Saturday was a busy day at the 2015 World Series with four bracelets being awarded including three to first time winners and one to Brian Hastings, the second of his career. The win for Hastings came with a pretty decent financial bonus thanks to the prop bets he placed on himself winning a bracelet this summer. By the end of the day he was back in action though, taking his seat in the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event that kicked off at 4 pm PT while Day 1B of the Monster Stack brought in more than 4,000 players.
High School Football Coach Outlasts Poker Pros To Win $5,000 Eight Max No Limit Hold’em
At a final table that included a WPT Player of the Year, a WSOP National Champion, a highly respected poker strategy author and another WSOP bracelet winner it was the 51-year-old football coach from Florida that prevailed.
Jeff Tomlinson, who coaches high school football in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, beat Pierre Milan heads-up to win the bracelet and the $567,724 first place prize money. The pair played 128 hands of heads-up play with Milan controlling most of the momentum throughout.
“I got to the final table today and there was seven really really good poker players that I was staring at the poker table and I know that,” said Tomlinson. “I’m sure everybody thought this guy’s a football coach, he’s not a pro, he doesn’t play online but that’s what’s so great about poker and the World Series – anybody can win.”
Making his way through the final table, Tomlinson knew he had a cheering section back home – his players.
“I hope they’re happy, they were all watching tonight,” said Tomlinson of his players. “They tease me all the time like ‘Coach I was watching poker on ESPN the other night and when you gonna get there? You ever gonna get there?'”
Reigning WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno finished seventh. Jonathan Little, who launched his latest poker book earlier in the day, finished sixth and former WSOP Circuit National Champion Dominik Nitsche finished third.
Final Table Payouts
- Jeff Thomlinson – $567,724
- Pierre Milan – $350,994
- Dominik Nitsche – $220,657
- Jonathan Jaffe – $158,373
- Andrius Bielskis – $115,507
- Jonathan Little – $85,616
- Anthony Zinno – $64,484
- Dan O’Brien – $49,331
Brian Hastings Wins $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship and Bracelet Prop Bets
Before the 2015 WSOP Brian Hastings was a confident man. He made it known he was looking to bet on himself to win a bracelet and negotiated a number of prop bets with top pros and then went to work. On Saturday night he followed through on his confidence, taking down the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $239,518.
“I came into this summer with high expectations obviously. I decided to bet a lot on myself. I worked on my game a lot in the last year,” said Hastings. “I also have a great girlfriend who I started dating six months ago and I just thought I was in a really good place where I could come here every day and play my A game.”
The final table included three former bracelet winners; Scott Clements, Max Pescatori and Dan Kelly. Hastings beat Clements heads-up for his second WSOP bracelet. As for the prop bets, Hastings won more from those that he did from winning the actual tournament.
For Clements it was his second cash this summer in a $10,000 Championship event. He’d previously finished fourth in the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship.
Final Table Payouts
- Brian Hastings – $239,518
- Scott Clements – $148,001
- Dan Kelly – $92,691
- Chris George – $67,114
- Oxana Cummings – $52,453
- John Thrower – $41,829
- Mikhail Semin – $33,967
- Max Pescatori – $28,031
Aaron Wallace Wins $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event
The last of four bracelets awarded on Saturday night went to Aaron Wallace. Just moments after Thomlinson won his bracelet, Wallace took down the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for $226,985. Wallace beat out runner-up Marko Neumann for the first bracelet of his career.
Wallace began the day as chip leader and eliminated five of his final eight opponents before getting heads up with Neumann. Once heads-up the pair traded the lead a couple of times before Wallace finally took control for good.
Final Table Payouts
- Aaron Wallace – $226,985
- Marko Neumann – $140,353
- Noah Merritt – $88,801
- Jeroen Chenier – $64,457
- Daniel Zack – $47,548
- Chase Steely – $35,609
- Balazs Somodi – $27,056
- Curtis Krushelniski – $20,830
- Thomas Kearney – $16,245
Arash Ghaniean Overcomes Rough Week to Win $1,500 HORSE Bracelet
Late Friday night the $1,500 HORSE event was stopped with just three players remaining. It took another 3.5 hours of play on Saturday to get to a winner but it was worth the wait for Arash Ghaniean.
The 40-year-old poker pro beat out Australian Robert Campbell for the first bracelet of his career. Staying focused and rested throughout the tournament was difficult though as his wife, who is pregnant with twins, got some bad news from the doctor the day the tournament started.
There’s complications and she’s gotta have surgery and we’ve put it off. We have to go to California. It was just an emotional roller coaster ride. I got very little sleep. Everyone, friends, families were very supportive. I’m pretty humble,” said Ghaniean. “It was hard not to sleep, deal with the tournament, worrying about the news we just got from the doctor the day you entered the tournament. So it was really hard. This is really sweet.”
The fact that the win came in a mixed game format made it extra special for Ghaniean.
“I played the HORSE a few years ago and came in 14th. HORSE is a pretty skillful event, Omaha is my weakest game,” admitted Ghaniean. “A lot of great players play it but a lot of weak players don’t know how to play it as well, so we entered it.”
Final Table Payouts
- Arash Ghaneian – $239,750
- Robert Campbell – $148,096
- David Levi – $100,676
- Ronald Schiffman – $70,067
- Michael Trivett – $49,775
- Mike Watson – $36,080
- Jonathan Pineda – $26,669
- Jeffrey Mitseff – $20,093
Nick Maimone Sits Atop $1,500 Monster Stack After Day 1B
The second of two starting days drew 4,165 players to put the total field at 7,192 and after Day 1B wrapped up Nick Maimone was sitting on top of the chip counts with 240,200. That puts him well ahead of the Day 1A chip leader, Chi Truong, who finished with 193,400 on Friday.
Rick Basham and Gary Bolden bagged up the second and third largest stack on Day 1B and when the fields are combined on Sunday they’ll all be ahead of Truong. Some of the more notable players to make it through their first day were Joe Serock (151,00), Brock Parker (125,000), Jacob Bazeley (108,400), JC Tran (99,700) and Annette Obrestad (94,700).
Whoever wins this event will walk away a millionaire. A total of 720 players will cash in this event with the eventual champ pocketing $1,286,942.
- Nick Maimone – 240,200
- Rick Basham – 206,400
- Gary Bolden – 203,000
- Scott Schiesser – 189,600
- Krzysztof Stybaniewicz – 187,900
- Jonathan West – 174,200
- Ruth Hall – 171,700
- Ted Gillis – 167,200
- Ramana Epparla – 166,700
- Zackaryjames Tejchma – 166,500
$10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship
Just 77 players came out for the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Championship but what the field lacked for in size, it made up in quality. No fewer than 41 of the entrants were previous WSOP bracelet winners. It was one of those former champs that ended Day 1 on top and in prime position to take home the bracelet and $224,383.
Nick Schulman finished with 229,000 – more than 100,00 ahead of his closest threat. Dan Smith finished with 121,9000 while Shaun Deeb ended up with 121,200. Former November Niner Jorryt van Hoof, who had not played the game prior to the $1,500 event earlier this week, finished with 99,200, good enough for eighth best.
There were 32 players who survived Day 1. Daniel Alaei, Daniel Negreanu, Calvin Anderson and Jason Mercier were just a few of the players who busted on Day 1.
Christian Pham, who won the $1,500 event earlier this week, didn’t enter but many of the players in the field were talking about Pham’s play. You may recall Pham registered for the event by accident and went on to win the bracelet despite having zero experience playing the game.
- Nick Schulman – 229,000
- Dan Smith – 121,900
- Shaun Deeb – 121,200
- Mike Watson – 114,000
- Jon Turner – 113,400
- Mike Gorodinsky – 105,400
- Viacheslav Zhukov – 101,000
- Jorryt van Hoof – 99,200
- Paul Volpe – 95,800
- Farzad Bonyadi – 92,800
Sunday brings another $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event as well as the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event in the afternoon. The Day 1A and 1B Monster Stack survivors will combine to one field at 11 am PT and the $10,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven event should play down a final table, if not a winner.
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