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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015

Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $1,042,200
  • Entries: 772
  • Remaining: 0
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06/13/15 07:12:28 PM PST
 
Arash Ghaneian Wins Event #24 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
 


ARASH GHANEIAN RIDES AWAY WITH A GOLD BRACELET IN HORSE

Las Vegas Poker Pro Cheered to Victory by Wife, Soon Expecting Twins

Australian Rob Campbell Denied Chance to become first Aussie Champ of 2015, Finishes Second


MEET THE LATEST WSOP GOLD BRACELET CHAMPION


Name: Arash Ghaneian
Birthplace: Tehran (Iran)
Age: 40
Current Residence: Henderson, NV (USA)
Marital Status: Married
Children: 2
Profession: Professional Poker Player
Number of WSOP Cashes: 10
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 1
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories: 1
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 8th (2005)
Total WSOP Earnings: $322,641


[Note: Results above reflect the completion of this tournament]

Arash Ghaneian is the most recent gold bracelet winner at the 2015 World Series of Poker. But that wasn’t the most important thing on his mind on this day of celebration.

His wife, who is expecting delivery of twins soon, cheered her husband from the gallery. As Ghaneian played his hands and faced increasingly tough decisions each step of the way, he looked over at her and remembered not just who and what he was playing for exactly, but how much love and trust he’d received from his wife of more than ten years during all the ups and downs that the game of poker can deliver.


“It’s been a hard road,” Ghaneian said afterward, choking back tears. “Each time I saw her here or she sent me a text, she would say, “I know you’re going to win this – I can feel it.”


Those word turned out to be prophetic.


“She’d never said that to be before, not like that,” Ghaneian said. “I don’t play that many tournaments, so to get that from her made me feel truly blessed.”


The 40-year-old professional poker player from Henderson, NV came out on top in the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event, which is a mix of five standard poker games – including Hold’em, Omaha High-Low Split, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Eight-or-Better. This was Ghaneian’s first WSOP victory, after 11 years of coming to the series held annually at the Rio in Las Vegas.


Ghaneian bested 772 players, which created a prize pool totaling $1,042,200. The top 80 finishers collected prize money, with the Iranian-born poker player of Armenian ancestry carting off the greatest share of anyone -- $239,750 for first place. This was Ghaneian’s best payday in his ten career cashes.


The win wasn’t easy, nor taken for granted, especially in light of so many strong players who went deep. Rob Campbell, from Melbourne, Australia proved to be the toughest opponent of all, coming in second. At one point when Ghaneian and Campbell were heads-up, it appeared the challenger might seize the day. Campbell had Ghaneian on the ropes at one point, but lost a critical hand in the Eight-or-Better round when he was scooped, which foreshadowed the eventual outcome. This was Campbell’s second time to cash after a deep run in his debut at WSOP-Asia Pacific in 2013, worth $148,096 as a consolation prize.


Ghaneian had high words of praise for Campbell’s effort and skill. “He’s a great heads-up player,” Ghaneian said. “He could have won it instead, but the cards just went my way.”


When asked about what might have made the different this time over other occasions he’s come close to a breakthrough victory, Ghaneian thought the experience factor was significant. “Those of us who grew up playing these limit games, we understand how it goes. We have been playing these games for 20 years, and when you get down in chips, you can’t give up. Things can turn around in just one hand.”


Aside from being close to the felt at the final table a few times, Ghaneian faced short-stacked disadvantages on Day Two and Day Three. He had only a few big blinds on two occasions, but both times managed to chip up and get back into contention. No doubt, he drew upon years of experience and refused to give up and put his money in bad, just because he was low on chips.


David Levi, from Las Vegas, finished in 3rd place. He’s a longtime tournament veteran of more than 20 years, who just missed out on what would have been his long overdue first WSOP victory. Also cresting the final table was gold bracelet winner Mike Wattel, from Phoenix, who finished 9th.


Other notable players who cashed in this event aside from those who made the final table included – Brandon Cantu (13th), Ted Forrest (18th), Phil Hellmuth (31st), Dan Kelly (38th), Steve Billirakis (40th), Berry Johnston (50th), Jonathan Duhamel (54th), Chris Bjorin (57th), Ylon Schwartz (58th), Cyndy Violette (62nd), Matt Grapenthein (66th), David Chiu (68th), and James Van Alstyne (80th).


Tom McCormick, a.k.a. “The Shamrock Kid” finished in 35th place. This marked his 50th time to cash at the WSOP. That ranks second all-time behind Tony “Top Cat” Cousineau among players with most in-the-money finishes without a win. Speaking of Tony Cousineau, he cashed as well, finishing 79th. That’s his third cash this year and 71st overall in his “bracelet-less” career.


Also of note was Phil Hellmuth’s 31st-place finish, which was the 110th cash for his illustrious 27-year poker career. He’s not only the all-time gold bracelet wins leader, but also has made more final table appearances than anyone in WSOP history (at 52), as well as the most in-the-money finishes (at 110, and counting).


The tournament lasted four days instead of the originally-schedule three, and concluded on a Saturday afternoon in front of a sizable crowd and a live-stream of the competition shown on WSOP.com.


Falling below Ghaneian atop of the final standings, the official order of finish was as follows:

Second Place: Rob Campbell put up a strong fight, coming in second, his best WSOP showing. Campbell’s only previous series in-the-money finish was in his hometown of Melbourne two years ago, at WSOP-Asia Pacific. Campbell collected $148,096.

Third Place: David Levi seems to have been abound the poker scene forever. His first cash was back in 2001, and he’s posted 38 in-the-money finishes since then. However, for all his accolades, Levi has yet to win poker’s top prize. The six-figure score ($100,676) puts him close to $700,000 in career earnings. Levi, now residing in Las Vegas, is a native of Israel.

Fourth Place: Ronald Schiffman, from the Philadelphia suburbs enjoyed his best WSOP finish to date by taking 4th. This was his second time to final table this event. Schiffman finished 8th in HORSE back in 2009. He pocketed $70,067.

Fifth Place: Michael Trivett, a poker dealer from Johnson City, TN finished 5th. He also final tabled the Casino Employees event back in 2013, finishing 8th.

Sixth Place: Mike Watson, from Toronto, Ontario (Canada) has posted some very impressive results at the series, but still remains without a win. He’s earned more than $1 million in his 33 cashes.

Seventh Place: Jonathan Pineda, from Miami, FL cashed for the second time this year, following an in-the-money finish in the Millionaire Maker.

Eighth Place: Jeffrey Mitseff, from Portland, OR may only have two cashes at the WSOP, but they are both 8th-place finishes. Two final table appearances will be something Mitseff hopes to build on next time he makes the money at the WSOP.

OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS:

Gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event included – Mike Wattel (9th), Brandon Cantu (13th), Ted Forrest (18th), Phil Hellmuth (31st), Dan Kelly (38th), Steve Billirakis (40th), Berry Johnston (50th), Jonathan Duhamel (54th), Chris Bjorin (57th), Ylon Schwartz (58th), Cyndy Violette (62nd), Matt Grapenthein (66th), David Chiu (68th), and James Van Alstyne (80th).


Phil Hellmuth’s cash in this event gives him 109 for his career, the most of any player in WSOP history.

FUN FACTS:

Gender breakdown: There were 733 males and 39 females who entered this event.


Average age of participants was 44 years, likely to be the oldest among participants of any event(s) this year, other than the two seniors’ championships. The average age for WSOP players is about 34 years, making this group about ten years older, overall.

EVENT DIRECT LINKS:

For this event’s results, visit:
http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/results.asp?grid=1136&tid=14224


For Arash Ghaneian’s official player profile page, visit:
http://www.wsop.com/players/playerprofile.asp?playerID=3888


For the Live Reporting Log for this event, please visit:
http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/updates.asp?grid=1136&tid=14224


For photos from this event, please visit:
http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/photos.asp?grid=1136&tid=14224


For official winner photo, please visit:
http://www.wsop.com/pdfs/reports/14224-winner-photo.jpg


For the live stream archive of this event, please visit:
http://www.wsop.com/videos/?vcat=24


(Note: Will appear 48 hours after event concludes)

06/13/15 04:42:52 PM PST
 
Arash Ghaneian Wins Event #24 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
 


Omaha 8

Arash Ghaneian limps on the button. Robert Campbell shoves all-in for 275,000 and Ghaneian calls.

Arash Ghaneian:     
Robert Campbell:     

Ghaneian hits on the     flop but Campbell also has a pair. The   turn is safe for Ghaneian. He needs to dodge aces, nines, sevens, and fives. Ghaneian's hand improves to trips on the   river and he wins Event #24: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E..

Arash Ghaneian receives $239,750 for his win and also the WSOP gold bracelet. Robert Campbell earns $148,096 for his second place.

06/13/15 04:28:56 PM PST
 
Level 34 Started
 

Level:34 Blinds:80k/150k Limits: 150k/300k Ante:30k

06/13/15 04:23:09 PM PST
 
Arash Ghaneian Leads
 

Omaha 8

Arash Ghaneian raises on the button and Robert Campbell calls in the big blind. Campbell checks on the     flop and calls the 120,000 bet from Ghaneian. Campbell check-calls again on the   turn, this time for a big bet of 240,000. Campbell check-calls a third time on the   river.

Ghaneian shows      for a low and the nut flush. Campbell mucks his hand.

Arash Ghaneian - 3,900,000
Robert Campbell - 1,850,000

06/13/15 04:13:49 PM PST
 
Two Hands in Razz
 

Razz

Arash Ghaneian     /     
Robert Campbell (X)(X)  /     

Arash Ghaneian brings it in with  . Robert Campbell completes to 120,000 with   and Ghaneian calls. Campbell checks on fourth street, Ghaneian bets and Campbell calls. Campbell bets 240,000 on fifth street, and Ghaneian calls.

Campbell check-calls on sixth street and both players check on seventh street. Campbell shows   and says "nine-eight low". Ghaneian shows his hand and wins with a   -low.

Arash Ghaneian - 2,910,000
Robert Campbell - 2,840,000

Razz

Arash Ghaneian (X)(X) /     - folded on fifth street
Robert Campbell (X)(X) /    

Robert Campbell is the bring in. Arash Ghaneian completes, Campbell raises, Ghaneian three-bets and Campbell calls. On fourth street, Campbell bets and Ghaneian calls. Campbell bets again on fifth street and Ghaneian folds his hand with three Broadway cards.

Robert Campbell - 3,320,000
Arash Ghaneian - 2,430,000

06/13/15 04:00:17 PM PST
 
Robert Campbell Retakes Lead
 

Holdem

Arash Ghaneian raises to 240,000 from the button, and Robert Campbell three-bets to 360,000. Ghaneian calls, and the dealer spreads    . Campbell bets and Ghaneian calls. The turn is the  , and Campbell bets 240,000. Ghaneian raises to 480,000, and Campbell quickly three-bets. Ghaneian thinks for a minute, then calls.

The river is the  , and Campbell fires another bet. Ghaneian says, "Good hand," and mucks his cards.

Robert Campbell - 3,000,000
Arash Ghaneian - 2,800,000

06/13/15 03:55:36 PM PST
 
Three Quarters For Arash Ghaneian
 

Omaha 8

Arash Ghaneian limps on the button, and Robert Campbell checks the big blind. Campbell bets 120,000 on the     flop. Ghaneian raises and Campbell calls. They both check on the   turn. Campbell bets the   river and Ghaneian calls.

Arash Ghaneian     
Rob Campbell     

Both players have the live three for the same low. Ghaneian has also a straight to win the high hand and three quarters of the pot.

Arash Ghaneian - 3,400,000
Robert Campbell - 2,350,000

06/13/15 03:39:26 PM PST
 
Chop it Up
 

Stud 8

Arash Ghaneian is the bring in with the  , and Robert Campbell completes with the  . Ghaneian calls.

Ghaneian:     
Campbell:     

Campbell bets 120,000 on fourth street, and Ghaneian calls. Campbell bets again - for 240,000 - when he gets the king on fifth street. Ghaneian calls again. On sixth street, Campbell checks, then calls Ghaneian's bet. And Campbell check calls again on the river.

"Chop it up," Ghaneian announces as he shows     for a perfect six-low and no pair. Campbell shows     for a pair of fives to win the high.

Arash Ghaneian - 3,500,000
Robert Campbell - 2,300,000

06/13/15 03:31:46 PM PST
 
Arash Ghaneian Takes The Lead
 

Omaha 8

Robert Campbell raises to 240,000 on the button, and Arash Ghaneian calls from the big blind. Ghaneian checks on the     flop, Campbell bets, and Ghaneian calls. The same action occurs on the   turn, this time for 240,000. Both players check on the   river. Ghaneian shows      for ace high, and Campbell mucks his hand.

Arash Ghaneian - 3,900,000
Robert Campbell - 1,850,000

06/13/15 03:22:47 PM PST
 
Level 33 Started
 

Level:33 Blinds:60k/120k Limits: 120k/240k Ante:30k

06/13/15 03:02:56 PM PST
 
First Break
 
Players are now on a break. The tournament will resume in 20 minutes.
06/13/15 03:02:18 PM PST
 
Arash Ghaneian Brings it Even
 

Stud 8

Robert Campbell brings it in with the  . Arash Ghaneian completes with the  . The action is back on Campbell and he raises to 200,000. Ghaneian calls.

Arash Ghaneian     /     
Robert Campbell (X)(X)(X) /     

Campbell bets on fourth street and Ghaneian calls. Both players check on fifth street. Ghaneian checks again on fifth street. Campbell bets this time ,and Ghaneian raises. Campbell calls. Ghaneian bets on seventh street, and Campbell calls again. Ghaneian shows     for queens and eights and that wins the hand.

Arash Ghaneian - 2,875,000
Robert Campbell - 2,875,000

06/13/15 03:01:51 PM PST
 
Split Pot in Stud/8
 

Stud 8

Robert Campbell is the bring in with the  , and Arash Ghaneian completes to 100,000 with the  . Campbell makes it two bets, and Ghaneian calls.

Ghaneian:      /    
Campbell:      /    

Campbell checks fourth street. Ghaneian bets out and Campbell calls. Ghaneian is first to act on fifth street, and he checks, then calls Campbell's bet. He checks calls again on sixth street, then checks the river. Campbell bets out. Ghaneian thinks for a minute, then calls.

Campbell shows a 7-5 low and no pair. Ghaneian wins the high with his Ace-King no pair, and they split the pot.

Robert Campbell - 3,800,000
Arash Ghaneian - 2,000,000

06/13/15 02:55:17 PM PST
 
Robert Campbell Wins a Stud Hand
 

Stud

Robert Campbell brings in with the   and calls the complete from Ghaneian.

Arash Ghaneian (X)(X) /      / (X)
Robert Campbell (X)(X) /      / (X)

Ghaneian bets on fourth street and Campbell calls. Campbell is first on fifth street and he bets 200,000. Ghaneian raises and Campbell calls. Both players check on sixth and seventh street. Campbell shows     and Ghaneian mucks.

Robert Campbell - 3,600,000
Arash Ghaneian - 2,150,000

06/13/15 02:43:53 PM PST
 
Robert Campbell Slightly Extends Lead
 

Omaha 8

Arash Ghaneian limps from the button, and Robert Campbell raises from the big blind.

The flop come    , and Campbell quickly bets 100,000. Ghaneian raises, and Campbell calls. Both players check the   turn, and the river is the  . Campbell leads out for 200,000, and Ghaneian folds.

Robert Campbell - 3,600,000
Arash Ghaneian - 2,200,000

06/13/15 02:41:05 PM PST
 
Robert Campbell Wins Without Showdown
 

Stud

Robert Campbell is the bring in with the  , and Arash Ghaneian completes to 100,000 with the   showing. Campbell raises to 200,000, and Ghaneian calls.

Ghaneian:     
Campbell:     

On fourth street, Ghaneian bets out, and Campbell calls. Campbell is then first to act on fifth street, and he check-calls Ghaneian's bet. On sixth street, Ghaneian is first to act again with his open pair of tens. He bets, and Campbell calls. Ghaneian then checks the river, and Campbell bets. Ghaneian tanks for about two minutes, the turns his board over and mucks his cards.

Robert Campbell - 3,100,000
Arash Ghaneian - 2,700,000

06/13/15 02:20:24 PM PST
 
Arash Ghaneian Takes a Lead in Stud/8
 

Stud 8

Robert Campbell is the bring in with the  , and Arash Ghaneian completes to 100,000 showing the  . Campbell then makes it two bets, and Ghaneian calls.

Ghaneian:     /     
Campbell:   (X) /     

Ghaneian checks on fourth street, then calls Campbell's bet. Campbell is first to act on fifth street, and he leads out for 200,000. Ghaneian calls. Both players check on sixth street, and Campbell bets again on the river. Ghaneian calls, and Campbell shows his trip tens. Ghaneian announces, "I have a flush," as he turns over    .

Arash Ghaneian - 4,300,000
Robert Campbell - 1,500,000

06/13/15 02:13:49 PM PST
 
Robert Campbell Has Better Straight
 

Hold'em

Arash Ghaneian opens with a 200,000 raise on the button and Robert Campbell calls in the big blind. Campbell checks on the     flop. Ghaneian bet 100,000 and Campbell raises, Ghaneian calls. Campbell bets on the   turn and gets another call from Ghaneian. On the   river, Campbell bets, but Ghaneian raises this time. Campbell calls and wins with his    against   .

Robert Campbell - 3,350,000
Arash Ghaneian - 2,400,000

06/13/15 02:04:16 PM PST
 
Level 32 Started
 

Level:32 Blinds:50k/100k Limits: 100k/200k Ante:20k

06/13/15 02:03:18 PM PST
 
Arash Ghaneian Takes One on the Turn
 

Omaha 8

Robert Campbell raises from the button, and Arash Ghaneian calls. The flop is    , and Ghaneian checks. Campbell continues for 80,000, and Ghaneian raises to 160,000. Campbell calls, and the dealer turns the  . Ghaneian continues for 160,000. Campbell thinks for a few moments, then folds.

Arash Ghaneian - 2,800,000
Robert Campbell - 3,000,000

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