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Sebastian Ruthenberg’s impressive win at the WSOP

by Poker Team

Sebastian RuthenbergSebastian Ruthenberg had the chip lead going into the final table, but that did not make things any easier as he faced a monumental task of beating three of the world’s best poker pros in Chris Ferguson, Marcel Luske, and Annie Duke. Sebastian Ruthenberg has plenty of poker tournament experience, mainly in Europe where he has finished in the top 10 in many of the European Poker Tournaments (EPT). This though was Sebastian Ruthenberg’s first WSOP bracelet at event #33, and his best live win to date.

Final Table - $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo - 2008 WSOP

Here was how the final table looked and the player’s respective chip counts at Event #33:

Bob Lauria — 44,000
Marcel Luske — 308,000
Steve Sung — 207,000
Annie Duke — 277,000
Alessio Isaia — 398,000
Sebastian Ruthenberg — 663,000
Chris Ferguson — 434,000
Bob Beveridge — 280,000

The most active player early on at the final table was Marcel Luske as he was taking a number of pots and specifically from Chris Ferguson. Luske would be eliminated later however, as well as Annie Duke and the rest of the field. Bob Lauria hang on to dear life with his small chip stack but eventually lost to Ferguson as “Jesus” beat Lauria with a full house.

The final heads up match was set, and it was Chris “Jesus” Ferguson going for his 6th WSOP bracelet against the German, Sebastian Ruthenberg.

Final Hand - Event #33 - 2008 WSOP

The $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo tournament got everything it wanted with the final heads up match between Sebastian Ruthenberg and Chris Ferguson. A poker legend versus an up and coming poker player, making his first attempt at a bracelet.

Towards the end of the match Ruthenberg held a 1.85 Million to 760,000 chip lead over Chris Ferguson. Ferguson ended up committing the rest of his chip stack on the last hand:

Ruthenberg: (6-2) 7 4 Q 4x (3)
Ferguson: (A-9) 5 A 4 Jx (muck)

Ruthenberg caught a 7 on seventh street to give him two pair, and Ferguson drew a Jack and then a 3c which did not help him at all.

Sebastian Ruthenberg was the new WSOP champion and took home $328,756 and the confidence that he could beat one of the best poker players in the world. Ferguson earned $202,406 for his second place finish.

Sebastian Ruthenberg

Sebastian Ruthenberg, 24 years old, is from Hamburg Germany and was 13th in Germany’s all time money list going into this event.  This win should push him at least into the top 10 and probably into the top 5. His last first place finish at a live poker event was at the € 500 No Limit Hold’em ICE Pokerturnier, in Bremen, Germany.  

Ruthenberg plays online at a number of different poker sites including:

His last online poker win was the $530 buy-in, WCOOP-5: $530 NL Hold’em, $2 Million guaranteed, at PokerStars on September 16th, 2007. He finished in 2nd place earning $225,636.25.

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