Florian Langmann has been a regular participant in WSOP tournaments for several years, making number of deeper runs and cashes in different events, but the final table appearance has eluded him. His best WSOP finish coming into this event was 24th place, but it all changed last night, when Langamann managed to turn his first final table appearance into a gold bracelet.
Langmann outlasted 474-strong field in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event to claim this coveted piece of poker jewelry and the first prize money of $297,650. The last obstacle standing between him and this achievement was the eventual runner-up finisher Zach Freeman, but Langmann started with better than 3:1 chip advantage and he did not have too much trouble parlaying that advantage into the victory. Freeman had to be content with the $184,216 that he earned for his second place finish.
The final day of the event started with 20 players, but after rather quick series of elimination, Langmann found himself sitting at the final table with the chip lead and, for a change, the one who started with the most of chips ended up with all of them.
Play at the final table took a much slower pace than the first couple levels, but the other seven players were being sent to the rail in their respectful order. First to leave the final nine was Shiva Dudani, followed by Jonathan Depa and Woody Deck. Antony Lellouche was then eliminated in 6th place.
TJ Eisenmann gave last of his chips to Freeman finishing in 5th place and banking $68,181. Freeman took another bounty after eliminating Doug Baughman ($90,853) in fourth place and coming close to Langmann’s chip count. However, Langmann pulled ahead again as he sent Dylan Wilkerson to the rail, to claim his $122,427.
After defeating Freeman heads-up, Florian Langmann has not only earned his first WSOP bracelet but also added to Germany’s score for the summer, and their total now stands at five golden trinkets. Although PLO8 is not Langmann’s game of choice, as he much prefers regular Pot Limit Omaha, he decided to take a crack at this event, and he is no doubt glad he did so.
There are still couple events left for German players to further establish their dominance at this year’s World Series of Poker, and perhaps there is still time for Langmann to join his colleagues George Danzer and Dominik Nitsche in winning his second bracelet for the summer.