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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 08, 2015 to Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $2,489,400
  • Entries: 1,844
  • Remaining: 0
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06/11/15 07:24:26 PM PST
 
Ben Zamani Wins Event #20 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
 
 
 
Ben Zamani Wins First Gold Bracelet and $460,640 in Event #20 of the World Series of Poker
 
Zamani avenges a runner-up finish from less than one week ago, vaults into Player of the Year contention
 
Natasha Barbour finishes second, earns $284,911 consolation prize
 
MEET THE LATEST WSOP GOLD BRACELET WINNER:
 

Name: Ben Zamani

Age: 28

Residence: Boca Raton, Fla.

Occupation: Professional poker player

Number of WSOP Cashes: 14

Number of WSOP final table appearances: 2

Number of WSOP gold bracelet victories: 1

Best previous WSOP finish: 2nd (Event #14, $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout, less than one week ago)

Total WSOP earnings: $764,350
 
The above stats include Zamani’s Event #20 victory
 
TOURNAMENT RECAP:
 
Las Vegas (June 11, 2015)Ben Zamani carded his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet victory Thursday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The win, which came in a $1,500 no-limit tournament, earned Zamani $460,640 as well as avenged a runner-up finish he carded less than a week ago in a $1,500 shootout event. With his spot in the winner’s circle cemented, Zamani now owns two cashes at the 2015 Series totaling more than $600,000 and vaulting him into Player of the Year contention.
 
Much like his previous runner-up finish, Zamani held control of the $1,500 event during its late stages. This time, though, he didn’t let it slip. On the final hand, he caught heads-up opponent Natasha Barbour in a bluff. Barbour moved all in with nothing but 10 high and Zamani called with trip aces. The river came and went and Zamani, on the verge of tears, left the ESPN main stage in disbelief. His rail later explained the passion Zamani has for the game, how much the bracelet means to him and how devastated he was following the runner-up finish a few days prior. Having reached his crowning achievement, there was nothing left for Zamani who politely posed for winner’s photos along with some of his loyal railbirds.
 
Zamani is 28 years old. Though born in Germany, he is American and resides in Boca Raton, Fla. His most-recent deep run marks his 14th and largest WSOP cash.  
 
Event #20 was the 20th of 68 bracelet events on the 2015 WSOP schedule. The tournament’s 1,844-player field marked an attendance increase of more than 15 percent year-over-year. In all, the prize pool totaled $2,489,400 and paid the top 198 players. Notable in-the-money finishers include four-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Caufman Talley (10th, $26,337), two-time gold bracelet winners Andy Frankenberger (14th, $20,786) and Greg Mueller (102nd, $3,385), Chris Lindh (34th, $11,003), bracelet winner Taylor Paur (42nd, $9,111), six-time Circuit ring winner Valentin Vornicu (64th, $5,551), Matt Affleck (83rd, $4,231), Melanie Weisner (97th, $3,783), Joe Kuether (139th, $3,061) and Shannon Shorr (154th, $3,061).
 
The tournament played out over a four-day stretch with the latter half of the final table consuming all the action on Day 4. At the day’s start, five players remained in contention including two-time WSOP final tablist Kevin MacPhee (fourth, $142,070) and Barbour, who hoped to become the first female gold bracelet winner of the 2015 WSOP.
 
Here’s a look at the tournament’s final table results:
 

1st: Ben Zamani - $460,640 + WSOP gold bracelet

2nd: Natasha Barbour - $284,911

3rd: Paul Ephremsen - $196,986

4th: Kevin MacPhee - $142,070

5th: Wenlong Jin - $103,857

6th: Garrett Beckman - $76,922

7th: Jared Griener - $57,729

8th: Oluwashola Akindele - $43,888

9th: Kevin Benoit - $33,781
 

EVENT FUN FACTS:

  • The final table featured no WSOP gold bracelet winners
  • The 1,844-player field was made up of 1,791 males and 53 females
EVENT DIRECT LINKS:
 
Ben Zamani’s official WSOP player profile page is available HERE
 
Final results, live reporting log, photos and official winner photo are available HERE.
 

Live stream archive of the event is available HERE.

06/11/15 03:47:29 PM PST
 
Ben Zamani Wins Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'Em ($460,640)
 

Winner Event 20 Benjamin Zamani

Natasha Barbour calls from the small blind and Ben Zamani makes it 710,000 to go from the big blind. Barbour announces a reraise and makes it 1.6 million total. Zamani snap four-bets as he says "two point nine".

Barbour grabs a stack of chips and then calls. There's nearly six million in the pot in what is sure to be the defining moment of the tournament.

The flop comes     and Zamani quickly pushes forward some chips for a bet of 950,000. Barbour snap-calls.

The turn is the   and Zamani taps the table softly. Barbour thinks for a moment and then announces that she is all in. Zamani holds up his cards and turns them over as he announces a call.

Zamani:   
Barbour:   

Zamani has trips, and Barbour is drawing dead. The dealer puts out the   on the river and Zamani's rail rushes him to celebrate the victory.

Natasha Barbour finishes in second place, winning $284,911.

Congratulations to Ben Zamani who wins his first WSOP bracelet! This comes right on the heels of a second place finish earlier this WSOP in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'Em Shootout. He takes home $460,640 for his win here today.

06/11/15 03:39:15 PM PST
 
Hand #221: Natasha Barbour
 

Ben Zamani calls from the small blind and Natasha Barbour checks her option from the big blind. The flop comes     and Barbour check-calls a 215,000 bet from Zamani. The turn is the   and both players check.

They check again on the   river and Barbour takes the pot down with    for a pair of sevens.

06/11/15 03:35:12 PM PST
 
Level 34 Started
 
Level:34  Blinds:100,000/200,000  Ante:30,000
06/11/15 03:34:43 PM PST
 
Hand #220: Benjamin Zamani
 

Natasha Barbour opens to 425,000 and Benjamin Zamani calls, with the flop coming    .

Zamani check-calls Barbour's 550,000 c-bet and both players tap the table on the   turn.

The river comes   and Zamani checks for a third time, prompting a bet of 550,000 from Barbour. Zamani calls instantly and tables    for the low end of a straight.

Benjamin Zamani - 8,000,000
Natasha Barbour - 5,800,000

06/11/15 03:32:21 PM PST
 
Hand #219: Benjamin Zamani
 

Benjamin Zamani opens to 385,000 and Natasha Barbour defends her big blind to see the flop fall    .

Barbour check-folds to a 460,000 wager from Zamani.

06/11/15 03:31:09 PM PST
 
Hand #218: Natasha Barbour
 
Natasha Barbour opens to 425,000 and takes down the blinds and antes.
06/11/15 03:30:42 PM PST
 
Hand #217: Natasha Barbour
 

Benjamin Zamani limps in and Natasha Barbour checks her big blind option.

The flop is     and Barbour check-calls a bet of 165,000 from Zamani. Both players check the   turn, and Zamani takes it down with a bet of 400,000 after the   falls on the river.

06/11/15 03:20:16 PM PST
 
Cards are Back in the Air!
 
Back in action here in the Mother Ship!
06/11/15 03:07:09 PM PST
 
Early Break
 

With ten minutes left in the level, the two remaining players have decided to take the 20-minute break a little early. Play will resume shortly with Benjamin Zamani sitting on 7,100,000 for a slim lead over Natasha Barbour's 6,700,000.

06/11/15 03:06:03 PM PST
 
Hand #216: Paul Ephremsen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($196,986)
 

Paul Ephremsen

Natasha Barbour raises to 320,000 from the button and Paul Ephremsen calls from the small blind. Ben Zamani folds out of the big blind.

The flop is     and both players check. The turn is the   and Ephremsen leads out for 375,000. Barbour raises to 800,000 and Ephremsen announces that he is all in for a total of 1,865,000. Barbour instantly calls.

Ephremsen:   
Barbour:   

Ephremsen flops top pair but he is behind as Barbour has the over pair with her kings.

The river is the   and Barbour's rail celebrates as the tournament is now head-up. Paul Ephremsen is eliminated in third place for $196,986. Zamani and Barbour are nearly dead even in chips with Zamani holding a slight chip lead.

Paul Ephremsen - Eliminated

06/11/15 03:02:27 PM PST
 
Hand #215: Ben Zamani
 
Ben Zamani raises to 360,000 from the button and wins the blinds and antes.
06/11/15 03:01:59 PM PST
 
Hand #214: Ben Zamani
 
Ben Zamani calls from the small blind and Natasha Barbour checks from the big blind. The flop is     and both players check. The turn is the   and Barbour folds to a bet of 205,000 from Zamani.
06/11/15 03:01:00 PM PST
 
Hand #213: Ben Zamani
 
Ben Zamani gets a walk in the big blind.
06/11/15 03:00:35 PM PST
 
Hand #212: Ben Zamani
 

Ben Zamani opens from the button to 355,000. Natasha Barbour thinks for a little while but folds. Paul Ephremsen calls from the big blind. The flop comes     and Ephremsen check-calls a 390,000 bet from Zamani.

The turn is the   and both players check. The river is the   and Ephremsen leads out for a million even. Zamani calls.

"Ace," says Ephremsen as he tables   .

"No good," says Zamani and turns over    for a pair of eights.

06/11/15 02:50:40 PM PST
 
Hand #211: Natasha Barbour
 

Paul Ephremsen folds his button, Benjamin Zamani opens to 410,000 from the small blind, and Natasha Barbour defends her big blind with a call.

The flop is     and both players check to take the   on the turn. Zamani tries a 330,000 wager but he releases after Barbour raises to 1,100,000.

Natasha Barbour - 4,600,000
Benjamin Zamani - 5,100,000

06/11/15 02:48:42 PM PST
 
Hand #210: Paul Ephremsen
 

Natasha Barbour opens to 320,000 from the button, but Paul Ephremsen takes the pot down with a three-bet to 830,000.

06/11/15 02:47:42 PM PST
 
Hand #209: Paul Ephremsen
 
Paul Ephremsen gets a walk in the big blind.
06/11/15 02:47:21 PM PST
 
Hand #208: Natasha Barbour
 

Paul Ephremsen limps in from the button, Benjamin Zamani surrenders his small blind, and Natasha Barbour checks her big blind option.

The dealer fans the     and Barbour check-calls a bet of 275,000 from Ephremsen. Both players check down the   turn and   river, with Barbour's    for a pair of sixes better than Ephremsen's    for bottom pair.

06/11/15 02:45:25 PM PST
 
Hand #207: Benjamin Zamani
 

Natasha Barbour opens to 320,000 holding the button, Paul Ephremsen calls from the small blind, and Benjamin Zamani does the same from the big.

On the     flop Ephremsen checks over to Zamani, and he bets 215,000. This forces two quick folds and Zamani takes it down.

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