WSOP Latest: Brandon Shack-Harris Wins Gold in $10K PLO Championship

$10K PLO draws good crowd as  Brandon Shack-Harris takes title

Brandon Shack-Harris

With many of the $10K non Holdem events attracting a field around the 100-125 mark, it was good to see PLO bring in almost four times that amount, as 400 players bought in on day 1. The prize pool grew to an impressive $3,760,000 with $894,300 set aside for the lucky winner. Four days were required to settle this event, with Rep Porter and Michael Mizrachi carrying big stacks at the end of the first day. Hong Kong player Hokyiu Lee bagged up the second largest stack, while Steven McCuller from Germany led the way. Jason Mercier was of course lurking, in 20th.

The second day saw the field really take shape, as Brandon Shack-Harris catapulted himself up to 2nd in the chip counts by the end of the day, with Tommy Le leading, and James Obst in 3rd. The former chip leader had vanished from the leaderboard. The end of the third day saw six remaining hopefuls bag up their chips. Shack-Harris led, but had Matthew Parry in close company, and 2016 bracelet winner Loren Klein in 3rd. Klein won the $1,500 No Limit Holdem/PLO event less than a week ago for $241,427. As the final table neared its conclusion, Tommy Le fell in the 3rd place, and Shack-Harris was left heads up with Klein. The former held a slight chip lead, which he managed to increase to a 3 to 1 lead in the first few hands of heads up play. Klein fought back to level the chip counts, but it was all to no avail, as Shack-Harris went on to close the deal and took home his second career bracelet along with $894,300.

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Brandon Shack-Harris $894,300 1800
2 Loren Klein $552,713 1500
3 Tommy Le $376,667 1200
4 Melad Marji $261,652 900
5 Matthew Parry $185,337 750
6 Harley Stoffmaker $133,918 600
7 Junayed Khan $98,748 450
8 Dominique Mosley $74,339 300

$1,500 NLH Shootout: Safiya Umerova wins the bracelet

Samiya Umerova (Photo WSOP)

Having only very recently crowned our first female bracelet winner of 2016, we have another female champion to announce. The $1,500 NLH Shootout event saw 1,050 entries taking to the felt in an interesting format, which involves players winning single table tournaments to progress through rounds. As the final table drew to a close, Niall Farrell from the UK and US player Safiya Umerova were heads up for the title. Despite it only being her second WSOP cash, Umerova showed no sign of nerves as she dispatched the pro to take home the gold bracelet and $264,046.

Place Player Prize
1 Samiya Umerova $264,046
2 Niall Farrell $163,158
3 Michael Mixer $118,109
4 Yullyan Kolev $86,513
5 Damian Salas $64,129
6 Raymond Ho $48,115.
7 Daniel McAulay $36,543
8 Daniel Tang $28,101.
9 Alexander Lakhov $21,881

Article by Craig B.

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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