2008 World Series of Poker World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (Event 37)

The 2008 World Series of Poker $10 000 World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better (Event 37) was played at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, running from Thursday, 19 June to Saturday, 21 June 2008.

A field of 235 players took part in Event 37, which offered a prize pool of over $2.2 million. Notable finishes included 1986 World Champion, five-time bracelet winner and living legend Berry Johnson, who was knocked out on the final table bubble to earn $38 657; and the 21-year-old Russian Alexander Kostritsyn, the winner of the 2008 Aussie Millions Main Event’s $1.2 million first prize. Kostritsyn finished 27th for $22 090 and would eventually cash six times at his first World Series of Poker.

The final table of the World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Event 37 at the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) featured seasoned poker pros like Tony Ma, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow and Toto Leonidas.

The Bracelet Winner

David Benyamine is a French professional poker player who mainly plays cash games, but decided to focus more on tournament play this year.

Three of his four WSOP final table appearances came during the 2008 World Series, while he also has a World Poker Tour (WPT) title to his name after winning the WPT Battle of the Champions II Invitational Event in 2004.

Despite his focus on cash games, Benyamine has still earned over $3 million in live tournament play and is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.

The Final Table at the World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Event 37

  1. David Benyamine – $535 687
  2. Greg Jamison – $331 350
  3. Jason Gray – $209 855
  4. Alfredo (Toto) Leonidas – $171 197
  5. Mike Matusow – $138 062
  6. Eugene Katchalov – $110 450
  7. Ram Vaswani – $88 360
  8. David Chiu – $71 792
  9. Hieu Ngoc (Tony) Ma – $55 225