known player on the poker circuit, Luis Velador, who used unrelenting aggression to build a huge chip lead and then held on for the win in Event 32, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.
Said Velador in his exclusive PokerListings.com post-win interview:
"There's a lot of dead money, but there's a lot of good players - don't get me wrong. I got hit by the deck yesterday and I just ran over the players. I had tremendously good starting hands and got paid off."
Exclusive PokerListings.com post-win interviews with all bracelet winners so far this year can be found here.
Live 2008 WSOP* coverage continues daily at PokerListings.com with updates, blogs, player interviews and photos directly from the Rio for all ongoing events.
Feature events over the weekend include the final tables of Event 37, $10,000 World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better, and Event 38, $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em. Saturday also sees the start of yet another World Series special - Event 39, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em.
Live coverage is, as always, capped off by the PokerListings.com daily video recap with host Amy Macbride, bringing viewers up to speed on all of the day's big winners, critical hands and major talking points.
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