The WSOP Main Event kicked off on Sunday and over the next two weeks, we will find out which players will content for poker’s richest prize. Several bracelets were awarded in the days leading up to the Main Event highlighted by Anthony Spinella‘s victory in the first ever online bracelet event.
Meanwhile, Andrew Barber took down the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E World Championship and Paul Hoefer survived a field of 4,555 to take down the Little One for ONE DROP. Check out who else won this past week in our WSOP Week in Review.
Paul Hoefer Wins Little One for One Drop
Paul Hoefer took down the $1,111 Little One for ONE DROP Event on Friday to win his first career bracelet and $645,969. He overcame a field of 4,555 and a final table that included bracelet winners John Reading and Brett Shaffer.
The 24-year-old German college student and part-time poker player was attending the WSOP for the first time. He ran well at the final table and single-handedly eliminated the his final four opponents on his way to taking the bracelet.
Jack Duong Wins Event #52, $1,500 Bounty NL Hold’em
Event #52, $1,500 Bounty NL Hold’em, was a new event on the schedule in 2015. It drew a solid field of 2,178 players and played to a conclusion on Saturday. The final table of this event was a mix of experienced and amateur players.
John Myung and Vojtech Ruzicka both had millions in tournament earnings. RJ Sullivan and Jack Duong both had final table runs in 2014.The remainder of the field barely had a million in earnings combined.
Heads-up was a contrast in experience. Jack Duong has nearly $600,000 in earnings and last year had two final table appearances, finishing 4th in the $3k NL Shootout and 6th in the Little One for ONE DROP. His opponent, Vitezslav Pesta, had only $60k in live earnings and was at his first WSOP final.
Duong had a staggering 15:1 chip lead when heads-up play resumed on Saturday and it wasn’t long before he sent Pesta packing. Duong won his first career bracelet and $333,351, his largest live score to date.
Andrew Barber Wins $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship and $517,776
The $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship played to conclusion early Friday morning with Andrew Barber taking down the title and $517,776. Several big names ran deep in this event, with Barry Greenstein and Eli Elezra just missing the final table.
Scotty Nguyen, Frank Kassela, Joe Hachem and Don Zewin all headlined the final table and looked to add to their storied legacies. However, heads-up in this event came down to Andrew Barber and Viacheslav Zhukov. Zhukov was looking to win his third career bracelet in this event.
Wow. I am lacking in words. Thanks to all my friends who supported me. It means the world. I hope to give back as much as I have received.— Andrew Barber (@abarber1) July 4, 2015
Barber started with a 2:1 chip advantage at the start of heads-up play. Zhukov played well but could never close the gap and ultimately fell in second place. This was Barber’s first career bracelet, first career major poker title and the largest score of his poker career.
Anthony Spinella Wins First-Ever Online Bracelet Event
The much-anticipated online bracelet event played to conclusion on Saturday at the Rio in Las Vegas. The event kicked off on Thursday and drew a solid field of 905 players. The event played to the final table of six on Thursday with Mike Gorodinsky among the notables running deep. The current Player of the Year frontrunner finished in 26th.
Heads up for the bracelet. He has two million I have the rest. 197 up top.— Anthony Spinella (@holdplz) July 4, 2015
The final table played out on Saturday and included circuit ring winners Craig Varnell and David Tuthill. Ultimately, it was Anthony “casedismissed” Spinella versus Hunter “GringoLoco72” Cichy for the bracelet. Spinella had a 3.5:1 chip lead to start the match and won the majority of the hands en-route to defeating Cichy for the bracelet and $197,743.
This was Spinella’s largest live career score to date. It capped off a summer that included four WSOP cashes and a fourth place finish in a Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza event last month.
Gerald Ringe Wins $1,500 Stud 8 or Better
Gerald Ringe topped a field of 547 players in Event #65, $1,500 Stud 8 or Better, to win his first career bracelet and $180,943. The final played out over the weekend and included Owais Ahmed, John Esposito, Noah Bronstein and Daniel Idema.
The final played out on Sunday and Idema returned looking for his second bracelet of the 2015 WSOP and third of the summer. However, he fell just short of that goal after falling in third place. Ultimately, it was Ringe facing Christopher Vitch for the bracelet.
Ringe crippled Vitch in short order after apparently catching a full house by fifth street. This left Vitch with just a single big bet and he committed it in his next hand with just ace high. Ringe called with split jack and improved to three jacks by the river. Vitch never improved and Ringe walked away with the title.
The London native more than doubled his lifetime live tournament earnings by winning this event as well as taking his first bracelet.
Quinn Do Wins $10k Dealer’s Choice Event
The final preliminary event of the 2015 WSOP was the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice Event. A new event to the schedule, this popular mixed format drew 108 of the world’s best players. By the time the final table was reached on Sunday, Quinn Do had ascended to the chip lead but the likes of Adam Friedman, Rep Port and Jeff Madsen stood between him and the bracelet.
Do proceeded to eliminated four out of the last five players on his way to winning the bracelet. Jeff Madsen finished in third, just missing out on his second bracelet of 2015. Rep Porter finished runner-up. He faced a 5:1 chip deficit at the start of heads-up action and could never recover.
Quinn Do wins the $10K Dealers Choice Championship to collect his second career bracelet and top prize of $319K. http://t.co/fAp7K4aFSX— WSOP (@WSOP) July 6, 2015
Quinn Do’s victory gave him his second career WSOP bracelet. His last bracelet victory was in 2005 when he won the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Event. A decade later, he is back in the champion’s seat, taking the bracelet and $319,792.
WSOP Main Event Underway
The World Series of Poker Main Event kicked off with the first of three starting flights on Sunday and will continue non-stop between now and July 14. We won’t know until Tuesday whether this year’s edition will top the 6,683 runner of a year ago.
This year’s Main Event has a bit different payout structure. Rather than paying out $10 million for first as was originally scheduled, organizers decided to pay the top 1,000 players. For the next two weeks, we will find out which players will contend for the November Nine and what is expected to be an $8 million prize for first place.