Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||300,000 / 600,000|
Players Info - Day 3
Day 3 Completed
Connor Drinan took down his second career WSOP gold bracelet and the $163,252 first-place prize Sunday night after defeating Travis Pearson heads-up in a back-and-forth battle in Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better.
The 32-year-old poker professional remained humble in victory.
“I just played my normal game and ran good,” Connor said when asked about his victory.
Drinan, who claims to have played poker since he was a freshman in high school, has already amassed over $11 million in career earnings according The Hendon Mob. Drinan’s largest career score came just last year after taking down the 2020 WSOP Online $10K Super Millions event on GGPoker for just over $1.4 million along with his first gold bracelet.
Event #5: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Results
|1||Connor Drinan||United States||$163,252|
|2||Travis Pearson||United States||$100,901|
|3||Robert Mizrachi||United States||$71,602|
|4||Sandy Sanchez||United States||$51,590|
|5||Micah Brooks||United States||$37,750|
|6||Carl Lijewski||United States||$28,059|
|7||Kris Kwiatokowski||United States||$21,192|
|8||Curtis Phelps||United States||$16,266|
|9||Michael Moed||United States||$12,693|
Day 3 began with 15 players in contention but quickly dwindled down to a final table of 10 after just over two hours of play as the short-stacked players were quickly eliminated.
Drinan went into both Day 3 and the final table as the chip leader, which also featured four-time WSOP bracelet winner Robert Mizrachi. Drinan set the tone early by eliminating Yehuda Buchalter shortly after final-table play began. However, Drinan would lose his top chip position at multiple points during the final table as play carried on.
Eventual runner-up Pearson was able to accumulate chips throughout the final table as he had a hand in eliminating both Kris Kwiatkowski (7th place) and Micah Brooks (5th place).
Things actually looked promising for Mizrachi after he scooped a massive pot against Drinan and Curtis Phelps, but he was unable to hold onto that momentum and fell in third place — thanks largely to a key pot where Drinan called correctly against Mirazachi on the river in a large pot.
Heads-up play began with Drinan enjoying a nearly three-to-one chip lead over Pearson, but Pearson would not go down without a fight. Pearson evened up the counts after drilling a straight flush and even took over the chip lead after calling Drinan down in a large pot where Drinan mucked at showdown. However, Drinan would eventually re-take the chip lead after winning a series of pots with escalating blinds and finished the job after getting Pearson all in on the flop with a set of sixes against Pearson's top pair.
"This win is dedicated to Mike Fasco for the expensive O/8 lessons," Drinan added.
On the final hand of the tournament, Travis Pearson was all-in on the flop against Connor Drinan.
The runout went Drinan's way, and his set of sixes sealed the victory.
Drinan takes home his second WSOP bracelet and the $163,252 first-place prize.
Please stay tuned to PokerNews for a complete event recap coming up soon!
Travis Pearson completed from the button and was raised by Connor Drinan out of the big. Pearson called.
Drinan bet on the flop and Pearson called.
The fell on the turn and Drinan bet again. This time Pearson raised and Drinan called.
The completed the board and Drinan led out. Pearson called and Drinan revealed for a straight and low. Pearson mucked and Drinan scooped the pot.
After a four-bet pot preflop in which Drinan was the aggressor, the two headed to the flop.
Drinan bet out the flop, Pearson raised, and Drinan called.
Drinan bet on the turn and the river, too. Pearson called both, but Drinan tabled the winning hand when he filled up fours full of aces on the river to take a two-to-one chip advantage in heads-up play.
Connor Drinan raised from the button and was called by Travis Pearson.
Pearson then proceeded to check-call bets from Drinan on the flop, turn, and river.
"You win," Drinan said.
Pearson tabled and Drinan mucked upon seeing it.
After a series of back and forth pots, Connor Drinan has chipped up a bit to take the lead in the heads-up battle for the bracelet.
Travis Pearson raised on the button and Connor Drinan called.
The flop came and Drinan checked to Pearson, who bet. Drinan then check-raised and Pearson responded by making it three bets to go. Drinan called.
Drinan then proceeded to check-call bets from Pearson on the turn and river. Pearson tabled for a straight flush and a low.
"That's gonna take it," Drinan said as he mucked.