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Continuing with the overview of the 2018 World Series Of Poker, that is currently going at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. I pick up right where I left off yesterday, (before I realized how many millionaires were made in the first two weeks of the tournament series.) with event number 17 the $1, 500 no-limit Hold’em 6 handed.
- Event #17, The $1, 500 NL Hold’em 6-Handed attracted 1,663 players, and generated a prize pool of $2,245,050. This was a truly international tournament. Final table saw representatives from United States, Italy, Bulgaria and China. In the end, it was a Bulgarian player, Ognyan Dimov, who took the coveted bracelet and $378,743 in 1st place money. The Bulgarian native overcame a tough final table, stacked with poker talent. Joey Weissman (5th place, $83,396), Ryan D’Angelo (4th place, $116,118) and Nick Schulman (3rd place, $163,785) all fell before an the two amateurs went heads up. In the end, Ognyan Dimov took 1st and left the 2nd for Antonio Barbato from Italy. I doubt Antonio was complaining. This is his first big cash.
- Event #18, The $10,000 buy-in Dealers Choice 6-Handed drew 111 entrants, and had a combined prize pool of $1,043,400. The big prize and the bracelet went to Adam Friedman, a poker pro from Ohio. This was Adam’s second WSOP bracelet, and it came with a $293,275 payday. Adam had to defeat an all pro final table. He passed Marco Johnson (6th place, $47,579), David “ODB” Baker (5th place and $65,308), Chris Klodnicki (4th place, $90,713) and Russian poker pro Alexey Makarov (who took 3rd place and $127,487), before going heads up with a British poker pro Stuart Rutter. Rutter finished in 2nd place and took home $181,258.
- Event #19, The $565 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha attracted 2,419 players, and built up the prize pool to $1,209,500. From those 2419 only 350 made money, with the biggest prize ($181,790) and the bracelet going to Craig Varnell. Aside from the Colorado based champion, the only other pro at the table was the Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, who took 5th place and $33,477 in prize money. The rest of the final table was amateur.
- Event #20, The $5,000 buy-in Big Blind Antes NL Hold’em saw 518 entries, and generated a prize pool of $2,408,700. The Champion’s bracelet and the $537,710 in prize money went to a New York based poker pro Jeremy Wien. This is Wein’s first WSOP bracelet. To get to the poker world’s top honor Jeremy had to slide past such experienced professionals as David Peters (7th place, $60,618), Shawn Buchanan (6th place, $82,199), Jake Schindler (4th place, $159,575) and Eric Blair who finished 3rd and took home $228, 307.
- Event #21, The $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em MILLIONAIRE MAKER drew an imressive field of 7,361 entrants, and generated a hefty prize pool of almost 10 million dollars ($9,937,350 to be exact). With 1,105 pay spots, lots of people were looking at some serious money. But at the end, the top prize of $1,173,223 went to a young amateur player from Germany, Arne Kern. This marks Arne’s third ever cash. Attaboy! Arne made it all the way to the top despite the presence of several tough opponents at the Final Table. Ralph Massey took 8th place and $135,383, Barny Boatman ended up in the 7th place and pocketed $175,865, Justin Liberto busted in 5th place and was awarded $303,294, Michael Souza took 4th place and $402,614 and Joe McKeehen ended up in 3rd with $538,276 in tournament winnings.
- Event #22, The $1,500 Eight Game Mix tournament drew 481 players and generated a prize pool of $649,350. The bracelet and the $147,348 top prize went to a young British pro Philip Long. Some other notable names at the Final Table included Per Hildebrand from Sweden (5th place, $27,587), John Racener (4th place and $40,151) and Daniel Negreanu who ended up in 3rd place with $59,788 in prize money.
- Event #23, The $10,000 buy-in NL 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship attracted 95 players and generated a prize pool of $893,000. Wow, talk about a star studded final table! John Hennigan (7th place, $32,796), Doyle Brunson, the Legend Himself (6th place and $43,963), Mike Wattel (3rd place, $160,489) and the top prize goes to Brian Rast. This is Rast’s fourth bracelet.
- Event #24, The $2,620 NL Hold’em THE MARATHON tournament attracted 1,637 players, and generated a prize pool of $3,860,046. Another international Final Table, with players from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Hong Kong and Belarus all fighting for the Gold Bracelet. When it was decided, Michael Addamo from Australia claimed the first place and the $653,581 in prize money.