Mackey stuns star-filled field

Updated: June 18, 2007, 2:13 PM ET
By ESPN Poker Club

James Mackey's decision to leave school has paid off. Leaving the University of Missouri after his sophomore year, Mackey decided to pursue poker temporarily, always leaning toward returning to school. He's played professionally for the last year, supporting himself with a small bankroll, but after winning Event 22 of the WSOP on Friday, his bankroll has grown dramatically.

Mackey was able to defeat a final table including Michael Gracz (ninth), Michael Binger (third), Tex Barch (eighth) and Nick Schulman (sixth) in under three hours to win the bracelet and the first-place prize money of $730,740 in the $5,000 no-limit hold 'em event.

Although he still plans on returning to school to complete his major in medicine, the decision has become a bit tougher.

Other notable finishers include Phil Laak (11th), Kathy Liebert (13th), and T.J. Cloutier (23rd).

Below are the complete results of Event 22 of the 2007 WSOP:

Results: Event 21 | Event 23

Buy-in: $5,000
Prize Pool: $3,012,700
Entries: 640
Places paid: 63

1. James Mackey, $730,740
2. Stuart Fox, $448,892
3. Michael Binger, $295,245
4. William McMahon, $194,319
5. Karga Holt, $140,091
6. Nick Schulman, $108,457
7. Jan Sorensen, $81,343
8. John Barch, $60,254
9. Maciek Gracz, $43,684
10. Ross Boatman, $29,073
11. Phil Laak, $29,073
12. Feming Chan, $29,073
13. Kathy Liebert, $26,060
14. Chris Martin, $26,060
15. Jason Lee, $26,060
16. Varahram Vardjavand, $23,047
17. Jose Martinez, $23,047
18. Michael Glasser, $23,047
19. Lyle Randall Vincent, $20,034
20. Daniel Fuhs, $20,034
21. Sirious Jamshidi, $20,034
22. Dustin Dirksen, $20,034
23. TJ Cloutier, $20,034
24. Paul Zalewski, $20,034
25. Joshua Weiland, $20,034
26. Jan Christoph Von Halle, $20,034
27. Max Pescatori, $20,034
28. Dustin Woolf, $17,172
29. Matt Sterling, $17,172
30. Jesse Chinni, $17,172
31. Mark Gregorich, $17,172
32. Samuel Hapak, $17,172
33. Jim Sachinidis, $17,172
34. Benjamin Hock, $17,172
35. Unknown Player, $17,172
36. Mike Sexton, $17,172
37. Charles Pacheco, $14,762
38. Unknown Player, $14,762
39. Unknown Player, $14,762
40. Phillip Tom, $14,762
41. Birger Sorensen, $14,762
42. Unknown Player, $14,762
43. Unknown Player, $14,762
44. Gregory Baird, $14,762
45. Benjamin Roberts, $14,762
46. Cliff Josephy, $12,653
47. Rory Matthews, $12,653
48. Max Reele, $12,653
49. Kiarash Hamadani, $12,653
50. Jennifer Tilly, $12,653
51. Kyle Bowker, $12,653
52. Joshua Vanduyn, $12,653
53. Nick Gibson, $12,653
54. Allen Cunningham, $12,653
55. William Durrant, $10,394
56. Alex Balandin, $10,394
57. Chris McCormack, $10,394
58. Alex Jacob, $10,394
59. Jonathan Honig, $10,394
60. Davidson Matthew, $10,394
61. Tonio Scali, $10,394
62. William Kanowitz, $10,394
63. Geoff Sanford, $10,394

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