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WSOP 2007: Bracelet Winners Events 1 Through 10
by Max Drayman

Event 1, World Championship Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit)

Buy-In: $5000
Entrants: 451
Final Table: June 3, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Steve "MrSmoky!" Billirakis wins $536,287

At only 21 years of age Steve breaks Phil Hellmuth’s previous record to become the youngest gold bracelet winner in the history of the tournament. He hails from Chicago, Illinois.

Event 2, Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-In: $500
Entrants: 1,039
Final Table: June 2, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Frederick Narciso wins $104,701

Frederick Narciso is a Las Vegas dealer.

Event 3, No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-In: $1,500
Entrants: 2,998
Final Table: June 4, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Ciaran "Big C" O'Leary wins $727,012

An Irishman now making his home in Seattle, Washington, Ciaran had played in six of the last ten WSOP tournaments. This is his first money finish.

Event 4, Pot-Limit Hold'em

Buy-In: $1,500
Entrants: 781
Final Table: June 5, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Michael "Bob Cat" Spegal wins $251,957

Mike is a relative newcomer to the WSOP but still bested seasoned pro Gavin Smith in heads-up play to take the bracelet. A former U.S. Marine, Mike was born in Newton, Iowa, and now makes his home in St. Marys, Georgia.

Event 5, Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better

Buy-In: $2,500
Entrants: 327
Final Table: June 5, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Tom Schneider wins $214,347

No newcomer to the WSOP, this 47-year-old native of Scottsdale, AZ grew up in Indianapolis. He was a certified public accountant and later the owner of a golf supply company before he developed his poker skills to the point where he earn a decent living at the felt. He has written a poker book, "Oops! I Won too Much Money: Winning Wisdom from the Boardroom to the Poker Table", and had WSOP final table finishes in 2002 and 2006 before winning his first bracelet this year.

Event 6, Limit Hold'em

Buy-In: $1,500
Entrants: 910
Final Table: June 6, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Gary Styczynski wins $280,715

This part-time consultant/part-time tournament poker player beat seasoned pro Gavin Smith to take this year's $1,500 Limit Hold'em championship. He is 42 years old and hails from Pearl River, N.Y.

Event 7, Pot-Limit Omaha w/Re-buys

Buy-In: $5,000
Entrants: 145
Final Table: June 5, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Burt Boutin wins $825,956

Burt is a stockbroker from Henderson, Nevada. He won his first WSOP bracelet in the 2001 series, has cashed in seven WSOP events since, and with this win became the 77th WSOP millionaire.

Event 8, No-Limit Hold'em w/Re-Buys

Buy-In: $1,000
Entrants: 844
Final Table: June 7, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Michael Chu wins $585,774

Born in Seoul, South Korea Michael now makes his home in Los Angeles. Although he faces opponents that exercised their option to re-buy as many as eight times Michael scored an impressive win without a single re-buy. This is his first WSOP money finish.

Event 9, Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better

Buy-In: $1,500
Entrants: 690
Final Table: June 7, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Alex Kravchenko wins $228,446

Born in Archangel in the former USSR, Kravchenko now works in business in Moscow. He has been playing poker for eight years during which time he has racked up a string of European final table results. His first WSOP cash finish came in 2006. With this, his first WSOP bracelet, he becomes the first Russian citizen to win a WSOP event.

Event 10, No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-In: $2,000
Entrants: 1,531
Final Table: June 8, 2007
Bracelet Winner: Will Durkee wins $566,916

Hardly a full-time poker player 22-year-old Will Durkee is an undergraduate in economics at the University of Virginia. He had his first WSOP money finishes in 2006, 54th place finish in $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and a 14th place result in $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em. In spite of his bracelet win this year he plans to continue his studies, including a pending Masters degree in liberal arts from Northwestern University in Chicago where he hopes to secure a teaching position.

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