2008 Pro Tour Season

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2008 Pro Tour Season
Player of the Year Japan.png Shuhei Nakamura
Rookie of the Year Australia.png Aaron Nicastri
World Champion Finland.png Antti Malin
Hall of Fame inductions Germany.png Dirk Baberowski
United States.png Mike Turian
Netherlands.png Jelger Wiegersma
France.png Olivier Ruel
United States.png Ben Rubin
Pro Tours 4
Grand Prix events 21
Previous season:
2007
Next season:
2009

The 2008 Pro Tour season was the thirteenth Pro Tour season. It started on 15 December 2007 with Grand Prix Stuttgart, and ended on 14 December 2008 with the conclusion of the 2008 World Championships.

Grand Prix (December 2007)[edit | edit source]

GP Stuttgart
 Date: 15–16 December 2007
 Format: Limited
 Attendance: 1336
 1. Japan.png Shuhei Nakamura
 2. Netherlands.png Robert van Medevoort
 3. Sweden.png Jonathan Bergström
 4. Germany.png Raul Porojan
 5. Spain.png Joel Calafell
 6. Belgium.png Fried Meulders
 7. Italy.png Patrizio Golia
 8. Germany.png Marc Vogt

Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur[edit | edit source]

15–17 February 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 United States.png Jon Finkel $40,000 25 Twelwth Pro Tour Top 8, third Pro Tour win
2 Italy.png Mario Pascoli $20,000 20
3 Portugal.png Marcio Carvalho $15,000 16 Second Pro Tour Top 8
4 China.png Ming Xu $13,000 16 First Chinese in a Pro Tour Top 8, Pro Tour debut
5 France.png Guillaume Wafo-Tapa $11,000 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
6 United States.png Mike Hron $10,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
7 Spain.png Joel Calafell $10,000 12
8 Norway.png Nicolai Herzog $9,500 12 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8

Grand Prix (February–May 2008)[edit | edit source]

GP Vancouver GP Shizuoka GP Vienna
 Date: 23–24 February 2008  Date: 8–9 March 2008  Date: 15–16 March 2008
 Format: Extended  Format: Standard  Format: Extended
 Attendance: 395  Attendance: 827  Attendance: 1154
 1. United States.png Paul Cheon  1. Japan.png Yuuta Takahashi  1. Poland.png Mateusz Kopeć
 2. United States.png Ben Lundquist  2. France.png Olivier Ruel  2. Austria.png Nikolaus Eigner
 3. Canada.png Marc Bonnefoy  3. Japan.png Kenji Tsumura  3. Croatia.png Matija Vlahovic
 4. United States.png Zack Hall  4. Japan.png Ryousuke Masuno  4. Japan.png Tomoharu Saito
 5. Canada.png Jason Fleurant  5. Japan.png Kazuya Mitamura  5. Italy.png Gianluca Bevere
 6. United States.png Michael Guerney  6. Japan.png Shintarou Ishimura  6. Austria.png Horst Winkelmann
 7. Canada.png Aaron Paquette  7. Japan.png Taichi Fujimoto  7. Poland.png Wojciech Zuber
 8. United States.png Hunter Coale  8. Japan.png Akira Asahara  8. Hungary.png Andras Nagy
GP Philadelphia GP Brussels
 Date: 15–16 March 2008  Date: 3–4 May 2008
 Format: Extended  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 969  Attendance: 1430
 1. United States.png Gerard Fabiano  1. Netherlands.png Kamiel Cornelissen
 2. United States.png Adam Yurchick  2. France.png Gabriel Nassif
 3. United States.png Luis Scott-Vargas  3. France.png Raphaël Lévy
 4. United States.png Tyler Mantey  4. France.png Antoine Ruel
 5. United States.png Paul Mathews  5. France.png Gaetan Lefebvre
 6. United States.png Ben Wienburg  6. Netherlands.png Rogier Kleij
 7. United States.png Matt Hansen  7. Germany.png Holger Lange
 8. United States.png Jon Sonne  8. France.png Alexandre Peset

Pro Tour Hollywood[edit | edit source]

23–25 May 2008 in Hollywood, California, United States.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 United States.png Charles Gindy $40,000 25
2 Germany.png Jan Ruess $20,000 20
3 Japan.png Shuhei Nakamura $15,000 16 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
4 Singapore.png Yong Han Choo $13,000 16
5 Switzerland.png Nico Bohny $11,000 12
6 Japan.png Makihito Mihara $10,500 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
7 Belgium.png Marijn Lybaert $10,000 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 Brazil.png Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa $9,500 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8

Grand Prix (May–October 2008)[edit | edit source]

GP Birmingham GP Indianapolis GP Buenos Aires GP Madrid
 Date: 30 May–1 June 2008  Date: 21–22 June 2008  Date: 28–29 June 2008  Date: 26–27 July 2008
 Format: Block Constructed  Format: Limited  Format: Standard  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 581  Attendance: 1124  Attendance: 580  Attendance: 1465
 1. Hong Kong.png Lee Shi Tian  1. Netherlands.png Jelger Wiegersma  1. Brazil.png Francisco Braga  1. Denmark.png Lasse Nørgaard
 2. France.png Remi Fortier  2. United States.png Gaudenis Vidugiris  2. Brazil.png Felipe Alves Pellegrini  2. Spain.png Daniel Martin Bermejo
 3. France.png Raphaël Lévy  3. United States.png Jamie Parke  3. Brazil.png Adrien Degaspare  3. Switzerland.png Manuel Bucher
 4. Netherlands.png Jelger Wiegersma  4. United States.png Tyler Mantey  4. Argentina.png Damian Buckley  4. France.png Romain Fenaux-Briot
 5. Finland.png Antti Malin  5. United States.png James Beltz  5. Brazil.png Ivan Taroshi Fox  5. Denmark.png Allan Christensen
 6. Switzerland.png Matthias Künzler  6. United States.png Eric Franklin  6. France.png Olivier Ruel  6. Spain.png Sergio Salas Martinez
 7. Switzerland.png Manuel Bucher  7. United States.png Randy Wright  7. Argentina.png Nicolas Bevacqua  7. Switzerland.png Tommi Lindgren
 8. England.png Jonathan Randle  8. United States.png Ben Rasmussen  8. Argentina.png Sebastian Pozzo  8. Norway.png Geir Bakke
GP Kobe GP Denver GP Copenhagen GP Manila
 Date: 2–3 August 2008  Date: 9–10 August 2008  Date: 23–24 August 2008  Date: 30–31 August 2008
 Format: Block Constructed  Format: Block Constructed  Format: Standard  Format: Block Constructed
 Attendance: 811  Attendance: 625  Attendance: 610  Attendance: 641
 1. Japan.png Yuuta Takahashi  1. United States.png Gerry Thompson  1. Sweden.png David Larsson  1. Japan.png Hironobu Sugaya
 2. Japan.png Takayuki Takagi  2. United States.png Lee Steht  2. Japan.png Tomoharu Saito  2. Japan.png Shota Yasooka
 3. Japan.png Masaya Tanahashi  3. United States.png Nathan Elkins  3. Czech Republic.png Jakub Jahoda  3. Philippines.png Luis Magisa
 4. Japan.png Shou Yoshimori  4. United States.png Kenneth Castor  4. Japan.png Shuhei Nakamura  4. Japan.png Shingou Kurihara
 5. Japan.png Hirosi Yosida  5. United States.png AJ Sacher  5. France.png Guillaume Wafo-Tapa  5. Japan.png Masami Kaneko
 6. Japan.png Katsuya Ueda  6. United States.png Kyle Bundgaard  6. Italy.png William Cavaglieri  6. Japan.png Koutarou Ootsuka
 7. Japan.png Koutarou Ootsuka  7. United States.png Antonino De Rosa  7. Austria.png Philipp Summereder  7. France.png Raphaël Lévy
 8. Japan.png Tsuyoshi Ikeda  8. United States.png Hunter Burton  8. Netherlands.png Robert van Meedevort  8. Malaysia.png Wai Keat Ken Lim
GP Rimini GP Paris GP Kansas City
 Date: 13–14 September 2008  Date: 18–19 October 2008  Date: 18–19 October 2008
 Format: Block Constructed  Format: Limited  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 686  Attendance: 1838  Attendance: 746
 1. Italy.png Emanuele Giusti  1. Netherlands.png Arjan van Leeuwen  1. United States.png Tim Landale
 2. Japan.png Shuhei Nakamura  2. Belgium.png Pierre Rensonnet  2. Brazil.png Carlos Romão
 3. Italy.png Claudio Salemi  3. Netherlands.png Menno Dolstra  3. United States.png Jon Sonne
 4. Italy.png Marcello Calvetto  4. Germany.png Simon Görtzen  4. United States.png Sammy Batarseh
 5. Switzerland.png Matthias Künzler  5. Netherlands.png Niels Noorlander  5. United States.png Brandon Scheel
 6. Spain.png Rodrigo Renedo  6. France.png Romain Lisciandro  6. United States.png Justin Meyer
 7. Spain.png Joel Calafell  7. Poland.png Artur Cnotalski  7. United States.png Chris Pait
 8. Czech Republic.png Petr Nahodil  8. Belgium.png Jan De Coster  8. Brazil.png Willy Edel

Pro Tour Berlin[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pro Tour Berlin 2008

31 October–2 November 2008 in Berlin, Germany.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 United States.png Luis Scott-Vargas $40,000 25
2 Slovakia.png Matej Zatlkaj $20,000 20
3 Japan.png Tomoharu Saito $15,000 16 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
4 Germany.png Sebastian Thaler $13,000 16
5 Sweden.png Kenny Öberg $11,000 12
6 Czech Republic.png Martin Jůza $10,500 12
7 Germany.png Denis Sinner $10,000 12
8 Belgium.png Jan Doise $9,500 12

Grand Prix (November–December 2008)[edit | edit source]

GP Atlanta GP Okayama GP Taipei GP Auckland
 Date: 15–16 November 2008  Date: 22–23 November 2008  Date: 29–30 November 2008  Date: 6–7 December 2008
 Format: Limited  Format: Limited  Format: Limited  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 684  Attendance: 635  Attendance: 270  Attendance: 254
 1. United States.png Luis Scott-Vargas  1. Japan.png Makihito Mihara  1. Japan.png Shu Komuro  1. Australia.png Dominic Lo
 2. United States.png Gerry Thompson  2. Japan.png Kazuya Mitamura  2. Japan.png Yoshitaka Nakano  2. New Zealand.png Nick Tung
 3. United States.png Chris Fennell  3. Japan.png Chikara Nakajima  3. Japan.png Osamu Fujita  3. Australia.png Justin Cheung
 4. United States.png Steven Wolansky  4. Japan.png Tsuyoshi Ikeda  4. Taiwan.png Homg Gi Tsai  4. New Zealand.png Jason Chung
 5. United States.png Brett Piazza  5. Japan.png Daisuke Muramatsu  5. Taiwan.png Tun Min Huang  5. France.png Olivier Ruel
 6. Japan.png Tomoharu Saito  6. France.png Olivier Ruel  6. Taiwan.png Sheng Xiu Jian  6. United States.png Joseph Combs
 7. United States.png Chris Pait  7. Japan.png Akimasa Yamamoto  7. Hong Kong.png Lee Shi Tian  7. Australia.png Basam Tabet
 8. United States.png Ken Adams  8. France.png Guillaume Wafo-Tapa  8. Taiwan.png Kang Nien Chiang  8. New Zealand.png Chris Hay

2008 World Championships[edit | edit source]

11–14 December 2008 in Mephis, Tennessee, United States.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 Finland.png Antti Malin $45,000 25 Second Pro Tour Top 8
2 United States.png Jamie Parke $24,000 20 Second Pro Tour Top 8
3 Japan.png Tsuyoshi Ikeda $15,000 16 Third Pro Tour Top 8
4 Estonia.png Hannes Kerem $14,000 16 First Estonian in a Pro Tour Top 8
5 Italy.png Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa $11,000 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
6 Japan.png Kenji Tsumura $10,500 12 Sixth Pro Tour Top 8
7 Netherlands.png Frank Karsten $10,000 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
8 Japan.png Akira Asahara $9,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8

Team competition[edit | edit source]

Place Country Player Prize Pro Points
1 United States.png United States Michael Jacob $4,000 6
Paul Cheon $4,000 6
Sam Black $4,000 6
2 Australia.png Australia Aaron Nicastri $2,500 5
Brandon Lau $2,500 5
Justin Cheung $2,500 5
3 Brazil.png Brazil Willy Edel $2,000 4
Vagner Casatti $2,000 4
Luiz Guilherme de Michielli $2,000 4
4 Japan.png Japan Masashi Oiso $1,750 4
Yuuya Watanabe $1,750 4
Akihiro Takakuwa $1,750 4