Sunday June 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm

A couple more first-time bracelet winners were crowned at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Rob 'Rec Rob' Nehorayan, a cash-game player from Los Angeles, won Event #41 $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $173,568 score. Nicholas Seiken shipped Event #44 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship for a first-place payout worth $287,987. Spanish pro Mario Prats Garcia went on a tear at the final table to win Event #45 Big Blind Antes $1,000 NL (with 30-minute levels) for $258,255. Matthew 'mendey' Mendez took down one of the online events. Mendez shipped Event #47 $565 WSOP.com ONLINE PLO 6-Max for $135,078.

Busy weekend at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Several bracelets were up for grabs at the 2018 WSOP. All eyes were on Shaun Deeb as he won the $25,000 PLO High Roller. But a couple other bracelets were awarded over the last 48 hours. We witnessed players step into the winner circle for the first time including a Texan, a LA grinder, and a pro from Spain. Nicholas Seiken, Mario Prats Garcia, and Rob 'Rec Rob' Nehorayan etched their names in the history books.

On Saturday, Nicholas Seiken outlasted 109 players to win Event #44 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. Sieken won the first-ever Triple Draw tournament he played and battled against a pro-heavy final table. Mario Prats Garcia flipped on Terminator mode and took out most of the final table of this 30-min level event in a 13-hand span. Garcia binked Event #45 Big Blind Antes $1,000 NL for his first win. On Friday night, Rob 'Rec Rob' Nehorayan took down Event #41 $1,500 Limit Hold'em for his first bracelet win.

And last but not least, Matthew 'mendey' Mendez binked Event #47 $565 WSOP.com ONLINE PLO (6-Handed) for a nifty score worth $135K. Mendez took advantage of the shared liquidity between Nevada and New Jersey, and won this event from his home in the Garden State. Mendez made history in the process.

Event #41 $1,500 Limit Hold'em - Final Results

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Ship it to Rec Rob!

Two local L.A. players got heads-up for a bracelet. Kevin Song had previously won one but he was seeking his second. Alas, Rob Nehorayan had other plans. Rob Nehorayan picked off Song heads-up to prevent Song from winning bracelet #2. In the process, Rec Rob won his first bling.

Song banked $107K for a runner-up finish. Rec Rob is $173,568 richer.

Event #41 $1,500 attracted 596 runners. The prize pool was a little more than $804K. Only the top 90 places paid out with the majority of the cheesecake getting served to the final table.

Nehorayan and Song found themselves at a Limit final table that also included David Gee, Terri Gutierrez, Michael Jex, Brad Albrinck, Oleg Chebotarev, Matt Russell, and Matt Woodward.

Rec Rob told the WSOP staff how he got his moniker.

"That's my nickname at home. A kid Adam gave it to me one night. We were playing no-limit. I think we were playing $20/$40/$80 at Commerce and I called a big bet on the river with just an ace. The kid like flipped out 'How do you call with just an ace?' and this kid Adam just goes 'That's rec Rob, man. He's a recreational player. He can't fold an ace.'"

Ship it to Rec Rob!

Jeffrey Scheibner bubbled off the final table in tenth place.

Matt Grapenthien was lurking late in the event, but he would have to wait another day to win another bracelet. Grapenthien busted in 11th place.

Notables who went deep in Event #41 included... Svetlana Gromenkova, Mike Falk, Jesse Hampton, Jin Kim, John Pires, Ben Lazer, Happy Shulman, Philip Tom, Kevin Gross, John Galbraith, Chip Jett, Warren Colman, and Phil Goatz.

2018 WSOP - Event #41 $1,500 Limit Hold'em

Entrants: 596

Prize Pool: $804,600

Payouts: 90

 

Final Table Results:

1. Robert Nehorayan (USA) $173,568

2. Kevin Song (USA) $107,272

3. David Gee (USA) $73,860

4. Terri Gutierrez (USA) $51,733

5. Michael Jex (USA) $36,860

6. Brad Albrinck (USA) $26,725

7. Oleg Chebotarev (Russia) $19,723

8. Matt Russell (USA) $14,820

9. Matthew Woodward (USA) $11,343

Event #44 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship - Final Results

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Beginner's luck, eh?

Lowball is not something that noobs can bing like no limit hold'em. Nicholas Seiken had some skills despite the fact he had never played in a Triple Draw tournament before. I'm sure the pros at his final table are thinking otherwise, but the young Texan survived a shark-infested final six to win his first bracelet.

Event #44 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship attracted 109 players. They were all seeking the coveted title. There were a few bracelet hunters in this event as well, along with the top Lowball players in the world.

This Lowball Championship final table included Randy Ohel, Kristijonas Andrulis, Farzad Bonyadi, Matt Glantz, and Jason Gray. The amateur held the chip lead going into the final table, but he sensed he was the dog despite sitting atop the big stack.

British pro Jason Gray was the first player to exit the final table.

Matt Glantz, who is not shy to share his opinions on Twitter about poker and life, went deep but narrowly missed a bracelet. Glantz was knocked out in fifth place.

Freddy Bonyadi, fresh off his mother's victory in the Super Seniors earlier in the week, was trying to add to the Bonyadi clan bracelet count. Alas, Freddy's run ended when he was knocked out in fourth place.

Lithuanian pro Kristijonas Andrulis bounced in third place, which set up a heads-up battle between pro Randy Ohel and Nicky Seiken.

Seiken held a slight edge when heads-up began, but the poker gods were shinning upon him. Ohel couldn't launch a successful counter-offensive and he busted in second place.

The online whiz and legendary Cal Anderson embarked on a deep run, but he fell short of the final table, when he busted in 12th place.

Bracelet winner Hanh Tran bubbled the final table in seventh place.

Only the top 14 places paid out in Event #44. Among those who cashed... Hang Tran (7th), Chris Kruk (8th), Nike Noori (9th), Steve Tabb (10th), Quek Sechariah Sheng (11th), Cal Anderson (12th), Tyler Messervy (13th), Mike Matusow (14th), Andrew Kelsall (15th), Todd Brunson (16th), and Jordan Siegel (17th).

2018 WSOP - Event #44 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

Entrants: 109

Prize Pool: $1,024,600

Payouts: 14

 

Final Table Results:

1. Nicholas Seiken (USA) $287,987

2. Randy Ohel (USA) $177,992

3. Kristijonas Andrulis (Lithuania) $125,190

4. Farzad Bonyadi (USA) $89,078

5. Matt Glantz (USA) $64,131

6. Jason Gray (U.K.) $46,722

Event #45 Big Blind Antes $1,000 NL - Final Results

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Ship it to Mario Garcia!

Spain vs. Great Britain heads-up for the bracelet. This wasn't a World Cup match, it was just another Saturday night at the Rio Casino. Europe would actually finish 1-2-3 in this event with a German locking up third place.

Event #45 Big Blind Antes $1,000 NL had 30-minute levels, so this was a pseudo-turbo with expedited blinds.

In total, 5 Europeans made this 9-handed final table. Four Yanks vs. 5 Euros. November Niner Martin Staszko represented the Czech Republic at the final table. Two players from Spain made the final table... and one would go on to win.

Lande Lijo from Spain was the first player to exit the final table when he busted in ninth place. Staszko bounced in eighth place. American pro DJ MacKinnon hit the rail in seventh place.

Mike Wang was the highest placing American with a fourth-place finish. Sebastian Dornbracht from Germany, busted in third place, which set up the heads-up battle between Spain and the U.K.

Alas, Matthew Hunt could not stop Garcia, who knocked out the final five players in only 13 hands! I don't think anyone could the way he was running so hot. Hunt banked $159,532 for a runner-up finish.

Garcia walked away with $258,255 and his first-ever bracelet.

John Tamayo bubbled the final table in tenth place, while Athanasios Polychronopoulos missed another bracelet by a few spots. The Greek-American pro from New York busted in 11th place.

Only the top 257 places paid out in the Big Blind Antes event.

Notables who went deep and finished in the Top 33 in the Big Blind Antes event included... Steven Wolansky, Kathy Liebert, Joe Cheong, Esther Taylor-Brady, Kelly Minkin, Conor Beresford, and Manig Loeser.

Other familiar names who cashed in Event #45 included... Pierre Nueville, Max Sung, Vuong Do, Taylor Black, Dylan Wilkerson, Loni Harwood, Justin Pechie, Brian Yoon, Michael Tureniec, Bart Lybaert, Darryll Fish, Ashton Griffin, Alexandre Reard, Sebastian Pauli, Mario Lopez, Kristen Bicknell, Bob Meyers, Marty Finger, Dewey Raines, Barry Greenstein, Porter Lambert, Maria Konnikova, Maxime Heroux, Aditya Agarwal, Kenny Hallaert, Brett Murray and Russ Cooper.

2018 WSOP - Event #45 Big Blind Antes $1,000 NL

Entrants: 1,712

Prize Pool: $1,540,800

Payouts: 257

 

Final Table Results:

1. Mario Prats Garcia (Spain) $258,255

2. Matthew Hunt (U.K.) $159,532

3. Sebastian Dornbracht (Germany) $114,909

4. Michael Wang (USA) $83,663

5. Mark Schluter (USA) $61,580

6. Gregory Walker (USA) $45,828

7. DJ MacKinnon (USA) $34,486

8. Martin Staszko (Czech Republic) $26,245

9. Lander Lijo (Spain) $20,2020

Event #47 $565 WSOP.com ONLINE PLO 6-Handed - Final Results

Another online bracelet up for grabs. Another low-buy-in bling for sale. Oh, at least history was made with this champion.

Matthew 'mendey' Mendez took down Event #47 $565 WSOP.com ONLINE PLO 6-Handed for $135,077. He defeated GS.GURU heads-up for the bling. Anthony 'heheh' Zinno went deep, but busted in third place.

Matthew 'mendey' Mendez played this event from New Jersey, utilizing the shared liquidity pact with New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. Yeah, if you don't know... you can win a bracelet online without even going to Las Vegas! If you live in Delaware or NJ, then you have a shot at competing in one of the two final online events.

A total of 1,223 players took a shot in this event. Only the top 99 places paid out. Notable names who cashed in this event included... Gordon Vayo, Qi Ha, Phil Galfond, Ryan D'Angelo, Phil Laak, Jeremy Ausmus, Dan Strelitz, Tim West, Noah Bronstein, SirWatts, Ari Engel, Tony Cousineau, Lee Watkinson, Layne Flack, Jonas Wexler, Ryan Riess, and Ben Zamani.

2018 WSOP - Event #47 $565 WSOP.com ONLINE PLO 6-Handed

Entrants: 1,223

Prize Pool: $635,960

Payouts: 99

 

Final Table Results:

1. Matthew 'mendey' Mendez (USA) $135,077

2. Marton 'GS.GURU' Czuczor (Hungary) $82,865

3. Anthony 'heheh' Zinno (USA) $57,299

4. Alex '3shotwonder' Smith (USA) $40,256

5. Ankush 'rickrosstheb' Mandavia (USA) $28,745

6. Ao 'Maimai1990' Chen (USA) $20,859

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Monday June 24, 2019 at 6:29 pm
2019 WSOP: Luke Schwartz, Ari Engel, and Stephen Chidwick win first bracelets

Another wild weekend at the 2019 WSOP. Korea's Jiyoung Kim outlasted a field of 968 runners to win Event #47 $1,000 NL Ladies. British pro Luke Schwartz won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #49 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball. Fellow Brit Stephen Chidwick took down Event #25 $25,000 PLO High Roller for a $1.6 million score and his first bracelet. Not to be outdone, Ari Engel shipped his first bracelet with a victory in Event #48 $2,500 NL. Engel banked $427,399 for fading a field of 996 runners. Israel's Asi Moshe won his third bracelet with a victory in Event #44 $1,500 NL Bounty. Loren Klein also won bracelets in four consecutive years.

Thursday June 20, 2019 at 7:52 am
2019 WSOP: Daniel Negreanu denied 7th bracelet, Johnny 'World' Hennigan wins 10K Stud

2019 WSOP Event #41 $10,000 Seven-Card Stud attracted 88 runners in a stacked field. The final table included numerous multiple bracelet winners including Johnny World Hennigan, Frank Kassela, David ODB Baker, Daniel Negreanu, and David Singer. Negreanu was seeking to win his seventh bracelet, but got denied by Johnny 'World' Hennigan. Johnny World won the 10K Stud and shipped his sixth career bracelet.

Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 10:48 pm
2019 WSOP: Joe Cheong ships Doublestack and Robert Mitchell wins Deepstack bling

Event #34 $1,000 Double Stack attracted 6,214 and a prize pool worth over $5.5 million. Joe Cheong finally won his first bracelet with a big win the Double Stack. He banked $687,782 plus the bling. Robert Mitchell won his first bracelet with a victory in Event #37 $800 NL Deepstack outlasting a field of 2,808 for a score worth $297,537.

Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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PokerStars introduced another new series which begins on Sunday, June 23. This one is in conjunction with a UFC promotion called the UFC KO Poker Series with 68 tournaments that all are Progressive Knockouts, including the Sunday Million, which will be a PKO format. Yup, 68 PKOs with no less than seven daily tournaments and buy-ins as low as $11! Players have a shot at winning a free trip to California to see UFC 241 live featuring Cormier vs. Miocic 2 in August.

Sunday June 16, 2019 at 6:42 pm
2019 WSOP: Roman Korenev wins Marathon, Luis Zedan and Robert Campbell ship bracelets

Russia's Roman Korenev outlasted 1,083 players to win 2019 WSOP Event #26 $2,620 NL MARATHON for a score worth $477,401 and his first bracelet. Luis Zedan, originally from El Salvador, won his first bracelet in Event #30 $1,000 PLO for a score worth $236,673... but he said he'll be donating 35% of his winnings to charity. Also, Robert Campbell from Australia won Event #33 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw for $144,027.

Saturday June 15, 2019 at 4:58 pm
2019 WSOP: Greg 'FBT' Mueller wins 10K HORSE bracelet, Thomas Cazayous wins bling

Former hockey player turned poker pro Greg 'FBT' Mueller won his second bracelet after taking down 2019 WSOP Event #29 $10,000 HORSE. Canada's Mueller outlasted 172 players to win $425,347. He went ten years in between bracelet victories. Also, over in Event #31 $3,000 NL 6-Max, French pro Thomas Cazayous faded 754 players to win $414,766.

Friday June 14, 2019 at 3:33 pm
2019 WSOP: The Grinder notches fifth bracelet with Stud 8 win

Ship it to the Grinder once again. Michael Mizrachi outlasted a field of 460 entrants to win 2019 WSOP Event #27 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud 8 for his fifth piece of WSOP jewelry. Mizrachi took down the $50K Poker Player's Championship last year and followed up with a bracelet in the second week of action at the WSOP. Also, Steve Song took down Event #28 $1K NL for a $341,854 score and his first bracelet.

Thursday June 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm
2019 WSOP: John Gorsuch wins Milly Maker; Rami Boukai, Jorden Fox, and Andrew Donabedian win bling

The Millionaire Maker played down to its champion. Event #19 $1,500 NL Milly Maker attracted 8,809 runners and a prize pool that almost topped $11.9 million. John Gorsuch unleashed a sick comeback and outlasted the massive field for a score worth $1,344,930. Rami Boukai won his second bracelet with a win in Event #23 $1,500 8-Game Mix. Jorden Fox outlasted 3,253 runners to win Event #22 DOUBLE STACK for $420,693. Also, Andrew Donabedian won the DEEPSTACK PLO bracelet in Event #25 $600 PLO.

Wednesday June 12, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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Talk about a blast from the past. Jim Bechtel won the 1993 WSOP Main Event and had to wait 26 years before he could slap a second bracelet around his wrist. Bechtel faded a field of 91 players to win 2019 WSOP Event #21 $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw for a $253,817 score. Bechtel outlasted a tough final table that included Darren Elias, Prahlad Friedman, Jean-Robert Bellande, Vince Musso, and Pedro Bromfman.

Tuesday June 11, 2019 at 4:40 am
2019 WSOP: Eli Elezra wins 4th bracelet and Josh 'loofa' Pollock wins online PLO

Eli Elezra won 2019 WSOP Event #20 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud for his fourth bracelet and his second one in Stud. Elezra banked $93,766 for defeating Anthony Zinno heads-up for the bling. Also, Josh 'loofa' Pollock shipped one of the online bracelet events. Pollock outlasted a virtual field of 1,216 runners to win Event #24 $600 ONLINE PLO 6-Handed for $139,740.

Monday June 10, 2019 at 3:25 pm
2019 WSOP: Frankie O'Dell ships 10K O8, wins third bracelet

Old-school O8 player, Frankie O'Dell from LA, won 2019 WSOP Event #18 $10,000 Omaha 8 for a score worth $443,641. O'Dell faded a field of 183 players to win the Omaha 8 Championship. Dell won his third bracelet of his career, with his last one coming back in 2007 during the peak of the online poker boom. O'Dell survived a difficult final table that included Robert Mizrachi, Shaun Deeb, and David Benyamine.

Sunday June 9, 2019 at 6:08 pm
2019 WSOP: Isaac Baron, Murilo Souza, Brett Apter, and Sean Swingruber win bracelets

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Friday June 7, 2019 at 2:24 pm
2019 WSOP: Dan Strelitz wins 5K NL and Yuval Bronshtein wins 2-7 Lowball

We have a couple more first-time bracelet winners from the 2019 WSOP. Daniel Strelitz won his first bracelet when he faded a field of 400 runners in Event #11 $5,000 NL. Strelitz banked $442,385 for first place. Maria Ho finished in fifth place. Over in Event #13 $1,500 NL Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Draw, Israel's Yuval Bronshtein won his first bling and banked $96,278.

Thursday June 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm
2019 WSOP: Scott Clements ships Dealer's Choice, Jeremy Pekarek wins Deepstack

Scott Clements won his third bracelet and only had to wait approximately 12 years to win once again. Clements outlasted a field of 470 runners in Event #10 $1,500 Dealer's Choice. He banked $144,957 for first. Over in Event #9 $600 Deepstack, local pro Jeremy Pekarek faded a juicy field of 6,150 runners to win $398,281 and his first bracelet.

Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm
2019 WSOP: Alex Epstein wins first Short Deck bracelet

Alex Epstein outlasted 114 runners to win Event #8 $10,000 Short Deck NL. Epstein binked the WSOP's first-ever Short Deck event. Epstein banked $296,227 for first place and simultaneously knocked out Thai Ha and bracelet winner Anson Tsang on the final hand. Meanwhile, Daniel Park outlasted a field of 2,452 runners to win Event #12 $1,000 NL Super Turbo Bounty for a score worth $226,243.

Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 1:49 pm
2019 WSOP: Ben Heath wins 50K High Roller, Dan Zack ships Mixed Triple Draw

British pro Ben Heath outlasted a field of 110 runners to win the 2019 WSOP $50,000 High Roller title. Heath banked $1,484,085 for first place. His final table also included the likes of Andrew Lichtenberger, Elio Fox, Chance Kornuth, Sam Soverel, Dmitry Yurasov, Nick Petrangelo, and Cary Katz. Also, you can add Dan Zack's name to the list of first-time bracelet winners. The New Jersey pro was considered one of the best pros who went deep at the WSOP, but never won a bracelet. He can finally cross his name off the list after Zack won Event #6 $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw for a score worth $160,447.

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