"It's even more gratifying to win against such tough competition," said Lichtenberger to the WSOP. "In tournament poker, regardless of how well you do or how much money you get, everything eventually ends up stinging a little bit if it isn't an outright victory, so it just feels awesome [to win]."
The final table was full of some of the most talented young players in poker with the only player above the age of 28 was second-place finisher Dan Casetta (39). The table now offers up a combined 15 WSOP Circuit cashes and 35 WSOP cashes.
Here's a look at the final results:
(1) Andrew Lichtenberger - $190,137
(2) Dan Casetta - $114,800
(3) Brock Parker - $73,544
(4) Diego Sanchez - $57,400
(5) James Carroll - $44,844
(6) Steve O'Dwyer - $35,875
(7) Anthony Yeh - $28,700
(8) Aaron Been - $23,319
(9) Matt Stout - $19,371
Around the felt:
• Nicolas Chouity ran over the final table at the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo to win the 1.7 million euro top prize. Heading into the final table with 40 percent of the chips in play, everything seemed to fall Chouity's way all the way through the final day of play. On the last hand, Chouity raised and Josef Klinger moved all-in on what seemed to be a major overbet. Chouity instantly called and Klinger's 8-8 felt short to Chouity's aces to finish in second. Notable finishers from this event include Sami Kelopuro (12th), Nick Schulman (18th) and Vicky Coren (26th).
• The 25,000 euro high roller event in Monte Carlo attracted an impressive field of 113 players, all with hopes of taking home first place and 965,000 euros. Tom Marchese entered the final table as the chip leader, but will have his hands full against Sorel Mizzi, Olivier Busquet, Luke Schwartz and the rest of the remaining players. The final results of this event will have a dramatic effect on player of the year standings as both Mizzi and Marchese are in the running for the top spot. Some food for thought: Marchese never had a live cash to his name before February at the Borgata.
• Eric Baldwin headed back to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Wednesday where he was the captain of the 2005 national championship team. They honored the 2009 Card Player player of the year and WPT Championship runner-up by dedicating the team's clubhouse in his honor. Of course, Baldwin threw out the first pitch, but regrettably posted on Twitter, "I should have warmed up. Tried to throw hard. Went 50 ft."
Small blinds: Bluff magazine reports that Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and Hank Azaria will play in the 2010 Ante Up For Africa event at the WSOP. … At the rate things are going, we may have a small WSOP main event. To date, the two major sites that offer seats (FTP and PS), have awarded less than 250 packages to the tournament. Also take into consideration that a good portion of the players that win these packages will simply take the money and opt not to play. I know it's early, but it's something to start to think about. … JC Alvarado, Alex "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn, Tim Begley and Shannon Shorr have all taken down FTOPS XVI events this week. … PokerStars' SCOOP begins on Sunday. … The Bellagio announced that the 2011 Five-Star World Poker Classic will take place in May instead of June. Great idea for the Bellagio to take advantage of pre-WSOP Vegas traffic. … Alexander Queen earned $355,535 by defeating the 383-player field in the $3,500 event at the Borgata. Adam Junglen finished in ninth.