Mondays at the Rio are fun when you cash for six figures and hoist a bracelet over your head while the local press and poker media snap your image for immortality purposes. It came down to Nick Schulman and/or Brian Hastings to determine the winner in Event #65 $10,000 PLO 8 Championship. Hastings was seeking his fifth bracelet while Schulman wanted a third.
Event #65 $10,000 PLO 8 Championship - Final Results
Schulman made over 16 final tables but he never won a WSOP event that was not 2-7 Lowball (with wins in 2009 and 2012). Schulman is a Lowball King, but this time he was the lone wolf standing in 10K PLO8.
It took seven years to snap a cold spell, but Schulman went the distance to add a third piece of shiny bling to his trophy case. It is truly a special day because you will never forget your first non-Lowball bracelet. It is like losing your virginity or witnessing the birth of your first child. Behold… the moment hath arrived for one we once knew as 'The Takover'.
This year's $10K PLO8 event attracted 193 runners and a prize pool worth $1.8 million. Very few soft spots in this 10K that paid out only the top 29 places.
The final table included Brian Hastings, Nick Schulman, Joe Hachem, Denis Strebkov, Christopher Vitch, Corey Hochman, Michael McKenna, and Bryce Yockey.
Hachem, who is most known as the Aussie who won the WSOP Main Event after Greg Raymer and the last player to ever win a bracelet and Main Event at Binion's, went deep in this one but he missed another bracelet by a couple spots.
In the 10K PLO8 Championship, Hachem busted in third place with paid out $201K.
Hachem's elimination set up the heads-up heavyweight battle between two former young guns from the height of the online poker boom: Nick 'The Takeover' Schulman and Brian 'Stinger88' Hastings.
Schulman held on for the win in 10K PLO8, which marked his first non-Lowball bracelet victory at the WSOP. Schulman won his first bracelet back in 2009 in 10K 2-7 Lowball for $279K and then won the same event in 2012 for $294K.
Hastings is a jack of all trades and a well-rounded hybrid pro that can smack you silly on the virtual felt and in real life with WSOP bracelet victories in HORSE, 10-Game Mix, Stud, and HU NL. Stinger88 came super close to binking a PLO8 event to add a fifth and totally different bracelet to his resume, but he could not thwart Schulman on The Takeover Day.
Noteworthy players who went deep in the 10K PLO8 and cashed included Ryan Miller, Connor Drinan, Stephen Johnson, Matt Vengrin, Darryll Fish, Leif Force, Andrey Zaichenko, Nathan Gamble, Dylan Wilderson, Randy Ohel, Kim Kallman, Ajay Chabra, Thiago Macedo, Matt Livingston, Scott Bohlman, Joel Feldman, Tim Flanders, and Steven Wolansky.
2019 WSOP - Event #65 $10,000 PLO 8 Championship
Prize Pool: $1,814,200
Final Table Results:
1. Nick Schulman (USA) $463,670
2. Brian Hastings (USA) $286,570
3. Joe Hachem (Australia) $201,041
4. Denis Strebkov (Russia) $143,700
5. Christopher Vitch (USA) $104,688
6. Corey Hochman (USA) $77,763
7. Michael McKenna (USA) $58,918
8. Bryce Yockey (USA) $45,551
Event #63 $1,500 Omaha Mix - Final Results
Anatolii Zyrin took down the bling and nearly $200K in cash for outlasting a field of 717 runners that created a prize pool worth $967,950.
Zyrin defeated China's Yueqi Zhu heads-up for the Omaha Mix title.
James Van Alstyne took third. The final table also included Aron Dermer, France's Mesbah Guerfi, Japan's Iori Yogo, and Alan Sternberg.
Ivo Donev bubbled the final table in 8th place.
The top 108 places paid out. Notables who went deep and cashed included... Sean Yu, Joe Tehan, Pat Leonard, Bart Hanson, Barry Greenstein, Tony Bloom, Andreas Klatt, Scott Baumstein, Shawn Rice, Phil Laak, Yuval Bronshtein, Allan Le, Barny Boatman, Jake Schwartz, Mike Kong, DonkeyBomber, James Chen, Tyler Patterson, Jeff Lisandro, Todd Wittles, Robert Campbell, and Martin Engels.