Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball started with 241 players that had one goal in mind — a gold bracelet, cash, and instant poker fame filled with bragging rights. The downside of a poker tournament is all the hopes of all the entrants are shot down, except the one that finishes with all the chips. Out of the starting field the final day of Event #36 found six players returning to the chip wars to play for the $89,483 first-place prize and a 2014 WSOP gold bracelet.
It only took 77 hands before five of the six were on their way to the cashier and Steven Wolansky was standing at the top.
Wolansky finished runner-up in the 2013 WSOP Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix and wasn't able to capture gold. Although he started Event #36 as the chip leader, he had to survive a tough field to take home his first bracelet.
Joseph Cheong sent all four players to the rail leading up to heads-up play, and he had a small chip lead at that point but the pots between him and Wolansky started to grow. That's when the tournament turned towards favoring Wolansky. Wolansky won 11 hands in a row that brought about the beginning of the end of Cheong.
Joseph Cheong raised to 24,000 on Hand #77 and then called off for 215,000 total after Steven Wolansky moved all-in from the big blind.
Wolansky drew one. Cheong stood pat with . Wolansky showed and squeezed out his card. "It's four across," he said. "Spade."
Wolansky turned up the for a winning low.