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With a WSOP Circuit ring already to his name, David Brookshire (cover image) has now made quite a mark at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Taking down a field of 402 players, Brookshire won Event #46: $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 Or Better/ Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 Or Better, bagging his first gold bracelet, in addition to a payday of $214,291.
While Brookshire returned on Day 2 with an average stack, he steadily rose up through the counts and seized the lead when 30 players remained. By the time Day 2 concluded, he was ninth in chips out of the 15 survivors who bagged for Day 3. The final Day 3 saw quite a tussle between the players but when only six players were left in the field, Brookshire suddenly shifted gears in strategy and took over the lead, eventually winning the event.
Talking about the final table and the competition he faced from Brendon Taylor who finished runner-up, Brookshire said, “He (Brendan Taylor) had the chip lead and was very good at leaning on the shorter stacks. He was making a lot of raises regardless of what his cards were and he was playing really well. There were a lot of hands I really wanted to play tonight, but I had to fold just because I wanted to hold my chip position. The pay jump is so different between fifth and second, and me being second in chips there were numerous times I had to lay down amazing hands that I really wanted to play just because of the stacks and the pay jump,” .
He added, “This is a great event. I love all the mixed-game events here, and now I’m going to have a bankroll to play them for the next few years. Hopefully, I’ll be able to run it up. There’s a lot of events I’ve missed because I can’t afford to play them, and that’s going to change right now.”
Among those who were seen in thick of action but got eliminated before the final table included Eddie Blumenthal (12th for $10,668), Cyndy Violette (13th for $8,586), Jeffrey Mitseff (15th for $7,074) and Sergio Ramirez (22nd for $59,969).
After Carl Restifo (10th for $13,561) was eliminated in a Stud Hi-Lo game against Taylor and Hani Awad, the unofficial final table of nine players began.
Just after one hand was played, it was Paul Tedeschi (9th for $13,561) who got busted, paving the way for the official final table.
Final Table Recap
On the eight-handed final table, Eric Rodawig started losing chips and soon busted in a Stud Hi-Lo game where he confronted Shaw and Taylor. Rodawig’s eight-seven-six low was bested by Taylor who held tens with an eight-seven-five low and he went back to the rail in eighth place.
Soon, Groth won a massive five-way pot while Ospina went on to become short. William Shelton then doubled up through Brookshire but finally in a hand of Omaha Hi-Lo where he raised from the cutoff, Shaw called from the small blind and Awad jumped in from the big blind. The flop was and the action checked to Shelton who bet out his remaining 11,000. On this, Shaw folded, Awad called with for trip jacks. Shelton was trailing with his and found no help from the rundown, exiting in seventh place.
The next elimination was Hani Awad in a Stud Hi-Lo game where Ospina made tens up while Awad couldn’t improve beyond a pair of threes and went out in sixth place.
Several hands later, Tylor Groth lost out to Brendan Taylor in an Omaha Hi-Lo game where the former made a pair of deuces but Taylor tabled a pair of nines, eliminating Groth in fifth place.
Even though Ian Shaw doubled to three big bets, he lost a hand against Taylor to return back to the danger zone. Taylor took him out subsequently in a Stud Hi-Lo game where Taylor made queens full of kings on sixth street and rendered Shaw’s aces up on seventh street moot. Shaw’s run in the tournament ended here and he bounced off in fourth place.
Just as Level 28 began, Daniel Ospina became the next casualty in a hand of Omaha Hi-Lo. Ospina raised the button and Brookshire called from the big blind. The flop came and Brookshire checked. Ospina announced a bet and Brookshire then made it two bets, on which Ospina made it three bets. Finally, when Brookshire made it four bets, Ospina called. The turn was and Brookshire led out while Ospina moved all in. Now, Brookshire called and tabled while Ospina held . Both had three-of-a-kind tens but Ospina had a better kicker. But suddenly the river completed a full house for Brookshire and Ospina was eliminated in third place.
Brookshire entered the heads-up with a stack of 1,175,000 against Brendan Taylor`s 3,850,000. Taylor continued to scoop big from Brookshire in the beginning but Brookshire fought back and soon doubled up, bringing the stacks near-even.
He then took the lead and the final hand was played over Omaha Hi-Lo where Taylor raised from the button and Brookshire called from the big blind. The flop came on which Brookshire checked. The betting continued till Brookshire made it four bets on which Taylor called all in. Brookshire revealed and Taylor showed . Taylor had flopped two pairs but Brookshire flopped the nuts with a straight. The turn and the river completed the board and Taylor was relegated to the rail in runner-up place while Brookshire locked up the bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. David Brookshire – $214,291
2. Brendan Taylor – $132,443
3. Daniel Ospina – $89,968
4. Ian Shaw – $62,331
5. Tyler Groth -$44,059
6. Hani Awad – $31,789
7. William Shelton – $23,421
8. Eric Rodawig – $17,628
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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