Dylan Linde has found plenty of success in the poker world, but it's mostly been on the virtual felt, where has banked about $5.5 million as "ImaLucSac" on PokerStars, according to PocketFives. Live, he had accumulated nearly $1 million in cashes, but it was made up of smaller cashes and he was still looking for that first big win.
He got it Monday evening at the World Series of Poker Horseshoe Hammond Main Event, taking down a field of 1,308 players for a career-best score of $348,269. He also grabbed his first WSOPC ring and a $10,000 seat into the WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Official Final Table Results
|1||Dylan Linde||Coeur D'Alene, ID||$348,269|
|2||Arif Rahim||Skokie, IL||$215,820|
|3||Zach Rieselman||Independence, KY||$158,392|
|4||Ronald Sewell||Shelby, NC||$119,682|
|5||Brad Albrinck||Cincinnati, OH||$91,331|
|6||Nic Ditrapani||Rolling Meadows, IL||$70,298|
|7||Ben Keeline||Oswego, IL||$54,740|
|8||David Hengen||Omaha, NE||$43,125|
|9||Michael Campbell||Cleveland, TN||$34,374|
The tournament paid out 135 places. Among those making the money but falling short of the final table were Mohsin Charania, Andy Spears, Kyle Julius, Aaron Massey, Ryan Riess, Johanssy Joseph, Ravi Raghavan and Kou Vang.
According to the live updates, the unofficial final table began with Zach Rieselman holding a big lead with over 120 big blinds, while Linde was hanging out in the bottom of the counts among a group of four players in the 20-big-blind range.
After the elimination of former WSOP National Championship winner Jonathan Hilton in 10th, Linde found himself nearly out the door as he had just two outs remaining before the river. He had gotten it in preflop with ace-jack for his final 13 big blinds against the jacks of Brad Albrinck. A board of left him in need of an ace on the river. He got it when the arrived to keep his pulse alive.
Linde's good luck continued after he got the very bad luck finding out his kings were no good against the aces of Michael Campbell. Linde found a third king on the flop and doubled through to leave Campbell with crumbs. Campbell busted immediately thereafter.
David Hengen then went out eighth when his ace-king couldn't hold against Rieselman's king-queen. He was followed by Colossus II champ Ben Keeline, who ran into a nasty string of hands that ended with running eights into Rieselman's aces for his final 10 big blinds.
Rieselman tried to make it three knockouts in a row with ace-jack against Linde's sevens, but a clean board for Linde left him with 35 big blinds. He got more from Arif Rahim, firing all three streets and getting called down with on a runout of . Linde then opened to 350,000 at 80,000/160,000/20,000 and tank-called the shove of Nic Ditrapani for 1,450,000. Linde was happy to see he was live with against . A king-high flop sent the pot his way.
Albrinck ran tens into Rieselman's queens, leaving just four players. Three of those players got it all in preflop at that same level, with Rahim's ace-king trumping the ace-jack of Rieselman and the king-jack of Ronald Sewell. Rahim flopped an ace to bust Sewell and double through Rieselman. Rahim then finished Rieselman by opening with queens on the button to 350,000, getting a call from Linde and seeing Rieselman shove for over 8.3 million. Rahim called and flopped a crushing set against Rieselman's to take a lead of more than 2-1 into heads-up play with Linde.
Linde moved into the lead in a three-bet pot at 100,000/200,000/30,000. Rahim raised to 450,000 and Linde made it 1,150,000. Rahim called to see flop. Linde bet 850,000 and Rahim put him all in for over 6.2 million. Linde called with tens and saw Rahim show for a straight draw. The turn and river were clean for Linde and he took a slight lead.
The players continued to battle from there, with Rahim hammered down to about 10 big blinds before doubling up a few times by fading Linde's draws in some big pots. Finally, with blinds at 120,000/240,000/40,000, Rahim three-bet to 1.8 million after Linde raised to 540,000. Linde jammed and Rahim decided to call for about eight million.
Rahim couldn't turn the rags into riches as the board rolled out , keeping the ace-high best.
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