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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 to Friday, June 05, 2015

Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,228,850
  • Entries: 1,651
  • Remaining: 0
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06/06/15 01:39:38 AM PDT


Israeli High-Tech Professional Tops 1,651-Player Field and Wins $457,007

England’s Iaron Lightbourne Comes in Second, After Finishing 22nd in Main Event Last Year

International Players Dominate -- as Finalists from Israel, England, Brazil, Canada, and the United States Take the Top Six Spots


Name: Idan Raviv
Birthplace: Holon (Israel)
Age: 24
Current Residence: Holon (Israel)
Marital Status: Single
Children: None
Profession: High Tech (IT Professional)
Number of WSOP Cashes: 3
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 1
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories (with this tournament): 1
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 181st (2014)
Total WSOP Earnings: $504,365
Personal Facts: Cashed in WSOP Main Event last year

Idan Raviv became the first poker player from Israel to win a gold bracelet at the 2015 World Series of Poker. He topped a highly-competitive field of 1,651 players in the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed tournament (Event #12), which was played over a three-day period at the Rio in Las Vegas. This marks the second consecutive year that an Israeli citizen has won a WSOP title. Asi Moshe won a gold bracelet in 2014, playing the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event.

Raviv’s victory came late on a Friday night in front of a packed gallery of enthusiastic supporters on the ESPN Main Stage, which was lived streamed worldwide on He overcame a 2 to 1 chip disadvantage to Englishman Iaron Lightbourne when playing heads-up and seized the victory. That meant Lightbourne, from London, ended up as the second place finisher, which paid $283,063.

Raviv, born and raised in Holon (Israel) collected $457,007 for his victory, the biggest payday he’s ever had at the WSOP. However, Raviv is certainly no stranger to competing in major events of this magnitude. In addition to success on the European Poker Tour, he cashed in two tournaments held here last year, including both the Main Event Championship and the Little One for One Drop ($1,111 buy-in NLHE).

The winner calls himself a 24-year-old aspiring poker pro who continues to work in high-tech while he plays the game recreationally on the side, mostly while attending major events in Europe part-time. No doubt, this big payday and huge confidence builder in this event should propel Raviv to stick with the game just a little while longer.

Attendance for the Six-Max No-Limit event increased from last year, which was 1,587 players. This marks yet another rise in participation here at the 2015 WSOP, which continues through mid-July.

Here’s the succession of other finishers who made the final table dominated by international players, which clocked in at about five hours of playing time.

Second Place: Iaron Lightbourne, from London, UK finished as the runner up. Like the winner, he’s a 24-year-old aspiring poker pro who cashed in the Main Event Championship last year, finishing 22nd.

Third Place: Manoel Filho took 3rd place. He’s a 39-year-old salesman from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was his second time to cash at the series, which paid $186,108.

Fourth Place: Markus Gonsalves ended up in 4th place. He’s a 31-year-old poker pro now with 16 WSOP cashes. This was his best career finish, which paid $122,586.

Fifth Place: Craig McCorkell, from London, UK took 5th place. With the $82,467 he collected for this finish, McCorkell now has very close to $1 million in career WSOP earnings. He won a gold bracelet in 2012 ($3,000 buy-in Shootout).

Sixth Place: Mike Watson missed his chance to finally win a gold bracelet, in what was his 32nd time to cash at the series. The 31-year-old poker pro from Toronto (Canada) earned $56,835 for finishing 6th. Watson has finished as the runner up three times in WSOP events, including two times last year.

Seventh Place: Daniel Maor cashed for the first time in a WSOP event, coming in 7th place. He’s a 27-year-old poker pro from San Jose, CA. Maor pocketed $40,565.


Two-time gold bracelet winner Steve Billirakis finished 12th.

Scott Montgomery, gold bracelet winner and fifth-place finisher in the 2008 Main Event Championship, came in 23rd.


Of the 1,651-player field, 1,606 were males and 45 were females.

The average age of entrants was 35.9 years, slightly above average.

06/05/15 11:38:59 PM PDT

Iaron Lightbourne open-shoves for his last 1,160,000 and Idan Raviv (pictured) snap-calls with an overwhelming chip advantage and a bracelet on the line.


Raviv has the slim edge with his pocket pair, but he's flipping against overcards of the suited-connector variety.

The flop comes down     and both player's hit it hard, but Raviv's set of sixes gives him a hammerlock on the hand. When the   turns the pot, the tournament, and the bracelet are Raviv's. The dealer places the   on the felt to officially end the tournament, but by that time Lightbourne is already shaking hands and congratulating Raviv.

Lightbourne takes home $283,063 for the runner-up finish.

Idan Raviv - 12,382,500
Iaron Lightbourne - Eliminated

06/05/15 11:18:22 PM PDT

The tournament clock has paused and this heads-up contest is now on a 20-minute break.

The current chip counts are as follows:

Idan Raviv - 11,222,500
Iaron Lightbourne - 1,160,000

06/05/15 11:17:59 PM PDT

Idan Raviv opens for 125,000 and Iaron Lightbourne shoves. Raviv lets it go.

06/05/15 11:16:10 PM PDT
Iaron Lightbourne limps in, Idan Raviv checks his option, and the dealer fans the    . Raviv takes the pot down with a single bet.
06/05/15 11:14:55 PM PDT
Idan Raviv folds.
06/05/15 11:14:29 PM PDT

Iaron Lightbourne limps in but folds after a shove from Idan Raviv.

06/05/15 11:14:11 PM PDT

Idan Raviv limps and Iaron Lightbourne mucks, to Raviv's surprise.

06/05/15 11:13:06 PM PDT

Idan Raviv gets a walk.

06/05/15 11:12:42 PM PDT
Iaron Lightbourne gets a walk.
06/05/15 11:12:11 PM PDT
Iaron Lightbourne open-shoves for 1,200,000 and gets through.
06/05/15 11:11:36 PM PDT
Idan Raviv opens for 125,000 and Iaron Lightbourne folds. Another pot to Raviv.
06/05/15 11:10:46 PM PDT
Idan Raviv gets a walk.
06/05/15 11:10:14 PM PDT
Idan Raviv opens for 125,000 and takes it.
06/05/15 11:09:28 PM PDT

Iaron Lightbourne limps into the pot but Idan Raviv denies him easy entry with a raise to 180,000. Lightbourne calls and the flop is    .

Raviv leads out for 225,000 and Lightbourne calls to take the   on the turn. Raviv checks it to Lightbourne, who fires out a 375,000 bet. Raviv slowly counts out the calling chips and places them forward, and the river comes  . Both players check and Idan Raviv tables    for the winner.

Idan Raviv - 11,000,000
Iaron Lightbourne - 1,400,000

06/05/15 11:07:14 PM PDT

Idan Raviv makes it 125,000 and gets a call.     on the flop and a bet of 150,000 from Raviv takes it.

06/05/15 11:05:34 PM PDT
Iaron Lightbourne opens to 130,000 and Idan Raviv cuts out a three-bet to 400,000 to force a Lightbourne laydown.
06/05/15 11:05:03 PM PDT

Idan Raviv makes it 125,00 and Iaron Lightbourne calls. They check it down to the river on a board of      . A 180,000 bet from Lightbourne wins the pot.

06/05/15 11:04:10 PM PDT

Idan Raviv gets a walk.

06/05/15 11:02:27 PM PDT
Iaron Lightbourne gets a walk.