2017 WSOP Event Recaps 41-60
July 7, 2017
By Jeremy Olson
Every summer, the WSOP draws the best poker players the world has to offer. And only so many of these grinders can win a gold bracelet each year. This leaves a number of great poker players without a bracelet.
However, the latest round of 2017 WSOP events saw some notable pros break through with a victory. This includes Moshin Charania, Tommy “Nahn” Le, and Tommy Koral. See their stories below, along with 2017 WSOP recaps on everything else that happened in Events 41-60.
Event #41: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha – Loren Klein has had a lot of WSOP success over the past two years. Last summer, he won a $1,500 Mixed PLO event ($241,427) and finished second in the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship ($552,713). This year, Klein has followed this up by winning a 2017 WSOP $1,500 PLO event along with $231,483.
Event #42: $10,000 NL Hold’em 6-Handed – Dmitry Yurasov became the third Russian player to win at the 2017 WSOP. The Moscow native topped a 332-player field to collect the $775,923 first-place prize.
Event #43: $1,500 NL Hold’em Shootout – Israel’s Ben Maya took down this Shootout event along with the $257,764 top prize. The real estate agent’s win is quite impressive when considering that he almost exclusively plays cash games.
Event #44: $3,000 HORSE – Canadian poker pro Matthew Schreiber outlasted a 399-player field to win this event along with $256,226. Schreiber, a former golfer for the University of California, faced off against former professional golfer Phillip Hui heads up. The latter took second place in the battle of the golfers and earned $256,226.
Event #45: $5,000 NL Hold’em – England’s Chris Brammer topped a 505-player field in Event #45 to win his first gold bracelet and $527,555.
Event #46: $1,500 PL Omaha Hi-Lo – Having been playing poker since he was 13, Nathan Gamble realized a dream by winning this tourney along with $223,339. On a side note, Gamble says that he recently got married and moved to Hawaii.
Event #47: $1,500 NL Hold’em MONSTER – The WSOP MONSTER starts players with large chip stacks, allowing them to use more skill to navigate through the field. And this worked to Brian Yoon’s advantage, as he won his third-career bracelet along with $1,094,349. Belarus’ Ihar Soika finished second in the 6,716-player field and scooped $675,995. Noted poker pro Maurice Hawkins finished sixth and collected $213,591.
Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo – Christopher Vitch won his first gold bracelet last year in a $2,500 Mixed Lowball Triple Draw tournament ($136,854). He came back this year and experienced more success, winning a $10k Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event along with $320,103.
Event #49: $3,000 PL Omaha 6-Handed – Luis Calvo navigated through a 630-player field to win this tournament and $362,185.
Event #50: $1,500 Bounty NL Hold’em – Already a WSOP Circuit champion, Chris Bolek added to his poker success by winning this Bounty event. He outplayed a 1,927-player field to earn the $266,646 payout.
Event #51: $10,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo – The $10k PLO Hi-Lo Championship featured a stacked field with many successful pros. Bryce Yockey battled through this tough 207-player event to win the $511,147 top prize. Other notable pros who fared well include Josh Arieh (3rd, $216,077) and Chris Ferguson (4th, $150,929).
Event #52: $1,500 NL Hold’em – Once an avid online poker player, Moshin Charania has made a successful transition to the live poker world with $5.6 million in winnings. But until now, he’d never won a gold bracelet. Charania changed this by topping a 1,580-player field to earn first place and $364,438. Student loan mogul and poker player Cary Katz finished second place and added another $225,181 to his massive net worth.
Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed – The UK’s Max Silver fought through a 256-player field in this six-handed event to earn the $172,645 top payout.
Event #54: $10,000 PL Omaha 8-Handed – Tommy Le was on the list of best players to never win a WSOP gold bracelet. But he changed this by overcoming a 428-player field to win $938,732 and his first bracelet. 2011 November Niner and Irishman Eoghan O’Dea finished in sixth place and collected $143,128.
Event #55: $1,500 Seven Card Stud – After 58 WSOP cashes with no bracelet, Tom Koral finally got the monkey off his back by winning this $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event. Koral earned his first gold bracelet along with $96,907.
Event #56: $5,000 NL Hold’em – This $5k NL Hold’em final table was an international affair, with Ireland’s Martin Czuczor (4th, $185,794), Belgium’s Thomas Bolvin (3rd, $264,306), and Taiwan’s Pete Chan (2nd, $382,122) all making strong runs at the win. But it was Argentina’s Andres Korn who claimed victory and $618,285.
Event #57: $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo – Entering just his second-ever WSOP event, Smith Sirisakom played through this 405-player field to win a $215,902 first-place prize.
Event #58: $1,500 NL Hold’em – The Czech Republic’s Artur Rudziankov topped a 1,763-player field to win Event #58 and $395,918. Spain’s Mario Pats Garcia took second place and $244,611.
Event #59: $2,500 Big Bet Mix – German poker players have a long and successful history at the WSOP. And Jens Lakemeier, who’s currently living in Austria, became the latest German WSOP winner, earning a $112,232 payout in Event #59.
Event #60: $888 Crazy Eights NL Hold’em 8-Handed – Thanks to its low $888 entry fee, Event #60 attracted a huge field of 8,120 players. Romania’s Alexandru Papazian won this tourney along with an $888,888 payout. This makes Papazian both the first Romanian to win a WSOP bracelet, and the country’s all-time leader in poker tournament winnings ($2,811,492).
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