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Retired teacher wins WSOP Event 9

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Ken Aldridge may have left high school after 29-years of service as a teacher, but he'll never be done with teaching others a lesson or two. At the 2009 World Series of Poker, Aldridge taught 1,459 other players that this year, the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em shorthanded event would be his …l as well as the $428,259 in first-place prize money.

Aldridge, 57, is a recreational player from Pleasant Garden, North Carolina and has only cashed in two major poker tournaments, with this event being his first WSOP cash. He claims he's only played shorthanded when players are eliminated, but at the same time, believed he played nearly perfect poker.

"I really don't think I made many mistakes," Aldridge said to the WSOP. "I was very happy with how things went. I think I was behind only one time the whole tournament when I was all-in"

Now retired and $428,259 richer, Aldridge reflected on his career as another success in his life.

"I really value the years I spent as a teacher, because I was always around such a wonderful group of people," Aldridge said. "I hope that I helped them to become better people. That's the lesson I hoped to teach the most – to become better people."

Other notable finishers include Rafe Furst (31st), David Daneshgar (33rd) and Joe Awada (44th).

Below are the complete results of Event 9 at the 2009 World Series of Poker:

Event 9: Shorthanded no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 1,459
Prize pool: $1,991,535
Players in the money: 144

1. Ken Aldridge ($428,259)

2. Carman Cavella ($264,814)

3. Peter Gould ($170,953)

4. Bryce Yockey ($115,230)

5. Charles Furey ($80,896)

6. Manny Minaya ($59,049)

7. Praz Bansi ($42,320)

8. Bryn Kenney ($42,320)

9. Robert Lipkin ($30,311)

10. Steve McNally ($30,311)

11. Alan Puzantyan ($21,707)

12. Ramin Henke ($21,707)

13. Robert Firestone ($15,394)

14. John Densing ($15,394)

15. Peter Radonjic ($15,394)

16. Joe Parille ($15,394)

17. Ben Yerushalaim ($15,394)

18. Clavet Mathieu ($15,394)

19. Edward Sukkar ($10,973)

20. Ward Crane ($10,973)

21. Matthew Waxman ($10,973)

22. William Heroy ($10,973)

23. Jonas Mackoff ($10,973)

24. Alan Brown ($10,973)

25. Jason Melnick ($9,021)

26. David Baker ($9,021)

27. David Fox ($9,021)

28. Troy Burkholder ($9,021)

29. Alan Sass ($9,021)

30. Mats Gavatin ($9,021)

31. Rafael Furst ($7,886)

32. Rodney Brown ($7,886)

33. David Daneshgar ($7,886)

34. Frank Blumlein ($7,886)

35. Gary Bolden ($7,886)

36. Ali Ansari ($7,886)

37. Thomas Fuller ($6,970)

38. Ludovic Lacay ($6,970)

39. Bruce White ($6,970)

40. Justin Young ($6,970)

41. Michael Batell ($6,970)

42. Daniel Shea ($6,970)

43. Jeremiah Smith ($6,253)

44. Joe Awada ($6,253)

45. Doug Lee ($6,253)

46. Timothy Finne ($6,253)

47. Richard Freire ($6,253)

48. Ryan Enis ($6,253)

49. Justin Clark ($5,616)

50. Robert Toye ($5,616)

51. Stephen Lord ($5,616)

52. Joshua Powell ($5,616)

53. David Scatchard ($5,616)

54. Conrad Coetzer ($5,616)

55. James Casey ($5,038)

56. Markus Gonsalves ($5,038)

57. David Squires ($5,038)

58. Donald Stevens ($5,038)

59. David Israelite ($5,038)

60. Ben Gilbert ($5,038)

61. Brent Berry ($4,520)

62. Bruce Atkinson ($4,520)

63. Zsolt Cserhati ($4,520)

64. Deepak Bhatti ($4,520)

65. David Peters ($4,520)

66. Monica Conrad ($4,520)

67. David Gee ($4,062)

68. Mark Vonschlemmer ($4,062)

69. Dave Inselberg ($4,062)

70. William Chen ($4,062)

71. Andre Nyffeler ($4,062)

72. Darryll Fish ($4,062)

73. Samuel Stein ($4,062)

74. Timothy Sheehan ($4,062)

75. Mark Wilds ($4,062)

76. Lucas Smith ($4,062)

77. David Cubeta ($4,062)

78. Kyle Zartman ($4,062)

79. Kyle Hegeman ($3,664)
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80. Adam Fyshe ($3,664)
81. Richard Robb ($3,664)

82. Wesley Whybrew ($3,664)

83. Eric Dilda ($3,664)

84. Jeffrey Wan ($3,664)

85. Anh Van Nguyen ($3,664)

86. Cody Slaubaugh ($3,664)

87. Paul Sheng ($3,664)

88. Mark Busch ($3,664)

89. Jared Banks ($3,664)

90. Robert Ford ($3,664)

91. Chase Steely ($3,305)

92. Juan Carlos Mortensen ($3,305)

93. Troy LaPointe ($3,305)

94. Todd Witteles ($3,305)

95. James Maguire ($3,305)

96. Matthew Wasick ($3,305)

97. Patrick Fortin ($3,305)

98. Shane Douglas ($3,305)

99. David Abramowicz ($3,305)

100. Ronan Barratt ($3,305)

101. Matt Stout ($3,305)
102. Nick Mao ($3,305)

103. Jason Sanders ($3,305)

104. Isaac Haxton ($3,305)

105. Eugene Juczenko ($3,305)

106. Kyle Bowker ($3,305)

107. Kenneth Terrell ($3,305)

108. Christopher Bonita ($3,305)

109. Andas Kovacs ($2,967)

110. Matthew Hunter ($2,967)

111. David Wintersberger ($2,967)

112. Samuel Iola ($2,967)

113. Raymond Mcclure ($2,967)

114. Don Toporowski ($2,967)

115. Radwan Khuri ($2,967)

116. Ryan Franklin ($2,967)

117. Lars Bonding ($2,967)

118. Tim Begley ($2,967)

119. Alex Michaels ($2,967)

120. Alexander Dovzhenko ($2,967)

121. Tom Miceli ($2,967)

122. Gordon Johnson ($2,967)

123. Aaron Dolgin ($2,967)

124. Morgan Machina ($2,967)

125. Kevin Okeefe ($2,967)

126. Alon Shahar ($2,967)

127. Mehrdad Yousefzadeh ($2,668)

128. Greg Wynn ($2,668)

129. Sam Husaynue ($2,668)

130. Darren Johnson ($2,668)

131. Chad Hahn ($2,668)

132. George Tallas ($2,668)

133. Andre Hawit ($2,668)

134. Randy Mckay ($2,668)

135. Andrew Teng ($2,668)

136. Brent Sheirbon ($2,668)

137. Todd Boghosian ($2,668)

138. Nikolay Evdakov ($2,668)

139. Kenneth Shelton ($2,668)

140. Alberto Fonseca ($2,668)
141. Mitch Schock ($2,668)
142. Michael Esposito ($2,668)

143. Adam Dahlin ($2,668)

144. Christopher Godfrey ($2,668)