Commentary

Jeff Carris wins $1,500 shootout

Updated: June 14, 2009, 1:43 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Event 21 | Event 23

The shootout events at the World Series of Poker continue to grow in popularity, primarily due to the fact online poker players engage in single-table tournaments all the time. To win Event 22, the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em shootout, which attracted a young field of 999 players, a player would need to win three single-table tournaments to claim the title. Jeff Carris, a 23-year-old professional poker player from Wadsworth, Ohio, outplayed his opponents and won his first WSOP bracelet and $313,673.

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Dana Starr/IMPDIJeff "The Wildcat" Carris won his first bracelet in the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em shootout event.

"Before the final table, I didn't even realize I wanted a bracelet," said Carris to the WSOP. "But when you get that far, it's all you think about."

Carris had support behind him with his parents flying in and a large crowd of fans helping the "Wildcat" to victory. He moved to Las Vegas only two years ago and has played professionally since. Carris has one other WSOP cash for $4,559 for finishing in 138th place in a $1,500 no-limit hold 'em event in 2008.

The final table of this event consisted of no former WSOP bracelet holders and it was the ninth time that this has occurred during the 2009 WSOP. Making the money, but not the final table, was Tony Cousineau, who holds the record for most WSOP cashes (38) without a title.

Other notable finishers include Jonathan Jaffe, Thomas Fuller and Nick Binger, who all made it through to the second round.

Below are the complete results of Event 22:

Event 22: No-limit hold 'em shootout
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 999
Prize pool: $1,313,673
Players in the money: 100

1. Jeff Carris ($313,673)
2. Jason Somerville ($194,004)
3. Andrew Margolis ($124,158)
4. Chris Moore ($82,322)
5. Joseph Cutler ($56,440)
6. Brandon Wong ($39,968)
7. Eugene Katchalov ($29,195)
8. Michael McNeil ($21,981)
9. Joshua Tieman ($17,045)
10. Mike Shannon ($13,609)
11. J.C. Alvarado ($5,236)
12. Antoine Amourette ($5,236)
13. Andrew Badecker ($5,236)
14. David Baker ($5,236)
15. Sami Banizuraij ($5,236)
16. Joe Beevers ($5,236)
17. Matt Berkey ($5,236)
18. Brent Bibby ($5,236)
19. Nick Binger ($5,236)
20. Cristiano Blanco ($5,236)
21. Keith Block ($5,236)
22. Alex Bolotin ($5,236)
23. Howard Boyd ($5,236)
24. Dutch Boyd ($5,236)
25. Tom Braband ($5,236)
26. Kyle Brossia ($5,236)
27. Franco Brunetti ($5,236)
28. Chad Burum ($5,236)
29. Joel Casper ($5,236)
30. Ping Lok Chan ($5,236)
31. Ronnie Chin ($5,236)
32. Anthony Cousineau ($5,236)
33. Jared Davis ($5,236)
34. Joe Deniro ($5,236)
35. Quinn Do ($5,236)
36. John Dolan ($5,236)
37. Zelong Dong ($5,236)
38. Robert Fikac ($5,236)
39. Alan Fixel ($5,236)
40. Dana Forden ($5,236)
41. Scott Freeman ($5,236)
42. Bowen Fric ($5,236)
43. Gary Frierson ($5,236)
44. Thomas Fuller ($5,236)
45. Steven Fung ($5,236)
46. Jody Garaventa ($5,236)
47. Mats Gavatin ($5,236)
48. Steven Gross ($5,236)
49. Clark Hamagami ($5,236)
50. Jared Hamby ($5,236)
51. Tam Hang ($5,236)
52. Brent Hanks ($5,236)
53. Maura Harris ($5,236)
54. Derric Haynie ($5,236)
55. Daniel Hirleman ($5,236)
56. Robert Husa ($5,236)
57. Jonathan Jaffe ($5,236)
58. Petr Jelinek ($5,236)
59. Peter Jetten ($5,236)
60. Sam Johnson ($5,236)
61. Tim Kahlmeyer ($5,236)
62. Paul Keesey ($5,236)
63. Chris Klodnicki ($5,236)
64. Kai Landry ($5,236)
65. Marco Liesy ($5,236)
66. Phong Ly ($5,236)
67. Jonas Mackoff ($5,236)
68. Tyson Marks ($5,236)
69. Lupi Massimiliano ($5,236)
70. John Michael ($5,236)
71. William Moorer ($5,236)
72. Anh Van Nguyen ($5,236)
73. Kirill Rabtsov ($5,236)
74. John Racener ($5,236)
75. Victor Ramdin ($5,236)
76. Brian Saltus ($5,236)
77. Marc Sander ($5,236)
78. Andrew Scott ($5,236)
79. Shay Scruggs ($5,236)
80. Barry Shulman ($5,236)
81. Jeff Siegal ($5,236)
82. Michael Simhai ($5,236)
83. Jan Skampa ($5,236)
84. Peter Smurfit ($5,236)
85. James Sowers ($5,236)
86. Malte Stothmann ($5,236)
87. Matt Stout ($5,236)
88. Gary Tang ($5,236)
89. Gregory Thorson ($5,236)
90. Theo Tran ($5,236)
91. Erika Trenck ($5,236)
92. Arkadiy Tsinis ($5,236)
93. Nathan Tuthill ($5,236)
94. William Vechnak ($5,236)
95. Jose-Luis Velador ($5,236)
96. Rajesh Vohra ($5,236)
97. Matthew Wood ($5,236)
98. Matt Woodward ($5,236)
99. Leonid Yanovski ($5,236)
100. Srinivasa Yarlagadda ($5,236)

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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