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Greg Mueller nets two bracelets in '09

Event 49 | Event 51

On Friday afternoon I was reading some updates about players deliberating whether or not to enter the $50,000 HORSE tournament. One of those items was about Greg Mueller, who was on the fence and decided that such a small field wouldn't be worth it. Instead, Mueller walked away from the HORSE tables and decided to enter Event 50, the $1,500 limit hold 'em shootout.

Of course, the story wrote itself and it would be Mueller who defeated the 571-player field and won his second WSOP bracelet of the 2009 WSOP.

"It feels unbelievable, especially because the player I beat (Marc Naalden) is such a great limit hold 'em player," said Mueller. "He was the player coming into today who I thought would be the toughest to beat. I'm really, really happy with this one."

Naalden also won a bracelet this year which guaranteed a multiple bracelet winner when heads-up play began. Mueller's victory makes him the fourth of the WSOP to have won two or more bracelets (the others: Brock Parker, Phil Ivey and Jeffrey Lisandro). This is the first time in the 40-year history of the WSOP that this has occurred, breaking the previous record of three in both 1993 and 2002.

"Obviously, the first victory is really special," said Mueller to the WSOP. "It's your first accomplishment. But winning two in one year is so tough and it puts me into a very elite category. Phil Ivey did it and the others, too. It also shows that my first win was not a fluke and that I can play a good limit hold 'em game.

"There was less pressure this time, because I (had) already won one," he continued. "But you always want to win. If I would have got second, I would have gone home and pouted. But as far as pressure goes, I don't think I had much pressure until I got heads-up and had the chip lead. Then, I said to myself – 'I can't blow this.' That's when the pressure comes."

Mueller now has three cashes in 2009 for $709,641. All three of his cashes have been final table appearances and he currently sits fourth in Player of the Year standings.

Other notable finishers included David Williams (fourth), Tom Schnieder (13th), Humberto Brenes (17th) and Dan Heimiller (22nd).

Below are the complete results of Event 50:

Event 50: Limit hold 'em shootout
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 571
Prize pool: $779,024
Players in the money: 64

1. Greg Mueller ($194,909)
2. Marc Naalden ($120,614)

3. Millie Shiu ($77,138)

4. David Williams ($51,145)
5. Matt Sterling ($35,058)

6. Flaminio Malaguti ($24,824)

7. Joseph Van Den Bijgaart ($18,136)

8. Jose Barbero ($13,655)

9. Andreas Hoivold ($4,356)
10. Ben Ponzio ($4,356)
11. Robert Tanniru ($4,356)

12. John Neckar ($4,356)

13. Tom Schneider ($4,356)

14. Jacob Petersen ($4,356)

15. Shawn Buchanan ($4,356)

16. Peter Panos ($4,356)
17. Humberto Brenes ($4,356)

18. Mike Halioua ($4,356)
19. Qinghai Pan ($4,356)

20. Kyle Ray ($4,356)

21. Norman Michaud ($4,356)

22. Dan Heimiller ($4,356)

23. Robert Ray ($4,356)

24. Trai Dang ($4,356)

25. Roman Ginzburg ($4,356)

26. Mike Leah ($4,356)

27. Daniel Kraus ($4,356)

28. Jeffery Boudreau ($4,356)

29. Jonathan Dwek ($4,356)

30. Michael Byrne ($4,356)

31. Lennart Konst ($4,356)

32. Jean-Robert Bellande ($4,356)

33. Robert Campbell ($4,356)

34. Nick Binger ($4,356)

35. Ronald Witteles ($4,356)

36. James Gallman ($4,356)

37. John Brock Parker ($4,356)

38. Brian Goddard ($4,356)

39. Benjamin Early ($4,356)

40. Robert Lauria ($4,356)
41. Jeff Siegal ($4,356)

42. William Beasley ($4,356)

43. Mike Thorpe ($4,356)

44. Raul Oliveira ($4,356)

45. Andreas Hagen ($4,356)

46. David Plastik ($4,356)

47. Juha Helppi ($4,356)

48. Sam Hiatt ($4,356)
49. Lap Ki Wan ($4,356)

50. Diego Cordovez ($4,356)
51. James Pechac ($4,356)

52. Vadim Shlez ($4,356)

53. James Buckley ($4,356)

54. Erik Haakenson ($4,356)

55. Scott Kittle ($4,356)

56. Jim Geary ($4,356)

57. Alan Snow ($4,356)

58. Steve Kim ($4,356)

59. Marco Locicero ($4,356)

60. Antonio Patelidas ($4,356)

61. Clint Keown ($4,356)

62. Ray Henson ($4,356)

63. William Toh ($4,356)

64. Ken Lennaard ($4,356)