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- Event #32, The $1,000 buy-in Seniors NL Hold’em drew 5,918 entries and created an impressive prize pool of $5,326,200. This tells me one thing, old people like to play poker! In the end Matthew Davis, an amateur player from California took the bracelet and the $662,676 in prize money. This was Matthew’s third cash ever. Attaboy!!
- Event #33, The $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship had 87 players and built up the prize pool to $4,176,000. The first place and the bracelet, along with the $1,239,126 prize money was claimed by Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. This is his fourth overall bracelet and the third time he is winning the $50k buy in championship. He took the same tournament in 2010 and 2012. This score brings his overall tournament earnings to just over $9 million. “The Grinder” defeated a tough final table on his way to his victory. Poker legend Phil Ivey busted out in 9th place and took $111,447 for his effort. Brian Rast, Greg Mueller, Aaron Katz, Benny Glaser, Mike Leah, Dan Smith and John Hennigan soon followed.
- Event #34, The $1,000 buy-in DOUBLE STACK NL Hold’em attracted 5,700 players and built up the prize pool to $5,130,000. In the end, the big money ($644,224) and the bracelet went to Robert Peackock, a Las Vegas native. $644k is a great score, considering that the entry fee was only $1,000.
- Event #35, The $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better; Big O (5-Card PLO/8) attracted 773 players, and brought the prize pool up to just over a million, $1,043,550 to be exact. 116 people made the money, but it was a Chinese player, Yueqi Zhu, who captured the title and the $211,781 to go with it.
- Event #36, The $1,000 buy-in Super Seniors NL Hold’em attracted 2,191 players, and created a prize pool of $1,971,900. The bracelet and the $311,451 in prize money went to Farhintaj Bonyadi, from California. This was her first big cash.
- Event #37, The $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em event attracted 1,330 players and built the tournament prize pool to $1,795,500. The bracelet and the $319,580 were claimed by Eric Baldwin, a Nevada based poker pro. Several other poker pros made the final table, including Mathew Moore (9th place, $24,032), Michael Finstein (6th place and $55,077), Robert Georato (5th place, $74,434) and Aaron Massey (4th place, $101,819). Ian Steinman went heads up against Eric Baldwin, but had to settle for 2nd place and $197,461.
- Event #38, The $10,000 buy-in Seven Card Stud Championship had 83 entrants and built the prize pool to $780,200. Thirteen people made money in that tournament, and the high honors (bracelet) went to Yaniv Birman, from Los Angeles, California. He pocketed $236,238 for the effort. This was Yaniv’s first WSOP bracelet.
- Event #39, The $1,500 buy-in NL Hold’em Shootout attracted 908 players, and brought the tournament prize pool up to $1,225,800. In the end, it was an amateur player from California, Preston Lee, who captured the title and the $236,498 to go with it. This was Preston’s first major cash. Attaboy! Russian pro, Alexander Lakhov busted out in 8th place, and earned $24,728. Some other pros at the final table included Royce Matheson (7th place and $32,198), Young Phan (6th place, $42,476), Dylan Linde (4th place, $76,829) and Anthony Reategui who took 3rd place and $105,307. But it was an amateur player, Corey Dodd who went heads up, and eventually settled for second place and $146,146.
- Event #40, The $2,500 buy-in Mixed Big Bet tournament attracted 205 players, and generated a prize pool of $461,250. When it was all over, the bracelet and the top prize of $122,138 were claimed by Scott Bohlman, a professional poker player from Illinois. This is Scott’s first bracelet.
- Event #41, The $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em tournament attracted 596 players and created a prize pool of $804,600. In the end, the bracelet and the $173,568 went to Robert Nehorayan, from Sherman Oaks, California.