It was the last scheduled event before the start of the Main Event, although it won’t be the last bracelet to be awarded this summer. The Little One for One Drop will be crowning its winner tonight. But Pat Walsh managed to grab his first WSOP bracelet just before the 45th annual WSOP comes to an end.
Considering the fact that it was the $10k Pot Limit Omaha Championship, this tournament attracted all the top notch players. Sam Trickett was one of those players and he had a good run, but UK’s golden boy busted before reaching the final table. JC Tran, David Williams and Alex Kravchenko also hit the rail before the final table of nine was formed.
Walsh started the final table with the chip lead and a couple hours later he was able to turn that lead into his first bracelet. Jonas Entin ($73,358) was the first to leave the final table after surrendering his chips to Isaac Baron. Michal Maryska ($95,361) got entangled in a hand with with Javed Abrahams and by the river, it was his time to visit the rail as Abrahams’ straight held up against numerous outs for Maryska.
Michael Shkover was ousted next as his top pair was not good enough against the Queens of Abrahams and he failed to improve after the flop, leaving the game $125,233 richer. That left Matt Marafioti as one of the short stacks at the table and he busted in sixth place to Miltiadis Kyriakides, earning $166,087 for his efforts.
Another short stack was that of Marko Neumann ($222,549), whose run was done in fifth place. Once again, a pocket pair held up as Walsh’s Kings beat the middle pair and gutshot draw of Neumann. Baron got his chips in the middle with #qh#jd#10c#9d against the #ah#kd#jc#4c of Kyriakides, but as the board brought no help to either, the Ace-high of Kyriakides actually held up and eliminated Baron in 4th place worth $301,369.
Although things were going good for Kyriakides for a while, he met his match eventually as well. He got his chips in the middle holding two pair and a gutshut against the set of Walsh and couldn’t find the help he needed to avoid being sent to the rail in 3rd place. He still earned $412,408 for his great performance in the tournament.
Finally it was down to two, with Walsh holding a significant lead over Abrahams. His near 3:1 chip advantage was annihilated at one point, however, as Abrahams was able to seize the lead. Walsh got back in control after winning a big pot when his straight was able to stand up against the numerous outs of Abrahams, seriously crippling his stack. After some more back and forth, the two got involved in what was the final hand of the tournament.
With the board reading #js#4c#3h, all the chips found their way into the middle and Abrahams was most at risk. He held #10s#7h#6c#5c against Walsh’s #jc#10h#4h#3c and needed to improve to beat the two pair of his opponent. He failed to do so when the board ran #8h and #8c, sending him to the rail as the second place finisher with a payday of $570,284.
The victory for Pat Walsh earned him not only the gold bracelet, but also $923,379 in cold, hard cash. It was a great success for Walsh, who is primarily a cash game player. This is the only tournament he has played so far and the only other event he intends to play is the Main Event. Walsh will be walking away a really big winner this summer no matter what happens in the Main Event.