Day 3 Completed
|Limits||50,000 / 100,000|
Day 3 Completed
After three days of poker and eight different games, the Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix winner has been crowned with the United Kingdom's Philip Long claiming glory, the coveted WSOP gold bracelet, and the $147,348 first-place prize. At a stacked final table, Long defeated Kevin Malis heads-up. Six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu's bid for number seven ended in third place, John Racener finished in fourth.
Long felt that his comfort in all the games was the biggest factor to his victory.
"It's an unusual thing when you have the eight-game mix. I think you're always trying to be aware of what people think about the different games and what they think about you in the different games. Sometimes, some people are really confident in some games and weak in the others, and sometimes they think you're bad at certain games. I didn't feel that bad in anything and I think that was my main strength," the newly crowned bracelet winner said.
Final Table Results
|1||Philip Long||United Kingdom||$147,348|
|2||Kevin Malis||United States||$91,042|
|4||John Racener||United States||$40,151|
|6||Nicholas Derke||United States||$19,404|
The 2018 instalment of this event saw 481 players take to the felt to eclipse the total set last year, which saw Ron "Grumpy" Ware claim his first WSOP bracelet. After a full day of poker, just 134 players remained. When play kicked off on Day 2, the likes of Amnon Filippi (71st), Benny Glaser (64th), Ylon Schwartz (54th), Chip Jett (42nd), Jon Turner (38th), Scott Seiver (34th), Fabrice Soulier (30th), Dylan Linde (24th), Valentin Vornicu (23rd), Ben Yu (22nd), and James Obst (20th) were among those hitting the rail throughout the day.
The final day of play saw just 16 players return and a quick influx of eliminations would occur as David Bach (16th), Robert Williamson III (14th), Anthony Zinno (13th), and Mike Matusow (12th) all hit the rail before the final table was reached, with Long the overwhelming chipleader ahead of six-time WSOP bracelet winner Negreanu. Nicholas Derke (6th), Per Hildebrand (5th), and Racener (4th) were all swiftly eliminated as an intense three-handed battle began.
"I was obviously scared of Daniel because he has played a lot, while Kevin (Malis) seemed more inexperienced," said Long of the three-handed battle. "It made it easier when Daniel went out. He was obviously the best player left, so it was scary with him there."
A crowd had gathered to potentially see Negreanu claim the title, but when a few big 2-7 Triple Draw hands didn't go his way, he was soon relegated to the short stack. In a round of No-Limit Hold'em, Negreanu would flop top and bottom pair and then call a river shove from Malis only to be shown Malis' flopped top set. With Negreanu out in third place, the heads-up battle began with both players virtually even in chips.
Long and Malis traded chips back-and-forth fairly evenly over the first stage of heads-up play, but then Long kicked it into a higher gear and started applying pressure on Malis. Although Malis managed to secure a few double ups, it wouldn't be enough as the final hand occurred shortly after in an orbit of Razz. Malis was all in on third street and ran out a jack-eight low, only to be outdone by Long's six-five low. With Malis eliminated in second place, Long was crowned the Event #22 winner and captured the $147,348 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Congratulations to Philip Long for winning the Event #22: $1,500 Eight Game Mix bracelet. He joined a group of extremely talented mixed-game poker players that have found glory in this format of tournament poker. Long also becomes the 37th player from the United Kingdom to win a WSOP bracelet, and with it sees Britain now hold a total of 45 career WSOP bracelets.
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Kevin Milas had the bring-in for 20,000 and Philip Long completed to 50,000. Milas had just 88,000 remaining, and he pushed it into the middle as Long called and each player's boards ran out as follows:
Milas: / /
Long: / /
With Milas finishing with a jack-eight low, it wouldn't be enough to overcome Long's six-five low, and consequently Milas would be eliminated in second place for a $91,042 payday.
Limit Flop / Draw: 25,000/50,000
Stud Games: 10,000-ante, 20,000 bring-in, 50,000 completion
No-Limit & Pot-Limit: 12,000/24,000/6,000-ante
Kevin Milas had the bring-in and Philip Long completed. Milas got the last of his 44,000 into the middle, and each player's boards ran out as follows:
Milas: / /
Long: / /
With Long making a king-low, it would be Milas' eight-low that would see him scoop a double up.
Philip Long raised the button and Kevin Malis made it two bets to go. Long called, and the flop landed and Malis bet out.
Long called, and when the turn fell the , Malis bet, Long raised, and Malis called.
The river fell the and Malis led out for 80,000 and Long called holding for a flush.
Malis showed his , and then mucked.
Kevin Malis raised to 80,000 and Philip Long called in the big blind.
The flop landed and Long checked to Malis who bet 40,000. Long made it 80,000 and Malis quickly made it three bets to go. Both players then decided to get it all in with Malis at risk for 234,000.
The turn and river landed the and , and Malis scooped the double with a wheel.
From the button, Kevin Malis limped in and Philip Long raised to 80,000 from the big.
Malis called, and then called a bet on the flop as the landed on the turn.
Long bet, Malis called, and the river landed the .
Long bet out 80,000, and Malis mucked.
Philip Long raised the button and Kevin Malis called in the big blind.
The flop landed and Malis checked to Long who bet 40,000. Malis called, and then check-called a bet of 80,000 when the turn landed the .
The river fell the , and Malis checked, Long bet 80,000, and Malis folded.
Kevin Malis had the bring-in and Philip Long completed. Malis made it two bets and Long responded with a re-raise to three bets.
Malis called, and then called a bet on fourth street before he folded to a bet on fifth.