2018 WSOP Event 15: Andrey Zhigalov Wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787
After a long and grueling Day 3 with over 14 hours of poker, it was a quick end to Day 4 with Andrey Zhigalov capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787. Zhigalov defeated Timothy Frazin in heads-up action that took over three hours on Day 3, and just around 20 minutes on Day 4.
Final Table Results
|2nd||Timothy Frazin||United States||$125,336|
|4th||Matt Woodward||United States||$62,379|
|5th||Nicholas Derke||United States||$45,006|
|6th||Sandeep Vasudevan||United States||$32,971|
|7th||Scott Clements||United States||$24,531|
|8th||JW Smith||United States||$18,541|
Zhigalov came into the tournament with a little over $350,000 in career tournament earnings with his largest cash coming at least year's WSOP $10,000 Razz event. It seems fitting as Zhigalov mentioned that Razz is one of his best games: "I think Razz is one of my strongest games. I won a lot of chips playing that, which made up for my losing hands in stud."
"I won a lot of chips playing Razz, which made up for my losing hands in Stud."
The Russian poker player, who still holds another job outside of poker, said he's been dreaming of this moment since he was 16. The now-29-year-old said he's overly excited about his accomplishment. "I was excited to make Day 2, then I got excited to make Day 3, and then here I was on Day 4."
It was Zhigalov's choice to come back for another day, rested and refreshed, rather than playing one more level last night. "I was exhausted yesterday. It was difficult to concentrate with sweat dripping off your forehead in the Amazon Room," speaking to the lack of air conditioning throughout the Rio Convention Center at the time.
Zhigalov has been traveling to the WSOP in Las Vegas for four or five years now and says it is his best opportunity to play the mixed games he loves. "I usually only play limit mixed games. When I play hold'em and look down at two cards, I think 'Where are my other cards?' Two cards is kind of boring." This was Zhigalov's 16th WSOP cash, with only two of them coming in hold'em games.
Day 3 Action
The day began with a full three tables, 24 players total, and it didn't take long for the short stacks to start busting out. It was a relatively quick pace, considering the limit format of the tournament. Brian Hastings was looking to capture his fourth WSOP gold bracelet but fell short, bowing out in 15th place for $7,120.
"I was excited to make Day 2, then I got excited to make Day 3, and then here I was on Day 4."
Another poker pro, Ismael Bojang, was in search of his first WSOP title to add to his already-substantial resume and was poised to do so after a good start. However, Bojang went card dead after the first couple of levels and would see his tournament end in ninth place, taking home $14,240. That set the stage for the official final table of eight.
Frazin, Bradley Smith, and Matt Woodward were all fighting for the chip lead when the final table began and feasted on the short stacks. The blinds got the best of JW Smith, as he was unable to get anything going all day, but still managed to ladder his way onto the final table. He eventually succumbed to the red-hot Woodward in the game of razz. Smith made a seven low, but Woodward held a bike to eliminate Smith in eighth place.
That left Scott Clements on the short stack who managed to find a triple-up at one point, but it still wasn't enough to help him build up a stack. Clements was the last remaining player to have won a WSOP bracelet, but he was unable to add to his collection. In Omaha hi-lo, Clements turned two pair but was rivered by the trips of Zhigalov, finishing in seventh place.
The shorter stacks continued to drop out, and the big stacks continued to get larger. Next up on the totem pole was Sandeep Vasudevan who ran out a pair of kings against Nicholas Derke's trip jacks in the game of stud. Just moments after the dinner break, Derke was the next to fall after running into a couple of big hands, including Bradley Smith's full house in Omaha hi-lo.
Zhigalov entered four-handed play on the short stack, and it seemed inevitable that he would be the next to leave the tournament area. However, after getting all of his chips in the middle with the worst hand heading to the river twice, he managed to spike a key card to earn two double-ups.
Meanwhile, Woodward's stack was getting smaller as the blinds kept increasing. After losing a big Razz hand, Woodward was all in on third street in stud against two players. It would be Smith to score another knockout when he rivered two pair, leaving just three players remaining.
During four-handed play, Frazin built himself a massive chip lead, holding around 3,000,000 chips at one point with each of his opponents still in the six-figure numbers. He continued to hold a large lead in three-handed action, but it was Zhigalov who started to turn the tables. He built his stack to nearly 2,000,000 chips before putting Smith to the test for his remaining 280,000 in stud hi-lo. Zhigalov made two pair, tens and deuces, while Smith could only muster sevens and sixes, leaving just two players to fight for the title.
When heads-up action began, it was Frazin holding a commanding lead with over 4,000,000 chips. He continued to hold the lead throughout the first couple of levels with Zhigalov even being all in at one point. Zhigalov managed to hit a five-outer on the turn in hold'em to score a double-up, and that was the beginning of an epic comeback. The chip stacks started to level out near the end of Day 3 with the chip lead swaying back and forth.
When play concluded for the night, Zhigalov held around 60% of the chips in play. After a good night's sleep, Zhigalov came out in full force on Day 4, winning pot after pot and opening up an insurmountable lead. In the last hand of the tournament, Frazin was all in for just over 300,000 on third street of razz. The two hands were tabled with Zhigalov picking up the best hand on fourth street and never looking back.
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- 1 2018 WSOP Event 1: Jordan Hufty Wins First WSOP Gold in $565 Casino Employees
- 2 2018 WSOP Event 2: Elio Fox Wins First Ever WSOP $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty for $393,693
- 3 2018 WSOP Event 3: Joe Cada Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT for $226,218
- 4 2018 WSOP Event 4: Julien Martini Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($239,771)
- 5 2018 WSOP Event 5: Nick Petrangelo Wins WSOP $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller ($2,910,227)
- 6 2018 WSOP Event 6: Jeremy Perrin Wins The GIANT Turning $365 Into $250,966
- 7 2018 WSOP Event 7: Roberly Felicio Wins the 2018 WSOP COLOSSUS for $1,000,000
- 8 2018 WSOP Event 8: Johannes Becker Wins $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($180,455)
- 9 2018 WSOP Event 9: Paul Volpe Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 10 2018 WSOP Event 10: William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond Wins $365 WSOP.com ONLINE Event ($154,996)
- 11 2018 WSOP Event 11: Tim Andrew Triumphs in the $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015, Mizrachi Fifth
- 12 2018 WSOP Event 12: Jeremy Harkin Wins $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
- 13 2018 WSOP Event 13: Benjamin Moon Wins $1,500 Big Blind Antes for $315,346
- 14 2018 WSOP Event 14: Daniel Ospina Wins First Bracelet for Colombia in 2-7 Lowball Draw
- 15 2018 WSOP Event 15: Andrey Zhigalov Wins $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787
- 16 2018 WSOP Event 16: Justin Bonomo Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10K Heads-Up Championship
- 17 2018 WSOP Event 17: Ognyan Dimov Wins Third Bracelet for Bulgaria in Event #17 ($378,743)
- 18 2018 WSOP Event 18: Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in $10K Dealer's Choice
- 19 2018 WSOP Event 19: Craig Varnell Wins $565 Pot-Limit Omaha ($181,790)
- 20 2018 WSOP Event 20: Jeremy Wien Conquers $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $537,710
- 21 2018 WSOP Event 21: Arne Kern Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,173,223)
- 22 2018 WSOP Event 22: Philip Long Wins $1,500 Eight Game Mix ($147,348)
- 23 2018 WSOP Event 23: Brian Rast Wins Fourth Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Championship, Brunson 6th
- 24 2018 WSOP Event 24: Michael Addamo Wins Event #24: $2,620 MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
- 25 2018 WSOP Event 25: Benjamin Dobson Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 26 2018 WSOP Event 26: Filippos Stavrakis Dedicates WSOP PLO Bracelet ($169,842) to His Brother
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- 28 2018 WSOP Event 28: Fortunate River Gives Gal Yifrach First WSOP Bracelet & $461K Prize
- 29 2018 WSOP Event 29: Hanh Tran Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw ($117,282)
- 30 2018 WSOP Event 30: Ryan Bambrick Wins First Gold Bracelet in Dominating Fashion
- 31 2018 WSOP Event 31: Steven Albini Wins $1,500 Stud to Deny Jeff Lisandro 7th Bracelet
- 32 2018 WSOP Event 32: Matthew Davis Tops Biggest Seniors Event Ever to Win $662,983
- 33 2018 WSOP Event 33: Michael Mizrachi Wins His Third Poker Players Championship Title
- 34 2018 WSOP Event 34: Robert Peacock Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,000 DOUBLE STACK
- 35 2018 WSOP Event 35: Yueqi Zhu Claims First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Mixed Omaha
- 36 2018 WSOP Event 36: Farhintaj Bonyadi Wins Event $1,000 Super Seniors ($311,451)
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- 38 2018 WSOP Event 38: Yaniv Birman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship ($236,238)
- 39 2018 WSOP Event 39: Preston Lee Captures $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout Bracelet ($236,498)
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- 41 2018 WSOP Event 41: Robert Nehorayan Wins $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $173,568
- 42 2018 WSOP Event 42: Shaun Deeb Gets Revenge on Ben Yu to Win $25K PLO for $1,402,683
- 43 2018 WSOP Event 43: Timur Margolin Takes Down $2,500 NLHE for $507,274
- 44 2018 WSOP Event 44: Nicholas Seiken Wins $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship for $287,987
- 45 2018 WSOP Event 45: Mario Prats Garcia Wins $1,000 Big Blind NLH For $258,255
- 46 2018 WSOP Event 46: David Brookshire Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 ($214,291)
- 47 2018 WSOP Event 47: Matthew 'mendey' Mendez Wins First WSOP Online PLO Bracelet ($135,077)
- 48 2018 WSOP Event 48: Tommy Nguyen Wins Monster Stack for $1,037,451
- 49 2018 WSOP Event 49: Loren Klein Wins $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $1,018,336
- 50 2018 WSOP Event 50: Jay Kwon Wins $1,500 Razz ($125,431)
- 51 2018 WSOP Event 51: Ryan Leng Ships First WSOP Gold in $1,500 BOUNTY ($272,504)
- 52 2018 WSOP Event 52: Scott Seiver Wins $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship ($296,222)
- 53 2018 WSOP Event 53: Couden Tops Elezra, Matusow, Negreanu, and Fitoussi to win $1,500 PLO8
- 54 2018 WSOP Event 54: Portugal's Diogo Veiga Wins $3K Big Blind Antes ($522,715)
- 55 2018 WSOP Event 55: Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther Win the $1K Tag Team for $175,805!
- 56 2018 WSOP Event 56: Calvin Anderson Wins His Second Bracelet in the $10K Razz ($309,220)!
- 57 2018 WSOP Event 57: Jessica Dawley Wins the WSOP Ladies Championship for $130,230!
- 58 2018 WSOP Event 58: Tribe Has Spoken: Jean-Robert Bellande Wins First Bracelet for $616K
- 59 2018 WSOP Event 59: Mike Takayama Makes History as the First Filipino to Win a WSOP Bracelet
- 60 2018 WSOP Event 60: Galfond Wins 3rd Bracelet in $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 61 2018 WSOP Event 61: Ryan 'Toosick' Tosoc Wins WSOP.com $1,000 Championship ($238,778)
- 62 2018 WSOP Event 62: Galen Hall Wins $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold'em for $888,888
- 63 2018 WSOP Event 63: Chance 'BingShui' Kornuth Wins Second Bracelet in WSOP.com Online High Roller for $341,598
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- 70 2018 WSOP Event 70: Yaser Al-Keliddar Wins Event #70: $3K Limit Hold'em 6-Handed for $154K
- 71 2018 WSOP Event 71: Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th Career Bracelet in $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em!
- 72 2018 WSOP Event 72: Jordan Polk Wins $1,500 Mixed NLH/PLO for $197,461
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- 75 2018 WSOP Event 75: Joe Cada Wins His Fourth Career Bracelet in The Closer ($612,886)
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