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Around a month back, Lawrence Brandt (cover image) didn’t have any WSOP bracelet to his name, but today, he is a proud winner of two gold bracelets! One of the big success stories at the 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP), Brandt picked up his first WSOP bracelet in Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight Or Better on June 30. With only days remaining for the series to end, he made a strong finish in Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. to win a second bracelet and $205,139.
With the win, Brandt has become the third player to have won more than one bracelet at the 2022 WSOP. The Main Event champion Espen Jorstad and the current WSOP leaderboard topper Daniel Zack are the only other players to have won two bracelets this summer.
However, it was not an easy ride to the top for Brandy, who entered the unscheduled Day 4 as the shortest of the three finalists. He put his head down, got to work, and eliminated Tomasz Gluszko (3rd for $87,687) and Roberto Marin (2nd for $126,895) to emerge victorious.
In his post-match interview, Brandt said, “It feels awesome because this is my first H.O.R.S.E. tournament. The only reason I played this tournament was because I won the first one, and I was staying around until the Tournament of Champions, so just running deep was a dream; getting to the final table was crazy; I came in third in chips today but was feeling really good and confident, and the cards just went my way.”
Richard Tatalovich (4th for $61,789), four-time WSOP bracelet winner Kevin Gerhart (5th for $44,415), Kristan Lord (6th for $32,583), Perry Friedman (7th for $24,403), and Yarron Bendor (8th for $18,669) busted through the course of the final table play on Friday.
The $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. attracted 327 players, and the $873,090 prize pool got distributed among the top 50 finishers.
The field was replete with former bracelet winners. Some poker heavyweights who missed out on making the FT included Mike Wattel (14th for $9,536), Andrew Brown (18th for $6,835), John Racener (20th for $6,835), Daniel Weinman (25th for $6,000), Joseph Couden (26th for $6,000), Michael Gagliano (27th for $6,000), Owais Ahmed (29th for $6,000), Andrew Kelsall (31st for $6,000), Hani Awad (32nd for $5,250), Frankie O’Dell (33rd for $5,250), and Adam Friedman (35th for $5,250).
Among the notable eliminations on Day 3 were Day 1 chip leader Andre Akkari (11th for $11,664), Lena Wang (14th for $7,978), Jordan Siegel (17th for $6,835), and Mauricio Ferreira Pais (22nd for $6,835), Joshua Turner (36th for $5,250), Christina Hill (39th for $5,250), and Albert Shim (48th for $4,800).
Final Day Chip Counts
Final Day Recap
The start-of-day chip leader Tomasz Gluszko lost his lead relatively early and succumbed in third place in a Stud 8 or Better hand. Tomasz Gluszko shoved on the fifth street against Lawrence Brandt.
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Brandt tabled trip threes, and Gluszko hit a low draw on the sixth. The seventh street bricked while Brandt made a full house to take down the pot.
Brandt commenced the heads-up play holding 8.7 Million vs. Roberto Marin’s $4.32 Million, and it took him less than an hour to finish the job.
The last hand was played in Stud 8 or Better. Marin put all his chips in the middle on the third street against Brandt.
Roberto Marin [X]
Brandt made quads on the seventh street to win his second bracelet of the series!
Final Table Results (USD)
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