EVENT #41:$1,00 Pot Limit Omaha


On Friday, Loren Klein, outmaneuvered the final 18 on Day3 to ship $231,483 along with his shiny WSOP bracelet. The 2016 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha winner has now added his second bracelet in Pot Limit Omaha.

Playing poker since ten years, Klein, who now lives in Reno, grew up in Michigan. Intimidated to play against the likes of Chun Law, Danny Wong, Jeff Williams, Tj Cloutier, anf Jeff Lisandro, Klein expressed “I had to run good in the last few all-ins for sure but before that I picked up a lot of chips when I could. TJ’s Cloutier results are super intimidating. It was tough to be at a table with one of the greats but I tried to keep it together.”


Final Table Results

1 Loren Klein United States $231,483
2 Chun Law United States $143,017
3 Danny Wong United States $100,360
4 Jeff Williams United States $71,423
5 Jordan Spurlin United States $51,559
6 Oskar Silow Sweden $37,762
7 Timothy Batow United States $28,066
8 Sergej Barbarez Germany $21,172
9 Benjamin Juhasz Hungary $16,215


 Event #42: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship

Dmitry Yurasov took down his World Series of Poker title with the gold bracelet for $775,923. Defeating Tommy Chen in nine hands of heads-up play, Yurasov  steamrolled the final table in just 58 hands. He outwitted 332 entries paying out 50 spots and claimed a first-place prize worth $775,923 . Notable players that made it deep in the money included Dario Sammartino (8th place – $69,578), Connor Drinan (9th place – $51,494), Eric Wasserson (11th place – $39,284), Charlie Carrel (15th place – $30,922), Dan Smith (29th place – $21,131), Olivier Busquet (32nd place – $18,386).

Likes of Phil Hellmuth, Michael Mizrachi, Cliff Josephy, Jonathan Duhamel, Niall Farrell, Brian Rast, Jason MercierDoug Polk and JC Tran fell short of the money.

Grayson Ramage (7th place – $69,578) gave way to the official six. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell was sent railing out at the 6th place( $96,823 ) by Chen, who flopped ace. Nesting at  5th place was Albert Daher, pocketing $138,644.  Unable to dodge a queen on the flop Artem Metalidi pocketed $204,128 in fourth place.

Next was the three handed play that lasted for 12 hands. Jacob Powers went all in with ace-king, dominating Yurasov’s ace-nine.But unfortunately he couldn’t double up with a nine on the flop and eventually took home the  third place finish worth $308,783.

The heads up play didn’t last any longer. Yurasov’s two aces concluded his first bracelet win.

Final Table Results

1 Dmitry Yurasov Russia $775,923
2 Tommy Chen United States $479,561
3 Jacob Powers United States $308,783
4 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $204,128
5 Albert Daher Lebanon $138,644
6 Kristen Bicknell Canada $96,823


Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT

On Saturday, Ben Maya claimed World Series of Poker gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $257,764. Surpassing 1,025 entrants, the aggressive yet incredible poker newbie outwitted two tough 10-handed tables over the first two days. Notables he railed out included the likes of November Niner Vojtech Ruzicka and 888Poker Ambassador (and the biggest online tournament winner in history) Chris Moorman.

The winner told PokerNews, “I’m shocked. All the people I play with will be shocked. I have my own business. I’m a realtor. There is no one following me at home. No one knows. There is no poker in Israel, so I won’t tell anyone. Maybe my family. I’m here on business, and I fly home tomorrow. I played the $10k six-max and only lasted a few hours, and then I only played this because it is a three-day event and it ends today.”

Wanting to celebrate his victory to the tune of the Israeli National Anthem, Ben decided to receive the bracelet  in person today.

Final Table Results

1 Ben Maya Israel $257,764
2 Thomas Boivin Belgium $159,273
3 Tim West United States $115,297
4 Phachara Wongwichit United States $84,453
5 Alex Rocha United States $62,602
6 Steve Foutty United States $46,969
7 Joe Cook United States $35,673
8 Paul Michaelis Germany $27,431
9 Jonathan Little United States $21,360
10 Matas Dilpsas Lithuania $16,844


Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E


Matthew Schreiber earning the $256,226 first-place prize along with his first bracelet took down Event#44. The last man standing advanced to the sixth day with 18 players left in contention. He said “It feels surreal,”.

He started the nine handed table with a chip lead. And within an hour post the dinner break, evolved as the ultimate winner. “Obviously, it was a difficult field,” Schreiber said after he’d posed for the winner photos. “I didn’t play well at the start of the tournament, but once I accumulated some chips, I played well,” he admitted.

Admitting to be an inexperienced player in stud and hi-lo, Schreiber revealed he can only play three of the games the best,” I don’t know the others.”

Final Table Results

1 Matthew Schreiber United States $256,226
2 Phil Hui United States $158,361
3 David Steicke Hong Kong $107,458
4 Tom Koral United States $74,382
5 Ryan Himes United States $52,542
6 Hanks Honig United States $37,892
7 Ryan Hughes United States $27,910
8 Brendan Taylor United States $21,007
9 Valentin Vornicu United States $16,165


Event #45: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Enroute to his first gold bracelet, Chris Brammer outran 505 players and also went onto win $527,555.

Having finished fifth twice, once in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed event in 2012 for $200,502 and again at the WSOP Europe Main Event for $270,908 that same year, he finally succeeded in bagging his title.

He advanced to Day 2 seventh in chips with 464,000, out of the 49 returning players. Even though he entered the final table with a short stack, he played confidently to emerge victorious. The final table was with the average stack of only 23 big blinds.

“It was a turbo tournament, so the blind levels went up fairly quickly. That creates a lot of action, and it’s important to win those all-ins. And I think I won pretty much all of them. I was dealt a lot of good cards. There were situations where I could shove into them and put pressure on them.”

With a 2:1 chip lead, Brammer had the advantage when heads-up against Schencker. With ace-jack off-suit, Schencker raised on the button in the first hand. But Brammer spiked a ten on the flop to condemn Schencker to the runners up place.

“I’ve been on both sides. I remember being in the Pavilion room up on the stage for that six-max final table, and my rail was spilling over onto the floor. I was here last week for Chris Moorman’s, and it’s just amazing to be a part of it. You can’t feel sad at any point because there’s just so much support behind you.”

Final Table Results

1 Chris Brammer United Kingdom $527,555
2 Jett Schencker United States $326,051
3 Yevgeniy Timoshenko United States $223,574
4 Rui Ye United States $156,022
5 Tobias Ziegler Germany $110,845
6 Oliver Weis Germany $80,196
7 Michael Brinkenhoff United States $59,107
8 Alex Foxen United States $44,395
9 Diego Sanchez Mexico $33,993


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