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Kitai earns Belgium first bracelet

Updated: June 24, 2008, 4:18 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN Poker Club

Event 37 | Event 39

In the longest heads-up match up of the 2008 World Series of Poker, it was Davidi Kitai, a 28-year-old economic analyst from Belgium defeating Chris Bell for the title and his first bracelet. With the victory in the $2,000 pot-limit hold 'em Event 38, Kitai earned $244,583.

Davidi Kitai
IMPDI for the WSOPDavidi Kitai, an economic analyst from Belgium, won his first bracelet on Sunday.

Up until heads-up play, it was all Bell as he knocked out five of the first seven players eliminated at the final table. The two players went back and forth for five hours and 186 hands and after 10 chip-lead changes, Kitai wouldn't relinquish his last one and earned Belgium it's first WSOP bracelet. Belgium becomes the ninth nation to be represented with a bracelet in 2008.

This was Kitai's third WSOP cash in his career. In 2007, Kitai made the money in the main event finishing 404th. Earlier this year, he finished 147th in Event 27. He also has a 11th place finish at the EPT event in Barcelona last year.

Lee Watkinson finished in fifth place and cashed for the fourth time his year. Watkinson, a former bracelet winner, finished eighth in the 2007 WSOP main event. He was eliminated by Bell when his A-4 couldn't overcome his nut flush with A-6.

Other notable finishers include Robert Cheung (sixth), Ayaz Mahmood (seventh) and Ben Roberts (eighth).

Below are the complete results from Event 38 of the 2008 World Series of Poker:

Event 38: Pot-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $2,000
Entries: 605
Prize pool:$1,101,100
Players in the money: 63

1. Davidi Kitai ($244,583)
2. Chris Bell ($155,805)
3. Keith Greer ($94,694)
4. Jan Von Halle ($77,077)
5. Lee Watkinson ($63,313)
6. Robert Cheung ($50,100)
7. Ayaz Mahmood ($39,089)
8. Ben Roberts ($30,830)
9. Michele Greco ($22,572)
10. Benjamin Zamani ($14,314)
11. Michael Binger ($14,314)
12. Charles Lehr ($14,314)
13. Jeffrey Sluzinski ($11,561)
14. Amato Galasso ($11,561)
15. Christopher Dombrowski ($11,561)
16. Neil Channing ($8,808)
17. Davood Mehrmand ($8,808)
18. Eugene Todd ($8,808)
19. Daniel Quinn ($6,606)
20. Robert Perry ($6,606)
21. Alan Adler ($6,606)
22. Phillip Lowery ($6,606)
23. David Brooker ($6,606)
24. Jonathan Tamayo ($6,606)
25. Blake Stepp ($6,606)
26. Noam Freedman ($6,606)
27. Brett Wiesner ($6,606)
28. Gavin Polone ($5,505)
29. Shaun Linefsky ($5,505)
30. Trevor Lawson ($5,505)
31. Paul Foltyn ($5,505)
32. Shawn Van Asdale ($5,505)
33. Shane Schleger ($5,505)
34. Clonie Gowen ($5,505)
35. David Chicotsky ($5,505)
36. Marco Traniello ($5,505)
37. Derek Dempsey ($4,404)
38. Thomas Fuller ($4,404)
39. George Shahrezay ($4,404)
40. Anthony George ($4,404)
41. Matthew Hilger ($4,404)
42. Eric Lupovich ($4,404)
43. Sunny Chattha ($4,404)
44. Dale Pinchot ($4,404)
45. Thomas Sanduski ($4,404)
46. Larry Wright ($4,074)
47. James Gorham Jr. ($4,074)
48. Cristian Dragomir ($4,074)
49. Olivia Boeree ($4,074)
50. Kyle Wilson ($4,074)
51. Christopher Howard ($4,074)
52. David Machowsky ($4,074)
53. Jeffrey Langdon ($4,074)
54. Veronica Castellana ($4,074)
55. Rado Boltryk ($3,743)
56. Roy Winston ($3,743)
57. Vanessa Rousso ($3,743)
58. Andre Johnstone ($3,743)
59. Josef Bachar ($3,743)
60. Andrew Rosskamm ($3,743)
61. Paul Quade ($3,743)
62. Michael Cordell ($3,743)
63. Clifford Spiro ($3,743)

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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