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Event #8
Omaha High-Low Split
Buy-In:  $2,000
Number of Entries:  670
Total Prize Money:  $1,219,400
Defending Champion (2005):  Pat Poels

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Jeff Madsen
Cong Do
Robert "Buzzsaw" Mangino
Robert Collins
Daniel Negreanu
Russ Salzer
Steve Lustig
Alan Mittelman
Huck Seed
Niels Rock
Robert Turner
Jeffrey Green
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Hany Sukkary
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Jesse Jones
Joseph Tehan
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Andy Bloch
Shane Keeter
David Levi
Morris Klevansky
Rafi Amit
John Juanda
Ron Ware
Brian Nadell
Shahram Sheikhan
Jay Heimowitz
Vince Oliver
Terry Young
Steve Ontl
Allen Thorpe
Herbert Beck
Farhad Alaaldin
Arthur Cobb
Brett Jungblut
Jesse Petrakis
Nick Polydoros
Martin Corpuz, Jr.
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Ralph Porter
Emilio Porco
Arturo Morgan
Richard Toker
Keith O'Hara
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Richard Joel
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Scott Clements
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Omaha High-Low Champ Rakes in $341,426

It’s a Golden Night for Jack “Action” Zwerner

Longtime Las Vegas gambling veteran wins his first WSOP title

Las Vegas, NV – There aren’t many things that Jack “Action” Zwerner hasn’t
seen and done in the world of gambling.  He’s the founder of the biggest
bingo enterprise in America.  He’s worked as a high-level casino executive for
the (now imploded) Dunes, Caesar’s Palace, the Golden Nugget, and the Las
Vegas Hilton.  He’s hung out with everyone from Steve Wynn to Larry Flynt to
Stu Ungar.  And now, he’s won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet.  
Zwerner topped a powerhouse field of 670 players en route to a $341,426
top prize.  The $2,000 buy-in Omaha High-Low Split world championship
lasted three long days, which concluded with the 58-year-old Las Vegan
winning his first WSOP title.
It almost didn’t happen.  Just days before the WSOP started, Zwerner
admitted that he had no intention to play in the world’s largest and most
prestigious poker tournament.  Zwerner had not played in the World Series in
nearly 15 years.  But his 21-year-old son started taking an interest in poker
and encouraged the elder Zwerner to enter and play this year.  That turned
out to be good advice.  Immediately following his hard-fought, well-deserved
win, Zwerner drove home to show his two grown children the gold bracelet.  
“My son started crying, he was so happy,” Zwerner said.  “When I saw him
crying, well I started crying, too.”  Indeed, victory at the World Series of
Poker brings fame, fortune – and tears of joy.
Zwerner’s victory was neither an upset nor a surprise.  After all, he arrived at
the final table as one of the largest stacks.  The always-dangerous Daniel
Negreanu was a close second.  For only two brief moments at the final table,
Zwerner did not have the chip lead.  
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Steve Lustig went out quickly.  Short-stacked, Lustig moved all-in with a
strong low draw, holding A-2-3-5.  The final board showed 9-8-7-7-7, no help
to the low draw.  Lustig, a casino manager from San Jose, CA (and former
Chinese Poker World Champion) earned $24,388 for ninth place.
Russ “The Muscle” Salzer had a fabulous WSOP last year.  He cashed several
times, was second in the $5,000 buy-in Omaha High-Low event, and finished
29th in the main event.  Salzer’s good fortune continued this year, although
eighth place must have been less than satisfying.  Salzer was eliminated in a
three-way pot (hand not shown) and collected $36,582 in prize money.
After finishing in seventh place a few days earlier (six-handed no-limit hold’
em), Negreanu hoped this tournament might be the opportunity to pick up a
fourth gold bracelet.  Instead, it ended with yet another disappointment –
seventh place.  Negreanu got low on chips and was all-in with two pair.  He
lost to a straight.  “The Kid” collected $48,776.   
Robert Collins went out next.  This was the first final table appearance for the
engineer from Morgan Hill, CA.  He received $60,970 for sixth place.
Next, Robert “The Buzzsaw” Mangino was chopped away from the final
table.  The Buzzsaw was short-stacked and lost on his final (mucked) hand.  
Mangino, the winner of a big tournament in Tunica, MS last year, received
$73,164 for fifth place.
Congo Do lasted for four hours, despite coming in with the second-lowest
stack.  The Vietnamese-born restaurant owner now living in the Atlantic City
area, was all-in holding A-Q-10-10 (good for two pair) after the flop showed
A-Q-2.  But Jack Zwerner had two queens in his hand for trip queens.  The
three-of-a-kind held up and Do had to go.  Fourth place paid $85,358.
When play became three-handed, Rusty Mandap, Jeff Madsen, and Jack
Zwerner were very close in chips.  Mandap seized the chip lead for a short
time with a couple of big pots, before Zwerner fought back and regained
control.  Three-handed play lasted for two full hours, during which time Jeff
Madsen watched helplessly as his dreams of victory slowly evaporated along
with his chips.
Madsen had been the most aggressive player in the tournament during the
later stages of Day Two and he arrived on Day Three as the chip leader.  But
the last few hours were a complete nightmare for the 21-year-old who
celebrated his birthday just three weeks ago (thus becoming of legal age to
play in the WSOP).  Finally, Madsen had to make a move and was all-in on an
unseen hand, which lost.  Zwerner and Mandap feasted on Madsen’s last
chips like hungry wolves, expelling the college student in third place.  Madsen
could still be proud of his cash prize which amounted to $97,552.
When play became heads-up, Jack Zwerner shifted into overdrive.  Sensing
that the finish line was just ahead, the gambling guru raced through the last
35-minutes like a man on a mission.  All Rusty Mandap could do was watch as
pot after pot, and chip after chip, was pushed in the opposite direction.
On what turned out to be the last hand of the tournament, Mandap had high
hopes for his A-A-10-3.  Instead, the big pair and low-draw was crushed and
counterfeited when the final board showed 6-5-3-7-2.  Zwerner showed A-8-
7-4 with two hearts to match the three hearts on board.  Zwerner’s heart
flush and better low trounced Mandap’s hand, thus ending the event.
As the runner up, Rusty Mandap earned $176,813.  The Philippine-born
casino director from Norwalk, CA was disappointed he did not win, but
expressed no regrets about the end result.  “I didn’t get any cards in the
end,” he said.  
The mood in Zwerner’s camp was decidedly more upbeat.  Zwerner, who first
moved to Las Vegas from Miami, Florida back in 1963, received congratulatory
handshakes from many in the crowd who recognized the winner as a
longtime local.  Indeed, Zwerner has seen and done it all in the gambling
mecca, working every side of the business.  He is someone most deserving of
a rare prize afforded to those who helped to build the Las Vegas Strip into
the place that it is.  
No one appreciated the honor or the significance of this moment more than
Jack Zwerner.  “You have to get a little bit lucky to win a tournament,” he
said.  “I was involved in hands at the right place at the right time.  I tell you –
there’s nothing more satisfying than winning money gambling.”

Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #8):

Total Entries to Date:                          10,240

Total Prize Money Distributed:                $ 14,620,890

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