Poker Player Proposes to Girlfriend After Winning WSOP Bracelet & $1,309,232
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The 2023 World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas has entered the second half of the festival by crowning a winner in the record-breaking Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. Out of a field of 731 entries, two Texans shared the biggest portion of the $6,798,300 prize pool. Ap Louis "Lou" Garza came out on top of a short-lived heads-up duel with Arthur Morris.
Garza's first bracelet joins the circuit ring he won in January 2018 but that's not the only new piece of jewellery he whipped out today. After sealing the victory, Garza pulled an engagement ring out of his pocket and spontaneously proposed to his girlfriend while his rowdy Texan rail celebrated around them.
To make the day even sweeter, Garza obliterated his WSOP earnings of more than half a million dollars so far and banked a payday of $1,309,232 as his career earnings skyrocketed to nearly $1.8 million. He did it in style with the most swag of all finalists, wearing just an unbuttoned sleeveless denim jacket, plenty of jewellery and Christian Dior shades. The only thing missing was his Cowboy hat that he had been wearing during the 2022 WSOP.
Runner-up Morris already had a WSOP Circuit ring and six top ten finishes in WSOP gold bracelet events to his name including a deep run in this very event back in 2021, when he finished in seventh place for $93,406. This time, the consolation prize was much bigger as Morris added another $809,167 to his bankroll.
Start-of-the-day chip leader Stanislav Halatenko had to settle for third place, which came with a payday of $570,307. Travis Pearson and Peng Shan completed the line-up for the final day whereas Sam Soverel, Kosei Ichinose and Ren Lin had been eliminated the previous night on the official eight-handed final table.
Final Table Result Event #50: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1||Lou Garza||United States||$1,309,232|
|2||Arthur Morris||United States||$809,167|
|4||Travis Pearson||United States||$407,915|
|6||Sam Soverel||United States||$218,297|
Garza Moves All-In Off the Felt
Garza and Morris started the live-streamed conclusion last and second-last in chips but overcame the commanding lead of Halatenko to battle for the victory. Especially Garza stood out in his daring outfit, which certainly makes him stand out from the casual crowd in live poker tournaments.
"Man, that's just me all day, any day, Monday, Tuesday, Jesus' birthday, your birthday," Garza said without hesitation when asked about his stylish outfit that he had been sporting throughout the tournament and in previous years. It was typical Texas style and he was up against fellow Texan Morris, who he described as "tough" and "knows what he is doing".
"You know, they get four cards and I get four cards, even though we are good friends," Garza added with a smirk on the face.
"I don’t think I would even be right here without her,"
The two rails supporting the final duo from the same home state created a rowdy atmosphere in the Thunderdome, which could be heard in the entire Horseshoe Event Center.
"That was fun ... that's part of the game, I love it," Garza said with a wide smile on the face. He was supported by a dozen friends on the rail that made noise for hundreds of spectators. While they were already on the phones recording in the boisterous aftermath, Garza pulled out a ring to surprise his girlfriend right on the stage even before the winner pictures were done.
“Don’t think any other time would be right besides now because I don’t think I would even be right here without her," the new WSOP gold bracelet winner admitted.
Garza and Morris were not afraid to get their chips in despite six-figure pay jumps on the line. At some point, the bottom four stacks were separated by only a handful of big blinds while Halatenko dominated at the top with more than half of the chips in play. Garza and Halatenko had bumped heads during big pots and fists with a smile on the face the previous night when the eventual champion joked they were "in the same boat",not afraid to put their chips on the line.
Potential ICM considerations didn't play any role for Garza even with the added spotlight of the live stream setup and a seven figure payday up for grabs.
"No, not really.I am taking spots if I see it, like I don't care if I bust. If I lose with the spot, I'll take it. I don't really care too much about ICM," Garza concluded.
Action of the Final Day
Halatenko entered the final day with nearly half of the chips in play, and he remained near the top of the leaderboard for an extended period. Arthur Morris earned a double through Travis Pearson before Lou Garza carved a bite out of Halatenko's stack with aces versus naked kings.
The action slowed down thereafter with the bottom four on the leaderboard separated by only a couple of big blinds before Morris earned another double.This time, it came against Shan when his bottom two pair and nut flush draw were up against the top pair, straight draw and inferior flush draw of his opponent.
Shan's roller coaster ride with seven-figure pay jumps ultimately ended in fifth place before Garza scored a crucial double through Halatenko to cement his distinct second place on the leaderboard. Pearson then got it in with a dominated pair against Garza and found no help to become the second casualty.
Having secured a large pay jump, Morris was the far shortest stack but then rivered a flush to double through Garza to leap right back into contention. When the stack sizes were about to get nearly even, Garza won a big pot off Morris to leave the latter on just five big blinds. It was far from over, however, as Morris doubled right back before winning several hands in a row to pull into second place and even took over the lead from Halatenko for the first time on the final day.
The momentum slowly shifted to Garza, who jumped to more than half of the chips in play before a clash of the two shorter stacks got the chips in between Morris and Halatenko. In a near identical scenario, Morris got there again by turning superior two pair and left Halatenko on the ropes. There was no coming back from a single big blinds for Halatenko and Morris entered the heads-up stage against Garza with a narrow lead of 39 versus 33 big blinds.
“Let's go Texas,” the rails chanted at the start of the duel, having previously gone back and forth with banter for hours.
Both players then tossed their gloves and the fireworks commenced in a fast-paced battle. Garza extended his lead briefly before Morris struck back and got a gutsy bluff through. When all the chips went into the middle again, Morris' double-suited ace-queen had hit top pair while Garza looked him up with the second pair, gutshot and nut flush draw.
The most unlikely card came on the river to seal Garza's victory when he made trips fours and his rowdy rail jumped onto the feature stage moments later. When the celebrations had slowed down for a second, Garza dropped to his knees and proposed to his girlfriend and put a fitting end to the tournament.
In this Series
- 1 Peter Thai Wins First Bracelet of the 2023 WSOP: Event #1: $500 Casino Employees ($75,535)
- 2 Alexandre Vuilleumier Captures 2023 WSOP Event #2: $25K High Roller Title
- 3 Cody "1eggadaymike" Bell Wins WSOP Bracelet and $87,665 in the Triple Treys Summer Tip Off
- 4 Michael Moncek Wins Event #6: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha for $534,499
- 5 Chad Eveslage Steamrolls to Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #5: $1,500 Dealer's Choice (6-Handed) ($131,879)
- 6 Ronnie Day Reigns Supreme in Event #4: Tournament of Champions ($200,000)
- 7 Vadim Shlez Takes Down Event #7: $1,500 Limit Hold’em For $146,835
- 8 Chanracy Khun Wins Event #8: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
- 9 Nick Schulman Wins Event #9: Seven Card Stud For Fourth WSOP Bracelet ($110,800)
- 10 Ian "IanMa" Matakis Wins Online Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Bankroll Builder for $120,686
- 11 Ryan "dna2rna" Hughes Wins Third Bracelet, Defeats Shaun "fortnite" Deeb in Online Battle
- 12 Tyler Brown Crowned Champion of Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions ($1,000,000)
- 13 Kenneth O’Donnell Wins Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack For $351,098
- 14 The Chosen One: Chad Eveslage Wins Third Bracelet in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship
- 15 Estes Nabs Second WSOP MI Online Bracelet; Kershaw Victorious in First PA Event
- 16 Joseph Altomonte Returns to Poker With a Bang; Rakes in $217,102 and a WSOP Bracelet
- 17 Jeremy Eyer Defeats Felipe Ramos in Gruelling Heads Up Duel for $5K Freezeout Title ($649,550)
- 18 Danny "jackdaniels1" Wong Finally Bags WSOP Bracelet After 13 Hour Day
- 19 Isaac Haxton Removes Name from "Best Without a Bracelet" List w/ $25K High Roller Win
- 20 Brian Yoon Wins 5th WSOP Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
- 21 Brazil Out in Force for Reis' First Bracelet in $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
- 22 Three Isn't a Crowd for Jim Collopy Who Wins His Third WSOP Bracelet
- 23 Valentino Konakchiev Denies Andres Korn a Second Bracelet in $2.5K NLHE Freezeout
- 24 Michael Rodrigues Becomes First Badugi Champion in Event #20: $1,500 Badugi
- 25 Stephen Nahm Toasts To His Victory in Event #21: $1k Pot-Limit Omaha
- 26 Fifth Bracelet for Josh Arieh in Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $316,226
- 27 Leon Sturm Bests Bill Klein in Event #23: $50,000 High Roller ($1,546,024)
- 28 Two Big Bets and a Chair - David “ODB” Baker Fights Back from the Felt to Win His Third Bracelet
- 29 Jason Simon Becomes WSOP's First Gladiator of Poker for $499,852
- 30 Renji Mao’s Deepstack Aggression Earns Him First WSOP Bracelet ($402,588)
- 31 Belyalovsky Defeats 2020 WSOP Online Domestic Main Event Champion Hebert
- 32 12 Year Drought Ends: Ben Lamb Runs "Hotter Than the Sun" to Win 2nd WSOP Gold Bracelet
- 33 Six is Sweet For Shaun Deeb in Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix
- 34 Jans Arends Tops Star-Studded Final Table to Win $100K High Roller for $2,576,729
- 35 Benjamin Ector Busts Seven Straight to Win Event #28: $1,500 NLH Freezeout ($406,403)
- 36 Houston Firefighter Scott Dulaney Extinguishes the Opposition in Event #31 of 2023 WSOP
- 37 Cash Game Specialist Mark Ioli Wins First WSOP Bracelet for $558,266
- 38 John Monnette Joins Five-Timers Club With $1,500 Triple Draw WSOP Title
- 39 Sean Troha Wins 2nd WSOP Bracelet; Takes Down Event #34: $1,500 PLO for $298,192
- 40 “It’s Gonna Be Tough for You” Says Jerry Wong on Way to Winning 1st WSOP Bracelet
- 41 Chris Klodnicki Returns to WSOP, Wins $10,000 NLH Secret Bounty for 2nd Career Bracelet
- 42 Ryutaro Suzuki Becomes Japan's Mixed-Game Master in Event #36: $3,000 Nine Game Mix
- 43 Yuan Li Adds Name to List of 2023 WSOP Bracelet Winners after $2K NLHE Triumph ($524,777)
- 44 Benny Glaser Joins Five-Timers Club with Win in Event #38: $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship
- 45 Morgan Magee & Josh Dempsey Lay Claim to WSOP Online Bracelets in MI & PA
- 46 "suited_h13" Last One Standing in WSOP Online Event #6: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo ($134,527)
- 47 Chris Brewer Wins $250k Super High Roller and First Bracelet ($5,293,556)
- 48 Joe "jimjam01" Serock Wins 2023 WSOP Online Event #7: $500 PLO 6-Max ($93,911)
- 49 "I've Got It!" Qiang Xu Wins First Bracelet in $800 Deepstack ($339,033)
- 50 Scott Abrams Becomes Inaugural Big O Champion for $315,203
- 51 Braxton Dunaway Wins Monster Stack for $1,162,681; Now Headed to Son’s College World Series
- 52 Jeremy “ChipChecka” Ausmus Claims Sixth Bracelet in Online Event #8: $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em
- 53 Jay Lockett Turns $500 into $262,526 and a Bracelet at the 2023 WSOP
- 54 Braxton Dunaway Wins Monster Stack for $1,162,681; Now Headed to Son’s College World Series
- 55 William Leffingwell Brings A Bracelet Home to Houston a Week After His Friend Did the Same!
- 56 Pengfei Wang Plays First Tournament Ever; Wins $270,700 in Event #49: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty
- 57 Brian Rast Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship For the Third Time ($1,324,747)
- 58 Yang Zhang Captures 2023 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Title ($717,879)
- 59 Yuri Dzivielevski Wins Third Bracelet and $207,678 in Event #47: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
- 60 Poker Player Proposes to Girlfriend After Winning WSOP Bracelet & $1,309,232
- 61 Team Savakinas Reign Supreme in WSOP Tag Team Event ($190,662)
- 62 Nick Pupillo Wins First Bracelet In $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw for $181,978
- 63 Justin Vaysman & Rudy Gavaldon Win WSOP Online Bracelets in Pennsylvania & Michigan
- 64 Ryan "GoFeltaFish2" Eriquezzo Multitasks His Way to His Third WSOP Bracelet
- 65 Lonnie Hallett Defeats Billy Baxter Heads-Up to Win 2023 WSOP Seniors Championship ($765,731)
- 66 Mike Gorodinsky Blazes Down the Home Stretch to Win $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship ($422,747)
- 67 Marcin Horecki Denies Mike Matusow as he Captures Poland's First-Ever Live WSOP Bracelet
- 68 Retired Fireman Steven Genovese Climbs a Different Type of Ladder to Take Home a WSOP Bracelet!
- 69 Jason Daly Steamrolls Final Table of Event #58: $3,000 Limit Hold'em to Win First WSOP Bracelet
- 70 Millionaire Maker Winner Pavel Plesuv Becomes Moldova's First WSOP Champion ($1,201,564)
- 71 Ka Kwan Lau Finds Redemption in $25K PLO High Roller ($2,294,756)
- 72 WSOP Online Pennsylvania & Michigan: Christopher Nunez & David Ferus Find Mystery Bounty Success
- 73 Calm, Collected, and Deadly: Robert Schulz Becomes a WSOP Champion
- 74 Jason Mercier Defeats Mike Watson to Capture Sixth WSOP Bracelet
- 75 Brazil’s Gabriel Schroeder Bad Beats Andy Black on Way to Super Turbo Bounty Bracelet ($228,632)
- 76 Austria's Klaus Ilk Wins 2023 WSOP Event #61: $1,000 Super Seniors for $371,603
- 77 "Can't Stop Kopp!" William Kopp Wins Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better ($259,549)
- 78 David Simon Emerges Victorious in Battle of Davids to Win Maiden Bracelet in $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha ($410,659)
- 79 Ryan Miller Wins Maiden Bracelet in Event #63: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($344,677)
- 80 David Guay Celebrates on Canada Day with WSOP Gold ($271,032)
- 81 Weiran Pu Captures His First Bracelet in Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em ($938,244)
- 82 Phil Hellmuth Wins Record-Extending 17th World Series of Poker Bracelet
- 83 Brewer Beats Baker and Livingston in 2-7 Single Draw Championship for Second Bracelet of the Summer
- 84 Jesse Lonis Steamrolls to Victory for Second Bracelet in Event #71: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
- 85 An Unstoppable Tamar Abraham Wins Record-Breaking Ladies Event for $192,167
- 86 Tom “lultaxpayers” Hall Emerges Victorious to Claim Maiden WSOP Bracelet ($176,920)
- 87 Moshe Refaelowitz Fulfils a Promise to His Wife; Wins Event #70: $400 Colossus
- 88 Bradley Gafford Rallies Back to Win the Mini Main Event ($549,555)
- 89 Hassan Kamel Speeds to Victory in Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($598,613)
- 90 Sam Soverel Wins World Series of Poker Bracelet in Live/Online Hybrid Tournament
- 91 Zachary Grech & Blaze Gaspari Pick Up NV/NJ WSOP Online Bracelets
- 92 Thomas Skaggs Adds a WSOP Bracelet to His Circuit Ring in Event #76: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
- 93 Shawn Daniels Wins Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's for $777,777
- 94 Josh Arieh Steam Rolls Final Table For Sixth Bracelet in Event #80: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. High Roller
- 95 VAMOS!! Samuel Bernabeu Wins First Bracelet in Event #79:$2,500 No-Limit Holdem
- 96 Thai Ha Wins First Bracelet in 2023 WSOP Event #83: $1,500 Short Deck ($111,170)
- 97 Brazilian Vitor Dzivielevski Wins NV/NJ WSOP Online Event #16 Bracelet ($185,316)
- 98 Alex Kulev Wins $50K High Roller for $2,087,073; Moves Atop Bulgarian All-Time Money List
- 99 Tom Marchese Wins First Gold Bracelet in WSOP Online Event #17: $1,000 Online Championship
- 100 Matthew Parry Wins 2023 WSOP Event #82: $3,000 PLO 6-Handed ($480,122)
- 101 Prominent Poker Coach Faraz Jaka Leads By Example and Wins First Bracelet in Event #85: $1,500 Shootout
- 102 Diego Does It! Ventura Earns First Live Bracelet for Peru in $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty
- 103 Oh Canada! Bradley Smith Wins Maiden Bracelet and $221,733 in Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo
- 104 Beginner's Luck? Pierre Shum Wins a WSOP Bracelet in His First Ever Tournament
- 105 Dong Meng Holds Off "Westside" Wesley to Win 2023 WSOP Event #89: $1,000 Flip & Go
- 106 Alexandre Reard Wins Second Bracelet in Prestigious $10K 6-Handed Championship ($1,057,663)
- 107 Kang Hyun Lee Takes the Event #92: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout Bracelet Home to Canada!
- 108 Two Bracelets in Five Events; Ryan Miller Victorious in Event #91: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
- 109 Summer Saved! Nielsen Takes Home Short Deck Bracelet and $270,160 in Second Cash of 2023 WSOP!
- 110 14 Years in the Making: Alex Keating Wins His Maiden Bracelet at the 2023 WSOP
- 111 Paul Berger Didn't Plan to Play Event #95: Super Turbo No-Limit Hold'em But He is Now Its Champion