For Brock Parker, it’s 2009 all over again. Five years ago, Parker took the World Series of Poker by storm by winning two gold bracelets in one week. This year, he already has two final tables and one magical bracelet, the third of his tournament career.
The Maryland-based pro came up on top this morning as the last man standing in Event #10: $10,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8-or-Better.
As opposed to his heads-up opponent – Brit Richard Ashby – Parker isn’t known for his non-Hold’Em skills. In fact, he is a respected Hold’Em player with most of his WSOP cashes coming from a wide range of LHE/NLHE tournaments. He cashed in non-Hold’Em tournaments just five times prior to 2014.
This year, however, he decided to change gears and concentrate on the underrated events. So far, so good, as he finished fifth in the Seven Card Razz epic showdown and brought the house down in the latest Omaha Hi-Low Championship.
Parker started the final day severely shortstacked with under four big bets left, moving up the chip ladder after a key pot played against Dan Kelly. And with most of the bracelet winners gone before the final table, including Perry Friedman, Jeff Lisandro, and Eli Elezra, Parker seemed to have a clear path to the championship.
Nevertheless, he still had one final opponent to take down before he could name himself champion: Richard Ashby. The Brit is a mixed-game specialist and has one Seven Card Stud bracelet. He knows how to make his way around these types of structures.
Ashby eliminated four players at the final table, including two ladies – Shirley Rosario, and Melissa Burr – who have the honor of standing beside Vanessa Selbst as the only female players to reach a 2014 WSOP final table so far.
The heads-up round turned out to be much more difficult than expected. Ashby started behind but managed to move in front before Parker caught fire. Parker eventually secured his win by flopping a straight and cracking Ashby’s aces.
Here are the final table payouts:
- Brock Parker – $443,407
- Richard Ashby – $274,019
- Ofir Mor – $198,058
- Shirley Rosario – $146,522
- Viatcheslav Ortynskiy – $110,113
- Jason McPherson – $84,195
- Steve Lustig – $65,472
- Melissa Burr – $51,768
- Dan Kelly – $41,595
Congratulations to Brock Parker on winning his third gold bracelet. He is also the early leader in the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race. Can he keep it up?