Another day, another first-time bracelet winner at the WSOP. Oh, wait a second... make that TWO first-time winners. Although the Main Event is underway, a couple of other events played down to its champion, including the Stud 8 Championship and the PLO GIANT. The PLO version of the GIANT, which had an affordable buy-in worth only $365, finally crowned its champion. Tim Andrew, a first-time winner from Canada, outlasted a running of the PLO Donks to ship the PLO GIANT. And over in the $10K arena, Dan Matsuzuki survived a difficult field of the premier Stud Hi/Lo players in the world to take down his first bling.
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Event #11 PLO GIANT - $365 PLO - Final Results
If you build it, the donks will come. Running. With reckless abandon. And their heads cut off. Like wild donkeys. Wait, I already said that. Oh, you get the gist.
The suits at the WSOP lowered the bar so low than any fool with $365 can take a shot at a bracelet event. I can't wait until they offer $1 events! And these $365 will seem like SUPER HIGH ROLLERS than only folks such as Fedor Holz and Jungleman play.
All kidding aside, the WSOP threw the poker peasants a bone with a PLO version of the GIANT. Why should NL donks have all the fun, right?
The prize pool for the GIANT PLO missed a cool million by a few ticks. In all, this gigantic running of the donks attracted 3,250 PLOheads. This final table included Srinivas Balasubramanian, Ray Walton, Kevin Nomberto, Jimmy Sievers, Sandeep Pulusani, Bob Cicchelli, and Pete Arroyos. Oh, and we buried the lead here. Michael Mizrachi a.k.a The Grinder made the final table.
One player from India and two Canadians were in the mix with a 6-pack of Yanks. When the dust settled, it was one of the Canadians who stepped into the winner's circle.
The Grinder was looking to add another bracelet to his ginormous list of accolades. The Grinder binked his forth bracelet couple weeks ago with a win in the Poker Players Championship (the second time he's won it). Could The Grinder pull off an improbable feat and ship a pro's pro event AND win the running of the superdonks??
Actually... no. The Grinder came close to outrunning the herd, but he got trampled in fifth place. Heck of a run, though for The Grinder.
India went deep once again, but missed out on some bling by a couple of spots. Srinivas Balasubramanian busted in ninth place and was the first player to exit the final table.
Ray Walton was next out, followed by Kev Nomberto. Jimmy Sievers busted in sixth. The Grinder was still lurking with five to go, but that's as far as that shark would get before he faded into oblivion. The Grinder bowed out in fifth place, which paid out $30,461. Hey, for a $365-buy in event... it was a heck of a payout.
With the monster, gigantic, scary shark out of the loop, it came down to two Canucks and two Yanks for the bling. When Sandeep Pulusani got knocked out in fourth place, it was two Canadians vs. Pete Arroyos from Lubbock, Texas. Bob Cicchelli hit the road in third place, which set up the heads-up battle between the Texan and the Canuck.
Tim Andrew vs. Pete Arroyos. His momma named him Pedro, but all his friends call him Pete. Everyone in Lubbock knows Pete. He's a regular in their big game down there. And yes, PLO is the main component of the action down in West Texas. Alas, when the dust settled... the Canadian outlasted the Texan. Arroyos busted in second place and had to settle on a consolation prize worth $71,703.
Tim Andrew hoisted the bling over his head. It marked his first-ever bracelet victory. Andrew banked a little more than $116K for first place.
David Bingham bubbled off the PLO GIANT final table in tenth place.
The top 464 places paid out. Among the notables who cashed... Mike Sexton, Men the Master, Leif Force, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Joe McCarthy, Pete Chen, Matt Stout, Rob Cheung, Ayaz Mahmood, Dom Nitsche, Gary Benson, Randy Holland, Layne Flack, Dan Smith, Ben Yu, Leon Jones, Bart Lybaert, Yuval Bronshtein, Jon Zarin, Steve Z, Ben Tang, Wes Chong, Derrick Rose, Bill Berry, Porter Lambert, Moon Kim, Doug Carli, and Jarri Hurri.
2018 WSOP - Event #11 PLO GIANT $365 PLO
Prize Pool: $975,000
Final Table Results:
1. Tim Andrew (Canada) $116,015
2. Pedro 'Pete' Arroyos (USA) $71,703
3. Robert Cicchelli (Canada) $53,709
4. Sandeep Pulusani (USA) $40,379
5. Michael Mizrachi (USA) $30,461
6. James Sievers (USA) $23,076
7. Kevin Nomberto (USA) $17,541
8. Raymond Walton (USA) $13,384
9. Srinivas Balasubramanian (India) $10,250
Event #64 $10,000 Stud 8 Championship - Final Results
One of the last $10K events on the schedule. Money is tight in 2018. There's not a lot of bougie tourists donking off $10K. Most of the super rich would rather take a shot in a higher-profile affair like the One Drop. So, these $10K Championship events are stocked with the best of the best of that event, along with the top mixed game players in the world. In this instance, Stud 8, might not be their best game... but they're in trenches looking to get better the old fashioned way... playing against the best.
Tough final table for Event #64 $10,000 Stud 8 Championship. I use that phrase -- tough final table -- a lot because it's the simplest and easiest way to describe a final table. You might not recognize all the names here... but trust me when I tell you that those are some tough mofos at the table. I wouldn't want to see Chris Vitch or Bryce Yockey to my right, or Jerry Yong. Heck, Scott Bohlman is having a sick summer and won Event #40 Mixed Big Bet. Bohlman shipped a bracelet, cashed 10 times, and is currently in the Top 10 for WSOP Player of the Year.
Even the guy who would ed up going all the way – Dan Matsuzuki – wasn't exactly a guy who came out of nowhere. Matsuzuki, a pro from Arizona, previously made 6 final tables at the WSOP, but he finally went the distance.
Joe Michael was the first player to exit stage left. Bryce Tockey was dunzo in seventh place, followed by Bryce Yockey in seventh place. Jerry Wong went out in sixth, followed by Daham Wang in fifth.
Chris Vitch was seeking another piece of bling, but he bounced in fourth place. When Ken Aldridge got picked off in third place, it set up a heads-up bout between Scott Bohlman and Dan Matsuzuki.
Bohlman was trying to become the first player this summer to win two pieces of bling. Alas, he couldn't pull off the magic a second time. Bohlman shipped $225K for a consolation prize. Not too shabby, eh?
Dan Matsuzuki earned his first bracelet and took home a small mountain of cash worth $364,387.
Tom Koral bubbled the final table in ninth place.
Among those who cashed in Event #64 included... Jack Duong (10th), Andrew Kelsall (11th), Mike Watson (12th), Jesse Martin (13th), Andrew Rennhack (14th), Roland Israelashvili (15th), Richie Sklar (16th), Tim Marsters (17th), JoePaz-Gutierrez (18th), Yuval Bronshtien (19th), Daniel Negreanu (20th), Tim Finne (21st), and Andrew Yeh (22nd).
2018 WSOP - Event #64 $10,000 Stud 8 Championship
Prize Pool: $1,325,400
Final Table Results:
1. Dan Matsuzuki (USA) $364,387
2. Scott Bohlman (USA) $225,210
3. Ken Aldridge (USA) $154,648
4. Chris Vitch (USA) $108,739
5. Daham Wang (USA) $78,739
6. Jerry Wong (USA) $57,855
7. Bryce Yockey (USA) $43,833
8. Joseph Michael (USA) $34,089