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Buy-In: $48,000 + $2,000
Prize Pool: $7,104,000
Entrants: 148

Event 45 - World Championship H.O.R.S.E.

  • Jun 25, '08 - Jun 29, '08


Updates on Final Day (Jun 29, 08)


Scotty Nguyen Wins Event No. 45 ($1,989,120)

Scotty NguyenScotty Nguyen Wins Event No. 45 ($1,989,120) - Hold'em

After taking down a big pot in stud eight-or-better with kings up, Scotty Nguyen had Michael DeMichele on the ropes for a hand of limit hold'em. All in preflop, Nguyen dominated DeMichele's A3 with his own A10. The final board ran out A9674 and Nguyen was crowned as the 2008 World Champion of H.O.R.S.E.

Michael DeMichele finished in second place, earning $1,243,200 for his runner-up performance.






Player Tags: Scotty Nguyen,   Michael DeMichele

$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Heads Up Play Begins

Chip Reese TrophyAs heads up play begins, the final two players are reminded of what they are playing for in addition to the $1.9 million first-place prize. The Chip Reese trophy picture at right, along with the bragging rights that go with winning the most prestigious event in poker.

Heads Up Play Begins

Scotty Nguyen: 12,140,000
Michael DeMichele: 2,660,000



$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Lindgren Eliminated

Betting Limits: 180,000 - 360,000

Chip Leaders:

Scotty Nguyen: 12,140,000
Michael DeMichele: 2,660,000

Eliminations:  None

Big Hands and Storylines:

Scotty Nguyen Sitting Pretty

With over 11 million in chips, only 11 big bets separated Scotty Nguyen from the title, as both Erick Lindgren and Michael DeMichele were down to their last million each.

NOTE: The players then took a 20-minute break before the blinds increased.

Chip Counts at the Break

Scotty Nguyen - 10,085,000
Michael DeMichele - 3,040,000
Erick Lindgren - 1,675,000

Erick Lindgren300 and Counting

As the final three players continue to press on, the 300 hand mark has come and gone, despite both short stacks being dangerously close to the felt for quite some time.

Erick Lindgren Eliminated in Third Place ($781,440) - Stud

With a board reading 87K4, Erick Lindgren was all in against Scotty Nguyen on sixth street. Lindgren turned over his hole cards to reveal A8 and Nguyen showed his pair of nines. Lindgren needed to improve to stay alive, but his final card was the 2, sending him home in third place.

Despite his disappointing finish, Lindgren has taken over the WSOP player of the year leader board, sitting just a few points ahead of Barry Greenstein andd Jacobo Fernandez.


$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Scotty Nguyen Takes Control

Betting Limits: 120,000 - 240,000

Chip Leaders:

Michael DeMichele - 2,200,000
Scotty Nguyen - 8,800,000
Erick Lindgren - 3,800,000

Eliminations:  None

Big Hands and Storylines:

Scotty Nguyen Takes Back the Lead - Omaha 8/ob

Scotty Nguyen raised and was reraised by Michael DeMichele. Nguyen called and the flop came down 972 and DeMichele bet. Nguyen called and the turn was the 5. DeMichele continued with a bet and Nguyen called. The river was the 5 and DeMichele bet once again. Nguyen raised and was called. Nguyen showed A-8-6-3 for the nut low and the nut straight and scooped a huge pot to give him back the chip lead, and send DeMichele to the bottom of the board.

Michael DeMichele on the Short Stack

After leading much of three-handed play, Michael DeMichele is now on the short stack, sitting with less than 10 big bets. Erick Lindgren is not far ahead of him, as Scotty Nguyen has dominated the last couple rounds to open up a bit of a lead.



$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Pretty Much Even

Betting Limits: 120,000 - 240,000

Chip Leaders:

Michael DeMichele - 5,730,000
Scotty Nguyen - 4,605,000
Erick Lindgren - 4,465,000

Eliminations:  None

Big Hands and Storylines:

The Stacks Even Out - Stud 8/ob

As play continues with monster swings in each direction, Erick Lindgren took down a nice sized pot during the stud eight-or-better rounds to even out the stacks a bit around the 5 million mark. Lindgren was heads up against Michael DeMichele and got five big bets out of his Aces full of fives to chip up. DeMichele didn't show his hand that consisted of at least a pair of sevens.

NOTE: The players then took a 20-minute break.


$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Lindgren Makes His Comeback

Betting Limits: 120,000 - 240,000

Chip Leaders:

Michael DeMichele - 7,900,000
Scotty Nguyen - 3,000,000
Erick Lindgren - 3,900,000

Eliminations:  None

Big Hands and Storylines:

Stacks Getting Shorter

With approximately 15 million in chips in play, the average stack at this point is just under 5 million, giving the players an average of about 20 big bets remaining in three-handed play. Pretty much any hand that reaches the turn, or fourth street is going to cost someone a big portion of their chips.

Erick Lindgren Doubles Up

Down to his last 900,000, Erick Lindgren needed some help to stay alive in the round of Stud. On sixth street, Lindgren was all in against Scotty Nguyen. Lindgren held just a measly pair of fives, but it was ahead of Nguyen's two overs and a diamond draw. Nguyen needed a queen, jack or a diamond to make Lindgren sweat his final card, but the K meant that Lindgren didn't even need to look, doubling up to almost 2 million in chips.

Erick Lindgren Picks Up Some More

Immediately after doubling up, Lindgren went on a tear during the hold'em round, winning three big showdowns against Scotty Nguyen to bring him close to 4 million in chips.


$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Glantz Gone

Betting Limits: 100,000 - 200,000

Chip Leaders:

Michael DeMichele - 8,800,000
Scotty Nguyen - 4,700,000
Erick Lindgren - 1,200,000

Eliminations: Matthew Glantz (4th Place)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Matthew GlantzMatthew Glantz Eliminated in Fourth Place ($568,320) - Omaha 8/ob

On a flop of Q65 Matthew Glantz got his remaining chips in the middle against Scotty Nguyen. Glantz held KJ1010 and was ahead of Nguyen's AK27. The turn was the A guaranteeing Nguyen the low and giving him the lead in the hand for the high. Glantz needed any King, Jack or Ten that wasn't a club to salvage the high half of the pot, but the river was the 5, giving the scoop to Nguyen and eliminating Glantz in fourth place.

Erick Lindgren on Life Support

After only winning half of a pot during the entire hold'em round, Erick Lindren has chipped all the way down to just over 1 million in chips, which equates to only five big bets. He'll need to double up at least twice to put himself back into contention.


$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Berman Busted

Betting Limits: 100,000 - 200,000

Chip Leaders:

Michael DeMichele - 4,800,000
Scotty Nguyen - 6,100,000
Erick Lindgren - 2,100,000
Matt Glantz - 2,600,000

Eliminations: Lyle Berman (5th Place)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Lyle BermanLyle Berman Eliminated in Fifth Place ($444,000) - Razz

Lyle Berman was getting short and put the last of his chips in the pot during a razz hand against Scotty Nguyen and Michael DeMichele on third street. Berman failed to catch much of anything as he watched Nguyen and DeMichele battle it out on every street to claim the pot and his bounty. In the end, DeMichele revealed a 7-5 low to take the pot and eliminate the World Poker Tour founder in fifth place.

Matthew Glantz Stays Alive

After taking a few hits down to under 800,000, Matthew Glantz took down more than his fair share of pots in the Stud and Stud eight-or-better round to boost his stack to over 2 million in chips.


$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Back From Dinner

The remaining five players have returned from the dinner break and play has resumed.

Here are their current chip counts:

Michael DeMichele - 5,455,000
Scotty Nguyen - 4,925,000
Erick Lindgren - 2,330,000
Matt Glantz - 1,105,000
Lyle Berman - 1,000,000


$50K H.O.R.S.E. - Greenstein Eliminated

Betting Limits: 80,000 - 160,000

Chip Leaders:

Michael DeMichele - 5,455,000
Scotty Nguyen - 4,925,000
Erick Lindgren - 2,330,000
Matt Glantz - 1,105,000
Lyle Berman - 1,000,000

Eliminations: Barry Greenstein (6th Place)

Big Hands and Storylines:

Barry GreensteinBarry Greenstein Eliminated in Sixth Place ($355,200) - Stud 8/ob

After Seed's elimination, it was up to Barry Greenstein to avoid elimination on the short stack. In one of the last stud eight-or-better hands of the level, Greenstein bet his last 160,000 on seventh street with a board showing 4AA10. Scotty Nguyen made the call and Greenstein showed another four for Aces up. But Nguyen held pocket sevens to go along with another on his board to make trips and send Greenstein packing in sixth place.

This cash marks Greenstein's third consecutive cash in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event and is the only player to cash in all three.

Scotty Nguyen Wins A Monster Pot - Omaha 8/ob

Scotty Nguyen bet and raised his way to a monster scoop during the Omaha eight-or-better round of play. He got Matthew Glantz and Erick Lindgren to call him down on a board of K9436 and revealed A-K-5-2 for the nut-low and a six-high straight to scoop both halves of the pot. This pot put him

Michael DeMichele Chips Up - Omaha 8/ob

With two big scoops during the Omaha eight-or-better round, Michael DeMichele climbed over the 4 million in chips mark and took the chip lead shortly before the dinner break.

NOTE: The players are now on a 90-minute dinner break. Join us at 9:30 PST for the conclusion of the $50,000 World Championship of H.O.R.S.E.

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