Friday June 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm

The WSOP handed out three bracelets to first-time winners. German Arne Kern banked $1,173,223 for winning the 2018 WSOP Millionaire Maker. Event #21 $1,500 NL attracted 7,361 runners and the total prize pool topped $9.9 million. Meanwhile, Filippos Stavrakis took down Event #26 $1,000 PLO, and British pro Benjamin Dobson won Event #25 $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo.

Add three more noobs to the bling list. Three players won their first bracelet over the last 36 hours. The Milly Maker played down to its champion after six days of action. This year's final table included former WSOP Main Event champ Joe McKeehen and Barney Boatman from the legendary Hendon Mob. But it was a young German who took down the Milly.

Over in the PLO realm, Filippos Stavrakis shipped a bracelet by taking down Event #28 $1,000 PLO. Stavrakis, a business owner from Maryland, dedicated the victory to his late younger brother. And in the Stud 8 world, Benjamin Dobson, a pro from Liverpool, England, won his first bracelet by outlasted a rough final table.

Event #21 $1,500 NL Milly Maker - Final Results


Ship it to Germany. The biggest score thus far at the WSOP was worth $1.1 million. And a 20-something German was the first to bink seven figures. Arne Kern is the newest bracelet winner and the latest young gun from Germany to win a majot tournament.

This year's installment of the Millionaire Maker attracted 7,361 runners. The total prize pool fell short of $10M by $63K. The Milly Maker has been around since 2013 and this was the third-richest prize pool in six affairs.

The final table in the Milly Maker included Barny Boatman and Joe McKeehen. Neither would go all the way to the promised land. Three cheers for a blast from the past with the appearance of Hendon Mobber Barny Boatman. The British pro bounced in seventh place.

Joe McKeehen earned $538K for third place. He'll have to wait another day to win his third bracelet. But mark down another final table for the ex-champ.

Germany vs. England heads-up for the bracelet and million bucks.

Ah, looks like Germany edged out the Brits. Samad Razavi busted in second place, but banked $724,756 for a runner-up score.

Arne Kern got to slap a shiny piece of bling on his wrist and he got to fondle a ginormous stack worth $1.17 million.

Chad Hahn bubbled off the final table in tenth place.

Only the top 1,105 places paid out. Notables who went deep in the Milly Maker and finished in the Top 100 included...Maning Loeser, James Mackey, Joe Cheong, Bobby Brown, JC Tran, Stan Lee, Eddy Sabat, Curt Kohlberg, Jason Strasser, James Calderaro, James Dempsey, JoJo Contino, Elio Fox, and Greg Merson.

Familiar names who cashed in the Milly Maker included... Phil Ivey, Joe Cada, Shane Schleger, Mike Noori, Jason Wheeler, Alessio Isaia, Porter Lambert, Mark Sanchez, Vinny Pahuja, Dylan Wilkerson, Sorel Mizzi, Jared Hamby, Ping Liu, Sam Soverel, Tuan Le, Jum Collopy, Dan Strelitz, Tony Spinella, Ryan Reiss, Matt Salsberg, Tony Dunst, Happy Shulman, Erwann Pecheux, Vojtech Ruzicka, Wook Kim, Faraz Jaka, JeWook Oh, Will the Thrill, Martin Jacobson, Don Johnson, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Bart Hanson, Jack Duong, Blair Hinkle, Jamie Kerstetter, Rainer Kempe, Barry Greenstein, Maria Ho, Kevin Saul, Michael Gathy, Jessica Dawley, Ronnie Bardah, Kathy Liebert, Grant Hinkle, Doug Carli, Emma Wilkinson, Don O'Dea, Stefan Huber, Xao Yang, DJ MacKinnon, Dieter Dechant, Gaelle Baumann, David the Dragon, and Tyler Patterson

2018 WSOP - Event #21 $1,500 NL Milly Maker

Entrants: 7,361

Prize Pool: $9,937,350

Payouts: 1,105


Final Table Results:

1. Arne Kern (Germany) $1,173,223

2. Samad Razavi (U.K.) $724,756

3. Joe McKeehen (USA) $538,276

4. Michael Souza (USA) $402,614

5. Justin Liberto (USA) $303,294

6. Manuel Ruivo (Portugal) $230,120

7. Barny Boatman (U.K.) $175,865

8. Ralph Massey (USA) $135,383

9. Sean Marshall (USA) $104,987

Event #25 $1,500 Stud 8 - Final Results

Ship it to England!

After losing to Germany heads-up in the Milly Maker, the Brits finally broke thru in Stud 8.

WSOP Event #25 $1,500 Stud 8 attracted 596 runners and a prize pool a little more than $800K.

Dobson, from Liverpool (yes, the home of the Beatles), had previously made a final table but busted before he had a chance to hoist the bling. Given a second chance, Dobson did not squander this opportunity. Dobson is primarily a NL cash game player, so this was slightly out of his usual comfort zone.

Dobson needed a fourth day of action to win the Stud 8 bracelet. At the end of Day 3, only three remained: Dobson, Jesse Martin, and Tim Finne.

Dobson outlasted a final table that included two-time bracelet winner Jesse Martin, who is a mixed-games cash-specialist from Los Angeles. Martin busted in third place, which set up a heads-up bout between Finne and Dobson.

When the dust settled, Dobson won the bling and the cash.

Bearing down on the final three tables, a couple of well-known faces were still alive including Eli Elezra, TD extraordinaire Matt Savage and actor James Woods. Neither would advance to the final table.

Savage cashed and busted in 14th place, while Woods troll-bounced in 17th place. Elezra went the deepest, but got picked off in 12th place.

PJ Cha bubbled off the final table in ninth place.

Notables who went deep in WSOP Event #25 included... Eli Elezra, Matt Savage, James Woods, Paul Sexton, Barry Greenstein, Esther Rossi, Nicky Derke, Brian Hastings, Shirley Rosario, and Frankie O'Dell.

Other familiar faces who cashed in the Stud 8 event... Bruno Fitoussi, Max Hoffman, Ken Po, Jeff Madsen, Jimmy Fricke, James Opie, Chuck Polk, Joe Cannon, Raf Lebron, amd Steven Wolansky.

2018 WSOP - Event #25 $1,500 Stud 8

Entrants: 596

Prize Pool: $804,600



Final Table Results:

1. Benjamin Dobson (U.K.) $173,528

2. Tim Finne (USA) $107,243

3. Jesse Martin (USA) $74,324

4. Richard Monroe (USA) $52,359

5. Tom McCormick (USA) $37,504

6. James Nelson (USA) $27,321

7. Georgios Sotiropoulos (Greece) $20,248

8. Peter Brownstein (USA) $15,271

Event #26 $1,000 PLO - Final Results


Ship it to Filippos Stavrakis. I'm not one who gets emotional about poker, especially tournaments, but chalk one up for the good guys. Filippos Stavrakis won is first WSOP bracelet, but did so in the living memory of his late brother. For his winner's photo, Filippos Stavrakis posed with a picture of his brother on his phone. A touching tribute.

Filippos Stavrakis was born in Greece but currently lives in Maryland, where he ons a machine shop. He cashed in 20 WSOP events in his career, but this was his first major score.

This low-fi PLO event had a modest buy-in of only $1,000... compared to the usual PLO Donkament with a $1,500 price tag. This installment of the Running of the PLO Donks attracted 986 players.

Stavrakis outlasted a final table that included two tough pros Thayer Rasmussen and Felipe Ramos. At the height of the online poker boom a decade ago, Thayer was regarded as one of the top young guns in the game. And who doesn't know Felipe Ramos. The Brazilian pro and social media standout is everywhere it seems. Seriously, I don't know a pro who has logged more air miles in the last few years than Ramos. The guy plays in South America, in North America, in Australia, in Asia, in Europe. Heck, if there was a tournament in Anatartica, you bet your butt that Ramos would be in attendance (and post dope selfies along the way).

Ramos' run ended when he busted in third place. He banked nearly $74K, but I can tell you firsthand that Ramos wanted the bracelet. Badly. Hoisting the bling over his head would have been the greatest revenge for the former PokerStars pro.

Rasmussen busted in seventh place. The other token Greek at the table, Georgios Karavokris was dunzo in eighth place.

Stavrakis defeated Jordan Siegel heads-up for the bracelet. Long Island's Siegel earned a shade under $105K for a runner-up performance.

Arthur Morris bubbled off the final table in tenth place.

Only the top 148 places paid out. Notables who went deep in Event #25 $1,000 PLO included... Nick Guagenti, Shannon Shorr, Brad Butcher, Jan Larsson, Thibaut Klinghammer, and Mikhail Semin.

Familiar names who cashed in this lo-fi PLO affair included... Marty Finger, Wei Yeh, Kirill Gerasimov, John Kabbaj, Joe Cada, Yu Peng, Christian Harder, Ben Zamani, Justin Young, Marcel Vonk, Martijn Gerrits, Porter Lambert, Craig Fishman, Elio Saade, Dan Tang, Jason Stockfish, Adam Yee, Bruce Ypckey, and Josh Beckman.

The Club Poker WSOP Name of the Day goes to... Thibaut Klinghammer.

2018 WSOP - Event #26 $1,000 PLO

Entrants: 986

Prize Pool: $887,400

Payouts: 148


Final Table Results:

1. Filippos Stavrakis (USA) $169,842

2. Jordan Siegel (USA) $104,924

3. Felipe Ramos (Brazil) $73,989

4. Clinton Monfort (USA) $52,879

5. Peter Klein (USA) $38,309

6. Pascal Damois (France) $28,137

7. Thayer Rasmussen (USA) $20,957

8. Georgios Karavokyris (Greece) $15,832

9. Robert Cowen (USA) $12,133

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