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Israel's Team Geiger Wins WSOP $1,000 Tag Team Event

Israel's Team Geiger Wins WSOP $1,000 Tag Team Event

After almost ten levels of play on Day 3, Event #57: $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end with 976 teams down to just one. The tournament was originally scheduled as a four-day event but crowned the champions a day early as Team Geiger with Ohad Geiger, Daniel Dayan and the main man Barak Wisbrod defeated Team Smith heads-up for three gold WSOP bracelets and the first-place prize of $168,395.

"This isn't about the money; it's about the WSOP bracelet; it's every poker player’s dream!"

"This is beyond amazing," said 25-year old Dayan just after the final congratulations were received from the rail. "This isn't about the money; it's about the WSOP bracelet; it's every poker player’s dream!"

"It's amazing, this year is our first year at the WSOP, I'm only 23, so it's a dream come true," remarked Wisbrod. "We are proud to represent Israel here."

Both Dayan and Geiger had a strategy in mind from the start: "We all agreed Barak would play the later stages, as he is the best in our team for sure."

Twenty-six-year-old Geiger, who is a cash game player by trade, was convinced by his tournament playing friends to play the Tag Team, his first ever WSOP event, and even had to jump into the action early on Day 2 after both Dayan and Wisbrod were unable to make the start of play.

$1,000 Tag Team Final Table Results

PositionTeamPrize
1Ohad Geiger - Daniel Dayan - Barak Wisbrod$168,395
2Jerod Smith - Matthew Moreno - Lawrence Chan$104,025
3John Hinds - Anthony Zinno$73,329
4Timothy Jurkiewicz - Zachary Gruneberg$52,390
5Richard Washinsky - Fabio Coppola$37,944
6Chahn Jung - Danny Wong - Steve Sung - Aaron Motoyama$27,864
7Michael Marder - Daniel Marder - Paul Steinberg$20,750
8Kenny Hallaert - Steven van Zadelhoff$15,674
9Shaotong Chang - Jie Xu$12,011
Tag Team Final Table
Tag Team Final Table

$1,000 Tag Team Final Day Action

At 1 p.m. local time, 35 teams returned to the 50th Annual World Series of Poker to battle it out for a bigger share of the $878,400 prize pool instead of the $3,970 they were all already guaranteed.

Team Leng (Ryan LengLisa LengNikki GrandtIlana Grandt) was involved in some of the more remarkable eliminations of the day. He first took out Team Koon (Jason KoonSosia Jiang) and Team Miholich (Kyle MiholichJeff MadsenMichael Cribier) when Madsen shoved with pocket sevens and Leng called. Koon also shoved from the big blind with pocket jacks and Leng followed with a quick call with the rockets. The aces held for Leng to jump towards the top of the chip counts.

Unfortunately for him, he found aces again later and got set up when he ran them into the pocket kings of Team Geiger who flopped a set to eliminate Leng's team.

Team Leng
Team Leng

There seemed to be a lot of pocket jacks and aces to be dealt throughout the day. Team Zhou (Jun ZhouZhe LiXilian Liu) and Team Jaffee (Jared JaffeeRalph MasseyAaron Massey) both held pocket jacks and ran them into the aces of Team George (James GeorgeJonathan Walker). Team Zhou was sent to the rail, Team George more than doubled. The eliminations kept coming in at a steadily pace but it was Team Le (Tuan LeThanh Tran) who bubbled the final table. Le, the two-time bracelet winner shoved with ace-queen on the ace-six-jack flop and was called by Fabio Coppola of Team Washinsky who had flopped a set of sixes. Even though Le had top pair and a flush draw, he bricked the turn and river.

$1,000 Tag Team Final Table Action

It only took six hands before the first team could say their goodbyes. Team Chang (Shaotong ChangJie Xu) shoved their last eight big blinds in from the small blind and was called by Team Smith who held ace-seven. Chang's five-four didn’t find any help on the board as she was sent to the payout desk.

Thirteen hands later, Team Hallaert (Kenny HallaertSteven van Zadelhoff) saw their aces getting cracked by the jacks of Team Geiger. A jack on the turn meant the end of the run for these two best friends in eighth place.

Team Hallaert
Team Hallaert (Kenny Hallert, left, and Steven van Zadelhoff, right) out aces cracked by jacks

Thirty minutes later the curtains fell for Team Marder (Michael MarderDaniel MarderPaul Steinberg) when their ace-four shove was called by Team Geiger who held pocket jacks again.

Another half hour later, it was time to go for Team Jung (Chahn JungDanny WongSteve SungAaron Motoyama). They got their last chips in with king-jack against the pocket sevens of Team Smith (Jerod SmithMatthew MorenoLawrence Chan). They flopped two pair but Team Smith rivered a full house to seal the deal.

It would take an hour of five-handed play before Team Washinsky was done for the day. Coppola four-bet shoved and was called by Team Hinds (John HindsAnthony Zinno) who held aces and didn’t encounter any danger on the board.

Only five hands later, Team Jurkieiwcz (Timothy JurkiewiczZachary Gruneberg) was sent home in fourth place holding ace-king. They couldn’t beat the pocket fives of Team Hinds even though they picked up a flush draw on the flop and a straight draw on the turn.

Sixty-four hands later it was time to go heads-up as Team Geiger eliminated team Hinds. Team Hinds’ pocket sixes failed to win against the ace-five of Team Geiger as the latter turned a higher pair and improved to trips.

Heads-up play only lasted twelve hands. Smith managed to double up in the tenth hand but lost it all in the end when he tried to bluff Wisbrod who had rivered a Broadway straight in the final hand. When the win was confirmed, Wisbrod celebrated loudly, and his teammates and rail all stormed the table to join in for the festivities.

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