Even years work well for Paul Volpe. For some reason, he's the odd man out during the odd years at the World Series of Poker. In 2014, Paul Volpe won his first bracelet when he shipped $10,000 NL2-7 Lowball Draw bracelet. He won a second bracelet in 2016 when he won the $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-handed. And since it's an even year... it seemed obvious that Volpe would return to the winner's circle this summer.
Volpe, a pro from West Chester, PA, won Event #9 $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Championship for nearly $419K for his third bracelet. Volpe is closing in on $3 million in total WSOP/WSOP Circuit earnings, while his total career winnings has now passed $7 million.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Harkin binked Event #12 $1,500 Dealer's Choice for his first bracelet. The 6-handed event had a final table cameo from washed-up actor/full-time poli-troll James Woods, who's run came to a halt when he busted in fifth place.
Event #9 $10,000 Omaha 8 Championship - Final Results
Paul Volpe added his third piece of bling to his collection with a remarkable victory in Event #9 $10K Omaha 8 Championship. These $10K events are tough as heck. Volpe earned every cent of his payday worth under $420K.
The list of money winners in this event was a who's who of the top O8 players in the game, despite only paying out 26 spots. In all, only 169 players took a shot in the O8 Championship... but they were some of baddest O8 asses on the planet.
Volpe's final table included Eli Elezra, Adam Coats, Kyle Miaso, Viacheslav Zhukov, Dustin Dirksen, Robert Mizrachi, Daniel Zack, and Per Hildebrand.
Volpe quickly defeated Elezra heads-up for the win, the cash, and the bracelet. Elezra walked away with $258K as a consolation prize. Volpe banked a shade under $419K.
Volpe's career winnings has now passed $7.2 million. This vicory marked his biggest cash to date at the WSOP. Volpe now has 23 six-figure cashes, with three occurring at the WSOP this year. He's made two final tables and went deep in the $100K High Roller.
The Brother of the Grinder final tabled this event, but he was dunzo in 7th place. A pair of Europeans made the final table. Sweden's Par Hildebrand finished in ninth place, while Viacheslav Zhukov from Russia settled on a fifth-place finish.
Bracelet winner Jesse Martin bubbled the final table in tenth place. Mike Matusow went deep too, but the Mouth was shutdown in 11th place.
Notables who cashed in the $10K Omaha 8 Championship included... Steve Chanthabouasy, Dylan Linde, Jon Depa, Talon White, Mike Gorodinsky, Chris Bjorin, Felipe Ramos, Nikolai Yakovenko, Scott Bohlman, Danny Alaei, Lars Gronning, Steven Wolansky, Anthony Zinno, Stu Rutter and Dan Shak.
2018 WSOP - Event #9 $10,000 Omaha 8 Championship
Prize Pool: $1,588,600
Final Table Results:
1. Paul Volpe (USA) $417,921
2. Eli Elezra, $258,297
3. Adam Coats, $181,374
4. Kyle Miaso, $129,648
5. Viacheslav Zhukov (Russia) $94,370
6. Dustin Dirksen, $69,971
7. Robert Mizrachi, $52,866
8. Daniel Zack, $40,715
9. Per Hildebrand (Sweden) $31,977
Event #12 $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed - Final Results
Dealer's Choice! It's a fun game we've all played with friends at the kitchen table, or in dens, garages, basements, back of bars, wherever. Mixed games tests your skills in multiple games, so these events reward the best well-rounded players in the game. Compare that to NL events when it's mostly a shovefest, donkament, where you pull and pray that you win your flips and races, while issuing brutal river beats to a sad sack of unfortunates.
Event #12 on the docket was a $1,500 Dealer's Choice. The twist in this event was 6-handed. Not bad, eh? Makes it really feel like a home game.
Harkin defeated fan favorite Frankie O'Dell, who's a two-time bracelet winner. A portion of O'Dell's rail drove out from Southern California to sweat their friend in hopes they also might recoup uncollected debts that O'Dell might have overlooked over the years. There must've been two lines at the cage... one to process winnings in Event #14 and the other lining up to collect from O'Dell, who banked $80K for a runner-up score.
George Trigeorgis whiffed in third place. Anthony Arvidson finished in fourth place. Actor James Woods, who spends most of his time trolling "snowflakes" on Twitter, final tabled the event but busted in fifth place. Scott Abrams was the first player to exit the final table when he was dunzo in sixth place.
Johnny World Hennigan bubbled off the final table in seventh place.
Notables who went deep-deep in the Dealer's Choice included... Chris Klodnicki, Mike Leah, Jeff Lisandro, Chris Bolek, Chris Vitch, Jimmy Fricke, and Shirley Rosario (who was among the nominees for the Women's Poker Hall of Fame).
Also cashing in the Dealer's Choice event... Josh Arieh, blast-from-the-past Layne Flack, Tony Cousineau, Ben Yu, GANK, Mike Sexton, Richard Ashby, Xunen Xheng, Nike Noori, Doug Redmann, Jake Schwartz, Andrey Zhigalov, John Monnette, Brandon Cantu, Martin Staszko, Maning Loeser, Alex Dovzhenko, Pate Levine, Tim Frazin, Jordan Spurlin, Henry Paoci, Chainsaw Kessler, and Aaron Steury.
CHAINSAW ALERT! Yes, Allen 'Chainsaw' Kessler min-cashed in this event when he busted in 60th place.