Take a $2,500 buy-in and bring 388 players that love to play Eight-Game Mix, roll them into one big ball of poker hands to build a $882,700 prize pool and three days later only one stands with all the chips, the gold bracelet, and the biggest share of the cash — $225,104. Say hello to Michael Malm!
The final day found 19 players returning to action, pros and amateurs alike, and one by one they were sent to the rail. Josh Arieh, Robert Mizrachi, Chris Reslock, Randy Ohel, and Chris Tryba all hit the rail before the final table was reached. Travis Pearson was the official final table bubble and eighth place belonged to Marco Johnson when his Ace-King lost to last year's runner-up Greg Mueller who had Ace-Queen. Mueller took out Mike Wattel shortly after to give Wattel seventh place.
Next out was Dario Alioto when Crain made a wheel in Omaha Eight or Better. Steven Wolansky's pocket aces put the finishing touches on Michael Hurey's tournament life in Limit Hold'em.
Play continued for a while before Crain became the fourth-place finisher. And last year's runner-up, Greg Mueller, became the player to fill the spot reserved for third place.
Heads-up play started with Malm and Wolanksy almost even in chips. Wolansky took off and built his stack, working Malm down to just around two big bets at one point. A double-up and more levels of grueling play brought the match to a head during a PLO round.
It started with a button limp by Michael Malm. Steven Wolansky raised to 90,000 and Malm answered by raising pot. Wolansky went all-in and Malm called.
Wolansky paired up on the flop but Malm was cheering for a diamond. The turn gave Wolansky two pair when the hit, but the hit the river and Malm scored the nut flush for the win. Wolansky was eliminated in 2nd place and took home $139,034 for his efforts.
Michael Malm went from chopping a Daily DeepStack tournament to winning a gold bracelet and $225,104. Congratulations Michael!
Final Table Payouts
Sarah Grant catches up with Michael after his win:
Read the full tournament report here.