Day 3 Completed
Day 3 Completed
German amateur Paul Hofer won Event #61: $1,111 The Little One for One Drop, beating out one of the biggest fields of 2015 – 4,555 players – for $645,969 and his first gold bracelet. He did so in front of a loud and supportive German rail that included plenty of stars of the poker world, players such as Ole Schemion, Thomas Muehloecker, and Dominik Nitsche.
“The German guys...I think we're one of the best groups,” said Hofer, who hails from Leipzig. “It's a super community who came together over the last year, and its almost like a family.”
He needed some timely luck as a slow pace of play led to stacks being short across the board for much of the final table. That increased the variance, but Hofer capitalized as he caught the cards at the right times. He eliminated Carlos Chang in fifth by jamming the in the small blind for eight big blinds and outdrawing Chang's . Then, he hit a wheel with all in preflop against the of bracelet winner John Reading to send him out fourth, much to the delight of the boisterous railbirds.
That gave Hofer a 3-1 lead over the final two players' combined stacks, and he eliminated Senovio Ramirez III and Mario Lopez the very next two hands.
“I was running super well in the end,” Hofer said. “I played well, and I ran pretty well. That's the best mixture to win a tournament.”
|1||Paul Hofer||Leipzig, Germany||$645,969|
|3||Senovio Ramirez III||Mission, TX||$287,620|
|4||John Reading||Rochester, MN||$212,559|
|5||Carlos Chang||Taipei, Taiwan||$158,404|
|6||Dustin Lee||Waipahu, HI||$119,049|
|7||Rainer Kempe||Berlin, Germany||$90,189|
|8||Jason Caulk||New Palestine, IN||$68,912|
|9||Brett Shaffer||Beloit, KS||$53,088|
The Little One for One Drop began its third day of play with 128 players. After ten levels of play just 14 advanced to the fourth and final day.
Leading the charge for the $645,969 first-place prize and WSOP gold bracelet is Jason Caulk with close to seven million chips.
Among those still stacked are Paul Hoefer (6,355,000), Chris Hunichen (5,205,000), Senovio Ramirez III (4,165,000), John Reading (4,545,000), and Mario Lopez (4,305,000).
Those who cashed on Day 3 but did not survive include Matt Stout, David Paredes, Men Nguyen, Craig Mccorkell, and Jonathan Little. Play will resume at 2 p.m. friday with plans to put the final table of nine on the WSOP live stream once they get there.
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