Day 3 Completed
|Limits||80,000 / 160,000|
Day 3 Completed
Chants of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” filled the corner of the Amazon room in the early morning hours as Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw came to a conclusion after almost ten hour-long levels. The 35-year-old mixed game specialist Robert Campbell has become the latest winner during the 50th World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, and he did so after an epic heads-up battle for the bracelet.
The event saw a field of 467 entries take part, creating a prize pool of $630,450 and Campbell took home the top prize of $144,027, becoming the 20th Australian player to claim at least one WSOP bracelet. Campbell denied three-time WSOP bracelet winner David “Gunslinger” Bach a fourth title in claiming his first one. Calm and focused during the entire final table, all the pressure fell off the Melbournian and he shot out of his chair in excitement after the final hand to celebrate with his rail, the emotion he'd held at bay for the duration of the final table pouring out of him in a celebration of his momentous achievement.
Among those to embrace him were Warwick Mirzikinian, Gary Benson, James Obst, Joe Hachem and Ash Gupta. Even Jeff Lisandro came over during his breaks in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship to check on the intense heads-up duel.
It was far from an easy ride for the Aussie despite coming into the seven-handed final table with a comfortable lead, which he immediately remarked on during the interview after his victory.
“I had that feeling of dread when I had a big chip stack at the start of the final table and [then] fell back into the pack. But straight away after dinner, three people turbo busted, I was like I 'Go cash game mode and see what happens'. And then, Bleznick caught bad cards and he was finished.”
The duel for the gold bracelet was an endurance challenge against three-time WSOP bracelet winner Bach, who put up a fierce fight in his bid to add another title to his already-impressive resume. Both men held commanding leads at different points of the exchange and Campbell admitted adjusting to the playing style of his opponent, which proved to be a golden decision.
“He is quite an unorthodox player, you have to do a few things slightly differently against him.”
The WSOP bracelet win is a dream come true for the 35-year-old from Melbourne and CEO of Neon Esports who has had several cashes in various mixed games to his name. His first WSOP score dates back to 2013 on home soil during the World Series Of Poker Asia Pacific in his home town of Melbourne and since then Campbell came close to victory several times with 16 WSOP cashes for nearly $600,000. Until tonight, the outright win had eluded him.
Just a few days ago, one of those close calls took place right here in Las Vegas as he finished 5th in Event #18: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better and also cashed in the $1,500 Dealers Choice event this series. Those two deep runs didn't result in a confidence boost for the Aussie, however.
“If anything, it was rather a 'No, not again...' [thought], you know. I was just so excited to be here again. But I really just wanted to try my best. I had a really good sleep and then on the [dinner] break I had an hour sleep. I felt like that was a good idea.”
Campbell returned very focused and withstood the hot streak of Jared Bleznick, who pulled into a commanding lead, yet had to settle for third place only just one hour later. Defending champion Hanh Tran came close to a repeat victory, but eventually fell short in seventh place. Other notables that ran out of chips before the final table was set were Daniel Strelitz, Carol Fuchs, Frankie O'Dell and Benny Glaser.
Final Result Event #33: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
|2||David Bach||United States||$88,995|
|3||Jared Bleznick||United States||$58,343|
|4||Kyle Miaso||United States||$39,126|
|5||Jesse Hampton||Unitd States||$26,855|
|6||Aron Dermer||United States||$18,875|
Action of the Day
The day got off to a hot start with four casualties within the first half an hour and among others, 2019 WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz saw his hopes of a second victory vanish when his low draw bricked off against the ninety-six of Jared Bleznick. One hour later, the field was already reduced to the final 10 players on two five-handed tables as Carol Fuchs, Frankie O'Dell and Michael Noori all departed.
Benny Glaser, who won this very event in 2015, had to settle for 10th place this time. Having lost several pots in quick succession, among others against a wheel of defending champion Hanh Tran, the Brit ended up all in before the first draw. Glaser made an eighty-seven, but Jesse Hampton held the superior hand with a seventy-six.
Robert Campbell and Kyle Miaso dominated their tables on the way to the seven-handed final, however, Miaso was knocked back into the middle of the pack by the time Steven Tabb and Hope Williams were eliminated in 9th and 8th place respectively.
The final table started with a bang when Hampton hit a wheel to win a big pot off Tran, and the title defense of the Austrian came apart soon after. Down to fewer than one big bet, he was unable to mount a spectacular comeback this time and his eighty-seven was no good.
“I have never seen a final table where nobody goes broke for such a long time,” Jared Bleznick admitted when the field was down to the final six and indeed the chips were passed back and forth for quite some time. Aptly dressed in a winter jacket and wooly hat on the feature table, Bleznick went on a heater after dinner and took a commanding lead while Aron Dermer, Jesse Hampton, and Kyle Miaso were sent to the rail within half an hour.
But the prime position of Bleznick turned to nothing as he “caught bad cards” and went from chip leader to out in third place. The heads-up duel between Campbell and Bach lasted for more than two hours and eventually, the Aussie had grinded down his opponent to just two big bets. Bach's eighty-seven draw missed and Campbell held up with a ninety-eight to embrace his rail.
The $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship is just a few days away and Campbell will very likely try and add a second bracelet to his collection. Tune back in then, as PokerNews will be there to provide all the action throughout the summer during the 50th edition of the World Series of Poker.
David Bach raised and Robert Campbell three-bet. Bach moved all in for another 55,000 on top, 295,000 in total, and Campbell made the call.
Both drew one first and Campbell then stood pat, while Bach drew one again. Once Campbell stood pat on the final draw and Bach drew one, the cards were turned over.
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Bach needed help, but as soon as he peeled the jack, the rather calm Campbell shot out of his chair and screamed in ecstasy, as did his rail. Bach missed out on his fourth bracelet and takes home $88,995, while Campbell scored the first gold bracelet and payday of $144,027.
A full recap of today's action is to follow!
David Bach raised and Robert Campbell called to see Bach discard two, Campbell needed four new cards. Campbell check-raised a bet of Bach and they both drew one next. Campbell bet and Bach folded with fewer than two big bets behind.
David Bach opened from the small blind and Robert Campbell defended. Campbell drew three cards and Bach drew one and Campbell check-called Bach's continuation-bet afterward. Second draws went two and one and Campbell checked again. Bach fired another barrel and Campbell put in a check-raise. Bach called and final draws went pat and pat with both players checking through to showdown.
Campbell tabled and Bach mucked.
On the following hand, Campbell opened his small blind and Bach defended. Bach drew three and Campbell one. Bach checked to Campbell, who made a continuation-bet and was called. Both players drew one on the second draw and proceeded to check before drawing one again on the final draw. On the end, Bach checked and Campbell fired one more bet. Bach picked up the chips to call and then put them into the pot.
Campbell tabled and Bach once again mucked as Campbell has regained a commanding lead.
Robert Campbell raised and called a three-bet by David Bach. Campbell opted to take three while Bach only needed one new card. Bach bet and Campbell called, drew three once more and Bach remained with one new card. Bach bet and this time Campbell let go.
Campbell raised and Bach came along to see both draw two. Bach check-called a bet and did so again after both drew one. Campbell then patted and Bach took one card. A check-call of Bach followed and he mucked when Campbell rolled over .
David Bach opened from the small blind and Robert Campbell defended. Each player drew three and Campbell led out after the draw. Bach called, leading to the second draw. Campbell stood pat and Bach drew one. Campbell then bet and was called and final draws again went pat and one. Campbell bet on the end and Bach made the call.
Campbell tabled and took down the pot with a smooth eight.
A few hands later, Bach opened again from the small blind and Campbell once again defended. Campbell drew three and Bach took one. Campbell then check-called Bach's continuation-bet and drew two cards. Bach took one. After the draw, Campbell checked and Bach fired a second barrel. Campbell announced a raise and put forth the chips to confirm it. Bach thought for a bit and folded his hand.
David Bach raised it up and Robert Campbell came along to draw three, while Bach settled for one new card. Campbell check-called a bet and did so again after the second card when he took two and Bach drew one. Bach then stood pat and Campbell asked for one new card, they checked it down and Bach tabled the winner in .
Bach won the next pot without showdown after betting once the second draw was complete and Campbell then raised to get called. Bach took three and Campbell just one, but it was Bach that check-raised and Campbell called. Bach stood pat and Campbell took one new card, a bet of Bach was quickly called.
Bach remained pat and Campbell used one new card, the action went check, check. Bach's was good enough to win the next pot and almost even the stacks again.
Robert Campbell opened from the small blind and David Bach defended. Bach drew three and Campbell one. After the draw, Bach checked and Campbell made a continuation-bet. Bach called and second draws went two and one. Bach check-called another barrel from Campbell and final draws went pat and one. Both players checked on the end.
Bach showed and Campbell tabled his hand, showing and winning the pot.
David Bach opened from the small blind and Robert Campbell defended. Campbell drew three and Bach one. Campbell then check-called Bach's continuation bet. Second draws went two and pat and Campbell check-folded to another barrel as Bach took down the pot.
Bach then won another pot defending his big blind. The first draws each went one and two and Bach bet out after the second draw. Campbell called and final draws went pat and one with both players checking to showdown and Bach winning with .
On the following hand, Campbell got a little back after defending his big blind. Both players drew two and Campbell led out and was called. Both players then drew one and Campbell again bet and was called. The final draw saw Campbell stand pat and Bach take one with Campbell winning the pot with a bet on the end that got Bach to fold.
Then, Bach got Campbell to fold on the end after defending his big blind. Bach drew two and Campbell took three and both players checked. Second draws went two and two and Bach bet out and was called. Bach then drew one card and Campbell stood pat on the final draw. On the end, Bach bet out into Campbell after he stood pat and Campbell took a few seconds before letting his hand go.
Players are taking an impromptu five-minute bathroom break and play will resume shortly.