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WSOP 2022: Lawrence Brandt Wins First Bracelet in Event #58: $1,500 PLO Eight Or Better For $289,610

Lawrence Brandt wins WSOP Event 58
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  • Namita Ghosh June 30, 2022
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Only 14 from a starting field of 1,303 entrants returned on Wednesday for the final day’s play in the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #58: $1,500 PLO Eight Or Better. Assured at least $12,458, this group was chasing the coveted WSOP bracelet and the top prize of $289,610. After a marathon of 13 hours of gameplay, Lawrence Brandt (cover image) was the player walking away with the gold WSOP bracelet on his wrist and a career-best payday!

Brandt was in the middle of the stacks when the field was down to nine players. The Texas resident orchestrated a steady climb from there to grab his career-first WSOP bracelet.

Brandt is primarily an NLHE cash game player and picked up his third cash of the series with the win. He had a boisterous and supportive rail of over 20 people rooting for him! “It honestly was the best tournament I’ve ever played,” the new bracelet holder said, “I haven’t played too many PLO8 tournaments, and luck plays a factor, but I was really happy with my performance.”

The tournament generated a $1,739,505 prize pool, with the last 196 players getting paid, and a min-cash was worth $2,404.

The event had a beeline of poker superstars in attendance. Some of them like GGPoker Ambassador Felipe Ramos (184th for $2,404), former bracelet winners John Monnette (182nd for $2,404), Yuval Bronshtein (180th for $2,404), Calvin Anderson (159th for $2,629), Eric Buchman (146th for $2,629), Kevin Gerhart (142nd for $2,629), Jeff Lisandro (103rd for $3,184), Jeff Madsen (93rd for $3,424), David Bach (74th for $3,737), and Daniel Zack (48th for $5,294) were among fell out on Day 2.

India`s first WSOP bracelet winner Aditya Sushant was among the 203 players returning on Day 2 but made an early exit to finish just out of the money.

Aditya Sushant
Aditya Sushant

 

It took over three hours for the 14-player starting field to narrow down to the unofficial nine-handed final table on Day 3. Frank Salese (14th for $12,458) was the first knockout of the day.

Former bracelet winner Joey Couden (11th for $19,233) and Stuart Easton (10th for $19,233) fell whiskers from the final table.

Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Richard Crooks – 5,900,000
  2. Jacob Ferro – 5,400,000
  3. Peter Neff – 5,300,000
  4. Lawrence Brandt – 5,250,000
  5. Jerry Odeen – 4,700,000
  6. Jared Jaffee – 4,075,000
  7. Corey Wade – 1,400,000
  8. Robert Tanita – 1,300,000
  9. Alexander Orlov – 570,000

 

Within 20 minutes into final table play, Jared Jaffee knocked the short-stacked Alexander Orlov out in ninth place.

 

Final Table Recap

Following Orlov’s departure, the play slowed down, and the subsequent elimination came two hours later. Corey Wade eliminated Jerry Odeen in eighth place after turning a full house of jacks and sixes.

The next elimination took another eighty minutes coming, and Peter Neff fell out in seventh place after his ran into Jacob Ferro’s .

After some to and fro, Jacob Ferro joined the rail in sixth place. His came up short against Lawrence Brandt`s .

The former bracelet winner Jared Jaffee was the next player to fall in fifth place. His fell to Robert Tanita’s who hit a straight on the runout .

Soon after that, Richard Crooks got knocked out in fourth place after his failed to improve against Robert Tanita’s .

The three-way action continued for another two and a half hours before Robert Tanita`s exit got the heads-up match underway. Tanita’s found no help against Corey Wade’s who made two pair on the board .

Corey Wade (23,775,000) held a significant lead over Lawrence Brandt (8,800,000) entering the heads-up play. However, Brandt scored an early double-up, but Wade hit back soon. After over two hours of trading blows, Brandt eventually emerged victorious.

The last hand of the tournament began with Brandt raising it to 2.1 Million. Wade made it 4.5 Million. Brand jammed. Wade went into the tank, talking aloud – “The math tells me to call, but I really don’t have a very good hand…” He finally made the call.

Corey Wade

Lawrence Brandt

The board ran , and Brandt took down the pot with a straight, joining the fast-growing list of first-time bracelet winners at the series!

Lawrence Brandt
Lawrence Brandt

 

Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Lawrence Brandt – $289,610
  2. Corey Wade – $179,010
  3. Robert Tanita – $129,924
  4. Richard Crooks – $95,400
  5. Jared Jaffee – $70,877
  6. Jacob Ferro – $53,288
  7. Peter Neff – $40,550
  8. Jerry Odeen – $31,234

 

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerGO, PokerNews & WSOP

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