Saturday nights in Vegas usually end up in regrets. But not for Ben Maya! Sometimes, going on a business trip to Vegas means you might also win a WSOP bracelet. That's what happened to Ben Maya. The real estate investor from Israel was in town for a few business meetings. He played a little poker during his down time... and managed to go all the way to the promised land. Ben Maya won Event #43 $1,500 NL SHOOTOUT for his first bling and a $258K score.
Over in Event #44, a pair of golfers squared off for the H.O.R.S.E. bracelet. When the dust settled, Matthew Schreiber took down the bling and $256K in cash.
And in the two-day turbo, Chris Brammer from the U.K. took down Event #45 $5,000 NL with 30-minute levels.
Event #43 $1,500 NL SHOOTOUT - Final Results
Ben Maya defeated Belgium's Thomas Boivin heads-up for the bracelet and $258K in cash. Tim West busted third, setting up a heads-up battle bewteen Bovin and Maya.
Alex Rocha finished in fiffth place. Jon Little busted first at the final table of the SHOOTOUT in ninth place.
Only the top 120 places paid out. Notables who went deep and cashed included... Kevin Eyster, Chris Bell, John Phan, Taylor Paur, Carlos Mortensen, Kenny Hallaert, Philip Tom, Kevin MacPhee, Tom Middleton, Vojtech Ruzicka, Pierre Merlin, Andrew Brokos, Martin Staszko, Thiago Nishijima, Dan Strelitz, Curt Kohlberg, and Chris Moorman.
2017 WSOP - Event #43 $1,500 NL SHOOTOUT
Prize Pool: $1,383,750
Final Table Results:
1. Ben Baruch Maya (Israel) $257,764
2. Thomas Boivin (Belgium) $159,273
3. Tim West (USA) $115,297
4. Phachara Wongwichit (Australia) $84,453
5. Alex Rocha (USA) $62,602
6. Steve Foutty (USA) $49,969
7. Joe Cook (USA) $35,673
8. Paul Michaelis (Austria) $27,431
9. Jonathan Little (USA) $21,360
Event #44 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. - Final Results
Noonan! Insert your Caddyschack reference here _____.
California-based pro and former golfer at Cal, Matt Schreiber, won his first-ever bracelet with a victory in $3K HORSE. He had cashed in 15 previous events, but never won any bling... until now. Schreiber outlasted a field of almost 400 runners for the win.
His final table was no slouch either. Matt Schreiber defeated Phil Hui heads-up for the win. Hui is a former golf pro! The collegiate golfer defeated the pro!
"I just like competition," explained Schreiber. "I've been in competition my whole life from golf and now poker. I just like the competitive edge. I like competing. This has kind of take over for golf. I can still get my competitive juices going."
David Steicke busted in third, which set up the heads-up battle.
Notables who went deep and cashed included... Mike Matusow, Dmitry Chop, Don Zewin, Brandon Cantu, Shaun Deeb, Mark Gregorich, Alex Makarov, Miam John Cernuto, Will Lambert, Tom West, Josh Arieh, Jason Mercier, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Chambers, Brock Parker, Cory Zeidman, Stevie444, Per Hildebrand, and Andre Akkari.
2017 WSOP - Event #44 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Prize Pool: $1,077,300
Final Table Results:
1. Matthew Schreiber (USA) $256,226
2. Phil Hui (USA) $158,361
3. David Steicke (Hong Kong) $107,458
4. Tom Koral (USA) $74,382
5. Ryan Himes (USA) $52,542
6. Matthew 'Hanks' Honig (USA) $37,892
7. Ryan Hughes (USA) $27,910
8. Brendan Taylor (USA) $21,007
Event #45 $5,000 NL (30 minute levels) - Final Results
Not an easy final table, especially with a pair of Germans and Yevgeniy Timoshenko lurking. Alas, the Germans bowed out in fifth and sixth place. Yevgeniy Timoshenko busted in third.
Brammer defeated Jett Schenecker heads-up for the bling and $527K in cash.
Notables who went deep and cashed included... Jimmy Guerrero, Chris Moorman, Frank Kassela, Ashton Griffin, Aditya Agarwal, James Chen, Michael Tureniec, Max Silver, James Akenhead, Conor Beresford, Ivan Luca, Kyle Julius, Felipe Ramos, Tony Dunst, Andrey Pateychuk, Maxim Babko, Darryll Fish, Owen Crowe, Tracy Nguyen, Davidi Kitai, Dan O'Brien, Jonathan Duhamel, Darren Elias, and Ben Keeline.
2017 WSOP - Event #45 $5,000 NL (30 minute levels)
Prize Pool: $2,348,250
Final Table Results:
1. Christopher Brammer (United Kingdom) $527,555
2. Jett Schencker (USA) $326,051
3. Yevgeniy Timoshenko (USA) $223,574
4. Rui Ye (USA) $156,022
5. Tobias Ziegler (Germany) $110,845
6. Oliver Weis (Germany) $80,196
7. Michael Brinkenhoff (USA) $59,107
8. Alex Foxen (USA) $44,395
9. Diego Sanchez (Mexico) $33,933