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Daniel Idema wins Third Bracelet in 2015 WSOP Event #35 HORSE

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

daniel-idema-2015-wsop-horseWinning three WSOP gold bracelets is certainly no easy feat, so Daniel Idema can certainly be proud that he’s joined the three-bracelet club after taking first in the 2015 WSOP $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. The Vancouver native topped a 376-player field to win Event #35 along with a $261,774 payout.

“I really like this format of mixed limit games,” Idema said of his H.O.R.S.E. prowess. “You don’t see that many players play all the games well, so I think this is suited to someone who has tried to develop in all of them, as I have.”

This isn’t just the 30-year-old being cocky – he’s actually proven his mastery of different poker games by winning bracelets in Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo and, now, H.O.R.S.E.

It certainly helped matters that, along with his versatile poker skills, Idema also ran good during the final table. In fact, it took him just one and a half hours to dispatch his final two opponents, Kevin Iacofano (3rd, $104,280) and Matt Vengrin (2nd, $161,680).

“It was amazing, every time I looked down in the last stages, I had a good hand,” Idema explained. “My rush came at just the right time. I got hit by the deck against a very strong opponent.”

Formerly a professional hockey player in the Netherlands, Idema definitely seems to have settled down in the right profession with his third gold bracelet. Beyond his WSOP victories, the Canadian also has over $2.1 million in live poker winnings, which is quite good for somebody who’s only been playing live tourneys since 2007.

2015 WSOP Event #35 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results
1. Daniel Idema – $261,774
2. Matt Vengrin – $161,680
3. Kevin Iacofano – $104,280
4. John Racener – $75,559
5. Iakov Nepomnyashchiy – $55,553
6. Paul Sexton – $41,438
7. Randy Ohel – $31,358
8. Taylor Paur – $24,070
9. David Oppenheim – $18,743

Phil Hellmuth misses Bracelet #12 Again in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Earlier in the month, all-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth was going for bracelet #12 in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. Unfortunately for Hellmuth, he narrowly missed out on a chance to extend his lead after John Juanda trounced him heads-up. However, the poker gods gave Hellmuth yet another shot at glory on the final table of the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship.

The star-studded final table featured the Poker Brat, John Racener, Ted Forrest, David Benyamine and Ali Eslami. But Hellmuth was able to work his way through this stellar lineup, and into a heads-up match with Eric Rodawig. Interestingly enough though, it was the unheralded Rodawig who walked away with the bracelet when everything was over with.

The big story here is obviously the fact that Hellmuth finished runner-up for the second time in this WSOP. And for a guy who’s on a four-year bracelet drought, this isn’t good news. On the other hand, it’s not like he had a chip advantage going into the heads-up match since Rodawig led nearly 3-1. Plus the Poker Brat is leading the WSOP Player of the Year standings, which is encouraging.

Before we make this whole post about Hellmuth, the bracelet win is huge for Eric Rodawig, who has just three live tournament cashes in his career. Before winning the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship, Rodawig didn’t really have any significant tournaments titles. With the big cash here, Rodawig now has $485k in career winnings.

Here is a look at the final table results from the Seven Cards Stud Hi-Lo Championship:

1. Eric Rodawig – $442,183
2. Phil Hellmuth – $273,233
3. John Racener – $171,122
4. Ted Forrest – $123,904
5. David Benyamine – $96,836
6. Mikhail Savinov – $77,222
7. Joe Tehan – $62,710
8. Ali Eslami – $51,750
9. Antony Lellouche – $43,317