Jeremy Harkin Wins Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
"I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning a bracelet last year," said Jeremy Harkin who has been coming to play the World Series of Poker every year since 2003. Today, his lost dream came true as he came out on top in Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice. Harkin took home the coveted gold bracelet along with $129,882.
"Everything seemed to click for the last few days," Harkin said. His way to victory led through an incredibly tough field of 406 entries. Some of the world's most respected mixed games players ran deep and battled against Harkin on the final three, and then two tables.
Harkin, however, took it as a learning experience. He didn't stress out and fought bravely. Amassing chips while sharing the boards and draws with the likes of John Hennigan, Mike Leah, Chris Klodnicki and Jeff Lisandro would be a tough task for anyone in the game, but Harkin did extremely well.
"This is a chance to play and see how I stack up against these guys. I just kinda visualized it. I thought I was playing well. If it didn't work out, it didn't work out."
Final table results:
|1||Jeremy Harkin||United States||$129,882|
|2||Frankie O'Dell||United States||$80,256|
|3||George Trigeorgis||United States||$52,130|
|4||Anthony Arvidson||United States||$34,700|
|5||James Woods||United States||$23,686|
|6||Scott Abrams||United States||$16,589|
Harkin took down a giant pot against Klodnicki at the end of day 2 to claim the chip lead and eventually closed it out. And while it was an extremely long and tough way to reach the pinnacle, Harkin remained composed through the day, focused on making the correct decisions at any given time.
Harkin guarded a solid chip-stack for most of the day and that certainly helped his mindset, but he also had a plan that he utilized to perfection.
"I didn't think anybody had an advantage over me in pot-limit hi-lo or Big O," Harkin said.
"I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning a bracelet last year."
Big O was the game that Harkin picked the most, but he changed his strategy when he made it to the heads-up against two-time WSOP bracelet winner Frankie O'Dell. He started selecting various games, trying to see where he could find O'Dell's leaks.
"I wanted to see if I can put a lot of pressure on him in pot-limit games."
The heads-up match lasted for well over two hours, with the lead switching back and forth. The stacks were getting shallow and it seemed that one cooler would be the decider. But there was another key moment that helped Harkin get closer to the victory. O'Dell, who was selecting stud-8, suddenly shifted to Omaha-8, a game in which he's won his two bracelets. However, Harkin is also strong in Omaha and revealed that the change of game was to his benefit.
"Honestly, I was glad when Frank changed from playing stud games, cause I'm not used to playing those games short-handed or even in the tournaments," Harkin admitted.
Harkin tackled O'Dell down to crumbs and finished him off in a hand of Big O. "He's a great player," Harkin complimented his final opponent.
O'Dell made a terrific comeback when three-handed, first doubling in 2-7 and then winning a massive pot against George Trigeorgis in Big O when they got all-in on a flop with O'Dell having hit a middle set and Trigeorgis holding a huge draw. Trigeorgis got there on the turn but the board paired on the river and the pot swung O'Dell's way.
Trigeorgis was down to peanuts and never recovered, falling shy of winning his first bracelet for the second time in three days as he finished fifth in the Mixed Triple Draw on Monday.
Fourth-place finisher Anthony Arvidson improved his last year's fifth-place finish, outlasting movie star James Woods who was eliminated in fifth. Woods has been playing at the Series for over a decade and made his first final table in 2016 when he took seventh in the $3k Shootout.
The official final table also featured Scott Abrams who busted in sixth while former Poker Players Championship winner Hennigan walked away in seventh place.
Fans of the Dealer's Choice tournaments should tune back to PokerNews tomorrow (June 7th) as the $10,000 Championship event kicks off at 3pm PST. So come back for the live updates as the 2018 WSOP grind is in full swing.
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- 3 Joe Cada Wins 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em SHOOTOUT for $226,218
- 4 Julien Martini Wins Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better ($239,771)
- 5 William ‘Twooopair’ Reymond Wins $365 WSOP.com ONLINE Event ($154,996)
- 6 Johannes Becker Wins $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball ($180,455)
- 7 Paul Volpe Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
- 8 Benjamin Moon Wins Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes for $315,346
- 9 Justin Bonomo Wins Second WSOP Bracelet in $10K Heads-Up Championship
- 10 Roberly Felicio Wins the 2018 WSOP COLOSSUS for $1,000,000
- 11 Daniel Ospina Wins First Bracelet for Colombia in 2-7 Lowball Draw
- 12 Jeremy Harkin Wins Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
- 13 Andrey Zhigalov Wins WSOP Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $202,787
- 14 Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in Event #18: $10K Dealer's Choice
- 15 Adam Friedman Wins Second Bracelet in Event #18: $10K Dealer's Choice
- 16 Craig Varnell Wins Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha ($181,790)
- 17 Ognyan Dimov Wins Third Bracelet for Bulgaria in Event #17 ($378,743)
- 18 Jeremy Wien Conquers Event #20: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $537,710
- 19 Philip Long Wins Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix ($147,348)
- 20 Brian Rast Wins Fourth Bracelet in 2-7 Lowball Championship, Brunson 6th
- 21 Arne Kern Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER ($1,173,223)
- 22 Benjamin Dobson Wins First WSOP Gold in $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
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- 24 Michael Addamo Wins Event #24: $2,620 MARATHON No-Limit Hold'em
- 25 John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP $10K HORSE for Fifth Bracelet and $415K
- 26 Hanh Tran Wins First WSOP Bracelet in $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw ($117,282)
- 27 Fortunate River Gives Gal Yifrach First WSOP Bracelet & $461K Prize
- 28 Ryan Bambrick Wins First Gold Bracelet in Dominating Fashion
- 29 Steven Albini Wins $1,500 Stud to Deny Jeff Lisandro 7th Bracelet
- 30 Matthew Davis Tops Biggest Seniors Event Ever to Win $662,983
- 31 Yueqi Zhu Claims First WSOP Gold in Event #35: $1,500 Mixed Omaha
- 32 Michael Mizrachi Wins His Third Poker Players Championship Title
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- 35 Robert Peacock Wins First WSOP Gold in Event #34: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK
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- 38 Scott Bohlman Wins WSOP Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet ($122,138)
- 39 Robert Nehorayan Wins Event #41: $1,500 Limit Hold'em for $173,568
- 40 Matthew 'mendey' Mendez Wins First WSOP Online PLO Bracelet ($135,077)
- 41 Shaun Deeb Gets Revenge on Ben Yu to Win $25K PLO for $1,402,683
- 42 Mario Prats Garcia Wins Event #45: $1,000 Big Blind NLH For $258,255
- 43 Nicholas Seiken Wins $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Championship for $287,987
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- 45 David Brookshire Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo 8 ($214,291)
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- 51 Mike Takayama Makes History as the First Filipino to Win a WSOP Bracelet
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