Commentary

Amateur wins fourth largest event

Updated: June 4, 2008, 2:36 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN Poker Club

One would believe that an experienced player would be best suited to take down the fourth largest tournament in World Series of Poker history. Chris Ferguson came close and finished third, but it was an amateur, Grant Hinkle, who earned the title. Hinkle, playing in his first WSOP event, took down the 3,929-player event for his first ever cash at any major venue.

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IMPDI for the 2008 WSOPGrant Hinkle turned $1,500 into $831,462 by winning Event 2 at the WSOP.

"My goal coming in was just go as deep as I could," Hinkle said. "After Day One, I was top-10 in chips and once I got there I started to think -- how much money can I make and how far can I really go? I kept going and winning pots and I eventually got here."

Hinkle, a 27-year-old businessman from Kansas City, MO, had no intentions playing another event, but after his victory for $831,462, he's planning on entering the main event.

"This is unbelievable," Hinkle mentioned after his historic victory. " I have always wanted to play the main event, so this will give me (a chance to do that). It's just been a dream come true."

The tournament was the largest preliminary tournament and fourth longest tournament (53.5 hours) in WSOP history. The tournament directors intended to have reached the final table after the third day, but play was stopped at 5:30 a.m. after a majority vote to stop play by the 18 players remaining.

Other notable finishers include Chris Ferguson (third), Theo Tran (fourth) and Perry Friedman (11th).

This event will be televised on ESPN on July 29.

Below are the complete results of Event 2 of the 2008 WSOP:

Buy In: $1,500
Prize Pool: $$5,363,085
Entries: 3,928
Places paid: 378

1 -- Grant Hinkle -- $831,462.00
2 -- James Akenhead-- $520,219.00
3 -- Chris Ferguson -- $388,287.00
4 -- Theo Tran -- $327,148.00
5 -- Mike Ngo -- $268,154.00
6 -- Aaron Coulthard -- $211,841.00
7 -- Melvin Jones -- $158,211.00
8 -- David Bach -- $117,987.00
9 -- Joe Rutledge -- $83,127.00
10 -- Jeff Wiedenhoeft -- $52,021.00
11 -- Perry Friedman -- $52,021.00
12 -- Minh Nguyen -- $52,021.00
13 -- Josh Engerdahl -- $41,295.00
14 -- Eric Hicks -- $41,295.00
15 -- Matthew Kearney -- $41,295.00
16 -- Frank Sinopoli -- $30,569.00
17 -- Brandon Blake -- $30,569.00
18 -- Elia Ahmadian -- $30,569.00
19 -- Kelso Blake -- $24,133.00
20 -- Ryan D'Angelo -- $24,133.00
21 -- Mariano Cefalu -- $24,133.00
22 -- Thomas Fuller -- $24,133.00
23 -- Avraham Arguan -- $24,133.00
24 -- Andre Boyer -- $24,133.00
25 -- Evan McNiff -- $24,133.00
26 -- Pia Jeppesen -- $24,133.00
27 -- Steve Cho -- $24,133.00
28 -- Marvin Burkholder -- $18,770.00
29 -- Scott Montgomery -- $18,770.00
30 -- Allan Puzantyan -- $18,770.00
31 -- Cesar Flores -- $18,770.00
32 -- Karim Vegas -- $18,770.00
33 -- Michael Ium -- $18,770.00
34 -- Nadim Shabou -- $18,770.00
35 -- David Robertson -- $18,770.00
36 -- Clayton Kalisek -- $18,770.00
37 -- Dick Stephen -- $14,480.00
38 -- Sean Ferrer -- $14,480.00
39 -- Richard Byrd -- $14,480.00
40 -- Richard Toth -- $14,480.00
41 -- Michael Souza -- $14,480.00
42 -- John Carlson -- $14,480.00
43 -- Amir Monsefi -- $14,480.00
44 -- Scott Eniniger -- $14,480.00
45 -- Ginikachukwu Izuogu -- $14,480.00
46 -- Anthony Meeker -- $12,871.00
47 -- Lars Bonding -- $12,871.00
48 -- Jeffrey Hutchison -- $12,871.00
49 -- Brian Haas -- $12,871.00
50 -- Chistopher Poma -- $12,871.00
51 -- Todd Holley -- $12,871.00
52 -- Andre Dyonisio -- $12,871.00
53 -- Edgar Renteria -- $12,871.00
54 -- Joseph Gotlieb -- $12,871.00
55 -- Steve Kolb -- $11,262.00
56 -- Aaron Kanter -- $11,262.00
57 -- Elliot Shmukler -- $11,262.00
58 -- Arnold Spee -- $11,262.00
59 -- Johannes Strassmann -- $11,262.00
60 -- James Atchazo -- $11,262.00
61 -- Kenneth Shelton -- $11,262.00
62 -- Anthony Young -- $11,262.00
63 -- Jordan Cristos -- $11,262.00
64 -- Sadeed Daneshi -- $9,653.00
65 -- Stuart Patterson -- $9,653.00
66 -- Garrett Allen -- $9,653.00
67 -- John Murphy -- $9,653.00
68 -- Gevork Kasabyan -- $9,653.00
69 -- Daniel Fisher -- $9,653.00
70 -- Mark Hirakawa -- $9,653.00
71 -- Albert Rogers -- $9,653.00
72 -- Ronald Goodwin -- $9,653.00
73 -- Ryan Roeder -- $8,044.00
74 -- Alexander Mackenzie -- $8,044.00
75 -- Jon Heneghan -- $8,044.00
76 -- Christopher Defalco -- $8,044.00
77 -- Jay Greenspan -- $8,044.00
78 -- Arnaud Mattern -- $8,044.00
79 -- Edward Nassif -- $8,044.00
80 -- Matthew Brady -- $8,044.00
81 -- Michael Hartzheim -- $8,044.00
82 -- Jorge Rodriguez -- $6,972.00
83 -- Paul Fehlig -- $6,972.00
84 -- Sean Porter -- $6,972.00
85 -- James Athanas -- $6,972.00
86 -- Brian Maguire -- $6,972.00
87 -- Thomas Bentham -- $6,972.00
88 -- Christopher Steinbacher -- $6,972.00
89 -- Manelic Minaya -- $6,972.00
90 -- Long Duong -- $6,972.00
91 -- Cameron Main -- $5,899.00
92 -- Kris Crudup -- $5,899.00
93 -- Dale Marrow -- $5,899.00
94 -- Craig Brennan -- $5,899.00
95 -- Shane Schleger -- $5,899.00
96 -- Christopher Westmas -- $5,899.00
97 -- Yong An -- $5,899.00
98 -- Derek Schneider -- $5,899.00
99 -- Steven Levy -- $5,899.00
100 -- Robert Herman -- $4,826.00
101 -- Warren Pospisil-- $4,826.00
102 -- Lyric Duveyoung -- $4,826.00
103 -- Richard Vallandigham -- $4,826.00
104 -- Daniel Schmiech -- $4,826.00
105 -- Alan Lai -- $4,826.00
106 -- Shayne Heine -- $4,826.00
107 -- Andrew Zuzolo -- $4,826.00
108 -- David Bogner -- $4,826.00
109 -- Ian Kim -- $4,826.00
110 -- Todd Witteles -- $4,826.00
111 -- Arda Fikri -- $4,826.00
112 -- Kenneth Shaevel -- $4,826.00
113 -- Ashley Mayhew -- $4,826.00
114 -- Daniel Sindelar -- $4,826.00
115 -- Patrick White -- $4,826.00
116 -- Allin Collins -- $4,826.00
117 -- Alex Moore -- $4,826.00
118 -- Maen Shadda -- $4,826.00
119 -- Thi Pham -- $4,826.00
120 -- Terrence Chan -- $4,826.00
121 -- Motoyuki Mabuchi -- $4,826.00
122 -- Donimick Cuzzi -- $4,826.00
123 -- Bon Phan -- $4,826.00
124 -- Davis Batson -- $4,826.00
125 -- Andrew Taylor -- $4,826.00
126 -- Joseph Goldstein -- $4,826.00
127 -- Erica Schoenberg -- $4,558.00
128 -- Paul Sexton -- $4,558.00
129 -- Quynam Nguyen -- $4,558.00
130 -- Quentin Krueger -- $4,558.00
131 -- Charles Ambrogi -- $4,558.00
132 -- Travis Green -- $4,558.00
133 -- Hooman Nikzad -- $4,558.00
134 -- Doninic Biondi -- $4,558.00
135 -- Benjamin Hamnett -- $4,558.00
136 -- Kenny Tran -- $4,558.00
137 -- Michael Shoemaker -- $4,558.00
138 -- Jeffrey Carris -- $4,558.00
139 -- Nikolay Evdakov -- $4,558.00
140 -- Anthony Korfman -- $4,558.00
141 -- John Roveto -- $4,558.00
142 -- Derek Wakamiya -- $4,558.00
143 -- Ryan Remele -- $4,558.00
144 -- Katja Svendsen -- $4,558.00
145 -- Giovanni Mervo -- $4,558.00
146 -- Mark Vos -- $4,558.00
147 -- Jason Lilly -- $4,558.00
148 -- Anthony Sanches -- $4,558.00
149 -- Rami Boukai -- $4,558.00
150 -- Aaron Kweskin -- $4,558.00
151 -- John Farley -- $4,558.00
152 -- Daniel Barnett -- $4,558.00
153 -- Jason Gallagher -- $4,558.00
154 -- Mounir Srour -- $4,558.00
155 -- Jose Velador -- $4,558.00
156 -- Le Banh -- $4,558.00
157 -- Jason Schoenberger -- $4,558.00
158 -- Michael Bernstein -- $4,558.00
159 -- Wayne Smith -- $4,558.00
160 -- Jason Habinsky -- $4,558.00
161 -- Mark Polis -- $4,558.00
162 -- Dustin Cole -- $4,558.00
163 -- Chris Vaughn -- $4,290.00
164 -- Christopher Elderkin -- $4,290.00
165 -- Thomas Marvin -- $4,290.00
166 -- Robert Aron -- $4,290.00
167 -- Steve Ballowe -- $4,290.00
168 -- Michael Goetsch -- $4,290.00
169 -- Niels Rikhof -- $4,290.00
170 -- Peter Lieberman -- $4,290.00
171 -- Mojtaba Seyedin -- $4,290.00
172 -- Khamsy Nuanmanee -- $4,290.00
173 -- Armando Gonzale -- $4,290.00
174 -- Sarah Bilney -- $4,290.00
175 -- David Maresh -- $4,290.00
176 -- Steven Peasley -- $4,290.00
177 -- Maria Munoz -- $4,290.00
178 -- Roberto Durante -- $4,290.00
179 -- .Nghi Tran -- $4,290.00
180 -- Jon Stanfield -- $4,290.00
181 -- Matthew Rousu -- $4,290.00
182 -- Huw Taylor -- $4,290.00
183 -- Troy Miller -- $4,290.00
184 -- David Hong -- $4,290.00
185 -- Alex Trujano -- $4,290.00
186 -- Paul Lee -- $4,290.00
187 -- Jim Anderson -- $4,290.00
188 -- Charles Morgenstern -- $4,290.00
189 -- Michael Kamran -- $4,290.00
190 -- Felix Wright -- $4,290.00
191 -- Mark Gregorich -- $4,290.00
192 -- Davis Aalvik -- $4,290.00
193 -- Brandon Lee -- $4,290.00
194 -- Chris Bjorin -- $4,290.00
195 -- Joseph Daddario -- $4,290.00
196 -- Jeremy Williamson -- $4,290.00
197 -- Mark Ketteringham -- $4,290.00
198 -- Rick Fitzpatrick -- $4,290.00
199 -- Timothy Gray -- $4,022.00
200 -- Peter Lenkey Jr. -- $4,022.00
201 -- Christopher Riley -- $4,022.00
202 -- Michael Elderkin Jr. -- $4,022.00
203 -- Mark Hanna -- $4,022.00
204 -- Ronnie Givargis -- $4,022.00
205 -- Brian Kneier -- $4,022.00
206 -- Robert Fitzgerald -- $4,022.00
207 -- Brett Wiesner -- $4,022.00
208 -- Ayaz Mahmood -- $4,022.00
209 -- Rolph Kaus -- $4,022.00
210 -- Richard Herrera -- $4,022.00
211 -- Roy Duleba -- $4,022.00
212 -- Dolph Arnold -- $4,022.00
213 -- Jenkins Roger -- $4,022.00
214 -- Matthew Piggott -- $4,022.00
215 -- James Duke -- $4,022.00
216 -- Richard Brendel -- $4,022.00
217 -- Edward Guerrero -- $4,022.00
218 -- Nikolay Malyshev -- $4,022.00
219 -- Leslie Spear -- $4,022.00
220 -- John Nieznanski -- $4,022.00
221 -- Mark King -- $4,022.00
222 -- Jeffrey Finkelstein -- $4,022.00
223 -- Keith Wintermans -- $4,022.00
224 -- Kevin Compton -- $4,022.00
225 -- Stephen Tanner -- $4,022.00
226 -- Tom Lee -- $4,022.00
227 -- William Goff -- $4,022.00
228 -- Evan Schwartz -- $4,022.00
229 -- Edward Uhler -- $4,022.00
230 -- Johnathan Morrell -- $4,022.00
231 -- Ncholas Decker -- $4,022.00
232 -- Michael Cavender -- $4,022.00
233 -- Maria Mayrinck -- $4,022.00
234 -- Linh Nguyen -- $4,022.00
235 -- Vachagan Zakarian -- $3,754.00
236 -- Kapila Garner -- $3,754.00
237 -- John Mcmahon -- $3,754.00
238 -- Stephen Suarez -- $3,754.00
239 -- Pablo Caraballo -- $3,754.00
240 -- Jean Gaspard -- $3,754.00
241 -- Frank Cremen -- $3,754.00
242 -- Pete Gregory Shekeloff -- $3,754.00
243 -- Dustin Pattinson -- $3,754.00
244 -- Adam Richardson -- $3,754.00
245 -- William Shindler -- $3,754.00
246 -- Bryan Johnson -- $3,754.00
247 -- Jean Harlan -- $3,754.00
248 -- Emily Hirleman -- $3,754.00
249 -- Jacques Arama -- $3,754.00
250 -- Brett Schwertley -- $3,754.00
251 -- Gavin Griffin -- $3,754.00
252 -- Joseph Cutler -- $3,754.00
253 -- Hans Chu -- $3,754.00
254 -- Raymond Wesley -- $3,754.00
255 -- Roy Holliday -- $3,754.00
256 -- Denny Lee -- $3,754.00
257 -- Mark Johns -- $3,754.00
258 -- Brandon Sampson -- $3,754.00
259 -- Matthew Thornton -- $3,754.00
260 -- Michael Olive -- $3,754.00
261 -- Matthew Mitchell -- $3,754.00
262 -- Michael Sims -- $3,754.00
263 -- Brian Fitzgerald -- $3,754.00
264 -- Trevor Thomas -- $3,754.00
265 -- Derek Harrington -- $3,754.00
266 -- Edward Brogdon -- $3,754.00
267 -- Fang Tian -- $3,754.00
268 -- Brandon Hoss -- $3,754.00
269 -- Jamin Styers -- $3,754.00
270 -- Matthew Zoorob -- $3,754.00
271 -- Cheeon Yue -- $3,486.00
272 -- Marco Traniello -- $3,486.00
273 -- Kimball Wasick -- $3,486.00
274 -- Walter Schaffer -- $3,486.00
275 -- Jason Newburger -- $3,486.00
276 -- Jose Rosenkrantz -- $3,486.00
277 -- Derek Grady -- $3,486.00
278 -- Chad Bradbury -- $3,486.00
279 -- Terrance Albright -- $3,486.00
280 -- Todd Bui -- $3,486.00
281 -- Joseph Kalina -- $3,486.00
282 -- Kim Williams -- $3,486.00
283 -- Robert Russell -- $3,486.00
284 -- Martin Hammond -- $3,486.00
285 -- Jinyun Lin -- $3,486.00
286 -- Sean Getzwiller -- $3,486.00
287 -- Michael Yoshino -- $3,486.00
288 -- Gregory Herman -- $3,486.00
289 -- Niles Welch -- $3,486.00
290 -- Daniel Adelson -- $3,486.00
291 -- Kaveh Ardestani -- $3,486.00
292 -- Todd Brunson -- $3,486.00
293 -- Parimal Parmar -- $3,486.00
294 -- Dennis Marcum -- $3,486.00
295 -- Derei Asher -- $3,486.00
296 -- Jimmy Cortes -- $3,486.00
297 -- Dionicio Banuelos -- $3,486.00
298 -- David Bannister -- $3,486.00
299 -- Sterling Allen -- $3,486.00
300 -- James Killeen -- $3,486.00
301 -- Yarom Limor -- $3,486.00
302 -- Joshua Schiffman -- $3,486.00
303 -- Jonathan Friedberg -- $3,486.00
304 -- Matthew Stout -- $3,486.00
305 -- Carl Sciandri -- $3,486.00
306 -- John Rosanky -- $3,486.00
307 -- Jessica Dawley -- $3,217.00
308 -- Kevin Walton -- $3,217.00
309 -- Joy Adams -- $3,217.00
310 -- Matthew Zola -- $3,217.00
311 -- Jared Davis -- $3,217.00
312 -- William Rincker -- $3,217.00
313 -- Jeff Rogers -- $3,217.00
314 -- Nicolas Dervaux -- $3,217.00
315 -- Daniel Hirleman -- $3,217.00
316 -- Michael Oliger -- $3,217.00
317 -- Marcel Bedard -- $3,217.00
318 -- Ciaran Heaney -- $3,217.00
319 -- Fred Louie -- $3,217.00
320 -- Russell Mcdonnell -- $3,217.00
321 -- .Anthony Perkins -- $3,217.00
322 -- Shinchi Chien -- $3,217.00
323 -- Paul Smith -- $3,217.00
324 -- Daryl Olson -- $3,217.00
325 -- Michael Megison -- $3,217.00
326 -- Dale Steven -- $3,217.00
327 -- Gladys Landegger -- $3,217.00
328 -- Christopher Horn -- $3,217.00
329 -- Andrew Halseth -- $3,217.00
330 -- Danny Smith -- $3,217.00
331 -- James Vititoe -- $3,217.00
332 -- William Carlton -- $3,217.00
333 -- James Blake -- $3,217.00
334 -- Ryan Kogan -- $3,217.00
335 -- Victoriano Perches -- $3,217.00
336 -- James Farrington -- $3,217.00
337 -- Robert Winchell -- $3,217.00
338 -- Christopher Savage -- $3,217.00
339 -- Farjallah Yazbek -- $3,217.00
340 -- Jeff Rasmussen -- $3,217.00
341 -- Alexander Buchanan -- $3,217.00
342 -- Caleb Fox -- $3,217.00
343 -- Todd Stumpf -- $2,949.00
344 -- Robert Crosby -- $2,949.00
345 -- Michael Snorden -- $2,949.00
346 -- Robert Clark -- $2,949.00
347 -- Jose Ferreira -- $2,949.00
348 -- Peter Dawson -- $2,949.00
349 -- Michael Binder -- $2,949.00
350 -- James Noonan -- $2,949.00
351 -- Leslie Rice -- $2,949.00
352 -- Kevin Mulvhil -- $2,949.00
353 -- David Singer -- $2,949.00
354 -- Nathan Meyvis -- $2,949.00
355 -- David Novosel -- $2,949.00
356 -- Andrew Droll -- $2,949.00
357 -- Luis Fausto -- $2,949.00
358 -- Russell Lane -- $2,949.00
359 -- Michael Holland -- $2,949.00
360 -- John White -- $2,949.00
361 -- Antuan Bunkley -- $2,949.00
362 -- Ryan Daut -- $2,949.00
363 -- Michael Glaser -- $2,949.00
364 -- Rodney Horton -- $2,949.00
365 -- Eric Green -- $2,949.00
366 -- Anthony Perry -- $2,949.00
367 -- Scott Kraft -- $2,949.00
368 -- Richard Dainton -- $2,949.00
369 -- Nicholas Stille -- $2,949.00
370 -- Jeffrey Ward -- $2,949.00
371 -- Jason Pecht -- $2,949.00
372 -- Marc Rangel -- $2,949.00
373 -- Cody Slaubaugh -- $2,949.00
374 -- Michael Hockensmith -- $2,949.00
375 -- Nicholas Tsoukalas -- $2,949.00
376 -- Michael Blomerth -- $2,949.00
377 -- Thomas Duprey -- $2,949.00
378 -- Michael Balzer -- $2,949.00

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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