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Event 9 of this 2008 World Series of Poker was one of three, 6-max, No Limit Hold’Em tournaments on the schedule.  6-max Event 31 has a buy-in of $2500 and 6-max Event 46 has a buy-in of $5000, but Event 9 lead the way to the bigger cash with a buy-in of $1500.

The event featured 1,236 entrants for a final prize pool of $1,687,140, and took place over the course of three days. Since a huge amount of the big name pros were playing in the mixed game extravaganza, also know as Event 8, Event 9 had a field laced with new comers and unknown seasoned pros trying to make their mark.

Ralph (Rep) Porter, who eventually would take down his first bracelet, was no stranger to success.  Before his bracelet win which pushed his earnings into the millions, he had cashes in major tournaments over the last four years totaling well into the six-figure range.  His largest being 39th in last years Main Event for over $200,000.

Poker Pro Michael Brummelhuis was the chip leader going into the final table and Porter was in third.  But, after two sizable pots in which Porter triumphed over Brummelhuis, Porter ended up with a major chip lead and Brummelhuis was sent to rails in 6th. Porter kept his chip lead until he was three-handed with fellow pros Nathan Templeton (30 years old) and Devin Porter (24 years old), who is not related to Rep.

After some heads-up play, the younger of the two Porters, Devin, had acquired the chip lead.  Rep’s tournament life was then on-the-line when he went all-in with pocket tens against the AJ of Devin.  Rep’s tens held up and he then had a massive chip lead.  The pot left Devin with less than a couple of blinds and it only took one more hand for him to be the 3rd place finisher.

As heads up play began, Rep was a 2.7 to 1 chip leader of Templeton.  One double-up could have changed everything, but on only the fourth hand Rep called Templeton’s all-in and was in great position as Templeton held K9 to the KQ of Porter.  The board couldn’t bail Templeton out as he was eliminated in second, but not before taking home $231,981.

Rep was casual in his bracelet win, “It’s great. I’ve been trying to win one of these for a little while,” he said.  He has cashed ten times in WSOP events before and winning on the 11th money finish is not too bad.  Porter took home $372,929 for his efforts and said he will be back for at least 10 to 12 more events this year, hopefully to capture another bracelet.

The final results for Event 9 are as follows:

1.
Ralph (Rep) Porter
$372,843

2.
Nathan Templeton
$231,982

3.
Devin Porter
$151,843

4.
John Conkright
$101,228

5.
Anatoly Shilyuk
$70,860

6.
Michael Brummelhuis
$53,314

7.
Dave Zand
$36,442

8.
Kevin MacPhee
$36,442

9.
Andrew Fegan
$28,006

10.
Jared Okun
$28,006

11.
John Von Halle
$19,570

12.
Thomas Fuller
$19,570

13.
Richard Tatalovich
$13,665

14.
Peter Marr
$13,665

15.
Mikey Stotz
$13,665

16.
Jason Dewitt
$13,665

17.
Frank Blumlein
$13,665

18.
Tom Braband
$13,665

19.
Avery Cardoza
$11,135

20.
Eric Kesselman
$11,135

21.
Michael Marquez
$11,135

22.
Stephanie Klempner
$11,135

23.
Zachary Clark
$11,135

24.
Thomas Patzner
$11,135

25.
Jesse Starke
$8,604

26.
Richard Lee
$8,604

27.
Christian Closson
$8,604

28.
Ryan Milisits
$8,604

29.
James Bord
$8,604

30.
Paul (Tashi) Kobel
$8,604

31.
Victor Bensaedon
$6,917

32.
Andrew Scott
$6,917

33.
Dominic Sinagra
$6,917

34.
Christian Iacobellis
$6,917

35.
Antuan Bunkley
$6,917

36.
Benjamin Fineman
$6,917

37.
Paul Niemela
$5,904

38.
Tom Dobrilovic
$5,904

39.
Barry Woods
$5,904

40.
Donald Robinowitz
$5,904

41.
Wesley Pantling
$5,904

42.
Jon Danielsson
$5,904

43.
Matthew Matros
$4,892

44.
Chris Householder
$4,892

45.
Ryan Young
$4,892

46.
John Burg
$4,892

47.
William (Bill) Burdick
$4,892

48.
Shijia Liu
$4,892

49.
Lu Wang
$4,386

50.
Brent Bibby
$4,386

51.
Laura Kallen Wakeland
$4,386

52.
Richard Shorten
$4,386

53.
Brandon Lee
$4,386

54.
Gavin Kelly
$4,386

55.
Ian Frazer
$3,880

56.
Steve Rassi
$3,880

57.
Mathieu Jacqmin
$3,880

58.
Allie Prescott
$3,880

59.
Mark Utterbach
$3,880

60.
William Mikolay
$3,880

61.
Jared Hamby
$3,542

62.
Cody Slaubaugh
$3,542

63.
Carl Olson
$3,542

64.
Shankar Phillai
$3,542

65.
Ernie Rossi
$3,542

66.
Neil Channing
$3,542

67.
Zachary King
$3,205

68.
Ron Fani
$3,205

69.
Edouard Damidot
$3,205

70.
Nghia Le
$3,205

71.
Jacob Diarmuid
$3,205

72.
john Farley
$3,205

73.
Jeff Murray
$3,205

74.
Joseph Brooks
$3,205

75.
Mike Parisi
$3,205

76.
David Huff
$3,205

77.
Roland Irsa
$3,205

78.
MICHAEL MICHNIK
$3,205

79.
Brian Lamanna
$2,868

80.
Will (Mr. Lucky) O’Brien
$2,868

81.
Anthony Gargano
$2,868

82.
Richard Vallandigham
$2,868

83.
Daniel Radditz
$2,868

84.
James Drane
$2,868

85.
Timothy Bannigan
$2,868

86.
Graham Wheldon
$2,868

87.
Kenneth-Kun Lee
$2,868

88.
Jonathan Jaffe
$2,868

89.
Kenneth Lowe
$2,868

90.
Andrew Ferguson
$2,868

91.
Clint Schafer
$2,530

92.
Jonathan Depa
$2,530

93.
Joshua Flamm
$2,530

94.
Don Mullis
$2,530

95.
Jasom Smith
$2,530

96.
James Routos
$2,530

97.
Eric Lynch
$2,530

98.
David Longmuir
$2,530

99.
Noah Ament
$2,530

100.
Charles Fond
$2,530

101.
Pascal Baumgartner
$2,530

102.
Osmin Darden
$2,530

103.
George Bronstein
$2,530

104.
Elton Beebe
$2,530

105.
Ryan Henderson
$2,530

106.
Kenneth Gacek
$2,530

107.
Earl Morgan
$2,530

108.
Chad Layne
$2,530

109.
Louis (Lou) Werman
$2,277

110.
Richard Hendin
$2,277

111.
Nicholas Finamore
$2,277

112.
David Pecaski
$2,277

113.
Caroline Cooper
$2,277

114.
Ted (Edward) Lawson
$2,277

115.
Todd Jones
$2,277

116.
Christopher Finn
$2,277

117.
Kimberly Brown
$2,277

118.
Thomas Savitsky
$2,277

119.
Bruce Sparks
$2,277

120.
Harry Cheung
$2,277

121.
Shawn Grigus
$2,277

122.
Jeffrey Marr
$2,277

123.
Annand (Victor) Ramdin
$2,277

124.
Mark Smith
$2,277

125.
John Warchelak
$2,277

126.
Jonathan Pepin
$2,277