Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
As of our last report, 11 events had been completed and 11 Bracelets were handed out, along with almost $4,000,000 dollars. Let’s catch up with the action since then:
Event 3 BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em was conquered by Femi Fashakin. This was the largest tournament ever with 28,371 players chomping at the bit, but Femi succeeded in outlasting them all to collect, not just his very first gold bracelet but $1,147,499 dollars to fatten his bank account. Not a bad return on a $500 dollar investment.
Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. was won by Murilo Souza with a little help from his screaming rail and lady luck giving him quads to defeat Jason Stockfish to take home his first gold bracelet and $207,003.
Event #15 $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Sean Swingruber won his very first WSOP gold bracelet in just his second time to cash. This time he outlasted a field of 112 players and finally defeated Ben Yu with a flush. Swingruber collected $186,356 and the much coveted WSOP bracelet.
Event #16: $1,500 NLH 6-Handed was picked up by Isaac Baron after taking down a field of 1,832 players. Finally, after more than 12 years he grabbed hold of his first WSOP gold bracelet and, with a giant smile, walked to the cashier’s cage to pick up $407,739.00.
Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Brett Apter proudly and laughing out loud grabbed up his first gold bracelet and the grand prize of $238,824 after conquering a field of 917 players.
Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship King of the Omaha hi-lo bracelet count, Frankie O’Dell, did it again and snatched up his third gold bracelet. All three of his bracelets were in this variant of Omaha. He also took down the hefty first prize of $443,641.00.
Event #19: $1,500 NL Millionaire Maker John Gorsuch came from behind to win this Millionaire Maker event and was beyond ecstatic when he took down Kazuki Ikeuchi with two pairs against Ikeuchi’s pocket bullets. Gorsuch took home $1,344,930 and his first gold bracelet.
Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eli Elezra joined the ranks of four-time bracelet winners with this event, making his prediction that he would take home a bracelet in stud become reality. Elezra took home $93,766 plus that elusive 4th bracelet.
Event #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Jim Bechtel has been around the poker tables a long time and has now set the record for the longest period spent between bracelets, a total of 26 years. He’s had plenty of cashes during all those years and now he can add $253,817 plus his second WSOP gold bracelet.
Event #22: $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em Jorden Fox picked up his first bracelet by running through a field of 3,253 anxious players. He not only takes home the bracelet but also a very hefty $420,693.00 to celebrate with his poker-playing family.
Event #23: $1,500 8-Game Mix Rami Boukai runs off with his second career WSOP bracelet and a sweet $177,294.00 after outlasting all 612 players that entered this event. Boukai expressed his feelings when he stated “It’s 170 thousand, so yeah, it’s a big deal, I’m here for the money.” Go get it Rami.
Event #24: $600 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot Limit Omaha 6-handed Josh “loofa” Pollock ran away with the win and his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet, plus a nice fat check for $139,740.
Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack championed by Andrew Donabedian after defeating a large field of 2,577 hungry poker players, all trying to reach for that elusive pot of gold. But it was not to be for 2,576 of them as Donabedian danced his way through them all and walked away with his first gold bracelet and $205,605.00.
So now after 25 events more than Nine Million Dollars have been awarded in first prize to the winners and lots more to all who made it past the bubble.
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