Commentary

A first trip leads to first bracelet

Updated: June 17, 2009, 11:59 AM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Event 27 | Event 29

Sometimes your home game nickname can become famous … so please, pick a good one. Mike "the Force" Eise earned his nickname by being one of the toughest players in his local home game around St. Louis. After winning a WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em Event 28, the entire world can agree.

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IMPDI 2009Mike Eise's first trip to Vegas turned out pretty well with a WSOP bracelet and $639.331 in prize money.

The 30-year-old pipefitter from Troy, Missouri made his first ever trip to Las Vegas with a group of friends to play in the WSOP. Four players from his Eise's poker club entered the tournament, but Eise would be the only one everyone cheered on as the field decreased and when a champion was crowned.

"I always wanted to come to Las Vegas and play in the World Series," said Eise. "I had one chance to get into this event, and here I am. I won the bracelet."

Along with the bracelet, Eise won $639,311, but needed a little help from the deck to make it happen. The biggest coming when the action was three-handed and he was all-in and behind with A-8 to Rico Ramirez's A-9. After winning that hand, Eise would eliminate Ramirez by catching a two-outer on the turn to make a full house again Ramirez's trip jacks.

There will be no second bracelet for Eise in 2009 as it was the only event he wanted to play and only event he will play. Instead, he'll take a family vacation to Disneyland.

Other notable finishers include Kelly Kim (122nd), Ivan Demidov (248th) and Thor Hansen (264th).

Below are the complete results of Event 28:

Event 28: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,638
Prize pool: $3,600,870
Players in the money: 270

1. Mike Eise ($639,331)
2. Jeff Chang ($392,494)
3. Adolfo Ramirez ($261,963)
4. Jason Potter ($185,444)
5. Barry Berger ($139,353)
6. Zachary Fritz ($111,266)
7. Avi Braz ($93,622)
8. Jose Franco ($83,180)
9. Michael Zulker ($77,778)
10. Joseph Brattole ($54,481)
11. Mark Silvanovich ($54,481)
12. Mikkel Madsen ($54,481)
13. Jacob Solis ($38,133)
14. Joe Simmons ($38,133)
15. Mickey Neuberger ($38,133)
16. Tilman Kieschke ($26,682)
17. Andrew Daniels ($26,682)
18. Fred Louie ($26,682)
19. Marco Johnson ($18,688)
20. Arthur Evans ($18,688)
21. James Coyle ($18,688)
22. Mohammed Alaei ($18,688)
23. Shoaib Makani ($18,688)
24. Josef Samanek ($18,688)
25. Gary Wright ($18,688)
26. Fouad Eladi ($18,688)
27. Adam Lippert ($18,688)
28. Lance Tahata ($14,835)
29. Grace Gurganus ($14,835)
30. David Sands ($14,835)
31. Vandung Nguyen ($14,835)
32. Magne Bo ($14,835)
33. Coba Huynh Cao ($14,835)
34. Richard Johnson ($14,835)
35. Robert Meyers ($14,835)
36. James Jewett ($14,835)
37. Charles Croft ($11,162)
38. Robert Perkins ($11,162)
39. Mark Calamusa ($11,162)
40. Anthony Consumano ($11,162)
41. Seyed Jafari ($11,162)
42. Clark Hamagami ($11,162)
43. Nicholas Cohen ($11,162)
44. Brian Patrick ($11,162)
45. Stanley Weiss ($11,162)
46. Mats Gavatin ($8,822)
47. Jie Shie ($8,822)
48. Mark Nagle ($8,822)
49. Peter Clarke ($8,822)
50. John Calligeros ($8,822)
51. Jeff Cole ($8,822)
52. Michael Cardosa ($8,822)
53. Bob Willems ($8,822)
54. Nick Mao ($8,822)
55. Anthony Welsh ($7,237)
56. Christian De Leon Angeles ($7,237)
57. Olivia Boeree ($7,237)
58. David Carey ($7,237)
59. Stephen Cain ($7,237)
60. David Lewis ($7,237)
61. Dylan Bircheff ($7,237)
62. Eric Adelstein ($7,237)
63. Zsolt Cserhati ($7,237)
64. Jakob Karlsson ($6,121)
65. Darren Miller ($6,121)
66. Kai Paulsen ($6,121)
67. Adam Croffut ($6,121)
68. Joshua Weiss ($6,121)
69. Champie Douglas ($6,121)
70. Alexandre Gauron ($6,121)
71. Jon Jarvinen ($6,121)
72. Matthew Butler ($6,121)
73. Doris Wagner ($5,293)
74. Phillip Mohr ($5,293)
75. David Levi ($5,293)
76. Samuel Iola ($5,293)
77. Stuart Elkin ($5,293)
78. Mark Rubin ($5,293)
79. Rodrigo Portaleoni ($5,293)
80. Corey Burbick ($5,293)
81. Dana Forden ($5,293)
82. Pierre Neuville ($4,573)
83. Felix Mok ($4,573)
84. Ali Ayoub ($4,573)
85. Chrisopher Miller ($4,573)
86. Ari Rabin-Havt ($4,573)
87. Chris Marr ($4,573)
88. Randy Rodgers ($4,573)
89. Adam Hudson ($4,573)
90. Andrew Teng ($4,573)
91. Kim Frederiksen ($3,996)
92. Priyan Demel ($3,996)
93. Grant Woods ($3,996)
94. Nick Glow ($3,996)
95. Mike Lesle ($3,996)
96. Calogero Maltese ($3,996)
97. Jackson Baber ($3,996)
98. Frederic Winter ($3,996)
99. Romuaid Pycior ($3,996)
100. Philip Lowery ($3,528)
101. Richard Monroe ($3,528)
102. George Antoniou ($3,528)
103. Anthony Venturini ($3,528)
104. Peng Cheng ($3,528)
105. David Gutfreund ($3,528)
106. Arthur Susi ($3,528)
107. Michael Gambony ($3,528)
108. Stanley Tavanese ($3,528)
109. Eva Farha ($3,528)
110. Adam Vinson ($3,528)
111. Derek Tomko ($3,528)
112. Michael Glasser ($3,528)
113. Slimane Mameche ($3,528)
114. Dean Nyberg ($3,528)
115. Delfo Chialva ($3,528)
116. Rodney Brown ($3,528)
117. Marcello Delgrosso ($3,528)
118. Neil Channing ($3,528)
119. Adam Darvin ($3,528)
120. Robert Merulla ($3,528)
121. Keith Hodos ($3,528)
122. Kelly Kim ($3,528)
123. Matthew Wasick ($3,528)
124. Stephan Edgar ($3,528)
125. Asa Smith ($3,528)
126. Huy Pham ($3,528)
127. Chulwoo Park ($3,528)
128. Mark Ketteringham ($3,528)
129. Antonio Karman ($3,528)
130. Tomi Aalto ($3,528)
131. Joseph Just ($3,528)
132. Bryce Ebeling ($3,528)
133. Michael Bellan ($3,528)
134. William Blake ($3,528)
135. Steve Balezentes ($3,528)
136. David Schulman ($3,204)
137. Ronald Cross ($3,204)
138. Todd Terry ($3,204)
139. Peter Lockwood ($3,204)
140. Roman Paradiso ($3,204)
141. Kyle Hegeman ($3,204)
142. Monique Fisher ($3,204)
143. Leonid Vernik ($3,204)
144. Hanno Offen ($3,204)
145. Ernesto Pena ($3,204)
146. Michael Miller ($3,204)
147. Jonathan Markham ($3,204)
148. Roberto Durante ($3,204)
149. Rafael Martinez ($3,204)
150. Evan Wrenn ($3,204)
151. Ed Winfield ($3,204)
152. Daryl Yarosh ($3,204)
153. Curtis Rutt ($3,204)
154. Donald Belanger ($3,204)
155. Joseph Ryan ($3,204)
156. Chad Wiedenhoeft ($3,204)
157. Thomas Fuller ($3,204)
158. Claudio Baptista ($3,204)
159. Peter Turmezey ($3,204)
160. Howard Boyd ($3,204)
161. Luke Vrabel ($3,204)
162. Jesper Petersen ($3,204)
163. Norton Balber ($3,204)
164. Elizabeth Montizanti ($3,204)
165. Randall Martinat ($3,204)
166. Neil Blatner ($3,204)
167. Rayan Nathan ($3,204)
168. Brian Pajer ($3,204)
169. Dang Hai ($3,204)
170. Jonathan Evans ($3,204)
171. Kate Nguyen ($3,204)
172. Mark Wolpert ($3,204)
173. Stian Stabell ($3,204)
174. Tristam Coffin ($3,204)
175. Daniel Corbin ($3,204)
176. Siripol Tung ($3,204)
177. Marcus Spiegel ($3,204)
178. Chris Platt ($3,204)
179. Jamie McCarrel ($3,204)
180. Richard Novak ($3,204)
181. James Petrillo ($2,988)
182. Mirko Amadei ($2,988)
183. Armond Aghakhani ($2,988)
184. Kenneth Kubey ($2,988)
185. Chester Adamson ($2,988)
186. Stephen Foutty ($2,988)
187. Robert Orf ($2,988)
188. Charles Sizemore ($2,988)
189. Joshua Bylund ($2,988)
190. Jasper Wetemans ($2,988)
191. Justin Hoffman ($2,988)
192. Jessica Hanna ($2,988)
193. Gary Futterman ($2,988)
194. Leo Labbe ($2,988)
195. Timothy Malson ($2,988)
196. Salim Zakhem ($2,988)
197. Julian Brecard ($2,988)
198. John Froehlich ($2,988)
199. Armen Adjemian ($2,988)
200. Anthony Nardi ($2,988)
201. Dean Gilford ($2,988)
202. John Pekmezaris ($2,988)
203. Yongli Jin ($2,988)
204. Laurent Olive ($2,988)
205. Nils Bardsley ($2,988)
206. Chris Martin ($2,988)
207. Matt Molinari ($2,988)
208. Eduard Kapitonov ($2,988)
209. Timothy Stearns ($2,988)
210. Michael Pfau ($2,988)
211. Tarik Bouregba ($2,988)
212. Hien Truong ($2,988)
213. Thomas Newman ($2,988)
214. George Rocchi ($2,988)
215. Mike Emick ($2,988)
216. Herbert Sims ($2,988)
217. Robert Delvo ($2,988)
218. Dan McGuire ($2,988)
219. Darrell Lackey ($2,988)
220. Jeff Reiter ($2,988)
221. Ronnie Sharp ($2,988)
222. Shaheen Ladhani ($2,988)
223. John Dolan ($2,988)
224. Michael Crowe ($2,988)
225. Melissa Bucci ($2,988)
226. Jeff Yarchever ($2,808)
227. Dennis Loo ($2,808)
228. Dennis Clough ($2,808)
229. Stephen Bredfeldt ($2,808)
230. David Singh ($2,808)
231. Robert Armour ($2,808)
232. Todd Wenzel ($2,808)
233. Anthony Lee ($2,808)
234. Pascal LeFrancois ($2,808)
235. Todd Lundwall ($2,808)
236. Bernie Chir ($2,808)
237. Lawrence Park ($2,808)
238. Shawn Nguyen ($2,808)
239. James Flynn ($2,808)
240. Vineet Pahuja ($2,808)
241.Irving Chen ($2,808)
242. Thang Nguyen ($2,808)
243. John Cavanaugh ($2,808)
244. Max Norling ($2,808)
245. Domenic Durante ($2,808)
246. Benjamin Palmer ($2,808)
247. Tony Ververis ($2,808)
248. Ivan Demidov ($2,808)
249. Eric Mazza ($2,808)
250. William Carey ($2,808)
251. Shannon Pratt ($2,808)
252. Curt Raines ($2,808)
253. Andrew Hansen ($2,808)
254. Ray Muzyka ($2,808)
255. Mark Mitzel ($2,808)
256. James Farley ($2,808)
257. Alexey Yuzikov ($2,808)
258. Steve Karp ($2,808)
259. Joshua Vanduyn ($2,808)
260. Cesar Perez ($2,808)
261. Dan Hicks ($2,808)
262. Craig Bradley ($2,808)
263. Walter Neil ($2,808)
264. Thor Hansen ($2,808)
265. David Landy ($2,808)
266. Mallor Ross ($2,808)
267. David Lucchesi ($2,808)
268. Mark Brewster ($2,808)
269. Jonathan Stamm ($2,808)
270. Grayson Ramage ($2,808)

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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