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Coffee shop owner wins bracelet

7/8/2007

Although frustrated from busting out in his first event on the third hand of play, Ghandrasekhar Billavara decided to ante up in Event 49, the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em event. Billavara was one of 3,151 players participating which set the record for largest non-main event field ever and was the last one standing.

Billavara, a 38-year-old coffee shop owner from San Francisco, entered the final table last in chips, on Monday night, but refused to go down early. After doubling up with pocket aces on the very first hand, Billavara felt he had a chance to win the tournament, and did a mere five hours later.

The $722,914 first place prize money and gold bracelet made his second WSOP tournament one to remember.

Other notable finishers include Greg Mueller (eighth), Arnold Spee (33rd), Chris Birchby (46th), and Michael Mizrachi (56th).

Below are the complete results for Event 49 of the 2007 WSOP:

Results: Event 48 | Event 50

Buy-in:, $1,500
Prize Pool:, $4,301,115
Entries: 3,151
Places paid: 324

1. Chandrasekhar Billavara, $722,914
2. Taylor Douglas, $467,101
3. John Hunt, $292,476
4. Leandro Pimentel, $189,249

5. Duane Felix, $131,184
6. Cort Kibler-Melby, $96,775
7. Ray Spencer, $75,270
8. Greg Mueller, $55,914
9. Lewis Titterton, $45,162
10. Thomas Middelthon, $37,635

11. Todd Lundwall, $37,635
12. Marc Phan, $37,635
13. Francis Mahiout, $33,334
14. Kyu Cho, $33,334
15. James Ray, $33,334
16. Duy Le, $29,033
17. Michael Dollins, $29,033

18. Kai Paulson, $29,033
19. Joshua Prinsky, $24,731
20. James Routos, $24,731
21. Jason Doosharm, $24,731
22. James Mell, $24,731
23. Jesse Martin, $24,731
24. Steve Moore, $24,731
25. Mikhail Ustinov, $24,731
26. James Kilaryian, $24,731
27. Shaun Deeb, $24,731
28. Joseph Anthony, $20,860
29. William Jordan, $20,860
30. Jeff Gibralter, $20,860
31. Jonathan Stamm, $20,860
32. Tommy Chaney, $20,860
33. Arnold Spee, $20,860
34. Paul Curtis, $20,860
35. Kianoosh Mohajeri, $20,860

36. Peter Herbt, $20,860
37. Mike Kalfa, $18,420
38. Adam Beck, $18,420
39. Michael Ciaravino, $18,420

40. Thomas Hover, $18,420
41. Rodney Darling, $18,420
42. Steven Olek, $18,420
43. Nico Behling, $18,420
44. Raymond Avery, $18,420
45. Brian Senie, $18,420
46. Chris Birchby, $14,409
47. Dominick Kulicki, $14,409
48. Keith Brookes, $14,409
49. Tracy Smith, $14,409
50. Quinn Do, $14,409
51. Trevor Ray, $14,409
52. Kao Saetern, $14,409
53. Al Silverberg, $14,409
54. Carl Merkling, $14,409
55. Constantine Karrys, $11,828

56. Michael Mizrachi, $11,828

57. Robert Pfeifer, $11,828
58. Bradley Berman, $11,828
59. Eric Vargo, $11,828
60. Chase Michaels, $11,828
61. Tung Pham, $11,828
62. John Parks, $11,828
63. Sverre Sundbo, $11,828
64. Brandon Nagle, $9,678
65. Steve Adams, $9,678
66. Jim Jakobson, $9,678
67. Jerry Van Hoot, $9,678
68. Rayan Nathan, $9,678
69. Frans Claessco, $9,678
70. Martin Berchenko, $9,678
71. Tsaoussis Charalampos, $9,678

72. Steve Simmons, $9,678
73. Shannon Shorr, $7,957
74. David Tran, $7,957
75. Kelsey Hendricks, $7,957

76. Anthony Vlahos, $7,957
77. Sam Yono, $7,957
78. Jeremy Wien, $7,957
79. Anahit Galajian, $7,957
80. Gary Haglund, $7,957
81. Walter Martin, $7,957
82. Scott Milkez, $6,667
83. Paul Arsenis, $6,667
84. John Orr, $6,667
85. Jesse Menarde, $6,667

86. Jesus Fuentes, $6,667
87. James Campbell, $6,667
88. Vernon Harness Jr., $6,667
89. Joseph Trindle, $6,667
90. Michael Stewart, $6,667
91. Mads Andersen, $5,807
92. Richie Wong, $5,807
93. Gebrehiwet Goitom, $5,807

94. Howard Andrew, $5,807
95. William Ihrie, $5,807
96. Jonathan S. Mann, $5,807
97. Patrice Boudet, $5,807
98. Lamont Dixon, $5,807
99. Marc Friedman, $5,807
100. Todd Martio, $5,161
101. Steven Demers, $5,161
102. Mark Tehscher, $5,161
103. Chul Kim, $5,161
104. Josh Walker, $5,161
105. Michael Minaker, $5,161
106. Rick Ribble, $5,161
107. William McKinney, $5,161

108. John Ziebarth, $5,161
109. Francisco Palacios, $5,161
110. Maciek Gracz, $5,161
111. Scott O'Reilly, $5,161
112. Serge Rautch, $5,161
113. Robert Ronk, $5,161
114. Chih Hao Lin, $5,161
115. Keiko Lim, $5,161
116. Robin Wheat, $5,161
117. Matthew Charackal, $5,161

118. Bryan Hyden, $5,161
119. Michael Whittingham, $5,161

120. Ian Keiser, $5,161
121. Michael Gloning, $5,161

122. Salomon Cohen, $5,161
123. Glenn Hughes, $5,161
124. Adam Katz, $5,161
125. John Ewen, $5,161
126. David Oar, $5,161
127. Jacob Daniel, $4,731

128. Jonathan Little, $4,731

129. Ian Fieldhouse, $4,731

130. David Pott, $4,731

131. John Bingham, $4,731

132. Daniel Hamm, $4,731

133. Kathleen King, $4,731

134. Arthur Molloy, $4,731

135. Mark Rubin, $4,731

136. Andrew Sardella, $4,731

137. Todd Bryson, $4,731

138. Enrico Rivera, $4,731

139. Lee Rzentkowski, $4,731

140. Chad Brown, $4,731

141. Hein Tran, $4,731

142. James Marrone, $4,731

143. John Mazursky, $4,731

144. Kalyan Venkataraman, $4,731

145. John Chadwick, $4,731

146. Adam Reren, $4,731

147. Robert McDougall, $4,731

148. Sam Rustom, $4,731

149. Louis Tomasello, $4,731

150. Kenneth Ashton, $4,731

151. Raymond Mulligan, $4,731

152. Dmitry Shilnikov, $4,731

153. Raymond Melnikov, $4,731

154. Charles Burris, $4,301

155. Shelly Rubenstein, $4,301

156. Andrew Dean, $4,301

157. Eric Renz, $4,301

158. Ross Myers, $4,301

159. Dan Woodward, $4,301

160. Howard Wolper, $4,301

161. Darren Cleveland, $4,301

162. Rolando Lozano, $4,301

163. Warren Fund, $4,301

164. Joe Patrick, $4,301

165. Mike Crocciola, $4,301

166. Laurence Hughes, $4,301

167. Chris Ragavanis, $4,301

168. Mark Mulloy, $4,301

169. Brenda Jacobus, $4,301

170. Unknown Player,, $4,301

171. Steve Cohn, $4,301

172. Jason Hackett, $4,301

173. Felipe Quijano, $4,301

174. Eric Henrichsen, $4,301

175. Mark Broers, $4,301

176. Richard Geyer, $4,301

177. Jeff Slayton, $4,301

178. Kenneth Burman, $4,301

179. Eduardo Pimental, $4,301

180. Michael Bynum, $4,301

181. Robert Moretti, $3,871

182. Leo Whitt, $3,871

183. Karen Black, $3,871

184. Moolir Spoor, $3,871

185. Tim Adams, $3,871

186. Robert Tepper, $3,871

187. James Whitehead, $3,871

188. John Womack, $3,871

189. Luc Ratelle, $3,871

190. Peter Dalhuissen, $3,871

191. James Scheppele, $3,871

192. Mikael Johansson, $3,871

193. Michael Sheehan, $3,871

194. Keith Bram, $3,871

195. Paul Saharsky, $3,871

196. Kelly Jacobs, $3,871

197. Joshua Robins, $3,871

198. Frederick Christenson, $3,871

199. John Myung, $3,871

200. Robert Green, $3,871

201. Lee Newman, $3,871

202. Cameron Wiley, $3,871

203. Gary Friedlander, $3,871

204. Lander Aleman, $3,871

205. David Oppedisano, $3,871

206. Marc Lome, $3,871

207. Bruno Mellambro, $3,871

208. Dan Heimiller, $3,871

209. James Pin, $3,871

210. Grett Steele, $3,871

211. Mike Pietsch, $3,871

212. Terry Tsang, $3,871

213. Frank Arsena, $3,871

214. Robert Cook, $3,871

215. Michael Sye, $3,871

216. Mike Clark, $3,871

217. Francisco Lopez, $3,441

218. Robert Rodgers, $3,441

219. Richard Lewis, $3,441

220. Jason Beasley, $3,441

221. Charles Lunn, $3,441

222. Josh Prager, $3,441

223. Kevin Kalthoff, $3,441

224. Mark Wilds, $3,441

225. Albes Daniel, $3,441

226. Garen Resh, $3,441

227. Jason Rich, $3,441

228. Alex Coric, $3,441

229. Rocky Rochford, $3,441

230. Don Fryer, $3,441

231. Phillip Lindhorn, $3,441

232. Aresh Binaford, $3,441

233. Joe Mignano, $3,441

234. Matthew Rizzo, $3,441

235. Virgil Threlkekd, $3,441

236. Robert Pacleb, $3,441

237. Jay Sites, $3,441

238. Rudy Wong, $3,441

239. Gary Gibbo, $3,441

240. Robert Boop, $3,441

241. Stephen Kenna, $3,441

242. Adam Schiffer, $3,441

243. Scott Seiver, $3,441

245. Clifford Pappas, $3,441

246. Ryan Celements, $3,441

247. Derek Scott, $3,441

248. Brian Darmanin, $3,441

249. Christopher Togsveld, $3,441

250. Karsten Hennefeller, $3,441

251. Darren Mandainin, $3,441

252. Christopher Abroscato, $3,441

253. James Richards, $3,011

254. Wesley Browe, $3,011

255. Askana Akopyan, $3,011

256. Jeffrey Gray, $3,011

257. Ryan Miller, $3,011

258. Christopher Holuka, $3,011

259. Todd Draper, $3,011

260. Casper Toft, $3,011

261. Kyle Murray, $3,011

262. Matthew Nelson, $3,011

263. Vincenti Chan, $3,011

264. Michael Stroh, $3,011

265. Daniel Lumbera, $3,011

266. Jordan Smith, $3,011

267. Jack Damsky, $3,011

268. Michale Lan, $3,011

269. John Saini, $3,011

270. Thomas Woolen, $3,011

271. Melton Little, $3,011

272. Richard Turner, $3,011

273. David Cline, $3,011

274. Romeo Pueblo, $3,011

275. Jason Newburger, $3,011

276. Ryan Propas, $3,011

277. Ryan Preus, $3,011

278. Lars Lousjo, $3,011

279. Mike Johnson, $3,011

280. Peter Feldman, $3,011

281. Michael Wehner, $3,011

282. Peder Skaj, $3,011

283. Waylon Frey, $3,011

284. Timothy Simes, $3,011

285. David Taisne, $3,011

286. Dan McGuire, $3,011

287. Alexander Dumphy, $3,011

288. Greg Wynn, $3,011

289. Idan Karen, $2,667

290. Dustin Vinas, $2,667

291. James Hall, $2,667

292. Patricia Lee, $2,667

293. Kevin O'Sullivan, $2,667

294. Michael Hurey, $2,667

295. Matthew Manos, $2,667

296. Sean Deaton, $2,667

297. Peter Dumdeang, $2,667

298. Robert Edwards, $2,667

299. Gregory Hall, $2,667

300. Justin Wallace, $2,667

301. Jeffrey Rose, $2,667

302. Anthony Breslin, $2,667

303. Johannes Vogel, $2,667

304. Gerald Watterson, $2,667

305. James Price, $2,667

306. Jamie Eisner, $2,667

307. Dhruu Doshi, $2,667

308. Alex Dederer, $2,667

309. Bradley Smithson, $2,667

310. Binh Ly, $2,667

311. Jerry Cooper, $2,667

312. Jason Newitt, $2,667

313. Charles Chitty, $2,667

314. Mike Lewis, $2,667

315. Jun Gao, $2,667

316. Brian Lee, $2,667

317. Adam Musser, $2,667

318. Sung Lee, $2,667

319. David Heine, $2,667

320. James Barber, $2,667

321. John Nikolaou, $2,667

322. Benjamin Schmeier, $2,667

323. Tony Barrett, $2,667

324. Alexander Elsik, $2,667