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Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) was the second event of the series, which awarded the prestigious gold bracelet and the coveted title went to Dash Dudley (cover image)! The American pro had secured his very first WSOP bracelet just a few months ago in June when he took down Event #52: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship in Las Vegas for $1,086,967. He has now claimed his second WSOP bracelet by topping a field of 476 entries, banking €51,600 in first-place prize money.
Dudley had entered the final table with the third largest stack of 1,675,000 and ended Day 2 as the fourth biggest stack of 1,700,000. On the last day of the tournament, Dudley eliminated the likes of Ivo Donev and eventual runner-up Christopher Back, to clinch the title!
Talking about his win in the post-event interview, Dudley said, “I’ve been there before. I was also shorter stack with three left in the final table I won. I stayed patient I believe, and good things happen. Definitely really blessed, I got a lot of support behind us, got a lot of people back home cheering for us so I felt like I had a really big team.”
“My opponents were very very tough,” Dudley told tournament reporters after the win. “This is one of the toughest final tables, if not, the toughest final table that I played. There were guys with a bracelet, there were players that had won PLO tournaments before. There was a lot of experience, there wasn’t really any soft spot at the final table. Everyone was really experienced, and it was cool to play with people from all over the world. I think I was the only guy from the U.S. that made the final table. It was a very diverse final table and it was fun playing with some different styles.”
“I feel great. The heater is officially real. They said when you go on tournament runs, they kind of come in bunches so I decided to come over here and try Europe for the first time. It’s actually my first time playing outside of the United States, so it was a really cool experience, just totally blessed for this opportunity,” the Lansing, Michigan native concluded.
Among the notables who finished in the money were Indian contenders Aditya Singh (36th for €1,075 – ₹85,032) and Nitin Jain (38th for €1,075 – ₹85,032), along with Anthony Zinno (16th for €1,715), Shaun Deeb (18th for €1,445), Sebastian Langrock (23rd for €1,445) and Jeff Madsen (35th for €1,075).
Alfredo Vega Meister bubbled the final table, finishing 10th for €3,355.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Christopher Back – 3,200,000
2. Ivo Donev – 1,925,000
3. Dash Dudley – 1,675,000
4. Sebastian Obermeier – 1,250,000
5. Anson Tsang – 1,125,000
6. Naor Slobodskoy – 735,000
7. Ming Juen Teoh – 675,000
8. Oshri Lahmani – 670,000
9. Denis Drobina – 630,000
Final Table Recap
Sebastian Obermeier was the first player to be eliminated from the nine-handed final table. His were bested by Denis Drobina’s that completed flush on the river, eliminating Obermeier in ninth place.
Soon after that, Naor Slobodskoy‘s were overpowered by Drobina’s , ending the former’s run in eighth place.
The last player to be eliminated on Day 2 was Anson Tsang. With the board open , Tsang was entangled in a three-way showdown with Drobina and Dash Dudley.
Drobina took down the pot with a straight eliminating Tsang in seventh place.
Day 2 came to an end with Denis Drobina leading the remaining six finalists to the final day.
Final Day Chip Counts
1. Denis Drobina – 3,875,000
2. Christopher Back – 2,880,000
3. Ivo Donev – 2,130,000
4. Dash Dudley – 1,700,000
5. Ming Juen Teoh – 965,000
6. Oshri Lahmani – 360,000
Final Day Recap
Oshri Lahmani was the first player to exit on the final day towards the end of level 30. His could not catch up to Christopher Back’s that rivered three-of-a-kind treys, dismissing Lahmani in sixth place.
Less than an hour later, it was Ivo Donev’s turn to leave the final table. His were cracked by Dudley’s which improved to a set of aces on the river, eliminating Donev in fifth place.
Down to four-handed play, Ming Juen Teoh‘s run came to an end in fourth place when his were defeated by Back’s which hit a diamonds flush on the board , sending Teoh to the rail.
Finishing in third place was Denis Drobina. He jammed with his last 600,000 from the small blind with and Back called holding . The board ran and Back flopped a spades flush, ousting Drobina from the competition.
The heads-up clash between Dash Dudley (7,900,000) and Christopher Back (3,900,000) began with the former enjoying a comfortable lead over his Canadian opponent. It was a short-lived final table that lasted for less than 30 minutes.
On the final hand, Back raised on the button to 725,000, and Dudley called to see the flop . The players checked through to see the turn . After that, Dudley led out for 450,000. Back tanked for about a minute before announcing all-in for around 1.6 Million. Dudley called, and both players tabled their cards.
Dudley was already in the lead with a nine-high straight, and the on the river was of no help to Back, relegating him to a runner-up finish. Dudley picked up his second WSOP gold bracelet, along with a top prize of €51,600!
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Dash Dudley – €51,600
2. Christopher Back – €31,825
3. Denis Drobina – €21,825
4. Ming Juen Teoh – €15,225
5. Ivo Donev – €10,900
6. Oshri Lahmani – €7,850
7. Anson Tsang – €5,800
8. Naor Slobodskoy – €4,365
9. Sebastian Obermeier – €3,355
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