2008 World Series of Poker World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em Event 1

The 2008 World Series of Poker $10 000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em (Event 1) – kicked off the 2008 World Series at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, running from Friday, 30 May to Sunday, 01 June.

A field of 352 players took part in Event 1, which offered a prize pool of over $3.3 million. The very strong field included well-known professionals like Andreas Krause, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey and Alexander Kravchenko.

The final table of the World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em Event 1 at the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was even more tightly packed with talent, with the final nine including female legend Kathy Liebert, Phil “Unabomber” Laak and the respected Swedish professional, Patrik Antonius.

The World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em Event 1 was eventually won by Canadian professional poker player Nenad Medic, who was delighted to pick up his first World Series of Poker winner’s bracelet, along with a first prize of $794 112.

The Bracelet Winner

Still just 24 years old, Serbian-born Nenad Medic had previously won the World Poker Finals No Limit Hold’em Championship Event on the World Poker Tour (WPT) in Season 5, 2006, for which he pocketed over $1.7 million. He finished 3rd in the same event in Season 6, 2007, and has one other final table finish on the WPT – with a total of 10 money finishes on the Tour.

The Full Tilt professional beat Andy Bloch (who earned just over $488 000 for second place) heads-up to secure the World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em bracelet, after Bloch went All In with pocket 9s. Medic made a flush of Hearts on the turn, which held up for his first bracelet victory to go with four other World Series of Poker career money finishes. Up to and including his first WSOP bracelet win, Medic has won over $3.6 million in live tournament play.

The Final Table at the World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em Event 1

  • Nenad Medic – $794 112
  • Andy Bloch – $488 048
  • Kathy Liebert – $306 064
  • Mike Sexton – $248 160
  • Amit Makhija – $198 528
  • Chris Bell – $157 168
  • Patrik Antonius – $124 080
  • Mike Sowers – $99 264
  • Phil Laak – $74 448