Championship Final Tables Becoming a Habit for Ismael Bojang

Ismael Bojang faced world-class competition in the Pot Limit Hold'em Championship.

Ismael Bojang faced world-class competition in the Pot Limit Hold’em Championship.

Ismael Bojang quietly set the record for most World Series of Poker cashes in a year in 2014 with 13 – nine in Las Vegas and four at WSOP APAC. He’s off to a great start in 2015 with three cashes and two final tables in $10,000 Championship events.

Bojang finished in eighth place in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship for his eighth career WSOP final table and his commented on his recent track record, “Stats don’t mean a lot to me as long as I don’t have a bracelet. I mean, it’s nice to have the stats but its the bracelet that counts. Other than that I just go for the money.”

Bojang’s run locked up back-to-back final tables in the PLHE Championship – he finished in fifth place in 2014 for nearly $100,000. “This game suits me pretty well because I’m probably a little tighter than most regs,” he said. “The ones who are loose don’t adjust well enough to the game. I’ve seen some pretty thin raises and calls.”

“The same players keep cashing in the event. You see Tom Marchese was here in tenth today and Todd Brunson ran deep twice now. Look at Deuce to Seven final table – (Phil) Galfond made it and Tuan Le won it back-to-back,” Bojang said. “If you know the games that don’t have as much variance as No Limit Hold’em you have a better chance of going deep back-to-back.”

Bojang runs pretty bad when looking at his final table competition – in Saturday’s PLHE final table he faced Shaun Deeb, Paul Volpe, Greg Merson, Jason Koon and Sam Stein.  In the Deuce to Seven Championship event, which he finished in third, he sat with Tuan Le, Galfond, Calvin Anderson and Bruno Fitoussi.

“The Pot Limit final table – the field wasn’t too tough but the the final two tables were amazing,” said Bojang. “I didn’t even know who could lose in this field. I definitely have not had any easy final tables.”

“The path to a bracelet is tough, I mean, even winning a tournament is tough outside the WSOP,” Bojang added. “I think I’ve one won tournament in my life and that was an 80-man Sit&Go. It’s tough – it doesn’t matter if the field is soft or which game you play.”

Bojang’s good start is what many players would need to kick start another record run but Bojang was pretty relaxed about the rest of his summer. “This year I’m not going to focus on playing as much compared to the last two years,” he said. “I have some friends coming and they want to party for ten days straight.”

“I don’t chase after POY or bracelets as much but it would be cool to win a tournament or go deep in one of the smaller buy-in events where they have big prizepools,” he added. “You can get fourth and still get $200,000 to $300,000. That’s my goal – winning a lot of money or getting a bracelet – either one of those will do.”

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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