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Poker News | World Series of Poker

Day 18 WSOP 2015: Big Bets and Gold for Hastings, Cinderella Stories Unfold

Brian Hastings Event 27 2015 WSOP
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The 18th day of the world's biggest poker festival kept the cards spinning and the super excited buzz running at an even faster pace than previous days of the 26th annual poker fest. The 2015 World Series of Poker crowned three champions and sent them home with poker's most coveted prize — a gold bracelet. Tournaments in action were the $1,500 Monster Stack, Day 1b, and the beginning of the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship.

Here's how it played out:

Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

Arash Ghaneian Event 24 WSOP 20015
Arash Ghaneian Event 24 WSOP 20015

Arash Ghaneian has invested 11 years on WSOP adventures as a professional player. The time spent paid off when he won Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $239,750 and his first bracelet.

When Day 3 ended, there were three that would return to play down for the gold: Ghaneian with 2.27 million, Robert Campbell with 2.67 million, and David Levi with 855,000. The limit was 80,000/160,000 and Levi was gone when he put his chips in with a 9-5 in Razz and Ghaneian picked off a deuce on the river for a 7-6.

Campbell and Ghaneian played for a number of hours until a round of Omaha Hi-Lo put Ghaneian at the top and Campbell on the rail.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Arash GhaneianHenderson, NV$239,750
2Robert CampbellBerwick, Australia$148,096
3David LeviLas Vegas$100,676
4Ronald SchiffmanBensalem, PA$70,067
5Michael TrivettJohnson City, TN$49,775
6Mike WatsonToronto, Canada$36,080
7Jonathan PinedaMiami, FL$26,669
8Jeffrey MitseffPortland, OR$20,093

2015 WSOP Event #25: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Handed

It was Florida Football Coach Jeff Tomlinson's time to shine when he made it to the top of a 493 player field and won $567,724.

Jeff Tomlinson Event 25 WSOP  2015
Jeff Tomlinson Event 25 WSOP 2015

"This is like a dream come true," said Jeff Tomlinson. "Thats what's so great about poker and the World Series: Anybody can win."

The final table was a hard crowd to navigate through with 2014 WSOP Bracelet winner Pierre Milan, WPT Season XIII Player of the Year Anthony Zinno, WPT Season VI Player of the Year Jonathan Little, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche, 2014 WPT Montreal Champion Jonathan Jaffe, five-time WSOP final table participant Dan O'Brien, and online star Andrius Bielskis all determined to collect the first-place prize.

When the final hand hit, Milan was under three-million in chps and shoved with the {K-Spades}{9-Clubs} and had the misfortune to run in to Tomlinson's {A-Spades}{A-Clubs}. The board even improved Tomlinson's hand {2-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}!

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Jeffrey TomlinsonJupiter, FL$567,724
2Pierre MilanParis, France$350,994
3Dominik NitscheMinden, Germany$220,657
4Jonathan JaffeLongmeadow, MA$158,373
5Andrius BielskisLithuania$115,507
6Jonathan LittleLas Vegas, NV$85,616
7Anthony ZinnoBoston, MA$64,484
8Dan O'BrienLas Vegas, NV$49,331

More on Tomlinson's win can be found here.

Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

Aaron Wallace Event 26 WSOP 2015
Aaron Wallace Event 26 WSOP 2015

Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, brought 1,293 players to the green felt and broke a record too, it's the largest live non-Hold'em event in history. The prize pool of $1,163,700, had $226,985 put aside for the winner and the 16 returning players were primed to take it home. Indiana's Aaron Wallace and Germany's Marko Neumann were in the lead when action began and they managed to end up as the final two contenders.

Wallace bagged the $226,985 first-place prize and his first gold bracelet when the smoke cleared.

"It's surreal," Wallace told PokerNews.com after the win. "It's a dream come true, to have friend here. I missed my daughter's third birthday to come out here and play this. I told my wife I'm going to win it. I believed it, and it happened. I'm blessed beyond words for family, friends, and this. Grateful."

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Aaron WallaceCarmel, IN$226,985
2Marko NeumannRecklinghausen, Germany$140,353
3Noah MerrittVancouver, WA$88,801
4Jeroen ChoinerLuxembourg$64,457
5Daniel ZackPrinceton, NJ$47,548
6Chase SteelyWilliamsburg, KY$35,609
7Balazs SomodiHungary$27,056
8Curtis KrushelniskiMacklin, SK, Canada$20,830
9Thomas KearneyLas Vegas, NV$16,245

With neither wanting to leave first, the fight went on for some time heads-up and the lead changed a number of times. It finally came down to Level 29 (40,000/80,000) when the flop brought {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Wallace checked to Neumann. Neumann bet 80,000. Wallace check-raised to 400,000, Neumann called, the turn brought the {10-Spades}. Wallace bet the pot and called when Neumann put the last of his chips in the pot.

Wallace: {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Neumann: {7-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{6-Spades}

Wallace's flopped full house held when the {2-Clubs} hit the river. Neumann finished runner-up with $140,353 for a consolation prize.

Read the full report on Wallace's win here.

Hastings Gets Gold and Scores on Prop Bets Too!

Brian Hastings, (lead picture), offered bracelet and performance bets on his 2015 WSOP results and bought himself in the $25K Fantasy Draft. When he took down Event #27: $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship for $239,518 and his second gold bracelet, a shriek of 'pay up' agony had to have escaped from a number of poker pro's lips.

The event started with 91 players — the smallest of the 2015 WSOP events so far — but bracelet winners and pros scattered the field and the following made the final table: Bracelet winners Max Pescatori, Dan Kelly, and Scott Clements, (runner-up finish), and Chris George.

“I came into the summer with high expectations, obviously,” Hastings said. “I worked on my game a lot in the last year, and I also have a great girlfriend who I started dating six months ago. I just thought I was in a really good place where I could come here every day and play my A-game.”

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Brian HastingsHanover Township, PA$239,518
2Scott ClementsMount Vernon, WA$148,001
3Dan KellyPotomac, MD$92,691
4Chris GeorgeCroton On Hudson, NY$67,114
5Oxana CummingsWeston, MA$52,453
6Harley ThrowerCumming, GA$41,829
7Mikhail SeminMoscow, Russia$33,967
8Max PescatoriMilan, Italy$28,031

Read more on Hastings win, here.

Day 1b of Event #28: $1,500 Monster Stack

The Monster Stack tournament Day 1b brought 4,165 players to the tables, combined with 3,027 players from Day 1a, the field stood at 7,192 players. A tidy little sum of $9,709,200 was up for grabs in the prize pool and the winner would take home $1,286,942. Those making it to 720th spot were guaranteed a minimum of $2,815.

Eleven levels of play ended with 1,235 players on Day 1b and Day 1a's 825 survivors bring the total to 2,060 that will come back with high hopes and add to the heat on Day 2.

Day 1b chip leader Nick Maimone bagged 240,200 chips, a sizable amount over Day 1a chip leader Chi Truong who bagged 193,400. Other big baggers were Rick Basham (206,400) and Gary Bolden (203,000).

Some of the name brands returning for Day 2 are: Joseph Cheong (184,400), Martin Jacobson (116,600), JC Tran (99,700), Annette Obrestad (94,700), Alexander Allison (93,400), Will Molson (86,900), and Vanessa Selbst (81,000).

Top 10 Day 2 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCount
1Nick Maimone240,200
2Rick Basham206,400
3Gary Bolden203,000
4Chi Truong193,400
5Kevin Kung193,100
6Scott Schiesser189,600
7Krzysztof Stybaniewicz187,900
8Vitor Dzivielevski187,100
9Kiryl Radzivonau185,000
10Joseph Cheong184,400

Other big names that didn't make it through the Day 1b: Paul Darden, Andre Akkari, Max Silver, Eric Baldwin, Billy Pappas, Jackie Glazier, Michael Mizrachi, Jim McManus and James Bernard.

Day 1 Survivors from Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Championship

Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship kicked off with 77 players and a prize pool of $723,800. The top 14 players will cash and the winner will take home $224,383.

Two-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman bagged 229,000. Schulman won the same event in both 2009 and 2012.

Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCount
1Nick Schulman229,000
2Dan Smith121,900
3Shaun Deeb121,200
4Mike Watson114,000
5Jon Turner113,400
6Mike Gorodinsky105,400
7Viacheslav Zhukov101,000
8Jorryt van Hoof99,200
9Paul Volpe95,800
10Farzad Bonyadi92,800

Notables that fell on Day 1: Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Justin Bonomo, Mohsin Charania, and Antonio Esfandiari.

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