Two World Series of Poker bracelets in subsequent years. Loren Klein pulled off the elusive feat by capturing WSOP gold on Friday, and wasted no time in doing so. Klein plowed through the field, held the chip lead from start to finish on Day 3 and eliminated his final three opponents in the span of just 20 minutes. For winning Event #41: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, Klein received a sweet payday of $231,483 as well as his second bracelet.
Klein revealed a bit about himself during the post-win interview: "I’ve been playing for 10 years. I grew up in Michigan and have been slowly moving west. I live in Reno now. Just to be close to the Mountains and Nevada."
When asked about his final table experience, Klein replied, "I had to run good in the last few all-ins for sure but before that I picked up a lot of chips when I could. TJ’s [Cloutier] results are super intimidating. It was tough to be at a table with one of the greats but I tried to keep it together."
Chun Law finished in second place ($143,017), Danny Wong ($100,360) got the bronze medal and Jeff Williams ended in fourth place ($71,423). The six-time WSOP bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer TJ Cloutier finished in 10th place ($12,611). The other six-time WSOP bracelet winner, Jeff Lisandro, was eliminated in 16th place ($7,995).
Event #41 Final Table Results
|Place||Player Name||Country||Prize (USD)|
|1||Loren Klein||United States||$231,483|
|2||Chun Law||United States||$143,017|
|3||Danny Wong||United States||$100,360|
|4||Jeff Williams||United States||$71,423|
|5||Jordan Spurlin||United States||$51,559|
|7||Timothy Batow||United States||$28,066|
Eighteen players returned for the final day of Event 41, which each of them already secured of $7,995. That ended up being the payout for Shankar Pillar, who's top set got outdrawn by Klein. Klein rivered a flush and scored the first of his many knockouts throughout the day.
Jonas Van Baelen finished in 17th place and Lisandro also had to settle for $7,995. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner, who captured one in Pot Limit Omaha back in 2010, was all-in preflop with kings and jacks against Sergej Barbarez' pocket aces. Lisandro hit a jack on the turn but Barbarez spiked the case ace on the river to send the Australian to the rail.
Lance Howard, Fabian Schoneck and Robert Park scored the payjump and each of them received $9,962. Unsurprisingly, it was Klein who busted both Schoneck and Park, putting his quota for the day already at three. Mark Wabha finished in 12th place by missing with ace-king-queen-trey against Barbarez' pocket kings. He was shortly followed by Raymond Walton, creating the unofficial final table of ten.
Poker Hall of Famer TJ Cloutier was the first casualty at the last table. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner got it in with pocket aces on a ten-seven-four flop. Chun Law held pocket sevens for a set and Cloutier failed to catch up. The poker legend added $12,611 to his $10M+ in lifetime winnings.
Benjamin Juhasz (9th - $16,215) also busted with pocket aces, this time on a king-seven-four flop. Klein held seven-six-five-four and knocked the Hungarian out. The next one to go was former soccer star Sergej Barbarez (8th - $21,172). The German resident, who played 47 matches for Bosnia's national team, held ace-king-four-deuce on an ace-ace-four flop. His opponent Law was behind with ace-queen-jack-nine but paired the jack on the river to eliminate Barbarez.
2015 Dragonball Z TGC world champion Timothy Batow finished in 7th place for $28,066. Batow's two pair were no match for Klein's nut flush, who eliminated his fifth player of the day. Oskar Silow quickly followed Batow after Danny Wong rivered a backdoor flush against Silow's top two pair. Silow cashed $51,599 for finishing sixth.
Jordan Spurlin ended in fifth place ($51,599) after missing with ace-queen-ten-nine against Jeff Williams' kings and fives. Williams wasn't able to enjoy those chips for long, as Klein once again scored an elimination. After a preflop all in, Klein hit the nut straight on the turn to force Williams to collect his $71,423 at the payout desk.
Within 15 minutes after Williams' bustout, Klein had decided the tournament. Klein took care of Danny Wong in 3rd place ($100,360). Wong got it in with top pair and a flush draw against Klein's bottom two pair. Klein filled up on the turn to leave Wong drawing dead.
In the first all-in confrontation of the heads-up, Chun Law got eliminated in 2nd place ($143,017). On a king-eight-six flop with two hearts, Law got it in with jack-nine-nine-seven with two hearts. Unfortunately for Law, Klein had flopped the nuts with king-king-queen-ten and also held a queen high flush draw. Law needed to hit one of his straight cards to survive but failed to do so. The American received $143,017 for his second place.
After winning last year's $1,500 No Limit Hold'em / Pot Limit Omaha tournament, Klein now has a bracelet in Pot Limit Omaha as well to make him a two-time winner! Keep following throughout the rest of the series as PokerNews continues to report all of the action live from the World Series of Poker.
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