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Alexander Petersen wins 2015 WSOP PLO Championship – Beats Jason Mercier Heads Up

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

alexander-petersen-wsopAlthough Alexander Petersen has been grinding in online poker for 11 years, he’s yet to establish himself as a big name on the live tournament circuit. But you can expect this to change after his huge victory in the 2015 WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.

Petersen battled through a 387-player field that included some of the toughest pros the game has to offer. He also fought through a difficult final table that included the likes of Dan Smith (3rd, $369.5k), Davidi Kitai (7th, $111k) and Shaun Deeb (8th, $85k). By the time he made it to the heads-up portion, Petersen was facing a 3-to-1 chip deficit to Jason Mercier.

As for Mercier, he looked well on his way to his second gold bracelet of the 2015 WSOP. However, Petersen had other plans, quickly doubling up through Mercier and making this a much closer contest. It wasn’t too much later before the Dane had his better-known opponent all-in; the cards Mercier needed never came, which left Petersen with the PLO Championship, his first bracelet and a $927,655 payout.

“In poker, you get out what you put into it,” said Petersen after the victory. “I used to play my favorite hands and all that, then I started learning that if you studied and got really good, you could make a living at this. I’ve been making my living at poker for more than ten years now.”

The only downside to this huge win for Petersen is that he won’t get to keep as much money as you’d think from the $927.6k haul. “Where I live (in Denmark), we have to pay a lot of taxes, something like 55 percent,” he explained. “So, after I pay taxes on this money, it means I really came in second.”

Nevertheless, this is a payout that the Dane would gladly take, and the PLO win figures to make him far more famous in the live tournament circle.

2015 WSOP $10k PLO Omaha Championship Final Table
1. Alexander Petersen – $927,655
2. Jason Mercier – $572,989
3. Dan Smith – $369,564
4. Simon Trumper – $267,778
5. Mohsin Virani – $196,877
6. Sven Reichardt – $146,857
7. Davidi Kitai – $111,134
8. Shaun Deeb – $85,306
9. Hasan Habib – $66,426

Phil Galfond wins 2015 WSOP 2-7 Draw Lowball

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

phil-galfond-2015-wsop-draw-lowballIt’s been eight years, but Phil Galfond finally got his second gold bracelet, winning the 2015 WSOP $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. Galfond beat an extremely talented 77-player field to win the $224,383 top payout.

“It means a lot — especially in a field this tough and at a table this tough,” said Galfond. “I have a ton of respect for all my opponents […] It’s been seven years since I won [a bracelet]. I’m very happy.”

The last time that Galfond won at the WSOP was in 2008, when he got a bracelet in the $5,000 Omaha event, collecting $817,781 in the process. That final table featured greats like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and John Juanda. So it should be no surprise that the final table he faced this time around was equally as tough.

Jorryt van Hoof, Bernard Lee, Eli Elezra, Erik Siedel and Dan Smith all made final table runs. And Galfond’s heads-up opponent was Nick Schulman, who was seeking his third-career win in this very event. However, Schulman came up short in second place, taking $138,665 for the runner-up finish.

“When we were shorthanded, everybody’s so good,” said Galfond, while reflecting on the difficult final table. “Normally in tournaments you tend to sort of shy away from spots because there are going to be better situations to get your money in […] When I was heads up with [Schulman], I’m going to take every spot that presents itself. There’s no huge edge later. Just try to play every hand as best you can.”

With this victory, Phil Galfond now has over $2.3 million in live tournament winnings to go along with the $8 million that he’s won in online poker cash games.

2015 WSOP $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Final Table Results
1. Phil Galfond – $224,383
2. Nick Schulman – $138,665
3. Dan Smith – $87,898
4. Erik Seidel – $59,532
5. Jon Turner – $42,298
6. Eli Elezra – $31,463
7. Adam Owen – $24,457
8. Bernard Lee – $19,824
9. Jorryt van Hoof – $17,067