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Yevgeney Podolsky Wins the 2008 California State Poker Championship

Gioi Luong and Minh Nguyen Each Win Preliminary Events


The 18 events that comprised the 2008 California State Poker Championship have come to a conclusion at Commerce Casino in Southern California, and Yevgeney Podolsky has been crowned the champion of the $1,500 no-limit hold’em championship event. Podolsky emerged from a field of 484 players to win $183,120 in prize money and 960 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points. The total prize pool for the championship was $704,220.

Gioi LuongGioi Luong took 11th place and took home $7,390 prize money, but this was not his first cash at the tournament series in the largest poker room in the world. Luong took 15th place in Event No. 14 ($500 no-limit hold’em) and he won Event No. 12 ($300 no-limit hold’em w/re-buys). The re-buy event attracted 380 entries and they re-bought 406 times, as well as purchased 96 add-ons. This built a nice first-place prize for Luong, totaling $69,294. Luong also picked up 456 POY points.

Another professional that came up big in a preliminary $300 no-limit hold’em re-buy event was Minh Nguyen, who took home $81,481 when he won Event No. 5. This event attracted 421 players, and they re-bought 516 times, as well as purchased 140 add-ons. Nguyen was awarded 480 POY points for the win.

Two players that are a little less known had success at the California State Poker Championship as well. Harry Lee won two events, taking homing the top prize in Event No. 8 ($500 no-limit hold’em) to win $34,045 and 300 POY points, and Event No. 11 ($300 H.O.R.S.E.) to win $16,092 and 216 POY points. Dung Le also made two final tables at Commerce. Le won Event No. 2 ($300 no-limit hold’em) to win $24,356 and 360 POY points. He followed that up by making the final table in Event No. 8 ($500 no-limit hold’em) and finishng in fourth place to take home $8,890 and 150 POY points.