The final seven players returned to the Amazon Room on Thursday to crown a champion in Event #13: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. As much as the naysayers that claim poker is gambling would love to enforce their POV, perhaps they should pull up a spot as a railbird at some of the WSOP events just to see the cream rise to the top. Out of the 87 players that signed up to play the event when the final table started, only one of them DID NOT HAVE A WSOP GOLD BRACELET. If poker is gambling, how did six bracelet winners end up at the final table? The naysayers might come up with, "They got lucky on the roll of the dice." Wrong!
Start-of-day chip leader Paul Volpe was the only player that was going into the final table battle without WSOP wristwear. Now out of that final table, they all have gold. Volpe bested six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu to grab his first bracelet.
Volpe had to survive Abe Mosseri, Larry Wright, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, John Monnette, and, of course, Daniel Negreanu...and he did!
Final Table Results
Volpe held a strong lead over Negreanu when it went to heads-up play and it took 85 hands to put the finale on the tournament because Negreanu never surrenders. Many in the poker world may have been sweating the event since both Negreanu and Phil Ivey are teamed up in a bet that one of them will win a bracelet this year.
When Hand #205: hit, Negreanu was short-stacked. Volpe moved all in from the button for about 245,000.
"I have four good ones," said Negreanu with a chuckle. After a moment, he said, "I'll call."
Both players drew one card and their hands were turned up.
Volpe rolled his draw card to show a , giving him a jack-ten. Negreanu squeezed. His supporters all over the ESPN stage shouted for low cards.
"TWO!" from one railbird.
"FOUR!" from another.
"No, not a four!" Negreanu responded with a laugh. The crowd laughed too and Negreanu went back to squeeze out his card.
"It's paint," he said, as he flipped the onto the table. Negreanu was denied his 7th WSOP gold bracelet and Volpe won his first!
Congratulations Paul! Welcome to the Bracelet Club!
Sarah Grant goes over a few highlights with Volpe!
The full tournament report can be found at PokerNews Live Reporting.