"This is the best thing that has ever happened to me."
Brandon Paster won his first bracelet in Event #37: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha. Day 1 ended with Paster holding the chip lead and when the chips were bagged and tagged on Day 2, he was second in chips. Only 16,000 chips separated him from chip leader Marcel Vonk whose run for a second bracelet ended in a runner-up finish.
Out of the 967 players that started the tournament, 11 returned on Day 3. The gold bracelet and $264,400 first-place prize was dangling off in the distance and each player had a dream. In the first six hours of play the action was at a crawl but that all flew out the window as the action picked up and Paster's aggressive play and timely big hands sent him to the winner's circle.
To get there, Paster had to outlast a tough lineup that included AP Phahurat (11th - $14,908), Galen Hall (9th - $18,837), Kevin Saul (8th - $24,111), and PokerStars Team Online Pro Gabriel Nassif (3rd - $102,373).
Other notables that cashed in this event were: Erick Lindgren (13th - $11,957), Martins Adeniya (16th - $9,712), Will Durkee (23rd - $7,989), Fabrice Soulier (42nd - $5,639), and Layne Flack (64th - $3,555). Humberto Brenes cashed also, raising his total cashes for this WSOP to eight, finishing in 102nd place for $2,480.
Hand #156 put the finishing touch on the tournament. Paster raised to 150,000 and Vonk moved all-in for 200,000. Paster snap-called.
The hit Vonk but by the time the showed up on the turn and the river brought the , it was over.
Paster said of his win, "my biggest score by a couple hundred thousand dollars."
Paster's 2014 WSOP plans? He says he will play only one more tournament at the Rio this year, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better and then he's heading to Amsterdam for a month or two and plans to travel the world. "I got everything I want," he said. "Now it's time to party my face off."
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