Daniel Ospina won Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw for $87,678 beating a field of 260 players. Ospina defeated Timothy Mcdermott heads up and earns his first ever World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
This marks not only Ospina's first bracelet but the first bracelet win for the country of Colombia as well. Ospina and his rail proudly posed with the Colombian flag upon Ospina's victory.
In 2015, Ospina came second in this same event and to win it this year meant everything to him. "I just really felt like it was my time, I never really doubted myself and felt like everything was coming full circle."
Final Table Results
|2||Timothy Mcdermott||United States||$54,180|
|3||Shaun Deeb||United States||$36,330|
|4||Mike Wattel||United States||$24,920|
|5||James Alexander||United States||$17,494|
|6||Brant Hale||United States||$12,576|
|8||Matt Szymaszek||United States||$6,996|
Ospina came into day three with a massive chip lead and would not relinquish it the entire day on his way to victory. A few hands into the day, Ospina put a slow roll on Shaun Deeb to bust him in third.
"I three-bet with an eight-seven and I knew when he called he only had about 1.5 pot or so behind. Deeb drew one, I patted, and he shoved. He likes to play these big polarizing spots and when he shoved, I knew this was the time."
Deeb tabled a and was eliminated by Ospina's . "Deeb has a reputation for slow-rolling people in the past and I have a bit of history with him in some other events we've played. I decided last night if the opportunity presented itself to slow roll him, I was definitely going to do it."
Then Ospina faced off heads-up with Mcdermott, both pursuing their first-ever gold bracelet. The two went back and forth for a half hour or so before Ospina took a hefty amount of Mcdermott's stack with an , leaving Mcdermott crippled.
The pair of players proceeded to play a few more orbits with either folding or shoving from the button until the final hand where Ospina shoved and Mcdermott made the call for his last remaining 200,000. After both drawing one, Mcdermott drew a to show a with Ospina showing needing to improve with Ospina's draw. When Ospina flipped over the , his rail erupted into cheers as the Colombian captured the victory.
Daniel and his rail had the Colombian flag with them, which carried a story in and of itself. "I was walking through the airport to catch my flight to Vegas when I noticed one of those Colombian gift shops," Ospina said. "My first thought was, oh I'll need a flag for when I win a bracelet and I don't think I could find one in Vegas, so I bought it and here we are."
"I've actually been taking some time off poker in the past couple of years. There was a point where I wasn't really sure if I was going to go back to it or not. But to win today after my second place a few years ago just means the world to me. I feel like back then I wasn't really mentally ready in a lot of ways and I feel like today means so much more to me than it would have back then."
Some other notables to earn a cash in this year's event include Stuart Rutter who was poised to make back-to-back $1500 NL 2-7 final tables. He made it as far as the final two tables but ultimately busted out in 13th place ($4,311). Daniel Weinman also had a deep run spoiled falling in 11th ($5,420). Some other familiar faces who cashed on Day 2 include Mark Gregorich (15th - $3,522), Maria Ho (16th - $3,522), Roland Israelashvili (26th - $2,959), Jesse Martin (35th - $2,557), and Robert Mizrachi (38th - $2,276).
PokerNews continues to cover Event #7: $565 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em, Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold'em, as well as Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship among others, so be sure to follow along for all the news and updates as we continue the 2018 World Series of Poker.