For the small sum of $1,000 and all the chills, spills, and speed bumps that most poker players can handle, the WSOP Event #3: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha did not disappoint. A prizepool of $1,015,200 grew from the 1,128 hopefuls that laced up for the run to first place, but as we all know, only one would be standing when the last card came off the deck. That one was Brandon Shack-Harris!
The Top Results of the Tournament:
1st - Brandon Shack-Harris - $205,634
2nd - Morgan Popham - $127,245
3rd - Iori Yogo - $79,611
4th - Steve Billirakis - $57,785
5th - Matthew Ryan - $42,658
6th - Robert Paddock - $31,978
The event played out in a short-handed sit-and-go format and Shack-Harris had a few friends in high places that stopped in to check on his progress at the final table — Chance Kornuth, Scott Seiver, and Vanessa Selbst.
The line-up Shack-Harris had to face wasn't a bunch of cream puff, first day at the tables, type of competition. He had to get through two-time bracelet winner Steve "MrSmokey1" Billirakis, who started the day with a sizable chip lead. Billirakis busted in fourth after being unable to get anything going. ANZ Player of the Year Iori Yogo was another notable that couldn't get past the deck. The Japanese player busted in third shortly after three-betting a button raise but he ran into runner-up Morgan Popham who picked up a dominating hand behind him.
Shack-Harris got his money in on the last hand with the and must have shuddered when he watched Morgan Popham turn over the . The flop brought Shack-Harris a big blank but the board saved him when he backdoored a broadway straight.
Shack-Harris made it through a record-setting field of 1,128 runners to claim his first bracelet. His career live tournament winnings ($141,980) more than doubled with this victory, and some of the mixed-game players are probably waiting right now for Shack-Harris to bring on the heat in the games he is best known for playing.
The beautiful and talented Sarah Grant talks to Shack-Harris after his gold bracelet win:
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