Volpe beat out a field of 491 players en route to the first-place prize of $149,943. The payout pushes Volpe’s winnings to $4.9 million, which is what he thinks about the most when it comes to WSOP victories.
“With me, poker is mostly about the money,” said Volpe. “I know with the World Series of Poker there’s so much history and I respect that. But I am here mainly to earn a living, make money, and support my family. For the most part, I love getting gold bracelets. But I’m here mainly to make a living.”
Nevertheless, this victory has to be sweet for the Pennsylvania poker pro because he’s had a number of close calls since winning in 2014. He’s since made 6 more final tables, including runner-up finishes to Shaun Deeb in a $10k Pot-Limit Omaha tourney and Keith Lehr ($10k Heads-Up NLHE).
Despite ending his string of near wins, the 35-year-old feels like the first win was more special.
“Honestly, the first win was more meaningful,” he said.“It was on such a bigger stage because it was heads-up versus (Daniel) Negreanu. There were so many more people sweating that one. But this is also special because it’s Eight-Game Mix, which is very hard to do. So, this one means a lot, but in a different way.”
Amateur player Jason Stockfish finished second place in this tourney and looked like he could win at times. But he couldn’t overcome Volpe in the end and settled for the $92,638 second-place payout.
2016 WSOP $1,500 Eight Game Mix Final Table
1. Paul Volpe (USA) – $149,943
2. Jason Stockfish (USA) – $92,638
3. Ronald Ware (USA) – $60,882
4. Benjamin Ludlow (USA) – $40,911
5. Tony Lazar (USA) – $28,123
6. Gavin Smith (Canada) – $19,787
7. Bart Lybaert (Belgium) – $14,257
8. Tommy Coker (USA) – $14,257