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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 07, 2015 to Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Event #19: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $870,870
  • Entries: 319
  • Remaining: 0
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06/10/15 03:39:05 AM PST
 
Matt Elsby Wins Event #19 - $3,000 Limit Hold'em Six Max
 

MATT ELSBY MASTERS SIX-HANDED LIMIT COMPETITION

Arizona Poker Pro Comes Up Big in Short-Handed Event, Collects $230,799 and Gold Bracelet

Longtime Parisian Poker Pro Gabriel Nassif Barely Misses His First WSOP Win, Comes in Second


MEET THE LATEST WSOP GOLD BRACELET CHAMPION

Name: Matt Elsby
Birthplace: Torrance, CA (USA)
Age: 38
Current Residence: Chandler, AZ (USA)
Marital Status: Single
Children: 2
Profession: Poker Pro
Number of WSOP Cashes: 3
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 2
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories (with this tournament): 1
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 5th (2011)
Total WSOP Earnings: $282,655
Personal Facts: All three of his WSOP cashes are in Limit Hold’em events

Matthew Elsby a 38-year-old professional poker player from Chandler, Arizona, won his first career gold bracelet at the 2015 World Series of Poker. The victory was well-deserved and long overdue given Elsby’s patience and fortitude in the $3,000 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em tournament, which was the 19th event in this year’s schedule.

Elsby outlasted 319 players in the three-day event, which created a prize pool totaling $870,870. The Arizonan pocketed $230,799, the biggest cash he’s achieved at the WSOP since first coming to the annual classic held in Las Vegas back in 2011. Elsby had previously cashed in two other Limit Hold’em events, coming in as high as fifth place on one occasion four years ago. This marked a career breakthrough in an event that went almost 30 complete levels, putting the finalists and specators to the test as the betting limits escalated to the point where the swing of just a few hands made all the difference in the final outcome.

Elsby managed to catch a nice run of cards late in the tournament, ultimately defeating Gabriel Nassif heads-up. Nassif, from Paris, France, has been coming to the WSOP since 2005 and had 31 career cashes up to this point on his impressive resume. However, he was denied his first WSOP win, after losing the chip lead when the two rivals were heads up and finally succumbing to a blistering flurry of pots surrendered to Elsby in the tournament’s final stages.

Brain Hastings was the only gold bracelet winner who made the final table. However, he bounced out of the gathering quickly, exiting in first among the seven players. Other gold bracelet winners who barely missed making the final table in this event included Keven Stammen (8th) and Matt Hawrilenko (12th).

Here’s the succession of other finishers who made the official final table, which clocked in at about eight hours of actual playing time:


Second Place: Gabriel Nassif can claim his third six-figure score here at the WSOP, but he remains still without a gold bracelet. Nassif, a 31-year-old poker pro from Paris, earned $142,631 and was cheered on by a large and vocal group of French players who left the finale in disappointment. However added to his reputation as one of the best tournament players in the game from France. Interestingly, Nassif is one of many players who came into poker from another game called “Magic the Gathering.” He says he intends to return to Magic after playing in the Main Event of this year’s WSOP.

Third Place: David J. Tobin, a 54-year-old contractor who lives in Lubbock, TX came in third, his best WSOP finish to date. He earned $92,582.

Fourth Place: Joseph Thomas, a 42-year-old poker pro, came in 4th. This was the first WSOP cash for the Paxton, MA player, which paid $61,892.

Fifth Place: Alex Kuzmin, a 38-year-old financier from Moscow, Russia earned $42,515 for his 5th-place finish. This was his 26th cash at the series, and fourth final table appearance.

Sixth Place: Haran Sapmaz, a 36-year-old financier from Brea, CA pocketed $29,975 in his first WSOP cash.

Seventh Place: Gold bracelet winner and high-stakes cash game pro Brian Hastings, from Ft. Lauderdale, FL rounded out the final table, finishing 7th. He earned $21,684.

EVENT DIRECT LINKS:

For this event’s results, visit:
http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/results.asp?grid=1136&tid=14219

For Matt Elsby’s official player profile page, visit:
http://www.wsop.com/players/playerprofile.asp?playerID=92953

For the Live Reporting Log for this event, please visit:

http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/updates.asp?grid=1136&tid=14219

For photos from this event, please visit:

http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/photos.asp?grid=1136&tid=14219

For official winner photo, please visit:
http://www.wsop.com/pdfs/reports/14219-winner-photo.jpg

For the live stream archive of this event, please visit:
http://www.wsop.com/videos/?vcat=19

(Note: Will appear 48 hours after event concludes)

06/10/15 03:14:51 AM PST
 
Hand #256: Matthew Elsby Defeats Gabriel Nassif
 

Matt Elsby

Matt Elsby raises and Gabriel Nassif calls. The dealer spreads a flop of     and Nassif checks to Elsby, who continues with a bet. Nassif makes it two-bets and Elsby quickly responds by making it three-bets. Nassif moves all in and Elsby snap calls.

Gabriel Nassif

Gabriel Nassif

Nassif shows    and needs to dodge the outs of Elsby   . The turn   misses Elsby, but the river   gives Elsby a pair, the $230,799 top prize, and his first WSOP gold bracelet!

Gabriel Nassif will take home $142,631 for his second place finish.

06/10/15 03:11:15 AM PST
 
Hand #255: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby gets a walk.
06/10/15 03:10:58 AM PST
 
Hand #254: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby raises the button and Gabriel Nassif calls. The flop is    . Nassif checks, Elsby bets which is enough to take down the pot.
06/10/15 03:10:08 AM PST
 
Hand #253: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby gets a walk.
06/10/15 03:09:42 AM PST
 
Hand #252: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby raises and wins the pot.
06/10/15 03:09:18 AM PST
 
Hand #251: Matt Elsby
 
Gabriel Nassif raises and Matt Elsby calls. The flop is     and Elsby check-raises a Nassif bet. Nassif calls and Elsby bets the turn  . Nassif calls and Elsby bets the river  . Elsby shows    to win the pot.
06/10/15 03:07:41 AM PST
 
Hand #250: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby raises and calls Gabriel Nassif's three-bet. They check a flop of    . On the turn, Nassif checks, Elsby bets and wins the pot.
06/10/15 03:06:46 AM PST
 
Hand #249: Matt Elsby
 
Gabriel Nassif raises and Matt Elsby calls. The flop rolls out    . Elsby bets and wins the pot.
06/10/15 03:05:55 AM PST
 
Hand #248: Matt Elsby
 

Matt Elsby raises from the button and Gabriel Nassif three-bets him. Elsby responds with a four-bet of his own and Elsby calls.

The flop is    . Nassif checks, Elsby bets and Nassif folds.

06/10/15 03:04:27 AM PST
 
Hand 247: Gabriel Nassif
 
Gabriel Nassif raises from the button and wins the pot.
06/10/15 03:04:04 AM PST
 
Hand #246: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby raises from the button and wins the pot.
06/10/15 03:03:21 AM PST
 
Hand #245: Chop Pot
 
Gabriel Nassif raises from the button and Matt Elsby calls. The flop is   [jh[ and Elsby check-calls a Nassif bet. They both check the turn   and river  . They chop the pot by both having a pair of fours. Nassif    Elsby   
06/10/15 03:01:35 AM PST
 
Hand #244: Gabriel Nassif
 
Matt Elsby raises from the button and calls Gabriel Nassif's three-bet. Elsby bets the flop     and the turn  . On the river, Elsby checks, Nassif bets and Elsby folds.
06/10/15 02:59:46 AM PST
 
Hand #243: Matt Elsby
 
Gabriel Nassif raises from the button and Matt Elsby three-bets with Nassif calling. The flop is    , Elsby bets and Nassif folds.
06/10/15 02:58:31 AM PST
 
Hand #242: Gabriel Nassif
 
Matt Elsby raises from the button and Gabriel Nassif calls. The flop is     and Nassif check-raises Elsby who folds.
06/10/15 02:57:34 AM PST
 
Hand #241: Matt Elsby
 
Gabriel Nassif raises the button and Matt Elsby calls. The flop is     and Elsby check-calls a bet from Nassif. They both check the turn  . On the river  , Elsby bets and Nassif folds.
06/10/15 02:56:01 AM PST
 
Hand #240: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby raises from the button and wins the pot.
06/10/15 02:55:38 AM PST
 
Hand #239: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby takes a walk.
06/10/15 02:55:15 AM PST
 
Hand #238: Matt Elsby
 
Matt Elsby raises from the button and takes the pot.


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