WASSUP '09: Lunkin Wins The $40K
June 1, 2022

The final table of the first open event of the 2009 World Series of Poker concluded last night, and if the caliber of that final table is any indication, were in for one intense month and a half of poker action. 

The final table of Event #2, the 40th Annual No Limit Hold 'em, yesterday held not only some of the best live players to ever grace the green felt but some of the most notorious and feared online phenoms as well.  Among the players at that final table sat 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, Isaac Haxton, Dani "Ansky" Stern, "Professor Backwards" Ted Forrest, Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis, Noah Schwartz, Alec "traheho" Torelli and PokerRoad's own Justin Bonomo.  Also sitting at that final table was 2008 WSOP bracelet winner Vitaly Lunkin, a tough Russian player who used his fierce, aggressive style to build his stack throughout the night, despite showing down very few hands and personally knocking out only one of the eight competitors, of course it was the most important one, Isaac Haxton- the last competitor standing in his way of victory.

For the win Lunkin earned an astounding $1,891,012 and his second WSOP bracelet in two years.

The final table finish results for Event #2 of the 2009 WSOP were as follows:

1st.  Vitaly Lunkin- $1,891,012

2nd.  Isaac Haxton- $1,168,566

3rd.  Greg Raymer- $774,927

4th.  Dani Stern- $548,315

5th.  Justin Bonomo- $413,166

6th.  Alec Torelli- $329,730

7th.  Alex Veldhuis- $277,940

8th.  Noah Schwartz- $246,834

9th.  Ted Forrest- $230,317

For more information on the 40th Annual No Limit Hold 'em, Event #2, visit

Story by Mark Anderson

40K Sweet Tweets* Final Table

Greg Raymer just knocked out Noah. Noah all in w/ AKo. Raymer called w/ AA and held. Down to 7.
-Wicked Chops Poker

KK Hold up The Raindance worked because the Indians never stopped dancing. Is Greg Raymer human or is he Dancer?
Ed Reif

Raymer steam rolling claims Lex and likely some camera time for Evelyn
-Paul Nobles

Justin Bonomo runs JJ into Isaac Haxton's AA and he's out in 5th Place earning $413,166. Haxton chipleader w/8m.
-PokerRoad Nation

Raymer flops wheel w 5 2. Takes 1.5M from Ansky by river.
-John MacLeod

Raymer busts in $40k in 3rd. Heads over to the Champions Invitational and busts again in 16th.
-PokerRoad Nation

this is the sickest ft sweat ever
-Steve O'Dwyer

*A random sampling of Event #2 Final Table Twitter posts, courtesy of the
PokerRoad Nation.

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