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Buy-In: $4,700 + $300
Prize Pool: $1,735,020
Entrants: 85
Rebuys: 272

Event 18 - No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/ Rebuys

  • Jun 09, '08 - Jun 11, '08


Updates on Final Day (Jun 11, 08)


Mike Matusow Wins Event No. 18 ($537,862)

Mike MatusowJeffrey Lisandro managed to double up with a 10-8-5 against Matusow's 10-8-7 to keep the exciting match going by a slim margin, but Matusow still held a nice chip lead, and he once again put the pressure on Lisandro to shrink his stack back down to size.

Lisandro held 580,000 when Matusow open-shoved all in, and he decided to make the call. After the call Lisandro asked for one card and Matusow went into the tank. He hemmed and hawed about whether he should stand pat, or try and improve his hand against Lisandro. He eventually to decided to do battle with the hand he was dealt. Their cards:

Lisandro: 9-6-5-3
Matusow: Q-8-7-4-3

Lisandro was dealt one last card and he took a peek before flipping up a queen for all to see. The crowd went wild as the bracelet was decided by just one card! Lisandro was eliminated in second place, and he took home $347,704 for his strong performance. Matusow was awarded his third gold bracelet, as well as $537,862 in prize money, and he was visibly overjoyed as he received his bounty.


$5,000 2-7 Lowball - Final Table - Mike Matusow Doubles Up

Blinds/Antes: 40,000-80,000 with a 20,000 ante

Chip Leaders:

Mike Matusow - 2,345,000
Jeff Lisandro - 1,205,000


noneMike Matusow

Big Hands and Storylines:

Mike Matusow Doubles Up!

The heads-up match was on its first hand when Mike Matusow moved all in preflop and Jeff Lisandro made the call. Each player drew one card holding the following hands:

Matusow: 9-6-5-3
Lisandro: 10-8-5-2

They looked at their final cards and Matusow revealed a 10. Lisandro turned over an 8 to pair up and Matusow went into a jubilant celebration. The crowd joined in and the noise echoed accross the Amazon Room. Matusow has not looked back after gaining new found life, and he continues to lean on Lisandro with open shoves all in preflop. Things could come to an end soon.


$5,000 2-7 Lowball - Final Table - Barry Greenstein Eliminated in 3rd Place

Blinds/Antes: 30,000-60,000 with a 15,000 ante

Chip Leaders:

Jeff Lisandro - 2,000,000
Mike Matusow - 1,500,000


Barry Greenstein: 3rd Place ($225,552)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Barry GreensteinBarry Greenstein Eliminated in Third Place ($225,552)

Barry Greenstein moved all in preflop for 330,000 and Jeff Lisandro made the call. Each player drew one card with the following hands:

Greenstein: 9-7-6-2
Lisandro: 10-8-5-4

Greenstein turned up a 7 for his final card and Lisandro showed down an ace. Greenstein was eliminated on the hand, and he took home $225,552 in prize money.


$5,000 2-7 Lowball - Final Table - Double Up Bonanza

Blinds/Antes: 25,000-50,000 with a 15,000 ante

Chip Leaders:

Barry Greenstein - 900,000
Mike Matusow - 1,300,000
Jeff Lisandro - 1,700,000



Big Hands and Storylines:

Barry Greenstein Doubles Up

Jeff Lisandro raised to 120,000 preflop and Barry Greenstein reraised all in for 770,000. Lisandro made the call and each player drew one card. Greenstein flipped up a 10-7 low and Lisandro mucked his hand. Greenstein held 1.5 million after the hand.

Mike MatusowMike Matusow Doubles Up

Lisandro raised to 150,000 and Mike Matusow reraised all in for 700,000. Each player drew one card and Matusow almost held the nuts after he received a 7. He flipped over this combined with the 8-4-3-2 he held in his hand and Lisandro drew paint to go with his 8-6-4-3. Matusow doubled up on the hand to survive.

Jeff Lisandro Doubles Up

A few hands later Lisandro enacted some measure of revenge on "The Mouth" when he moved all in preflop for 395,000. Matusow made the call and Lisandro stood pat with a Q-6 low. Matusow discarded an ace and crew one card. He drew a 6, which did not help out his 8-6-4-2 in the hole, and Lisandro doubled up to survive.


Back From Dinner

The three remaining players are now back from the dinner break.

The blinds now increase to 20,000 - 40,000 with a 10,000 ante.


$5,000 2-7 Lowball

Players are now on a 75-minute dinner break until 10:30.

Here are the chip counts after Matusow took a hit before the break:

Jeffrey Lisandro - 2,035,000
Barry Greenstein - 1,150,000
Mike Matusow 405,000


$5,000 2-7 Lowball - Lindgren Hits the Rail

Blinds: 15,000-30,000 with a 7,000 ante

Chip Leaders:

Barry Greenstein - 900,000
Mike Matusow - 1,300,000
Jeff Lisandro - 1,700,000


Erick Lindgren: 4th Place ($156,151)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Barry Greenstein Chips Up Once Again

Barry Greenstein raised to 75,000 and Mike Matusow made the call from the small blind. Greenstein stood pat and Matusow drew one. Greenstein then bet 100,000 and Matusow made the call with a 10-low, but Greenstein showed his dealt 9-8-5-3-2 to take the pot.

Erick LindgrenErick Lindgren Eliminated in 4th Place ($156,151)

Jeffrey Lisandro raised to 85,000 and Mike Matusow called in the small blind. Erick Lindgren then moved all in from the big blind and Matusow was the only caller. Matusow drew two to make a 8-7-6-4-2 and Lindgren needed some help with his 7-low draw. Unfortunately, he paired his deuce and was sent to the rail in fourth place.

Mike Matusow Continues To Win

Mike Matusow raised to 90,000 and was called by Jeffrey Lisandro in the big blind. Both players drew one card and Lisandro led out for 140,000. Matusow called and Lisandro didn't turn over his cards. Matusow knew he had won, but wanted to see anyway. Lisandro showed a straight and Matusow flashed his 10-9-8-7-3 to take it down.



$5,000 2-7 Lowball - Erick Lindgren Back On Top

Blinds: 12,000-24,000 with a 6,000 ante

Chip Leaders:

Erick Lindgren - 1,200,000
Barry Greenstein - 500,000
Mike Matusow - 900,000
Jeff Lisandro - 700,000

Eliminations:  None

Big Hands and Storylines:

No Showdown Lowball

For over an hour the final four players were trading chip back and forth with raise and take it lowball. Only a handful of showdowns were counted as each of the players leveled out their stacks. At the time, not a single player moved above 1 million and no one was lower than 750,000.

Barry Greenstein Chips Up

Finally some action came down when Erick Lindgren raised to 75,000. Barry Greenstein called in the big blind and drew one card. Lindgren drew two and Greenstein fired in a bet of 125,000. Lindgren quickly called, but mucked his hand after Greenstein turned over 9-7-5-3-2.

Erick Lindgren Gets It Back and More

Erick Lindgren raised to 75,000 and Barry Greenstein reraised to 275,000. Lindgren moved all in for 560,000 and Greenstein called. Lindgren stood pat with a 9-7 low, and Greenstein mucked his hand after seeing his draw. Lindgren moved up to 1.2 million and Greenstein took a hit down to 500,000.


$5,000 2-7 Lowball - Exit Schneider

Blinds: 10,000-20,000 with a 5,000 ante

Chip Leaders:

Erick Lindgren - 1,050,000
Barry Greenstein - 1,025,000
Mike Matusow - 930,000
Jeff Lisandro - 510,000

Eliminations:  Tom Schneider (5th Place)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Tom SchneiderTom Schneider Eliminated in 5th Place ($104,101)

Jeffrey Lisandro raised to 60,000 and Mike Matusow made the call. Tom Schneider then moved all in from the button for 185,000. Both Lisandro and Matusow made the call and the pot grew even larger. Lisandro and Matusow each drew one, and Schneider stood pat. Lisandro checked after drawing and Matusow bet 200,000. Lisandro looked disappointed as he discarded his 8-5-3-2-8. Matusow then announced 9-5-4-3-2 and Schneider mucked his hand. Matusow won the huge pot and Schneider is eliminated in fifth place.

Mike Matusow Calls With King High

Jeffrey Lisandro raised to 60,000 from the cutoff and Mike Matusow called on the button. Both players drew one card, and Lisandro bet 100,000. Matusow looked him up and down and finally decided to call. Lisandro announced that he paired up and Matusow broke out into a celebration showing his K-9-7-3-2.


$5,000 2-7 Lowball - Players Hanging In

Blinds: 8,000-16,000 with a 4,000 ante

Chip Leaders:

Erick Lindgren – 1,100,000     
Mike Matusow – 465,000       
Tom Schneider – 325,000       
Barry Greenstein – 930,000     
Jeffrey Lisandro – 630,000

Eliminations: None

Big Hands and Storylines:

Barry Greenstein Ribs Mike Matusow

Erick Lindgren raised to 50,000 from the small blind and Barry Greenstein called in the big blind. Lindgren drew one and Greenstein drew two. After both player checked, Greenstein showed down his jack low to take the pot. After flashing his all black hand, Greenstein announced, "Oh no, they're all clubs!" which got the entire table to laugh. Greenstein was referencing a hand Mike Matusow played on the bubble yesterday when he stood pat with five clubs in his hand without realizing it.

Plays Slows Down

After the break, it seemed as though the players were content to play the cards dealt to them and keep the moves to a minimum. There were hardly any big showdowns and numerous walks were given to the big blind.

Tom Schneider Doubles Through Jeffrey Lisandro

Jeffrey Lisandro raised to 50,000 from under the gun and Tom Schneider moved all in for 140,000. Lisandro called and both players drew a card. Lisandro added an Ace to his 7-6-4-3 and Schneider stayed alive by adding a 4 to his 8-6-3-2.

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