06/07/18 01:15:18 AM PDT
Jeremy Harkin Wins Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice for $129,882
"I basically gave up on the dream of ever winning bracelet last year," said Jeremy Harkin who has been coming to play the World Series of Poker every year since 2003. Today, his lost dream came true as he came out on top in Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice event. Harkin took home the coveted gold bracelet along with $129,882.
"Everything seemed to click for the last few days," Harkin said. His way to victory led through an incredibly tough field of 406 entries. Some of the world's most respected mixed games players ran deep and battled against Harkin on the final three, and then two tables.
Harkin, however, took it as a learning experience. He didn't stress out and fought bravely. Amassing chips while sharing the boards and draws with the likes of John Hennigan, Mike Leah, Chris Klodnicki and Jeff Lisandro would be a tough task for anyone in the game but Harkin did extremely well.
"This is a chance to play and see how I stack up against these guys. I just kinda visualized it. I thought I was playing well. If it didn't work out, it didn't work out."
Final table results:
|1||Jeremy Harkin||United States||$129,882|
|2||Frankie O'Dell||United States||$80,256|
|3||George Trigeorgis||United States||$52,130|
|4||Anthony Arvidson||United States||$34,700|
|5||James Woods||United States||$23,686|
|6||Scott Abrams||United States||$16,589|
Harkin took down a giant pot against Klodnicki at the end of day 2 to claim the chip lead and eventually closed it out. And while it was an extremely long and tough way to reach the pinnacle, Harkin remained composed through the day, focused on making the correct decisions at any given time.
Harkin guarded a solid chip-stack for most of the day and that certainly helped his mindset, but he also had a plan that he utilized to perfection.
"I didn't think anybody had an advantage over me in pot-limit hi-lo or Big O," Harkin said.
Big O was the game that Harkin picked the most, but he changed his strategy when he made it to the heads-up against two-time WSOP bracelet winner Frankie O'Dell. He started selecting various games, trying to see where he could find O'Dell's leaks.
"I wanted to see if I can put a lot of pressure on him in pot-limit games."
The heads-up match lasted for well over two hours, with the lead switching back and forth. The stacks were getting shallow and it seemed that one cooler would be the decider. But there was another key moment that helped Harkin get closer to the victory. O'Dell, who was selecting stud-8, suddenly shifted to Omaha-8, a game in which he's won his two bracelets. However, Harkin is also strong in Omaha and revealed that the change of game was to his benefit.
"Honestly, I was glad when Frank changed from playing stud games, cause I'm not used to playing those games short-handed or even in the tournaments," Harkin admitted.
Harkin tackled O'Dell down to crumbs and finished him off in a hand of Big O. "He's a great player," Harkin complimented his final opponent.
O'Dell made a terrific comeback when three-handed, first doubling in 2-7 and then winning a massive pot against George Trigeorgis in Big O when they got all-in on a flop with O'Dell having hit a middle set and Trigeorgis holding a huge draw. Trigeorgis got there on the turn but the board paired on the river and the pot swung O'Dell's way.
Trigeorgis was down to peanuts and never recovered, falling shy of winning his first bracelet for the second time in three days as he finished fifth in the Mixed Triple Draw on Monday.
Fourth-place finisher Anthony Arvidson improved his last year's fifth-place finish, outlasting movie star James Woods who was eliminated in fifth. Woods has been playing at the Series for over a decade and made his first final table in 2016 when he took seventh in the $3k Shootout.
The official final table also featured Scott Abrams who busted in sixth while former Poker Players Championship winner Hennigan walked away in seventh place.
Fans of the Dealer's Choice tournaments should tune back to PokerNews tomorrow (June 7th) as the $10,000 Championship event kicks off at 3pm PST. So come back for the live updates as the 2018 WSOP grind is in full swing.
06/07/18 12:02:48 AM PDT
Frankie O'Dell Eliminated in 2nd Place ($80,256)
Jeremy Harkin raised to 110,000 and Frankie O'Dell called in the big blind.
The flop fell and O'Dell shoved his last 144,000. Harkin called after giving it some thought.
Harkin had a pair of aces against O'Dell's queens and his hand held on the and turnout as he made two pair. O'Dell was rewarded $80,256 for his finish while Harkin becomes first-time WSOP champion for $129,882. End of day wrap to follow shortly.
|Jeremy Harkin||3,045,000||300,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||0||-300,000 |
06/06/18 11:56:18 PM PDT
Flush for Harkin
From the button, Jeremy Harkin raised to 160,000 and Frankie O'Dell called.
The flop landed and O'Dell checked to Harkin who bet 80,000. O'Dell called, and then check-called 160,000 when the turn landed the .
The river fell the , and both players checked.
Harkin tabled his , and he scooped the pot against O'Dell's two pair.
|Jeremy Harkin||2,745,000||400,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||300,000||-400,000 |
06/06/18 11:52:27 PM PDT
Harkin Raises River
After significant betting action preflop and on the flop of , the turn landed the and Frankie O'Dell bet out 160,000.
Jeremy Harkin called, and the river landed the .
O'Dell bet, Harkin raised, and O'Dell quickly folded.
|Jeremy Harkin||2,345,000||845,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||700,000||-845,000 |
06/06/18 11:36:58 PM PDT
Level 30 started
06/06/18 11:36:35 PM PDT
O'Dell Wins on the Turn
Jeremy Harkin limped in from the button and Frankie O'Dell raised in the big blind.
Harkin called, and then called a bet on the flop.
The turn landed the , and O'Dell bet out 120,000, and Harkin folded.
|Frankie O'Dell||1,545,000||200,000 |
|Jeremy Harkin||1,500,000||-200,000 |
06/06/18 11:33:46 PM PDT
Rivered Wheel for Harkin
Jeremy Harkin raised, Frankie O'Dell called and they looked at the flop. O'Dell check-called and the landed on the turn.
O'Dell led out and Harkin called.
The river was the and O'Dell checked to Harkin who fired. O'Dell sighed but then threw in the calling chips.
"Wheel," Harkin said, rolling over . O'Dell showed and mucked the rest of his hand, losing the pot to his rival.
|Jeremy Harkin||1,700,000||755,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||1,345,000||-755,000 |
06/06/18 11:20:22 PM PDT
O'Dell Edges Further Ahead
Jeremy Harkin raised to 75,000 and Frankie O'Dell called in the big blind.
The flop landed and O'Dell checked to Harkin who bet 100,000. O'Dell called, and then the and were checked down.
O'Dell tabled his for a pair of aces and a live deuce, and Harkin mucked.
|Frankie O'Dell||2,100,000||255,000 |
|Jeremy Harkin||945,000||-255,000 |
06/06/18 11:19:17 PM PDT
O'Dell Strikes Back in O8
Frankie O'Dell raised, Jeremy Harkin called and led on the flop. O'Dell raised and Harkin called.
The turn saw Harkin check-fold and O'Dell raked in the pot.
The next hand brought another victory for O'Dell as he called Harkin's raise and then led himself on the flop. Harkin called.
O'Dell checked the turn and Harkin fired. O'Dell called and then led again after the hit the river. Harkin called.
"Straight," O'Dell said, turning up .
Harkin only flashed the but he ended up scooped.
|Frankie O'Dell||1,845,000||745,000 |
|Jeremy Harkin||1,200,000||-745,000 |
06/06/18 11:14:11 PM PDT
Another for O'Dell
Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Frankie O'Dell raised to 75,000 and Jeremy Harkin called and drew three to O'Dell's one.
Harkin checked, O'Dell bet 150,000, and Harkin folded.
06/06/18 11:13:23 PM PDT
Scoop for O'Dell
Jeremy Harkin raised the button to 120,000 and Frankie O'Dell called.
The flop landed and O'Dell check-called a bet of 60,000 before both players checked the on the turn.
The river landed the and O'Dell led for 120,000, and Harkin called.
O'Dell tabled his for a straight and a low, and Harkin's couldn't beat it.
|Jeremy Harkin||1,945,000||-400,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||1,100,000||400,000 |
06/06/18 11:08:52 PM PDT
Harkin Soars Further
Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Frankie O'Dell limped and called when Jeremy Harkin made it 80,000. Harkin then discarded two and O'Dell asked for three.
Harkin continued betting, pushing forward 120,000. O'Dell called.
They drew one each on the second draw and Harkin fired another barrel, making it 220,000. O'Dell gave up and left himself with just under six big bets.
|Jeremy Harkin||2,345,000||545,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||700,000||-500,000 |
06/06/18 11:01:13 PM PDT
Another Omaha Hi-Lo Chop for Harkin and O'Dell
Frankie O'Dell raised the button and Jeremy Harkin called in the big blind.
Harkin check-called bets on every street from O'Dell on the run out.
O'Dell tabled his , and Harkin revealed his to see the pot chopped up.
06/06/18 10:58:22 PM PDT
Harkin Pulls Ahead
Jeremy Harkin raised to 75,000 and Frankie O'Dell called.
O'Dell led out 125,000 when the hit the felt and Harkin called in position.
The appeared on the turn and O'Dell checked to Harkin, who announced that he was betting the max, making it 430,000. O'Dell threw his cards away.
|Jeremy Harkin||1,800,000||200,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||1,200,000||-245,000 |
06/06/18 10:55:00 PM PDT
O'Dell Scoops Harkin
From the button, Jeremy Harkin raised to 120,000 and Frankie O'Dell called.
The flop landed and O'Dell checked to Harkin who bet 60,000. O'Dell raised to 120,000, and Harkin called.
Both players then checked down the and on the turn and river.
O'Dell tabled his and Harkin folded.
|Jeremy Harkin||1,600,000||79,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||1,445,000||-79,000 |
06/06/18 10:50:42 PM PDT
O'Dell Doubles in a Cooler
Jeremy Harkin raised on the button and Frankie O'Dell defended. They put it one more bet on the flop and the turn brought the fireworks.
O'Dell check-raised, Harkin moved all-in and O'Dell agreed so it didn't matter if O'Dell played more than three bets or not.
The cards went on their backs and Harkin learned the bad news as his trailed O'Dell's .
"He's got the nuts," Harkin said to his rail in disappointment.
The river failed to complete a low and O'Dell stacked a double worth 712,000.
|Frankie O'Dell||1,524,000||624,000 |
|Jeremy Harkin||1,521,000||-629,000 |
06/06/18 10:41:56 PM PDT
O'Dell Wins on the Turn
Frankie O'Dell raised to 120,000 and Jeremy Harkin called in the big blind.
The flop landed and Harkin check-called 60,000.
The turn landed the , and after a Harkin checked, O'Dell bet 120,000, and Harkin folded.
|Jeremy Harkin||2,150,000||-115,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||900,000||115,000 |
06/06/18 10:36:56 PM PDT
The cards are back in the air.
06/06/18 10:36:39 PM PDT
Level 29 started
06/06/18 10:26:08 PM PDT
O'Dell Gets Quartered
Jeremy Harkin raised to 55,000 and Frankie O'Dell called in the big blind.
Both players checked the first two betting rounds on the board of and Harkin then bet 110,000 on the river. O'Dell, re-potted to 440,000 and Harkin called.
O'Dell made a wheel with but, unfortunately for him, Harkin had a wheel of his own to chop the low half of the pot. Harkin's hand also included a six so he made a higher straight for the high half of the pot, taking three-quarters total with his .
Players went on a break shortly after the hand.
|Jeremy Harkin||2,265,000||195,000 |
|Frankie O'Dell||785,000||-195,000 |