Commentary

Redemption earned for Dean Hamrick

Updated: June 28, 2010, 2:13 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

If we take a trip down memory lane, you might remember Dean Hamrick's unfortunate exit from the 2008 WSOP main event. With the first November Nine being determined with the elimination of one more player, everything fell apart for Hamrick. Craig Marquis was the beneficiary of Hamrick's chips and would move on to November. Hamrick on the other hand became the ultimate bubble boy, eliminated in 10th place.

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WSOPPhotos.comDean Hamrick earned $604,222 for his victory in Event 42.

"My time was up and I had to go," Hamrick stated to Bernard Lee in November of '08. "It's just a game. Even though losing in a poker tournament stinks, I still made lots of money [$591,869, to be exact]. In the end, it will not define me. I am 25 years old, and I still have plenty of more poker to play in the future."

Clearly, Hamrick knew he had the poker skills to reach a WSOP final table once again and claimed ultimate redemption in Event 42, $1,500 no-limit hold 'em, when he outlasted a field of 2,521 to win his first WSOP bracelet. It was a moment well deserved and one he'll never forget.

"If I would not have had that experience then, I would not have won this event today," said Hamrick. "It shows that you can never give up. You have to stay patient. You have to pick the spots, and you can't just throw it all away because it is very rare to make a final table and it might not come again. You realize how important this is, so you really have to try and concentrate and just stay in the moment and not let any of the other distractions get to you."

Despite the conclusion of the tournament coming at 9:30 a.m. ET, his friends stuck by him to make sure the bracelet would be placed around his wrist.

"It's every poker player's dream," he said of winning. "When I started watching poker in the move Rounders, it's all you think about. Fortunately for me, I have a ton of friends and some of them have won bracelets. It feels really, really good to join the gold bracelet club."

The 27-year-old from East Lansing, MI, made a final table in 2009, only to fall short in fifth. It looked like he might not win this event either, but when he eliminated 61-year-old math teacher Tom O'Neal, it was finally time to celebrate. There was no early, unfortunate, exit this time. The tournament was his, as was a nice payday of $604,222. He now has eight WSOP cashes and career WSOP earnings of $1,366,534.

Other notable finishers from Event 42 include Humberto Brenes (16th), Bernard Lee (21st) and Kevin Schaffel (26th).

Below are the complete results of Event 42 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 42: no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,521
Prize pool: $3,403,305
Players in the money: 270

1. Dean Hamrick ($604,222)
2. Thomas O'Neal ($375,627)
3. Ian Wiley ($265,869)
4. Niccolo Caramatti ($191,744)
5. Aaron Kaiser ($140,013)
6. Ryan Hemmel ($103,461)
7. Andrew Rosskamm ($77,392)
8. Thomas Johnson ($58,571)
9. Aaron Gustavson ($44,856)
10. Michael Swick ($34,748)
11. Craig Bergeron ($34,748)
12. James Schaaf ($34,748)
13. Jose Obadia ($27,226)
14. Peter Grunlund ($27,226)
15. Daniel Buzgon ($27,226)
16. Humberto Brenes ($21,577)
17. William Prieto ($21,577)
18. Bernard Ko ($21,577)
19. Brett Michael ($17,289)
20. Dustin Pattinson ($17,289)
21. Bernard Lee ($17,289)
22. Michael Vaccarello ($17,289)
23. David Siegel ($17,289)
24. David Zeitlin ($17,289)
25. James Sowers ($17,289)
26. Kevin Schaffel ($17,289)
27. Henrik Hoeg ($17,289)
28. Michael Moore ($14,021)
29. Matt Marafioti ($14,021)
30. Alain Medesan ($14,021)
31. Arnaud Gailleurd ($14,021)
32. Brian Razo ($14,021)
33. Nicholas Harvalis ($14,021)
34. Scott Horowitz ($14,021)
35. Jon Ho Christensen ($14,021)
36. Joe Tehan ($14,021)
37. Brian Mintz ($11,503)
38. James Charbonneau ($11,503)
39. Jason Whiddon ($11,503)
40. Stephen Chidwick ($11,503)
41. Michael Chirnside ($11,503)
42. Byran Sneed ($11,503)
43. Reed Hensel ($11,503)
44. Ishak Noyan ($11,503)
45. Michael Faterkowski ($11,503)
46. Alexi Lammi ($9,529)
47. Vig Karoly ($9,529)
48. Carter Phillips ($9,529)
49. Matthew Berkey ($9,529)
50. Jesse Fulmer ($9,529)
51. Steven Fung ($9,529)
52. Samir Zoudo ($9,529)
53. Arnaud Mattern ($9,529)
54. Michael Lytle ($9,529)
55. Marc Levy ($7,963)
56. Joseph Fraulob ($7,963)
57. Leonard Levenson ($7,963)
58. Raul Gonzales ($7,963)
59. Andrew Eiger ($7,963)
60. Joanne Dorin ($7,963)
61. Kurt Uhler ($7,963)
62. Jason Burt ($7,963)
63. Jerry Wong ($7,963)
64. Grayson Ramage ($6,738)
65. Adriano Santa Ana ($6,738)
66. Michael Blocksidge ($6,738)
67. Kyle Shigano ($6,738)
68. Daniel Johnson ($6,738)
69. Bahador Ahmadi ($6,738)
70. Patrick Barth ($6,738)
71. Eric Appel ($6,738)
72. William Looper ($6,738)
73. Marc Miller ($5,751)
74. Lawrence Sharp ($5,751)
75. Kevin Schulz ($5,751)
76. Alexander Burkart ($5,751)
77. Veronica Dabul ($5,751)
78. Frank Guida ($5,751)
79. Mark Sykes ($5,751)
80. Jackson Zheng ($5,751)
81. Frank Rusnak ($5,751)
82. Mario Cordero ($4,968)
83. Rodeen Talebi ($4,968)
84. Norris Wong ($4,968)
85. John Dombroski ($4,968)
86. Gregg Merkow ($4,968)
87. Michael Shelton ($4,968)
88. Chris McCormack ($4,968)
89. James Adams ($4,968)
90. Jeffery Clayton ($4,968)
91. Aram Zerounian ($4,322)
92. Jason Wheeler ($4,322)
93. John Reinhold ($4,322)
94. Ricardo Sousa ($4,322)
95. Michael Palumbo ($4,322)
96. Ira Marcus ($4,322)
97. John Hice ($4,322)
98. Elliot Yost ($4,322)
99. Dmitry Vitkind ($4,322)
100. Bryan Paris ($3,811)
101. Eddylee Martin ($3,811)
102. Juan Ramirez ($3,811)
103. Tomas Alenius ($3,811)
104. Michael Myers ($3,811)
105. Luke Trotman ($3,811)
106. Thomas Kruger ($3,811)
107. Kelly Edwards ($3,811)
108. Saar Wilf ($3,811)
109. Darren Spurlock ($3,811)
110. Darren Elias ($3,811)
111. Conrad Monica ($3,811)
112. Jason Gray ($3,811)
113. Stanislav Zavoyskiy ($3,811)
114. Nam Le ($3,811)
115. Joseph Hanna ($3,811)
116. Aaron Lambert ($3,811)
117. Ragnar Astrom ($3,811)
118. Michael Fong ($3,811)
119. Justin Iovanne ($3,811)
120. Bryan Piccioli ($3,811)
121. Jay Houston ($3,811)
122. Dominik Cantore ($3,811)
123. Javier Fernandez ($3,811)
124. Alexander Fitzgerald ($3,811)
125. Kim Sherlin ($3,811)
126. Mile Karangelovski ($3,811)
127. Nick Voyatzis ($3,811)
128. Jeffrey Balsewich ($3,811)
129. Gary Murrey ($3,811)
130. Christopher Goo ($3,811)
131. Philip Jacobsen ($3,811)
132. Michael Finstein ($3,811)
133. Andre Boer ($3,811)
134. Artur Szczupak ($3,811)
135. David Miscikowski ($3,811)
136. Monte Hoover ($3,404)
137. Robert Valentine ($3,404)
138. Ron Haeri ($3,404)
139. Jeff Madsen ($3,404)
140. Sean Riley ($3,404)
141. Mitchell Gillespie ($3,404)
142. Steven Gross ($3,404)
143. Zachary Fahmie ($3,404)
144. Ken Kao ($3,404)
145. Aditya Agarwal ($3,404)
146. William Jones ($3,404)
147. Shuan Chavez ($3,404)
148. Adam Adler ($3,404)
149. Jason Lavallee ($3,404)
150. Martin Fynbo ($3,404)
151. Kevin Moore ($3,404)
152. Chad Siu ($3,404)
153. Casey Caldwell ($3,404)
154. Aaron Charles ($3,404)
155. Klein Bach ($3,404)
156. Jefferson James ($3,404)
157. Philip Meulyzer ($3,404)
158. Antonio Miranda ($3,404)
159. John Orr ($3,404)
160. Timothy Taft ($3,404)
161. Alex Smith ($3,404)
162. Rick Schwartz ($3,404)
163. Craig Crivello ($3,404)
164. Emanuel Failla ($3,404)
165. Gregory Esgar ($3,404)
166. Jakob Karlsson ($3,404)
167. Andrew Newitt ($3,404)
168. Matthias Nilsson ($3,404)
169. Andy Yassa ($3,404)
170. Richard Golzio ($3,404)
171. Brandon Petersen ($3,404)
172. Getty Mattingsley ($3,404)
173. Tu Ta ($3,404)
174. Brian Morris ($3,404)
175. Eric Kline ($3,404)
176. Michael Colarusso ($3,404)
177. Alessio Isaia ($3,404)
178. Terry Gaines ($3,404)
179. Paul Sharbanee ($3,404)
180. Alfredo Ceballos ($3,404)
181. Jesse Cohen ($3,063)
182. Marc Lome ($3,063)
183. Maurice Millares ($3,063)
184. Mitsuhiro Nakao ($3,063)
185. Matthew Vance ($3,063)
186. Charlie Ramirez ($3,063)
187. Michael Shklover ($3,063)
188. Suzanne Carrillo ($3,063)
189. Scott Haraden ($3,063)
190. Michael Glasser ($3,063)
191. Eric Lynch ($3,063)
192. Donizetti Ferreira ($3,063)
193. John Kurtzeborn ($3,063)
194. Jonathan Neckar ($3,063)
195. Nicholas Avena ($3,063)
196. Brian Small ($3,063)
197. Tommi Ranttila ($3,063)
198. Nikolaj Simonsen ($3,063)
199. Michael Kabilio ($3,063)
200. Ken McKay ($3,063)
201. Romuaid Pycior ($3,063)
202. Anthony Thompson ($3,063)
203. Brian Sandmann ($3,063)
204. Rodger Azadganian ($3,063)
205. Tyler Cornell ($3,063)
206. Maciek Gracz ($3,063)
207. Robert Koss ($3,063)
208. Fergal Nealon ($3,063)
209. Richard Talerico ($3,063)
210. Richard Webb ($3,063)
211. Ramon Lopez ($3,063)
212. Pejman Niyati ($3,063)
213. Fatima Moreira De Melo ($3,063)
214. Daniel Santoro ($3,063)
215. Dmitry Stelmak ($3,063)
216. Sadany Hevia ($3,063)
217. Karec Terrell ($3,063)
218. Juan Manuel Pastor ($3,063)
219. Mark Roberts ($3,063)
220. Narinder Khasria ($3,063)
221. Kenneth Finch ($3,063)
222. Bradford Neilson ($3,063)
223. Alan Schottenfeld ($3,063)
224. Markus Feurle ($3,063)
225. Daniel Smyth ($3,063)
226. Andrew Boyer ($2,756)
227. Hussein Harb ($2,756)
228. Alexander Barlow ($2,756)
229. Richard Allen ($2,756)
230. Vito Racanelli ($2,756)
231. John Centeno ($2,756)
232. Eric Bolinder ($2,756)
233. David Perry ($2,756)
234. Gary Krakower ($2,756)
235. Kenneth Moss ($2,756)
236. Evan McNiff ($2,756)
237. Bobby Binsky ($2,756)
238. William Daymon ($2,756)
239. Justen Miller ($2,756)
240. Christopher Cornell ($2,756)
241. Robert Vaghefi ($2,756)
242. Matthew Widdoes ($2,756)
243. Gladys Landegger ($2,756)
244. Edward Shade ($2,756)
245. Jeffery Elhami ($2,756)
246. Kenneth Duggan ($2,756)
247. Robert Hempkins ($2,756)
248. Giovanni Pollini ($2,756)
249. Michael Mariakis ($2,756)
250. Derek Murray ($2,756)
251. Clifford Pappas ($2,756)
252. Charles Leroi ($2,756)
253. Daniel Skolovy ($2,756)
254. Steven Dezelich ($2,756)
255. Roberto Betbese ($2,756)
256. Darren Lacy ($2,756)
257. Seth Liebert ($2,756)
258. Daniel Ross ($2,756)
259. Shannon Kelly ($2,756)
260. Dmitriy Shilnikov ($2,756)
261. Marco Fantini ($2,756)
262. Christopher Chau ($2,756)
263. Sharonne Hapuarachy ($2,756)
264. Tarun Ravi ($2,756)
265. Lennart Konst ($2,756)
266. Jon Chartley ($2,756)
267. Dennis Nordman ($2,756)
268. William Durkee ($2,756)
269. Stephen Miczak ($2,756)
270. Hirofumi Suzuki ($2,756)

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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