There were 366 entrants for the 25th event of the World Series of Poker, the $1,500 Holdem Shootout - which included big names like Phil Hellmuth, Marcel Luske, Maria Ho, Joseph Cheong, Barry Shulman, Viktor Blom, Jonathan Little, Greg Mueller, JJ Liu, Scott Seiver, Justin Bonomo, Matt Matros, Victor Ramdin and Mike Leah.
Out of the field of runners 63 would be paid from the total prize pool of $494,100 and Brian Meinders was taking home the king’s share when he won first place and $116,118. Oh yes…and the coveted bling!
Along with his poker skills – three final table appearances where he finished 8th, 2nd, and 1st – Meinders loves languages and studied for a few years at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is now proficient in Latin and teaches at a private school. So how do we say congratulations in Latin?
As we all know Rome wasn’t built in one day so it was with winning a bracelet in Event 25; on the third day of the $1,500 Holdem Shootout it was young poker pro Brian Meinders from New Jersey who was the chip leader going into the final table. Brian kept the pressure on his opponents and soon he was in a heads-up battle with Darin Thomas. In the end it was Brian walking away with $116,118 and his first gold bracelet – good job Brian!
Final Table Payouts:
Sarah Grant of PokerNews.com spends a few minutes with Brian:
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