Sunday July 9, 2017 at 6:38 pm
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Another action-packed Saturday in Las Vegas at the Rio Casino for the 2017 WSOP. Three players won bracelets for the first time. Harrison Gimbel secured his first bracelet by shipping Event #68 $3,000 NL to become the latest (unofficial) Triple Crown winner. After three runner-up finishes and numerous final tables, Chris Klodnicki finally won a bracelet! Klodnicki binked Event #66 $1,500 NL. That donkament needed overtime with a fourth day to finish out his heads-up battle between Klodnicki and Emile Schiff. Meanwhile, Jason Gola won Event #69 $1,500 Razz for his first-ever bracelet win. Gola, an IT guru from Chicago, outlasted a difficult final table and denied Phil Hellmuth his 15th bracelet.

One more Saturday night, hey it's a Saturday night in Vegas! You know what that means? Peak insanity and debauchery. But over at the Rio Casino just off the Strip, the 2017 WSOP was firing on all cylinders. The Main Event kicked off, while a handful of other events played down to its champion. Three players became bracelet winners for the first time. Two of them were listed among the best Americans to never win the bling, while the third was a IT guy by day and a savvy cardslinger by night.

Event #66 $1,5000 Donkament needed an additional day to complete the final table. On Day 4, Emile Schiff and Chris Klodnicki slugged it out to determine the winner. And it was Klodnicki who was the last one left standing in the donkament. He won his first bracelet... finally.

Meanwhile, Harrison Gimbel just added his name to an (unofficial) list of Triple Crown winners. Gimbel shipped the PCA Main Event a couple years ago, in addition to a WPT stop. Now, with his first-ever bracelet, he joined an elite group of pros who won three major titles. Nice job, brah! Gimbel took down Event #68 $3,000 NL for a $655K score.

Over in Event #69 $1,500 Razz, Jason Gola won his first-ever bracelet by defeating ODB Baker heads-up for the blind. Gola also denied Phil Hellmuth bracelet #15.

Event #66 $1,500 NL - Final Results


Another Day 4! This donkament needed an additional day to play down the heads-up battle between Chris Klodnicki and Emile Schiff from Jamaica. And when the smoke settled, Klodnicki emerged with the win and his first-ever bracelet.

Going into this WSOP, Klodnicki was on the list of best American pros who never won a bracelet. He previously cashed 45 times, won over $6M in cash, but never won any bling for himself. He had a trio of runner-up finishes, including the 2013 One Drop High Roller. But the fourth time was the charm! Klodnicki finally broke on thru to the winner's circle. He also won $428K in cash, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The final table included Ben Zamani, Darren Elias and Belgian Kenny Hallaert.

Notables who cashed in the donkament included... Brian Hastings, Sam Grafton, Ted Driscoll, Ben Yu, Eddy Sabat, Elky, Phil Carter, Mustapha Kanit, Jackie Glazer, John Monnette, Dutch Boyd, Taylor Black, Eric Blair, Bruno Lopes, Asi Moshe, Brent Hanks, John Racener, Walter Treccarichi, Bart Lybaert, Ryan Reiss, Enio Bozzano, and Jesus Ferguson.

2017 WSOP - Event #66 $1,500 NL

Entrants: 1,956

Prize Pool: $2,640,600

Payouts: 294


Final Table Results:

1. Chris Klodnicki (USA) $428,423

2. Emile Schiff (Jamaica) $264,692

3. Schuyler Thornton (USA) $191,453

4. Ben Zamani (USA) $139,896

5. Ulrich Schnetter (USA) $103,281

6. Darren Elias (USA) $77,047

7. Kenny Hallaert (Belgium) $58,083

8. Aditya Sushant (India) $44,255

9. Dylan Hortin (USA) $34,083

Event #68 $3,000 NL - Final Results

Gimbel Wins

Harrison Gimbel... legit legend. Gimbel secured a Triple Crown with his first-ever WSOP victory. Gimbel outlasted a treacherous crowd of 1,349 runners and then won a heads-up bout against Chance Kornuth, to march right into the winner's circle. Gimbel earned a payday worth $655K.

Florentino Coalla bubbled off the final table in tenth place. A pair of Brazilians made the final table, but neither Vinicius Teixeira Alves, nor Enio Bozzano, could finish higher than sixth place.

Ryan van Sanford hit the bricks in third place which set up the heavyweight bout between Kornuth and Gimbel. Alas, Gimbel became the victory. Colorado's Kornuth settled on a runner-up finish and a payout worth nearly $400K. Not too shabby, eh?

Notables who went deep in this event included... Matt Salsberg, E-Fro, Daniel Negreany, Ryan Laplante, Kevin Saul, Lance Howard, Tony Dunst, Ryan D'Angelo, Georgios Zisimopoulos, Steve Hwang, Diego Sanchez, Charlie Carrel, Andy Frankenberger, Griffin Benger, Ben Volpe, Sonny Franco, Jack Salter, Clement Richez, Ryan Fair, Ben Keeline, Anh Van Nguyen, Pierre Merlin, Bernardo, Tommy Chen, Joe Serock, Johnny Bax, Marc-Andre Ladoceur, David The Dragon Pham, Tim West, Igor Kurganov, Dietrich Fast, Stefan Jedlicka, Jon Little, Alex Queen, Jeff Potts, John Monnette, Conor Beresford, Elky, Ari Engel, John Racener, Joe Cada, and Eddy Sabat.

2017 WSOP - Event #68 $3,000 NL

Entrants: $3,642,300

Prize Pool: 1,349

Payouts: 203


Final Table Results:

1. Harrison Gimbel (USA) $645,922

2. Chance Kornuth (USA) $399,132

3. Ryan van Sanford (USA) $285,148

4. John Griffin (USA) $206,119

5. Christopher Farmer (USA) $150,772

6. Enio Bozzano (Brazil) $111,619

7. Vinicius Teixeira Alves (Brazil) $83,644

8. Kristofer Homerding (USA) $63,457

9. James Gilbert (USA) $48,745

Event #69 $1,500 Razz - Final Results

Gola Razz winner

Razz. You really have to hate yourself to play this game. And you also have to be disciplined as hell, in addition to having enough tilt-control to handle all the bricks on fifth, sixth, and seventh street. Razz is not for the weak of heart. It's often hailstorm of bricks inside brick city.

This Razz final table included God's Greatest Gift to the World: Phil Hellmuth. Okay, even the poker gods have a sense of humor once in a while. And they were out in full force.

Stacked final table. The WSOP report said that a total of 18 bracelets were won at the final table... most by Phil Hellmuth. Yet, Jason Gola outlasted all of them and denied Hellmuth another win. Seriously, Razz is a mind-numbing game in itself, but Gola crushed a tough final table that also included Benny Glasser and ODB Baker.

Gola, an amateur from Chicago who works in IT, defeated ODB Baker heads-up for the win and $133K in cash. Hellmuth busted in sixth place and whiffed on bracelet #15. Glasser exited in fifth. Wendy Freedman went super deep, but she only finished in fourth place.

Yordan Petrov bubbled the Razz final table in ninth place.

Chainsaw Kessler min-cashed! Other notables who went deep in this Razz event... Jared Talarico, Kim Pham, Paul Sokoloff, Jake Schwartz, Adam Owen, Mike Ross, Bonnie Rossi, Sam Grizzle, Naoya Kihara, Roland Israelashvili, Jason Mercier, James Obst, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Noori, Mike Matusow, Cole Jackson, Andrew Kelsall, Luke Spano, Yong Wang, Andy Yip, Alan Leach, and Chun Chen.

2017 WSOP - Event #69 $1,500 Razz

Entrants: 419

Prize Pool: $565,650

Payouts: 63


Final Table Results:

1. Jason Gola (USA) $132,957

2. David 'ODB' Baker (USA) $82,174

3. Brad Ruben (USA) $55,958

4. Wendy Freedman (USA) $38,847

5. Benny Glaser (U.K.) $27,503

6. Phil Hellmuth (USA) $19,865

7. Gerard Rechnitzer (USA) $14,645

8. James Schaaf (USA) $11,024

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