Keith Lehr Wins $10K Heads Up, William Kakon Wins Limit Gold

Day 9 of the 2015 World Series of Poker saw two gold bracelets up grabs – separated by more than 12 hours – while the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em and $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout kicked off.

Keith Lehr Defeats Paul Volpe In $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship

Keith Lehr defeated Paul Volpe to win the Heads Up Championship. (Photo courtesy of

Keith Lehr defeated Paul Volpe to win the Heads Up Championship. (Photo courtesy of

Keith Lehr won seven matches to reach the finals of the Heads Up Championship against Paul Volpe. The final pairing took only 24 hands before Lehr won his second career bracelet and $334,430.

“The fields are bigger, they players are better – I only play six or seven events a year,” Lehr said. “I wanted this one really bad. As I get older – I mean, it’s a kid’s game – and it wears you out. I don’t know how many more years I can play tournament poker but hopefully get one or two or more (bracelets), maybe three hopefully.”

“I knew he was going to try and bluff me and try to run me over. I raised with queen-jack and flopped top pair,” Lehr said. “I felt he had a middle pair with a flush draw and thought my range was ace-high or nines. I couldn’t fold against him – he likes to bluff too much.”

The pair of jacks early on gave Lehr a 5.6 million to 2 million chip advantage. Eight hands later they went to raised flop of 7 6 3, Lehr bet 110,000 and Volpe raised to 280,000. Lehr played right back and made it 510,000 to go, Volpe called and the turn came Q. Lehr moved all in, Volpe called with 6 3 for two pair and Lehr tabled Q 8. But the river came 8, Lehr made a better two pair and the match was over.


  1. Keith Lehr – $334,430
  2. Paul Volpe – $206,620

William Kakon Wins First Bracelet in $1,500 Limit Hold’em

William Kakon won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event.

William Kakon won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event.

Day 3 of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event began with 28 players and after a grueling 12-hour day WIlliam Kakon outlasted Daniel  Needleman and  won his first bracelet for nearly $200,000.

The final table didn’t get underway until 9:30 and they played over 150 hands before Kakon won with ten minutes remaining on the clock until the hard stop.

The final table featured pros Shannon Shorr, Kevin Song, Brandon Cantu and Alexander Kostritsyn, but Shorr had the best finish in fifth place leaving Kakon to take advantage.


  1. William Kakon – $196,055
  2. Dan Needleman – $121,051
  3. MIke Lancaster – $78,693
  4. Bryan Pimlott – $57,799
  5. Shannon Shorr – $43,053
  6. Kevin Song – $32,485
  7. Brandon Cantu – $24,796
  8. Hector Contreras – $19,138
  9. Alexander Kostritsyn – $14,924

Day 2 $1,500 Six Max No Limit Hold’em

The second day of the short-handed event began with 206 returning players and 180 of them made the money. But Day 2 played ten levels and 25 players remain with Steve Billirakis leading the field as the only player with over a million.

Craig McCorkell, Mike Watson, Scott Montgomery, Zo Karim and Gordon Vayo are all still in contention but are outside the top ten counts.

Justin Young, David Benyamine, Galen Hall and Jake Schindler all finished in the top 60 spots but didn’t advance to Day 3.

Chip Counts

  1. Steve Billirakis – 1,015,000
  2. Geoffrey Rasmussen – 967,000
  3. Brett Radin – 952,000
  4. Manoel Filho – 787,000
  5. Davis Aalvik – 695,000
  6. Iaron Lightbourne – 675,000
  7. Gnatenko Oleksander – 631,000
  8. Keith Marrow – 623,000
  9. Alessio Isaia – 593,000
  10. Michael Dentale – 575,000

Day 2 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Mix

Brandon Paster leads the field to Day 3 of the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Mix event after bagging 385,000. The day began with 264 players and was trimmed to 40 remaining players by the end of play.

Players have voiced concern over the new structures for limit events and the event exacerbated some of the flaws with the field hitting the money bubble past 1 a.m. Hand-for-hand play lasted for 30 minutes before Eng Tang was eliminated during a hand of Omaha Hi-Lo.

Aditya Prasetyo returns two days after he final tabled the Colossus along with Scotty Nguyen, Eric Wasserson, Brian Rast and John Racener.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout

An even 1,000 players entered the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout event and the task was simple – win your table and you’re in the money. Day 2 features ten, ten-handed tables with no real chip leader because of the shootout format.

Brandon Steven, David Tuthill, Dennis Phillips, Rep Porter, Andreas Hoivold, Dominik Nitsche, Barry Hutter, Mohsin Charania, Justin Bonomo and Pratyush Buddiga are among some of the pros who advanced.

$10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship

The third $10,000 Championship event kicked at 4 p.m with 128 players. Roberto Romanello tops the counts with 64 players moving on to Day 2.

An all-star field returns with Shaun Deeb, Daniel Negreanu, Joseph Cheong, Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Leah and Marvin Rettenmaier in the hunt.

The field created a $1,203,200 prizepool which will pay out the final 18 players. A min-cash is worth $17,073, a trip to the final table locks up $29,911 and the winner earns $318,857.

Chip Counts

  1. Josh Arieh – 168,900
  2. Shaun Deeb – 154,200
  3. Roberto Romanello – 141,000
  4. Davidi Kitai – 122,400
  5. Jason Pritchard – 121,400
  6. Ismael Bojang – 119,600
  7. Cary Katz – 113,600
  8. Jason Koon – 99,600
  9. Alexander Kostritsyn – 98,200
  10. Connor Drinan – 95,400

Looking Ahead

The WSOP just put the Colossus to bed and Friday is the start of another low buy-in, huge field event with the wildly successful $1,500 Millionaire Maker. Day 1A kicks off at 10 am with 11 levels scheduled for play.

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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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