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Ahmadi denies Schwartz, Greenstein

Updated: June 30, 2009, 4:05 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Event 46 | Event 48

Heading to Las Vegas for a summer of action at the WSOP, Bahador "Baha" Ahmadi planned to enter all the $1,500 and $2,500 events as well as the main event. Nearly four weeks into the World Series of Poker, he had made one final table and others he lived with had done the same. Surrounded by these successes, Ahmadi was motivated and proved that he had what it took by winning Event 47, the $2,500 mixed hold 'em event.

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IMPDI 2009 Bahador Ahmadi won his first WSOP bracelet in his second WSOP final table appearance.

"We thought someone from the house would break through and win a gold bracelet," he said. "I am just happy it was me."

Ahmadi earned $278,804 for the victory and his second lifetime WSOP cash. He attended the WSOP for the first time in 2006, but didn't return until 2009. Clearly, the time away from Vegas, which he called, "A grind," was beneficial as he returned with a new dedication to success. He specifically focused on improving his limit hold 'em game to earn a small advantage in a mixed hold 'em tournament like Event 47.

"If you are good at both games, you have an edge," he said. "In an event like this, you find a lot of no-limit players who have not played much limit. So, if you have any edge in limit, you can do well. I have a strong background in limit. I found that I was able to really make (major gains) when we were playing limit. I sat back in the no-limit and just picked my spots."

Joining Ahmadi at the final table was Ylon Schwartz. Out of the entire final table from the 2008 WSOP main event, Schwartz became the first player to make a final table in 2009. Schwartz finished in third, two spots above Barry Greenstein who made his second final table of the Series.

Other notable finishers included Hasan Habib (eighth), Allen Cunningham (15th) and Daniel Negreanu (37th).

Below are the complete results of Event 46:

Event 47: Mixed hold 'em
Buy-in: $2,500
Entries: 527
Prize pool: $1,212,100
Players in the money: 52

1. Bahador Ahmadi ($278,804)
2. John McGuinness ($172,227)
3. Ylon Schwartz ($112,967)
4. Karlo Lopez ($78,628)
5. Barry Greenstein ($57,671)
6. Matt Woodward ($44,520)
7. Randy Haddox ($36,084)
8. Hasan Habib ($30,641)
9. Zachary Humphrey ($27,199)
10. Lee Vlastaris ($19,672)
11. Oleg Serbine ($19,672)
12. Matthew Matros ($19,672)
13. Mimi Tran ($14,714)
14. David Baker ($14,714)
15. Allen Cunningham ($14,714)
16. Jesper Hougaard ($11,272)
17. Yeping Shan ($11,272)
18. Howie Kahan ($11,272)
19. Alexander Jung ($8,739)
20. Mihail Stoykov ($8,739)
21. Brandon Demes ($8,739)
22. Joe Kuether ($8,739)
23. Kirill Rabtsov ($8,739)
24. Gavin Griffin ($8,739)
25. Samuel Ngai ($8,739)
26. Eric Froehlich ($8,739)
27. Jason Tompkins ($8,739)
28. Omar Abede ($7,030)
29. Tam Hang ($7,030)
30. Casey McCarrel ($7,030)
31. Petri Pollanen ($7,030)
32. Andrew Bloch ($7,030)
33. Michael Bickel ($7,030)
34. Frank Sinopoli ($7,030)
35. Joseph Couden ($7,030)
36. Shaun Deeb ($7,030)
37. Daniel Negreanu ($5,757)
38. Kyle Zartman ($5,757)
39. Albert Minnullin ($5,757)
40. Ryan Milisits ($5,757)
41. Justin Pechie ($5,757)
42. Marc Naalden ($5,757)
43. Alex Bolotin ($5,757)
44. Felix Bleiker ($5,757)
45. Francois Billard ($5,757)
46. Eli Elezra ($4,739)
47. Chris Podlewski ($4,739)
48. David Black ($4,739)
49. Jeff Madsen ($4,739)
50. Michael Goldberg ($4,739)
51. Michael Parizon ($4,739)
52. Stephane Bazin ($4,739)

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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