Event #9 WSOP Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for $ 10,000 collected 169 players, and with guaranteed prize pool $ 1,588,600. And the winner was Paul Volpe, who defeated the heads-up three-time WSOP champion Eli Elezra, who was in the lead on the 3rd and 4th days. This is the third bracelet for Volpe.
Volpe’s triumph came after a short duel against Elezra, who staved off elimination in couple of chopped pots but couldn’t overcome Volpe’s event-ending heater. The final hand found Elezra all in before the flop with K♦J♣7♥5♠ , and Volpe calling with A♦10♠8♥3♥ . The flop brought Q♦J♥9♣ , giving Volpe bottom straight and leaving Elezra asking for a ten, but the turn and river brought the and instead, sealing Volpe’s win.
At the end of the tournament, Eli Elezra said in a jocular manner: “He got the victory honestly and fairly, well, he also stopped by as a god.”
“I just ran really, really good,” Volpe said. “I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would’ve won the tournament.” Volpe bided his time early on, though. “I was playing solid in the beginning, and with Omaha, as there gets to be less people, you get more aggressive.
1st: Paul Volpe, $417,921
2nd: Eli Elezra, $258,297
3rd: Adam Coats, $181,374
4th: Kyle Miaso, $129,648
5th: Viacheslav Zhukov, $94,370
6th: Dustin Dirksen, $69,971
7th: Robert Mizrachi, $52,866
8th: Daniel Zack, $40,715
9th: Per Hildebrand, $31,977
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