Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
Another two million dollars plus has been paid out in first-prize money since our last blog on Friday and a total thus far of more than 18 million dollars doled out to all first place winners through 45 events of the 2017 World Series of Poker. And there is a lot more poker to be played.
Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha gave Loren Klein his second bracelet in as many years. Klein ran through a small field of 870 players with the chip lead from start to finish, giving him more than just his second gold but also a $231,483 paycheck, and the bragging rights for having captured gold in consecutive years.
Dmitry Yurasov from Russia picked up his first WSOP gold bracelet when he defeated Tommy Chen just nine hands into heads-up play in Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship. To go along with his new found gold jewelry, he ran away with a sweet $775,923 for his efforts.
Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT was captured by Ben Maya to take away his first WSOP gold bracelet and the first place prize of $257,764. The Israeli realtor survived a field of 1,025 tough players to emerge as the champion.
Matthew Schreiber emerged the winner of Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. final table to capture his first bracelet and $256,226. To get there he had to run through a field of only 399 players; although the field was small, everyone was playing large.
Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels) was dominated by Chris Brammer from the U.K., who outlasted a field of 505 entrants to walk away with his first gold bracelet and more than a half million bucks, $527,555 dollars to be exact.
Several events are in progress as of this writing, but we’ll fill you in on more first prize and bracelet winners at the poker tables in a day or so.
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