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.
Another day, another bracelet. You would think it would be that easy. Eli Elezra won bracelets three different times in his career even though he had made 16 final tables. Sometimes you're good enough to run good and go deep and sometimes you're lucky to make a final table. But only a few truly lucky souls get blessed by the poker gods.
Elezra got blessed thrice before. When he got heads-up with young gun Anthony Zinno, he didn't back down and gutted out the win. Chalk up one for the old school guys.
This year's low-fi Studament attracted 285 runners. Event #20 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud had a prize pool worth $385K with only the top 43 place paying out.
Timothy Frazin bubbled the final table in ninth place. Notables who went deep in Stud and cashed included... Rod Pardey, Shane Douglas, Barry Greenstein, Jean Gaspard, Ken Po, Julien Martini, Jeff Lisandro, Perry Friedman, Andre Akkari, Dan Heimiller, and Jesus Ferguson.
Elezra's final table included Anthony Zinno, Valentin Vornicu, Phongthep Thiptinnakon, Rep Porter, David Singer, Joshua Mountain, and Scott Seiver.
Zinno missed out on winning another bracelet. He bowed out in second place, which paid out $58K.
Elezra banked $93,766 for this victory. Elezra's three other bracelet victories were all in six-figures with his first one worth almost $200K.
Elezra won his first bracelet during the apex of the online poker boom at the 2007 WSOP during $3,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo – $199K. He had to wait six years before he won a second one in 2013. That time it was Triple Draw. In 2015, Elezra won his third overall and his first Stud title.
Meanwhile, over in 2019 WSOP Event #24 $600 ONLINE PLO 6-Handed, Josh 'loofa' Pollock faded a field of 1,216 runners to win one of the online bracelets. His final table included Phil 'HeyGuys' Galfond, Jason 'TheBigGift' Gooch, Jared 'jebronlames1' Bleznick, Martin 'BathroomLine' Zamani, and Chris 'babycow' Back.
Josh "loofa" Pollock banked $140K for first place. OMGClayAiken aka Phil Galfond busted in fifth place.
Jack 'FlushStr8ted' Shea bubbled off the final table in seventh place. Other notables who went deep in the PLO Online included Shaun Deeb, Layne Flack, Mike Noori, Jason Somerville, Brandon Shack-Harris, Tom Marchese, Ralph Perry, Matt Vengrin, James Obst, Kevin Eyster, Romain Lewis, Ben Yu, Cal Anderson and Allan Le.
2019 WSOP - Event #20 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud
Prize Pool: $384,750
Final Table Results:
1. Eli Elezra (USA) $93,766
2. Anthony Zinno (USA) $57,951
3. Valentin Vornicu (USA) $39,830
4. Phongthep Thiptinnakon (USA) $27,993
5. Rep Porter (USA) $19,996
6. David Singer (USA) $14,619
7. Joshua Mountain (USA) $10,920
8. Scott Seiver (USA) $8,337