Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better

Welcome to Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better

Chris Viox after winning this event in 2011

The third day of the 2012 World Series of Poker features the first 5 p.m. event of the summer, Event #4 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better. It also marks the first stud variation of the summer, which tend to draw a balanced mix of amateurs and pros.

Last year, this very event drew 606 players and created a $818,110 prize pool, $200,459 of which was reserved for the winner. It was a long four-day affair, but in the end it was Chris “PiMaster” Viox who claimed his first bracelets.

Viox’s journey wasn’t easy. He had to go through the likes of Cory Zeidman, Tyson Marks and Gerard Rechnitzer at the final table before facing off against poker legend Mike Sexton in heads-up play. The Poker Hall of Famer was a fan favorite and highly experience in Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo; in fact, his only bracelet came in the variation back in 1989. Nonetheless, Viox kept his cool, overcame the pro-Sexton crowd and left his opponent with a $123,925 consolation prize.

Past Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Champions

2011Chris “PiMaster” Viox606$200,459
2010David Warga644$208,682
2009David Halpern467$159,390
2008Ryan Hughes543$183,368
2007*Ryan Hughes340$176,358
2007**Tom Schneider668$147,713
2006**Pat Poels788$172,091
2005**Steve Hohn595$156,985
2005*Denis Ethier279$160,685

*Buy-in was $2,000
**Buy-in was $1,000

Action is set to kick off at 5 p.m. PST, so be sure to check back then as we bring you the latest and greatest from Event #4 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better.