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Event #29: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) crowned a champion in Austrian player Hanh Tran (cover image), who won the gold bracelet and his first WSOP title that came with $117,282 in prize money. While Tran has been active on the poker felts since 1999 and has been attending WSOP since 2011, this is his most notable score till date.
“I was really confident heads-up,” said Tran after the win. “Oscar ran really good at the beginning, but I’m happy to fight my way back and fight back all the way and take it down. I knew from the beginning just to take my time. As you can see, I was waiting for my spot, didn’t play that many hands. Just waited. Any time I got in I was mostly a favorite.”
“I’ve come here for eight years but I don’t play many tournaments, I’m more of a cash game player. I play cash games in 2-7 and I’m very excited. This is one of my favorite games,” he added.
The event witnessed participation from 356 runners that created a massive prize pool of $480,600. As the play progressed, 86 players returned to play on Day 2, and only 54 among them made it in the money.
Many pros of repute including Philip Long, Andrey Zhigalov, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Scott Clements, Bryce Yockey and Calvin Anderson hit the rails empty handed.
Randolph Jensen bubbled the event at 55th place. Notables who cashed the event include, David Pham (12th for $5,953), Daniel Ospina (17th for $4,680), Shaun Deeb (19th for $3,799), Aliaksei Boika (24th for $3,799), Jon Turner (39th for $2,485), David ‘ODB’ Baker (40th for $2,485), Allen Kessler (49th for $2,243) and Yueqi Zhu (50th for $2,243).
In the day’s final level, with only a few hands left, Phillip Hui (11th for $5,953), Frank Kassela (10th for $7,809) and Chris Vitch (9th for $7,809) all exited in quick succession. On the final hand of the day, Jeremy Heartberg lost out to Tran, exiting in eighth place for $10,555.
Final Table Recap
Seven players retuned on Day 3 and although Tran entered the play as the chip leader, he lost several early pots.
Johansson won the first big pot. Then, a three-way tussle saw American pro, Jared Bleznick getting short in chips and in the very next hand against Johansson, he busted out in seventh place.
Yong Wang from China was struggling to survive with a meager 52,000 stack after losing the previous pot to Cody Wagner and he soon lost his tournament life to David Prociak in sixth place.
Brian Hastings from US, who was another player struggling to stay afloat after losing two back-to-back pots to Tran and Wagner respectively, failed to pick up momentum and lost a pot against Prociak to bust out in fifth place.
Next up, a hand against Prociak brought the end of play for British pro, Cody Wagner. Wagner made it two bets in the small blind and Prociak made it three from the big blind. Wagner shoved and Proziack decided to call. At risk, Wagner drew two, while Prociak took one. On the second draw, each player peeled one card followed by Wagner standing pat in the final draw and Prociak drawing one. Now, both players tabled their cards. Wagner showed 8x5x4x3x2x. Prociak tabled 7x6x3x2x and peeled a 5x making a number three that eliminated Wagner in fourth place.
David Prociak was the next one out. The American player made it two bets on the button on which Johansson called from the big blind. Johansson drew two and Prociak drew one. Johansson now announced a bet and Prociak raised less than a full bet with his last 65,000, putting himself at risk. Johansson called and drew one while Prociak sat pat. The final draw was patted by both and Johansson tabled 8x5x4x3x2x. With 9x8x5x4x3x, Prociak was relegated to the rail in third place.
Swedish player, Oscar Johansson who started the heads-up play against Tran with an impressive lead soon saw his hopes for the WSOP bracelet being dashed as Tran fought back and took over the lead. Hand by hand, Tran took from Johansson’s stack, reducing the latters stack.
In the final hand, Johansson who was by now down to just three big bets, shoved all in after the draw. Tran sat pat and Johansson retaliated by sitting pat as well. He tabled 9x8x5x4x3x but Tran had 9x6x5x3x2x and took down the title along with the bracelet!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Hanh Tran – $117,282
2. Oscar Johansson – $72,471
3. David Prociak – $46,749
4. Cody Wagner – $30,926
5.Brian Hastings – $21,021
6. Yong Wang – $14,687
7. Jared Bleznick – $10,555
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com.
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