Barry Greenstein has been a fixture at the WSOP in recent years, and has been cashing in events since 1992. His third cash of 2008 would bring him the third bracelet of his career, after he topped a field of 453 players.
Seats, players and chip totals for the final table were as follows:
1 Chris Viox-359,500
8 Barry Greenstein-243,000
4 Brandon Leeds-206,500
2 Joseph Michael1-55,000 3 Anargyros Karabourniotis aka Archie Karas-113,000
7 Mark Tenner-108,500
5 Chris Klodnicki-105,000
6 Mike Wattel-74,000
The first player eliminated from the final table was Mike Wattel. He had the opportunity to triple up in a three way pot with Barry Greenstein and Chris Viox, but was unable to come up with the best hand.
At the end of the hand their cards were:
Viox’s wheel would win the pot and Wattel would be go home in 8th place, earning $16,495.
Archie Karas was short stacked with only 16,000 chips when he moved all-in on third street. He would make 8-low on seventh street, only to be trumped by Brandon Leeds and his 6-low. Karas pocketed $19,607 for his 7th place finish.
Another short stack would be eliminated when Joseph Michael would re-raise Viox with his remaining 35,000 chips. Both men were showing 7 at the time, but Viox would hold 8-7-6-4-A at the end of the hand, while Michael would show 9-7-6-4-3. A 6th place finish would allow Michael to pocket $25,831.
Brandon Leeds chose to move all-in while showing A-2. Chip leader, Chris Viox called with A-6. When the final cards fell, Viox was holding 6-5-4-2-A while Leeds held 8-6-4-3-A. Leeds would walk away in 5th place, with a $33,301 payday.
Mark Tenner was all-in against Chris Klodnicki on fifth street, and the hand was in the air until the final cards hit the felt. Tenner’s final card was a J, giving him J-7-6-2-A. Klodnicki won the pot with his 7-6-4-3-2. Tenner was eliminated in 4th place, earning $43,571.
It took several hours for the remaining 3 to move to heads-up play. The hand that would make it two was a thriller. Viox moved all in on 5th street, and was called by Klodnicki. Both players turned up their cards:
Viox: 7-4-6-K-2Klodnicki: 9-4-2-Q-3
Viox would take a huge lead on sixth street with an ace, while Klodnicki would take a 5, giving him a chance to win the hand with only a 6 or an ace on his final card. Klodnicki would hit the wheel on the river. Viox was eliminated in 3rd place, earning $59,132.
Going in to heads-up play, Greenstein held 985,000 chips to Klodnicki’s 380,000. On his final hand, Klodnicki would raise all-in on third street with a 3. Greenstein would call with an ace. Their cards at the end of the hand:
Klodnicki: A-K-3-K-8-6-3Greenstein: 4-9-A-J-4-9-7
Klodnicki’s K-8-6-3-A would lose to Greenstein’s J-9-4-7-A. A 2nd place finish would earn Klodnicki $98,034. Greenstein won his third WSOP bracelet and $158,659. Shortly after accepting his new bracelet, he hurried over to $10,000 Limit Hold’em World Championship event, attempting to win bracelet number four.