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$721,373 goes to Jesse Rockowitz

Updated: June 28, 2010, 5:27 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Every $1,500 no-limit hold 'em event produces a large field, but each time the 3,000-player mark is reached it really reinforces the idea that poker is far from in a slump. Jesse Rockowitz, a 24-year-old professional poker player from Petaluma, CA, won the 3,097-player field and an amazing payday of $721,373. This was his second WSOP cash, but far from his first major score. Rockowitz plays online all the time and prefers it to the live game. Rockowitz remarked that he'll play up to 35 tables at once during his online sessions, but the idea of playing one table and winning a bracelet is something he's embracing.

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WSOPPhotos.comJesse Rockowitz earned $721,373 with his victory in the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em event 45

"This win is much more exciting," said Rockowitz of his victory. "I thought coming in that I would only care about the cash. But tonight when I got heads-up, I realized that I wanted to win a bracelet. I do not want to be famous. But having peers see that is pretty cool."

Prior to his win, Rockowitz's live success was limited with only six live cashes in no-limit hold 'em with none for more than $13,526. When Rockowitz first began playing poker, he truly disliked hold 'em, but that's definitely not the case anymore as he's playing it online on a daily basis.

The online pro made it through the huge fields capitalizing on what the live players are missing in comparison to the onliners.

"Nobody knows that I know what I'm doing," he said. "[Live pros] are very good. They are much better at live tournaments than I am, but some of their fundamentals are not as sound. Like their bet-sizing. I have played so much and so many different games (online) and have so many hands played, even if it is over a shorter period of time."

Other notable finishers from Event 45 include Dutch Boyd (15th), Alex Outhred (33rd) and Shawn Buchanan (36th).

Below are the complete results of Event 45 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 45: no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 3,097
Prize pool: $4,180,950
Players in the money: 324

1. Jesse Rockowitz ($721,373)
2. Raymond Coburn ($446,274)
3. Thiago Nishijima ($315,828)
4. Kevin Odell ($228,614)
5. Michael Goldfarb ($167,405)
6. Steven Brown ($124,006)
7. Shaun Malough ($92,900)
8. Justin Conley ($70,365)
9. Johan Jakobsson ($53,892)
10. Edward Yoo ($41,725)
11. Thomas Bichon ($41,725)
12. Douglas Gord ($41,725)
13. Rafal Michalowski ($32,653)
14. Andrew Ferguson ($32,653)
15. Dutch Boyd ($32,653)
16. Adam Croffut ($25,838)
17. Sam Trickett ($25,838)
18. Tanya Gawarecki ($25,838)
19. Paul Magriel ($20,653)
20. Joshua Brickis ($20,653)
21. Tim West ($20,653)
22. Aristotle Coronel ($20,653)
23. Michael Meerkreebs ($20,653)
24. Larry Wilder ($20,653)
25. Bryan Porter ($20,653)
26. Stephen Chidwick ($20,653)
27. Zachary Clark ($20,653)
28. Peter Dawson ($16,681)
29. Sean Hodge ($16,681)
30. John Coon ($16,681)
31. Christopher Greene ($16,681)
32. Nicholas Stowell ($16,681)
33. Alex Outhred ($16,681)
34. Roger Teska ($16,681)
35. Sammy Wright ($16,681)
36. Shawn Buchanan ($16,681)
37. Francois Safieddine ($13,629)
38. Anthony Winters ($13,629)
39. Michael Gibson ($13,629)
40. Lasell King ($13,629)
41. Simon Ravnsbaek ($13,629)
42. Alexander Millar ($13,629)
43. Kenneth Ross ($13,629)
44. Theo Tran ($13,629)
45. Rick Stockfield ($13,629)
46. Andras Kovacs ($11,246)
47. Omer Markovitch ($11,246)
48. Anthony Consumano ($11,246)
49. Zsolt Cserhati ($11,246)
50. Keyyong Song ($11,246)
51. Annand Ramdin ($11,246)
52. Didier Erb ($11,246)
53. David Nelson ($11,246)
54. Markus Gonsalves ($11,246)
55. Ayaz Mahmood ($9,365)
56. Jorge Jesus ($9,365)
57. Matt Heiligenthaler ($9,365)
58. Robert Ross ($9,365)
59. John Phan ($9,365)
60. Nicolas Fierrogottner ($9,365)
61. Will Failla ($9,365)
62. David Shane ($9,365)
63. Albert Minnullin ($9,365)
64. Bryan Reisner ($7,860)
65. Thomas Garland ($7,860)
66. James Carroll ($7,860)
67. Clark Hamagami ($7,860)
68. Ali Sarkeshik ($7,860)
69. Robert Kalteux ($7,860)
70. Brian Hodhod ($7,860)
71. Everett Carlton ($7,860)
72. Michael Kabilo ($7,860)
73. Michael Vanwingerden ($6,689)
74. Patrick Karschamroon ($6,689)
75. Karolis Grybauskas ($6,689)
76. Michael Bennington ($6,689)
77. Andre Sochovsky ($6,689)
78. Joshua Vanduyn ($6,689)
79. Andras Vaczo ($6,689)
80. Samuel Rosenblatt ($6,689)
81. Janne Pitko ($6,689)
82. Eric Blair ($5,727)
83. Grady Walters ($5,727)
84. Ravi Raghavan ($5,727)
85. Michael Obrienn ($5,727)
86. Dan Knotts ($5,727)
87. Zhi Jin ($5,727)
88. Gerasimos Deres ($5,727)
89. Casey Jarzabek ($5,727)
90. Alexander Wilson ($5,727)
91. Adrian Kuan ($4,975)
92. Jeffrey Hutchinson ($4,975)
93. Alex Bolotin ($4,975)
94. James Taylor ($4,975)
95. Logan Headley ($4,975)
96. Lysle Haney ($4,975)
97. (did not report) ($4,975)
98. Afrack Vargas ($4,975)
99. Andrew Buechner ($4,975)
100. Jason Cross ($4,348)
101. Jose Olegario ($4,348)
102. Kevin Drake ($4,348)
103. Neil Mcfayden ($4,348)
104. Robert Sherwood ($4,348)
105. Phillippe Boucher ($4,348)
106. David Coles ($4,348)
107. Theos Rippis ($4,348)
108. Harry Pruett ($4,348)
109. Brent Dornburg ($4,348)
110. Joseph Arcari ($4,348)
111. Sergey Lebedev ($4,348)
112. Amnon Filippi ($4,348)
113. Suleiman Abueid ($4,348)
114. Steve Cowley ($4,348)
115. Hiren Patel ($4,348)
116. Edward Pellegrini ($4,348)
117. Daniel Iwamoto ($4,348)
118. (did not report) ($4,348)
119. Hernan Barrozo ($4,348)
120. Linda Huard ($4,348)
121. Berry Johnston ($4,348)
122. David Miscikowski ($4,348)
123. Prem Bhakthan ($4,348)
124. Cameron New ($4,348)
125. David Meyer ($4,348)
126. Antonio Prieto ($4,348)
127. Thong Tran ($4,348)
128. Tom Schneider ($4,348)
129. Matthew Garza ($4,348)
130. Kyle Julius ($4,348)
131. Marco Liesy ($4,348)
132. John Wilson ($4,348)
133. Leo Whitt ($4,348)
134. Blake Stepp ($4,348)
135. Robert Choi ($4,348)
136. Mark Garrett ($4,348)
137. Kevin Carlson ($4,348)
138. John Settlemyre ($4,348)
139. Thomas Wolff ($4,348)
140. Kevin Zeidler ($4,348)
141. Daniela Busatta ($4,348)
142. Manuel Espogeiro ($4,348)
143. Fatima Moreira De Melo ($4,348)
144. Ryan Doty ($4,348)
145. Gregory Kaufman ($3,846)
146. Joel Criste ($3,846)
147. Ryan Enis ($3,846)
148. Kevin Schulz ($3,846)
149. Richard Johnson ($3,846)
150. Robert Pilgrim ($3,846)
151. Andre Boer ($3,846)
152. David Tuchman ($3,846)
153. Anthony Nardi ($3,846)
154. Farid Vaghefi ($3,846)
155. Gabriel Nassif ($3,846)
156. Robert Chavez ($3,846)
157. Lance Trieu ($3,846)
158. Jackson Taylor ($3,846)
159. John Moore ($3,846)
160. Robert Flowers ($3,846)
161. Patrick Sacrispeyre ($3,846)
162. (did not report) ($3,846)
163. Kasper Melgarrd ($3,846)
164. Jonathan Winston ($3,846)
165. Jeffrey Lyman ($3,846)
166. Brett Stockton ($3,846)
167. James Hayarthur ($3,846)
168. Emmitt Mcgill ($3,846)
169. Edward Roger ($3,846)
170. Claudio Baptista ($3,846)
171. (did not report) ($3,846)
172. Martin Herman ($3,846)
173. William Miner ($3,846)
174. Wade Locklear ($3,846)
175. John Gallher ($3,846)
176. John Conaway ($3,846)
177. Charlie Xu ($3,846)
178. Jason Baer ($3,846)
179. Rodger Johnson ($3,846)
180. Tony Jones ($3,846)
181. Shirley Pierce ($3,846)
182. Clifford Pappas ($3,846)
183. Dong Xu ($3,846)
184. Wang Lee ($3,846)
185. Joseph Fritzson ($3,846)
186. Charles Hook ($3,846)
187. Michael Wolf ($3,846)
188. Shane Sigsbee ($3,846)
189. Davor Lanini ($3,846)
190. Xiaozhe Hu ($3,428)
191. Manuel Labandeira ($3,428)
192. James Gladwell ($3,428)
193. Maria Ho ($3,428)
194. Matthew Kay ($3,428)
195. G Vanstrydonck ($3,428)
196. John Brown ($3,428)
197. Jonathan Little ($3,428)
198. Samuel Fisch ($3,428)
199. Maxim Semisoshenko ($3,428)
200. Ronny Schumpf ($3,428)
201. Kalpesh Raichura ($3,428)
202. Seth Akash ($3,428)
203. Raymond Ellyin ($3,428)
204. Kurt Fitzgerald ($3,428)
205. Paul Biggs ($3,428)
206. Carlo Francisco ($3,428)
207. Daniel Hulsey ($3,428)
208. Alan Myerson ($3,428)
209. Mickael Grivel ($3,428)
210. Thorsten Schafer ($3,428)
211. Stanley Vriend ($3,428)
212. Kelly Hawkins ($3,428)
213. Timothy Stein ($3,428)
214. Eric Ladny ($3,428)
215. Derek Pasquarella ($3,428)
216. Galeno Suarez ($3,428)
217. Evgeniy Zaytsev ($3,428)
218. Guy Steel ($3,428)
219. Jon Eaton ($3,428)
220. Mario Silvestri ($3,428)
221. Robert Scott Pendergrast ($3,428)
222. Albert Kinder ($3,428)
223. Tim Kates ($3,428)
224. Carlos Giron ($3,428)
225. John Myung ($3,428)
226. Steve Pierce ($3,428)
227. Adam Kostad ($3,428)
228. Scott Vener ($3,428)
229. India Storrar ($3,428)
230. Luisramon Rufasacin ($3,428)
231. Nadav Benjosef ($3,428)
232. Juan Medina ($3,428)
233. Veronica Dabul ($3,428)
234. Pavel Reshetov ($3,428)
235. Craig Rombough ($3,093)
236. Daniel Cole ($3,093)
237. Michael Hong ($3,093)
238. Jeremy Tucker ($3,093)
239. Craig Boyd ($3,093)
240. Michael Whitton ($3,093)
241. Luke Conerly ($3,093)
242. Edward Pham ($3,093)
243. Olivier Busquet ($3,093)
244. Jeffrey Winter ($3,093)
245. Marcus Van Opzeeland ($3,093)
246. David Jackson ($3,093)
247. Alvin Encarnacion ($3,093)
248. Darren Keyes ($3,093)
249. Anthony Magallon ($3,093)
250. James Jeffrey ($3,093)
251. Jonathan Zettle ($3,093)
252. Konstantin Puchkov ($3,093)
253. Giuseppe Sardo ($3,093)
254. Jerald Wheeler ($3,093)
255. Najib Kamand ($3,093)
256. John Richardson ($3,093)
257. Charles Harder ($3,093)
258. Ron Lane ($3,093)
259. Ricky Moscone ($3,093)
260. Thomas Nicotera ($3,093)
261. Norman Gautron ($3,093)
262. Brian Barton ($3,093)
263. Sharon Helldorfer ($3,093)
264. Joseph Ross ($3,093)
265. Dustin Choe ($3,093)
266. Christopher Gargan ($3,093)
267. Tom McCormick ($3,093)
268. Bill Tracy ($3,093)
269. Nathan Doudney ($3,093)
270. Alexander Carr ($3,093)
271. Shea Thomas Monson ($3,093)
272. John Yatrakos ($3,093)
273. Erik Stubbs ($3,093)
274. Narid Neto ($3,093)
275. David Kolodziej ($3,093)
276. Gary Katz ($3,093)
277. Larry Sobel ($3,093)
278. Mark Morrisett ($3,093)
279. Phuong Tran ($3,093)
280. Ryan Huntley ($2,801)
281. Kevin Fitzgibbons ($2,801)
282. Steven Weixel ($2,801)
283. Francois Binette ($2,801)
284. Vincent Wagner ($2,801)
285. Andrey Medvedev ($2,801)
286. Tyler Sumrall ($2,801)
287. Dave Terry ($2,801)
288. Daniel Millerbernd ($2,801)
289. Steven Lillis ($2,801)
290. Charles Kelley ($2,801)
291. Ian Stiege ($2,801)
292. Justin Chauvin ($2,801)
293. Jeffrey Rogers ($2,801)
294. John Centeno ($2,801)
295. Benjamin Roberts ($2,801)
296. Tyler Martin ($2,801)
297. John Juanda ($2,801)
298. Sergey Rybachenko ($2,801)
299. Ron Black ($2,801)
300. William Higgins ($2,801)
301. David Wood ($2,801)
302. Filip Nechansky ($2,801)
303. Joseph Cimino ($2,801)
304. Marvin Rettenmaier ($2,801)
305. Lucas Priour ($2,801)
306. Howard Kahan ($2,801)
307. Mikhail Voloshen ($2,801)
308. Jeffrey Papola ($2,801)
309. Michael Bernal ($2,801)
310. Dan Murariu ($2,801)
311. Christopher San Mateo ($2,801)
312. Michael Maher ($2,801)
313. Michael Bien ($2,801)
314. Nicholas Sliwinski ($2,801)
315. William Hamilton ($2,801)
316. Donald Ward ($2,801)
317. Julien Arneodo ($2,801)
318. Sean Tunning ($2,801)
319. Daniel Colpoys ($2,801)
320. Robert Watkins ($2,801)
321. Ricky Green ($2,801)
322. Chris Dombrowski ($2,801)
323. Paul Kohl ($2,801)
324. Roy Thung ($2,801)

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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