Event #31: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em started with 1,631 runners — a smaller field than last year's 2,115 turn out. The 2014 edition's prize pool was $2,201,850 of which the winner was going to lock up a hefty first-place prize of $418,435 and poker's most prized trophy — the gold bracelet! Brett Shaffer did just that after defeating RJ Sullivan in the heads-up portion of the tournament.
Day 3 — the day that 15 hopefuls were back in the heat of action and looking to capture WSOP gold. Once the cards went in the air, it took less than two levels of play to set the final table. Steven McNally bubbled the final table after just a few hands of 10-handed play.
Matt Stout was the leader of the chip-stack-pack when the final day started but he busted in third place.
Notables that fell short of the final table spotlight were Eric Mizrachi, Jackie Glazier, Adam Levy, Nenad Medic, Vinny Pahuja, Erik Cajelais, Lauren Kling, and Ray Qartomy.
The final hand came down on Hand #147. From the button Sullivan raised to 180,000 and Shaffer shoved all-in. Sullivan called.
Although Sullivan had the best of it preflop, once the dealer turned off three cards Shaffer was ahead — . Sullivan's rail tried to call in a three but apparently they don't know the right chanting combination that brings in needed cards because the turned and the on the river sent him to the cashier to collect $258,695 for his runner-up finish.
Congratulations Brett on taking home bracelet number two, bragging rights, the championship, and all that cash!!!
Catch the highlights as Amber Fukuda talks to Brett:
The full tournament report can be found here.