By: Pocket Bullets Paris
We left off on the taking of Event #41 so here’s what’s transpired since then. The following events were no easy battles and all the winners deserve our most sincere congratulations.
Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em was taken by Adrian Apmann, making this his sixth WSOP cash and his first bracelet win. He takes home $478,102 after almost a week of intense grinding in an event that normally would not last more than three days until the seventh hour of the fifth day, when he came out on top.
Jon Andlovec from Boise, Idaho picks up the win of the inaugural WSOP “Super Seniors” Championship; Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em. 70 year-old Andlovec earns his first-ever gold bracelet along with a nice fat check for $262,220.
Event #44: The Poker Players Championship welcomed Mike Gorodinsky into its Elite Club. Gorodinsky with this, his 12th WSOP cash and second gold bracelet, plus $1,270,086 first-place prize money, finally realizes his dream of having his name inscribed on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. His is only the ninth name in history to be etched upon this trophy.
Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em was completely controlled by Upeshka De Silva; he basically knocked out everyone to go heads up with Dara O’Kearny until he sent him to the rails with just a King-Ace high. With that, De Silva walked away with a sweet $424,577 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Vasili Firsau won his first gold bracelet by outlasting a field of of 682 hardened players in Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed. Firsau, only the second-ever bracelet winner from the nation of Belarus, took home a hefty check of $437,575 for his troubles.
Event #47: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em paid out $551,941 for first place to Matt O’Donnell, making this his fifth WSOP cash and his very first WSOP gold bracelet. It came down to a very heated heads up battle between O’Donnell and Timur Margolin that lasted 166 hands. On hand #167 O’Donnell moved all in with . Margolin snap called turning over , the flop was putting O’Donnell into the lead and the turn sealed his victory when the dealer dropped the .
Event #48: $1,500 Seven Card Stud was grabbed up by old-time poker pro Eli Elezra, putting yet another $112,590 into his poker coffers and snatching up his third gold bracelet.
Young Ji pockets the first place prize money in Event #49: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Ji takes $231,102 plus his first WSOP Gold Bracelet. This was also his very first final table.
Event #50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship is pocketed by Ben Yu from Las Vegas. This marks Yu’s fifth final table appearance and, finally, his first WSOP gold bracelet along with a check for $291,456.
Justin Liberto moves all in and picks up first place in Event #51: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed and takes a nice little check for $640,711 and a flashy WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #52: $1,500 Dealers Choice is championed by Screenwriter/Film Producer Carol Fuchs from Los Angeles. She wins her first gold bracelet at her very first final table appearance and takes home $127,735.
So, another four million dollars plus was awarded to all the first place winners for Events #42 through #52 and we’ve still got a lot of final tables to play before we even get to the Main Event at this year’s WSOP. Good luck to all.