2018 WSOP Event 9: Paul Volpe Wins Third WSOP Bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo Championship
The first Championship event of the 2018 World Series of Poker has played down to a winner, and it's Paul Volpe that has claimed the bracelet in Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.
Volpe already had two WSOP bracelets to his name before the final table and overcame three-time WSOP bracelet winner Eli Elezra in heads-up to add another title to his already impressive poker resume.
Final Result Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
|1||Paul Volpe||United States||$417,921|
|2||Eli Elezra||United States||$258,297|
|3||Adam Coats||United States||$181,374|
|4||Kyle Miaso||United States||$129,648|
|6||Dustin Dirksen||United States||$69,971|
|7||Robert Mizrachi||United States||$52,866|
|8||Daniel Zack||United States||$40,715|
In the interview after his victory, Volpe confirmed Elezra's joke upon showdown in the final hand in which Elezra said: "He got it fair and square, he ran like god."
"I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would have won the tournament."
While the duo wasn't separated by a ton of chips going into heads-up, Volpe quickly pulled away.
"I just ran like, really, really good, I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would have won the tournament," said Volpe.
The strategy wasn't quite the same after the restart, and the chip lead traded several times. With four players left, all of the hopefuls were at the top of the counts at some point in time.
"I was playing solid in the beginning. At Omaha, as there become fewer people, you know, you play more aggressive. Six-handed I was just trying to pick good hands, As we became shorter, that's when you try to open up and steal some pots if you can."
It came as no surprise to see Volpe and Elezra go head to head for the title, especially after the departure of two-time WSOP bracelet winner Viacheslav Zhukov in fifth place.
"I thought there was a good chance, me and Eli were the most experienced, we had the most chips or close to, there was a good chance of it being me and him."
The third bracelet win boosts Volpe's WSOP cashes to just shy of $3 million, and he may very well go past that in the coming weeks.
"It feels great; I am excited. Hopefully I'm I gonna win another one."
"It feels great; I am excited. Hopefully I'm I gonna win another one."
However, the player of the year race may not necessarily be the top priority for Volpe: "I don't know, [I'll] just see how I feel. Play more tournaments, more $10ks; I will probably play a decent amount more."
Adam Coats, who works as dealer at the Casino Caribbean in Kirkland, Washington, was supported by a large and loud rail and eventually finished third. Kyle Miaso, Viacheslav Zhukov and Dustin Dirksen rounded out the top six that returned to the PokerGO feature table at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
The first Championship Event of the 2018 WSOP drew a field of 169 entries to create a prize pool of $1,588,600 with the top 26 spots paid.
The money bubble burst late on Day 2 with Daniel Ratigan the last person to leave empty-handed. Among those to bust before bagging and tagging on Day 2 were such big names as Dan Shak, Anthony Zinno, and Steven Wolansky. Eli Elezra held the chip lead by then already.
Day 3 saw 22 players return to the tables to try and play down to the final six for the live-streamed final table. More big names were sent to the rail with Daniel Alaei, Nikolai Yakovenko, Chris Bjorin, Felipe Ramos, Mike Gorodinsky, Mike Matusow, Per Hildebrand, and Robert Mizrachi all heading for the pay-out desk.
Final Day Action
After nearly 26 levels of an hour each, the remaining six players bagged up and returned to the PokerGO Feature Table for an additional fourth day to determine a champion.
Eli Elezra was in the lead, while Dustin Dirksen, at the bottom of the counts, only had three big bets to his name. Dirksen doubled once, then got it in with top two pair and an eight-low draw against the middle set and better low draw of Paul Volpe. There was no miracle on the turn or river, and Dirksen was eliminated in sixth place.
Next to go was Viacheslav Zhukov who sent his remaining short stack over to Kyle Miaso. Zhukov flopped top pair only for Miaso to turn over bottom two pair. Again, the player at risk found no help on the turn, and river and that reduced the field to the final four. It then took as many hours for the next casualty to take place.
Miaso had taken over the chip lead at one point, but a series of hands left him short-stacked not much later. On a ten-high flop, Miaso got it in with middle pair and an ace-six low draw, and he faced the top two pair of Elezra. Another seven on the turn improved Elezra to a full house and a six on the river counterfeit Miaso's low draw.
Adam Coats had the loudest rail of them all and a smile on his face for the entire duration of the final table. Eventually, Coats had to settle for third place when his pair of aces and straight draw on a jack-ten-ten was outdrawn by the inferior straight draw of Elezra.
The heads-up started with a solid lead for Volpe who went on to establish a commanding lead and win almost every big pot in the one-versus-one duel. The final hand was no different as Volpe flopped the bottom end of the straight against Elezra's middle pair and gutshot. There was no upset on the turn and river and that crowned Volpe as the champion.
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In this Series
- 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
- 27 2018 WSOP Event 27: John Hennigan Wins 2018 WSOP $10K HORSE for Fifth Bracelet and $415K
- 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)
- 37 2018 WSOP Event 37: Eric Baldwin Wins Second Bracelet, Dedicates it to His Father
- 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)
- 40 2018 WSOP Event 40: Scott Bohlman Wins WSOP $2,500 Mixed Big Bet ($122,138)
- 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
- 64 2018 WSOP Event 64: Matsuzuki Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- 65 John Cynn Wins the 2018 WSOP Main Event for $8,800,000!
- 66 2018 WSOP Event 66: Longsheng Tan Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $323,472
- 67 2018 WSOP Event 67: Anderson Ireland Wins $1,500 PLO Bounty for First Bracelet and $141K
- 68 2018 WSOP Event 68: Guoliang Wei Wins Fourth Chinese Bracelet in The Little One for One Drop ($559,332)
- 69 2018 WSOP Event 69: Ronald Keijzer Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $475,033
- 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
- 73 2018 WSOP Event 73: Denis Timofeev Bests Leo Margets to Win the $1,000 Double Stack Turbo
- 74 2018 WSOP Event 74: Shaun Deeb Wins Second Bracelet of the Summer in $10,000 6-Max ($814,179)
- 75 2018 WSOP Event 75: Joe Cada Wins His Fourth Career Bracelet in The Closer ($612,886)
- 76 2018 WSOP Event 76: Brian Hastings Wins the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E and 4th Bracelet
- 77 2018 WSOP Event 77: Ben Yu Wins Third Bracelet in $50,000 High Roller $1,650,773