2018 WSOP Event 11: Tim Andrew Triumphs in the $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015, Mizrachi Fifth
Canadian player Tim Andrew turned his first-ever bracelet event appearance into a golden debut. Andrew took down the 3,250-strong Event #11: $365 PLO GIANT for $116,015 and the WSOP title, putting his name on the poker map in a spectacular fashion. "It's a pretty good feeling," he said.
Andrew's victory is phenomenal on multiple levels. He loves playing Pot-Limit Omaha but hardly plays tournaments. Originally from British Columbia, Andrew can be seen at cash game tables in Calgary. He revealed that his previous biggest tournament payday was only about $4,000, but now he's notched his first six-figure result.
"It's a pretty good feeling."
"I love playing poker," said Andrew. He recently switched from studying to fully concentrate on poker.
Andrew's remarkable final table run started bizarrely. He wasn't at the table for the first 30 minutes or so. As it turned out, there was no other reason behind his late arrival than the simplest one; he overslept.
"I woke up at 1:45 pm and I was gonna leave right then, but then I was just like 'you know what, I'm gonna miss some hands anyways.' So I just wanted to have a shower to at least feel good. I had a cold shower to clear my head," Andrew said.
While he was on his way, the other players already battled on the stage in the Brasilia Room, and they fought hard. It could easily end with Andrew coming to the table with three seats already open, but the narrative was very different.
Final Table Results
|2||Pete Arroyos||United States||$71,703|
|4||Sandeep Pulusani||United States||$40,379|
|5||Michael Mizrachi||United States||$30,461|
|6||James Sievers||United States||$23,076|
|7||Kevin Nomberto||United States||$17,541|
|8||Raymond Walton||United States||$13,384|
|9||Srinivas Balasubramanian||United States||$10,250|
The start-of-day chip leader Srinivas Balasubramanian would now perhaps wish to have had a longer sleep just as Andrew. Coming back with a full bag of chips and a direct position on the most dangerous player on the table, four-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi, Balasubramanian surely had high expectations for his final table campaign.
But it turned out as a disastrous experience for Balasubramanian who had to lick his first wound when he got it in good against Kevin Nomberto on the turn with Nomberto drawing for only two outs to survive. Nomberto binked and started the giant downfall of Balasubramanian, who soon doubled James Sievers and then Mizrachi as well.
So it was Balasubramanian leaving the finale in ninth place, much to the shock of everyone at the table, including Andrew who had taken his seat to witness Balasubramanian lose the rest of his chips.
Andrew had a completely different gameplan than Balasubramanian. His strategy was to be as cautious as possible and don't get into some huge fireworks early on.
"I didn't want to get clipped early. I tried to stay away from the big pots and win a lot of little pots," Andrew said, adding: "I didn't want to have to make big decisions where my whole stack would have to go in."
Andrew managed to climb to the pole position and controlled a solid stack throughout. He was following his plan while Pete Arroyos, and Mizrachi weren't scared to blast. Mizrachi vaulted to the lead at one point, but just when he was getting to his typical mode of relentless piling, the fortune turned away from him.
In what was the largest pot at the time, Arroyos shoved when "The Grinder" peeled double suited aces but the three-time Poker Players' Championship winner couldn't hold. Arroyos had only five outs on the turn, and he received one of them, finishing with a set of kings.
Mizrachi bounced back, scoring a double elimination of short stacks Sievers and Nomberto, but he was the next to go. Mizrachi's bid for the title ended when Arroyos hit an ace, cracking kings in a preflop contest to bust Mizrachi in fifth place.
Arroyos was in possession of half of the chips in play, and the fast structure left all his opponents short. Arroyos took care of Sandeep Pulusani and Robert Cicchelli who weren't able to sustain a decent stack. Only Andrew was controlling his belongings without major swings, so he wasn't far behind Arroyos when they entered the heads-up match.
"I didn't want to have to make big decisions where my whole stack would have to go in."
Arroyos was, however, playing ultra-straightforward. He kept potting most of the streets, trying to finish the duel very quickly. He tackled Andrew close to 10 big blinds, but Andrew made two big doubles in consecutive hands, completely changing the picture of the duel.
The first all in saw Andrew get it in ahead and hold, but Arroyos had him on the ropes right away when he flopped the middle set with jacks against Andrew's top pair and a nut flush draw. Andrew got there on the turn, and a blank river gave him a commanding lead. Andrew eventually peeled aces, and his hand prevailed against a wrap.
While there are hundreds and thousands of players endlessly trying to capture their first gold, Andrew needed just one attempt to tick the ultimate poker achievement.
"I played one deepstack with a $150 buy-in," Andrew said about his tournament résumé from this summer. Now with a confidence of a bracelet winner in combination with the large chunk of money in his pocket, the PLO world can only wait for what more can Andrew show in the last two weeks of the series. There's still a couple of PLO events on this year's schedule so stay tuned to PokerNews to find out if Andrew can make it two-for-two.
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