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7 Card Stud Champion is Eric Brooks, Eric Who?

by Poker Team

Eric Brooks is the new 7 Card Stud world champion as he beat an impressive list of professional poker players and took home the $10,000 Seven Card Stud tournament (Event 14) at the 2008 WSOP.  What is amazing about this bracelet win is that Eric Brooks beat a formidable cast of poker pros including, PokerStars Poker Pro Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, David Levi, Robert Mizrachi, Alex Kravchenko, and Erik Seidel.

Who is Eric Brooks you ask?

Eric is a 48 year old business owner from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, who last played in a WSOP back in 1979 when he was playing at some side tables.  He had no prior experience in a grand event like the $10K 7 Card Stud tournament, so this was his first attempt at finishing in the money in a huge poker tournament.

Brooks donates WSOP winnings

Eric Brooks won $415,856 and instead of funneling some of that money back into his business in Pennsylvania or playing in some additional tournaments, Brooks donated 100% of his earnings to a charity he is involved in, the Decision Education Foundation.  The Foundation helps children and young adults improve decision making skills by teaching the science of decision making.  Whether its the decision to try drugs or go to college, Brooks feels that this type of teaching is needed with the younger generation as the only time children receive this type of training is when they are in college.  Poker pro, Annie Duke is also on the board of the Foundation along with Eric Brooks.

Final Table at the 2008 WSOP - 7 Card Stud Championship

The final table at Event 14 looked like this with the player’s chip counts listed next to each player’s name:

Seat 1: David Oppenheim — 508,000
Seat 2: Alex Kostritsyn — 495,000
Seat 3: Jim Paluszek — 413,000
Seat 4: Erik Seidel — 273,000
Seat 5: Vasili Lazarou — 259,000
Seat 6: Minh Ly — 424,000
Seat 7: Fu Wong — 429,000
Seat 8: Eric Brooks — 359,000

Final hand between Eric Brooks and Fu Wong

When the players went heads up to start, Wong had a slight chip lead over Brooks at 1,815,000 to 1,345,000. Brooks then called a hand all the way to Seventh street with only pocket Kings, and gave him a 2 to 1 chip lead over Wong. Fu Wong eventually went “all in” against Brooks on Fourth street on the final hand.

Wong: 10c - 4c - Ac - 4h - 2h - 4d - 9c

Brooks: Ah - 5s - 5d - 3d - Ad - 7d - Qd

Brooks took home the championship with his winning flush.  Wong took home second prize and $259,910.

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