Thursday July 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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Four bracelets were up for grabs on Wednesday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. And we have four more first-time bracelet winners. Event #60 $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed needed an additional day to finish up the heads-up bout between Romania's Alexandru Papazian and Germany's Kilian Kramer. Alexandru Papazian faded a field of 8,120 runners and picked off Kramer to win the Romania's first-ever bracelet. Papazian shipped $888,888 in cash for the Crazy Eights win. Rulah Divine faded 1,750 runners and outlasted a difficult final table to win Event #63 $1,000 NL. German TV game show winner, Sebastian Langrock, emerged victorious in Event #64 $1,500 NLHE/PLO 8-Handed Mix. Also, in the turbo-charged event, Shai Zurr earned another bracelet for Israel with a win in Event #65 $1,000 NL (30 minute levels).

Action-packed Wednesday at the Rio. Four pieces of bling on the line including the conclusion of the fetish $888 buy-in event that awarded $888,888 to first place. Alexandru Papazian from Romania needed a fourth day to win Event #60 $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed for his first bracelet... along with the first-ever bracelet for Romania.

Meanwhile, in three other events... Vegas local Rulah Divine outlasted a final table that included John Monnette and Ryan Hughes. Divine snatched the bracelet in Event #63 $1,000 NL for a $262,501 score.

Sebastian Langrock denied Ryan Laplante another bracelet by defeating him heads up to win Event #64 $1,500 NLHE/PLO 8-Handed Mix. Langrock got his initial 15 minutes of fame after he won Germany's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

In the two-day turbo, Shai Zurr shipped the second bracelet for Israel this summer with a victory in Event #65 $1,000 NL, which had 30-minute levels.

Event #60 $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed - Final Results

Crazy 8s Big Papi

Alexandru Papazian needed four days to win the Crazy Eights bracelet. Alexandru Papazian earned a first-place payout worth $888,888. More importantly, Papazian became the first-ever bracelet winner from Romania. You know what that means? Statues will be erected of him in public squares, hospitals will be named after him, and millions of babies across Romania in the next two decades will bare the name "Alexandru" or "Big Papi."

International final table. Seven countries represented including two players from Romania!

Alexandru Papazian defeated Germany's Kilian Kramer heads up on Day 4 to win the bracelet and $888,888 in cash. Papazian outlasted a massive field in excess of 8K runners.

Harry Lodge from the U.K. bowed out in third place, which set up this heavyweight bout. Vlad Darie, the Romanian pro, busted in sixth place. Michael Tureniec was the rare Scandi at the WSOP this summer. He busted in seventh place. French pro Guillaume Diaz busted first at the final table in eighth place.

Ben Yu went deep once again, but he bubbled the final table in ninth place.

Notables who cashed in the Crazy Eights and went deep (Top 300) included... Eric Baldwin, Paul Berger, Doug Carli, Pablo Mariz, Viviam Im, Jon Zarin, Ben Chalot, Jason Wheeler, Farzad Bonyadi, Lee Markholt, Jordan Young, JC Tran, Aurelien Guiglini, Louis Linard, Darren Elias, Thiago Nishijima, Bart Hanson, Will Lambert, Conor Beresford, Nancy Alterio, Loni Harwood, Alex Rocha, Kevin Eyster, Kevin MacPhee, Cate Hall, Mike Ferrer, Jorge Dong, Kevin McBride, JJ Lui, and Jesus Ferguson.

2017 WSOP - Event #60 $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed

Entrants: 8,120

Prize Pool: $6,489,504

Payouts: 1,119


Final Table Results:

1. Alexandru Papazian (Romania) $888,888

2. Kilian Kramer (Germany) $463,888

3. Harry Lodge (U.K.) $344,888

4. Ioannis Angelou Konstas (Greece) $257,888

5. James Cappucci (USA) $193,888

6. Vlad Darie (Romania) $146,888

7. Michael Tureniec (Sweden) $112,888

8. Guillaume Diaz (France) $86,888

Event #63 $1,000 NL - Final Results

Rulah Divine wins

Ship it to Rulah! Las Vegas local Rulah Divine qualified online at for this event. Rulah Divine took down $262,500 for outlasting 1,750 donks. Divine survived a tough-as-nails final table with a couple of bracelet-owning sharks: John Monette and Ryan Hughes. Not to mention LA-based pro Eddy Sabat, who is on the long list of best Americans who never won a bracelet.

Divine went heads-up against Pat Turong for the bracelet... and was the last one left standing. Mike Amato busted in third place, while China's Yunsheng Sun finished in fourth overall.

Ryan Hughes final tabled this event, but couldn't do better than fifth place. Hughes, a two-time bracelet winner, chased in his 14th event. John Monnette won his third-career bracelet earlier this summer, but he couldn't work his magic once again. Monnette bowed out in sixth place... by added almost 114 POY points... which propelled him into the Top 3. Eddy Sabat final tabled another event (and cashed in his 30th WSOP event), but he was dunzo in eighth place.

Andy Frankenberger bubbled the final table in tenth place. Thomas Fuller busted in 12th and Mike Rocco went out in 13th. France's Yorane Kerignard embarked on a deep run, but fell short of the final table in 14th place.

Notables who went deep included... Joshua Reichard, Young Sik Em, Peter Akery, Michael Haines, Daniel Rudd, Dylan Wilkerson, Johnny Bax, Carlos Queiroz, Jon Little, Jack Duong, Oleksii Ievchenko, Ralph Wong, Marc Convey, Gilsoo Kim, Alexandre Fradin, Marc MacDonnell, Alez Queen, Gil Diaz, Will Givens, Dong Guo, Ashton Griffin, Jackie Glazer, Joe McKeehen, John Phan, Jean Fabre, Erwann Pecheux, Bob Willis, Tristan Wade, James Akenhead, Felix Vandeput, Joe Kuether, Natasha Mercier, Laurine Benoist, Alex Rocha, Jim Collopy, Martin Kabrhel, Dylan Linde, Ryan Riess, and Jason Les.

2017 WSOP - Event #63 $1,000 NL

Entrants: 1,750

Prize Pool: $1,575,000

Payouts: 263


Final Table Results:

1. Rulah Divine (USA) $262,501

2. Patrick Truong (USA) $162,170

3. Michael Amato (USA) $116,940

4. Yunsheng Sun (China) $85,226

5. Ryan Hughes (USA) $62,785

6. John Monnette (USA) $46,758

7. Fabio Felice Cudia (Bulgaria) $35,207

8. Eddy Sabat (USA) $26,806

9. Jeffrey Silverstein (USA) $20,640

Event #64 $1,500 NLHE/PLO 8-Handed Mix - Final Results

Sebastain Langrock

Ship it to Germany! The Germans have been dominating the global poker scene over the last couple of years, which is one of the primary reasons German pros (e.g. Fedor Holz, Manig Loeser, George Danzer, Ole Schemion, etc.) were favorited to win a bracelet this year. However, another German came out of nowhere to win the bling. This time, a TV game show contestant stepped in the winner's circle.

Sebastian Langrock's bracelet victory is just another wild chapter in his unusual life. Langrock, a European TV personality previously won Germany's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The German defeated Ryan Laplante to win Event #64. The final table for this event was not easy whatsoever with Laplante, Esther Taylor-Brady, and Shannon Shorr all lurking for a shot at a bracelet.

Sebastian Langrock used his prize money from the game show to boost his bankroll as he took a shot as a grinder. The hard work paid off… finally.

Victor Choupeaux from France finished in third place, which set up the bout for the final two. Laplante was seeking his second-career bracelet, but the pro from Minnesota had to settle on a runner-up finish. Second place paid $166K. Shannon Shorr went busto in fifth place and E-Tay busted shortly after in fourth place.

Notables who went deep in this event included Connor Drinan, Chris Moorman, Bernardo, Mark Radoja, Fred Meyer, Ken Wong, Ivan Deyra, Juha Helppi, Tomas Soderstrom, Alfie Adam, Bryce Yockey, Robert Cheung, Steve Gross, Matt Affleck, Tom Cannuli, Kate Hoang, Ankit Ahuja, Jared Jaffee, Jeff Gross, Pat Mahoney, James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Barny Boatman, Xixiang Luo, John Moore, Manig Loeser, Kevin Saul, Naoya Kihara, Dan Zack, Loren Klein, Martin Staszko, Chance Kornuth, and Tommy Chen.

Event #64 $1,500 NLHE/PLO 8-Handed Mix - Final Results

Entrants: 1,058

Prize Pool: $1,428,300

Payouts: 159


Final Table Results:

1. Sebastian Langrock (Germany) $268,555

2. Ryan Laplante (USA) $165,983

3. Victor Choupeaux (France) $118,190

4. Esther Taylor (USA) $85,225

5. Shannon Shorr (USA) $62,242

6. Zahir Gilani (Canada) $46,048

7. Jerry Callahan (USA) $34,515

8. Fernando Brito (Brazil) $26,216

Event #65 $1,000 NL (30 minute levels) - Final Results

Shai Zurr

Ship it to Shai! Israel locked up its second bracelet this summer with a victory by Shai Zurr. Back in Israel, Zurr teaches at a poker academy. After this victory, he's gonna have a lot more students!

Event #65 featured 30-minute levels in a rare two-day event. This turbo-bling event attracted 1,413 turbo-donks.

Zurr defeated Serbia's Ognjen Sekularac heads-up for the win. Alex Foxen went out in third place, while British pro Jon McCann busted in fourth.

Zurr earned a first-place payout of $223K... which is a sick score for two days of work.

Canada's David Valcourt bubbled off the final table in tenth place.

Notables who cashed in this turbo event included... Dylan Linde, Asi Moshe, Yiannis Liperis, Cristiano Guerra, Andy Teng, Dan Le, James Sy, Arne Coulier, Vinny Pahuja, Andrew Brokos, Christian Harder, Maxime Chillaud, Beniot Lam, Tobias Peters, Jeanluc Adam, Melissa Gilbert, Joe Tehan, Kevin Eyster, Ashton Griffin, Yuval Bronshtein, Mike Leah, Jean Montury, Will Kassouf, Antoine Saout, Rick Fuller, Natasha Mercier, Scott Davies, Andrew Barber, and Taylor Black.

2017 WSOP - Event #65 $1,000 NL (30 minute levels)

Entrants: 1,413

Prize Pool: $1,271,700

Payouts: 211


Final Table Results:

1. Shai Zurr (Israel) $223,241

2. Ognjen Sekularac (Serbia) $137,909

3. Alex Foxen (USA) $98,761

4. Jonathan McCann (U.K.) $71,540

5. Erick But (USA) $52,424

6. Phong Than Nguyen (USA) $38,869

7. Aaron Hirst (USA) $29,162

8. John Brown (USA) $22,143

9. Joseph Liberta (USA) $17,019

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