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In an unprecedented move the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) awarded a gold bracelet in a Pot-Limit Omaha event that was held on the virtual felts. Event #47: $565 WSOP.com ONLINE Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed registered 657 unique entries, with a further 566 re-entries which created a prize pool worth $635,960. With only 99 places being paid, the top prize of $135,077 was on the line. Following over 15 hours of play, Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez (cover image) emerged victorious to claim his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
Indian origin player Ankush Mandavia managed to make it to the final table of the event but settled for a fifth-place finish for $28,745 (~₹19.50 Lakhs).
Notables who managed to cross the money line but busted short of the final table included Phil ‘HeyGuys’ Galfond (26th for $3,689), Justin ‘tamaratibles’ Young (27th for $3,689), Justin ‘kingfortune’ Liberto (29th for $3,053), and Ryan ‘greenheart’ D’Angelo (30th for $3,053).
Brett ‘CALLMERICKY’ Barbero bubbled the final table in seventh place for $15,454.
Final Table Recap
The six-handed final table commenced with Marton ‘GS.GURU’ Czuczor (5,922,000) leading the chip counts, accompanied by Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno (3,083,000), Alex ‘3shotwonder’ Smith (2,998,000), Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez (2,924,000), Ao ‘Maimai1990’ Chen (1,452,000) and Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia (1,348,000).
First, the short-stacked Ao ‘Maimai1990’ Chen shoved, Alex ‘3shotwonder’ Smith 3-bet and Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno called. On the flop , Zinno check-called a bet and both players checked the turn . The river completed the board and Smith bet while Zinno folded. Chen`s were no match for Smith`s with the nut flush.
Indian-origin player Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia was the next one to go in fifth place. Holding , Mandavia called all-in against Marton ‘GS.GURU’ Czuczor who held . As the community showed , Mandavia’s pocket kings were toppled by Czuczor’s two pairs of aces and queens.
Down to four-handed play, Alex ‘3shotwonder’ Smith 3-bet shoved with : against Czuczor who was dealt . But the rundown brought no luck for Smith and he had to leave the event in fourth place.
About an hour later, Czuczor opened and Zinno called. On the flop , Zinno check-shoved with and Czuczor called to put his opponent at risk with . The board got Czuczor a straight busting Zinno in third place.
The heads-up finale for the bracelet came down to Marton ‘GS.GURU’ Czuczor and Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez. The latter had remained fairly inconspicuous throughout the event but on the final hand Czuczor opened, Mendez defended his big blind to see the flop . The latter check-called a shove with for a straight. Czuczor tabled and couldn’t get anything going on as the turn and the river completed the board. Mendez emerged victorious while Czuczor had to settle for a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez – $135,077
2. Marton ‘GS.GURU’ Czuczor – $82,865
3. Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno – $57,299
4. Alex ‘3shotwonder’ Smith – $40,256
5. Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia – $28,745
6. Ao ‘Maimai1990’ Chen – $20,859
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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