After three long and competative days of Omaha Hi-Lo action, Bradley Anderson has won Event #72 $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo to win his first WSOP Gold Bracelet and a cool $195,565.
Anderson navigated a final table littered with poker legends such as Men "The Master" Nguyen and Barny Boatman, plus seasoned players Peter Neff and Scott Abrams to become champion.
Railed by Savannah, his wife of 12 years, Anderson captured the bracelet by outlasting 771 opponents to take a huge chunk of the $3,628,530 prize pool.
Anderson, who resides in Missoula, Montana, played his second-ever WSOP final table. In 2014 with five players left, Anderson was the chip leader but ended up finishing in fifth place for $355,913.
Day 3 started with 23 players in Paris Ballroom and the field thinned to a final table of eight within three hours, with Mel Judah, Rami Boukai and Adam Friedman among the notable casualties. The final table was moved into Bally's Event Center, where it felt like the eye of the storm with the razzmatazz of the Main Event bubble surrounding the final eight.
Event #72 $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo Final Table Results
|1st||Bradley Anderson||United States||$195,565|
|2nd||Scott Abrams||United States||$120,881|
|3rd||Barny Boatman||United Kingdom||$83,050|
|4th||Peter Neff||United States||$58,089|
|5th||Men Nguyen||United States||$41,377|
|6th||Mark Erickson||United States||$30,026|
|7th||Jarod Minghini||United States||$22,205|
|8th||Shawn Carter||United States||$16,740|
"It is definitely surreal. Today was a tough grind. I had a big chip lead going into heads-up, and Scott chipped away at me, but I weathered the storm. I wasn't really thinking about the money. I was focused on winning the bracelet." said an emotional Anderson, minutes after receiving his bracelet.
When asked about playing with poker legends Boatman and Nguyen at the final table, the champion responded "Barny was beating my butt in a lot of pots today! Men Nguyen is such a character and it was a good group on the final table today."
Anderson revealed he never intended to play in this tournament until he busted the Main Event. A PokerNews reporter asked if busting the Main Event was the best thing to happen this year? "Yeah, Exactly!" Anderson responded "If you offered to me to bust the main and win a side event, I for sure would have taken that."
Final Table Action
Shawn Carter was the first casualty of the final table who was narrowly out pipped on both high and low pots by Neff.
Adrenaline junkie Jarod Minghini was the next to be eliminated. The competitive snowboarder could not get a run of hands together and eventually ran out of chips when up against Nguyen and Mark Erickson
Start-of-day chipleader Erickson had a phenomenal run in this event but was on the wrong end of the most dramatic hand of the tournament. At the river, Nguyen and Erickson were all-in and Anderson was deep into the tank whether to call with the nut low or not to risk being quartered.
Anderson found the call and was the only one to hold the nut low, which proved vital in the tournament's latter stages. Nguyen took the high with a queen-high straight, which defeated Erickson's set of queens, which left him with only 300,000 chips. Erickson was eliminated shortly after the dinner break.
Men Nguyen was the next to exit proceedings shortly after Erickson's exit losing two big pots in a row. Peter Neff exited in fourth place after getting scooped by Anderson, who had a better two pair than Neff.
UK poker icon Barny Boatman clung on as long as possible, but the increasing blinds played havoc with his stack and he was down to four big blinds when he clashed with Anderson, who turned a full house to eliminate the Hendon Mob member.
Abrams put up a brave fight in heads-up play. After Boatman was eliminated, Anderson started with an 80/20 chip advantage. Abrams almost reached parity with the eventual winner, but Anderson stepped on the gas and managed to defeat Abrams to write his name in the poker history books.
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