2008 World Series of Poker $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. Event

The 2008 World Series of Poker $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. event, with a total Prize Pool of over $7.1 million, lived up to all expectations as the battle between poker’s big guns to claim the unofficial title of best all-around player at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

The $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. event has the biggest buy-in of any annual poker tournament in the world, helping to trim the field that competed at the 2008 World Series of Poker to just 148, as opposed to the fields of thousands who take part in other events at the World Series.

Another factor is the need for players to be skilled in 5 different poker variations, which is the basis for most professional players’ claim that – while the winner of the Main Event is crowned World Champion – the H.O.R.S.E. event champion is really the best player at the World Series.

This belief is borne out by the results at the 2008 World Series of Poker $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. event:

The 1998 WSOP Main Event champion, Scotty Nguyen, claimed the David “Chip” Reese Memorial Trophy, his 5th WSOP gold bracelet and just under $2 million for victory in the tournament.

Of the 16 money finishers in the $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. at the 2008 World Series of Poker, 9 had previously won WSOP bracelets, while the final table of 8 players included 5 bracelets winners. These were Nguyen; 3rd-placed Erick Lindgren; 5th-placed Hall of Famer Lyle Berman; 6th-placed Barry Greenstein; and former Main Event champion and four-time bracelet winner Huck Seed, who finished 7th.

Greenstein became the only player to have cashed at all three annual $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. events.

The other 4 bracelet winners to finish in the money at the 2008 World Series of Poker $50 000 H.O.R.S.E. event were Ralph Perry, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and the great Doyle Brunson.