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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 13, 2015 to Monday, June 15, 2015

Event #29: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $723,800
  • Entries: 77
  • Remaining: 0
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06/15/15 07:57:29 PM PST
 
Phil Galfond Wiins Event #29 - $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
 
 Maryland pro shines brightest in field full of stars, dons second bracelet and pockets $224,383

Nick Schulman falls short of third 2-7 championship, finishes runner up for $138,665

MEET THE LATEST WSOP GOLD BRACELET WINNER:


Name: Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond
Age: 30
Residence: North Potomac, Md.
Occupation: Professional poker player
Marital status: Married
Number of WSOP Cashes: 15
Number of WSOP final table appearances: 6
Number of WSOP gold bracelet victories: 2
Best previous WSOP finish: 1st ($5,000 pot-limit Omaha with re-buys, 2008)
Total WSOP earnings: $2,156,473

The above stats include Galfond’s Event #29 victory

TOURNAMENT RECAP:

Las Vegas (June 15, 2015) — Phil Galfond is a two-time gold bracelet winner following a championship performance in Event #29 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Monday night. Galfond, a professional poker player who hails from North Potomac, Md., maneuvered through an uber-talented field in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and was rewarded handsomely with a $224,383 first prize. Widely recognized as one of the brightest minds in the game, Galfond’s Event #29 win marks his 15th WSOP cash and moves him over the $2,000,000 mark in career earnings. What’s more, this marks his second 2-7 championship final table having finished fourth in last year’s limit event.

“It means a lot — especially in a field this tough and at a table this tough,” Galfond said in the moments following his victory. “I have a ton of respect for all my opponents […] It’s been seven years since I won [a bracelet]. I’m very happy.”

Galfond earned his first gold bracelet in a $5,000 pot-limit Omaha with re-buys event in 2008. Then his crowning tournament achievement, the win came care of a 152-player field and earned Galfond $817,781. Much like his most-recent win, the final table was a virtual who’s who of the professional world as Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda and others graced the table before falling short of gold.

Making his 2-7 championship Monday night even sweeter and more impressive is the fact it came at the hands of fellow pro Nick Schulman. Schulman, who finished second earning $138,665, is a two-time champion of this event and was poised for his third title holding a chip lead of better than 3-to-1 over Galfond during heads-up play. An early double up for Galfond leveled the playing field, and from there, he simply chipped away at Schulman until he held all of the 2,310,000 chips in play.

“When we were shorthanded, everybody’s so good,” Galfond said of the final table. “Normally in tournaments you tend to sort of shy away from spots because there are going to be better situations to get your money in […] When I was heads up with [Schulman], I’m going to take every spot that presents itself. There’s no huge edge later. Just try to play every hand as best you can.”

Galfond is best known for his exploits in high stakes, online cash games where he plays under the moniker OMGClayAiken. One of the early stars of the virtual felt, he’s remained more than relevant with continued success and the expansion of his influence away from the table. Admittedly, he’s in a different place in his life now than he was seven years ago when he won his first gold bracelet, but the six-figure cash-game pots and business ventures haven’t numbed him to the point where he can’t take a prideful look back at a tournament victory.

“Because we had so few players [in the 2-7], the prize pool — I mean, it’s big — but compared to some of the other events it’s one of the smaller prize pools,” Galfond said. “I’ve played for cash game pots the size of first place. This feels a lot bigger and I think it’s because of this stage and the bracelet. It’s more meaningful than cash games.”

The no-limit 2-7 championship drew an intimate field of 77 players but was ripe with talent. The $723,800 prize pool paid the top 14 finishers. Of them, eight were gold bracelet winners, and of those, six were multiple time winners. The award for most decorated player at the final table went to Erik Seidel. Seidel, an eight-time gold bracelet winner, cashed in a $10,000 championship event for the third time this year, but ultimately came short of a ninth victory. Other notable finishers include Bernard Lee (eighth, $19,824) who crossed $1,000,000 in WSOP earnings, Eli Elezra (sixth, $31,463) who made his second final table of the 2015 series and the runner-up Schulman.

“In a field this tough, you can’t have a huge edge, but I felt pretty good going in and throughout the tournament,” Galfond said.

Here’s a look at the tournament’s eight-handed final table results:

1st: Phil Galfond - $224,383
2nd: Nick Schulman - $138,665
3rd: Dan Smith - $87,898
4th: Erik Seidel - $59,532
5th: Jon Turner - $42,298
6th: Eli Elezra - $31,463
7th: Adam Owen - $24,457
8th: Bernard Lee - $19,824

EVENT FUN FACTS:


Adam Owen was the only international final table participant. He hails from Folkstone, United Kingdom.

Eight of the 14 in-the-money finishers were gold bracelet winners. Of these, six were multiple-time winners. Seidel topped the latter group claiming eight.

Deuce-to-Seven Lowball made its tournament debut at the 1973 WSOP. The game is rarely played anywhere except at the very highest levels. It’s rarely spread inside public card rooms — either as cash games or tournaments. In fact, the WSOP is one of the few places where this poker variant is offered. The game was tacked onto the WSOP schedule because it was the preferred game of many high-stakes cash game players.

“It’s probably the purest form of poker that I’m aware of,” Galfond said. “It’s very much a one-zero game where they either have it or they don’t. There’s a lot of psychology that goes behind that. It’s just a lot of people trying to read each other more or less.”
 
The very first Deuce-to-Seven Lowball champion was Aubrey Day. Since then, the Deuce-to-Seven gold bracelet has been won by a royal court of poker champions, including Jack Straus, Sailor Roberts, Billy Baxter, Doyle Brunson, Bobby Baldwin, Sarge Ferris, Stu Ungar, Dewey Tomko, Seymour Lebowitz, Bob Stupak, John Bonetti, Freddy Deeb, Johnny Chan, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harman, O’Neil Longsen, Barry Greenstein, and others.

EVENT DIRECT LINKS:

Phil Galfond’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.
06/15/15 06:32:58 PM PST
 
Congratulations to Phil Galfond, Winner of Event #29: No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship ($224,383)!
 

Phil Galfond raises to 50,000 from the button and Nick Schulman moves all in from the big blind for a total of 649,000. Galfond asks for an exact count, and after a few moments of deliberation, Galfond makes the call.

Schulman now takes his turn to enter the tank as he contemplates whether to stand pat or how many to draw. After about a minute, Schulman discards one and Galfond does the same.

Schulman:     
Galfond:     

As a now standing Schulman bends down to squeeze his card, he asks Galfond, "do you wanna squeeze first?"

Galfond responds by adding, "yeah I'll just flip it over!"

Galfond reaches for his draw card and reveals the   to render Schulman drawing dead.

Schulman flips over his   and heads over to Galfond to give him a congratulatory handshake while simultaneously heading to the rail in 2nd place for a $138,665 - his first runner-up finish in this event after winning it in 2012 and 2009 as well as a 5th in 2011.

06/15/15 06:20:59 PM PST
 
Galfond Edging Out Ahead
 

Nick Schulman raises to 50,000 and Phil Galfond calls as both players draw one.

Galfond bets out 65,000 and Schulman deliberates for a few moments before making the call.

Galfond tables his       for a rough nine to capture the pot from Schulman.

Phil Galfond - 1,740,000
Nick Schulman - 570,000

06/15/15 06:18:18 PM PST
 
Ten-Seven for Galfond
 

Phil Galfond raises to 50,000 and Nick Schulman calls and draws one as Galfond stands pat.

Schulman checks and Galfond checks behind.

Galfond tables his       and Schulman mucks.

06/15/15 06:16:32 PM PST
 
One for Schulman
 

Nick Schulman raises to 50,000 and Phil Galfond calls and draws one as Schulman stands pat.

Galfond checks and Schulman bets out 60,000 with Galfond folding.

06/15/15 06:13:38 PM PST
 
Nine-Eight Smooth for Galfond
 

Phil Galfond raises to 50,000 and Nick Schulman calls and draws two cards as Galfond stands pat.

Schulman bets out 150,000 and Galfond makes the call.

Galfond tables his       and scoops the pot from Schulman.

06/15/15 06:10:03 PM PST
 
One for Schulman
 

Nick Schulman raises to 50,000 and Phil Galfond calls and draws one as Schulman draws one also.

Galfond checks and Schulman bets out 100,000 and Galfond folds.

Phil Galfond - 1,450,000
Nick Schulman - 860,000

Nick Schulman

06/15/15 06:03:47 PM PST
 
Galfond Three-Bets
 

Nick Schulman raises to 50,000 and Phil Galfond three-bets to 160,000 from the big blind.

Schulman folds and Galfond is pushed the pot.

06/15/15 06:02:32 PM PST
 
Schulman Leads Post-Draw
 
Phil Galfond pops it up to 50,000 from his button and Nick Schulman calls. Both players take one card at the draw. Schulman leads out with a bet of 130,000. Galfond lets it go and Schulman wins the pot.
06/15/15 05:59:54 PM PST
 
Schulman Picks off Galfond's Bluff
 

Nick Schulman raises to 50,000 and Phil Galfond makes the call and draws two as Schulman draws two also.

Galfond bets out 60,000 and Schulman makes the call.

Galfond tables a pair as Shulman tables his       to scoop the pot.

06/15/15 05:57:44 PM PST
 
Galfond Takes One
 

Phil Galfond raises to 50,000 from the button and Nick Schulman calls from the big blind. Both players take two new cards at the draw.

Schulman bets 80,000 and Galfond calls. Galfond rolls over       for a pair of deuces and takes down the pot.

Phil Galfond - 1,598,000
Nick Schulman - 812,000

06/15/15 05:54:51 PM PST
 
Play Resumes
 
The cards are back in the air!
06/15/15 05:54:21 PM PST
 
Level 23 Started
 
Level:23  Blinds:12,000/24,000  Ante:6,000
06/15/15 05:35:36 PM PST
 
Break Time
 
The two players are heading on a 20-minute break.
06/15/15 05:32:28 PM PST
 
Galfond Pressuring
 
Nick Schulman raises to 50,000 and Phil Galfond three-bets to 155,000. Schulman quickly folds.
06/15/15 05:31:31 PM PST
 
Small One For Galfond
 

Phil Galfond makes it 40,000 from the button and Nick Schulman calls. Schulman takes one card on the draw and Galfond stands pat.

Both players check and Galfond shows       for the win.

06/15/15 05:28:16 PM PST
 
Nine-Eight for Galfond
 

Nick Schulman raises to 50,000 and Phil Galfond calls from the big blind and draws one as Schulman also draws one.

Galfond bets out 65,000 and Schulman makes the call.

Galfond tables his       and Schulman mucks his hand.

Phil Galfond

06/15/15 05:27:13 PM PST
 
Three Minutes in the Tank for Schulman
 

Nick Schulman raises to 50,000 from the button only to have Phil Galfond pop it up to 150,000 from the big blind. Schulman calls and the two are off to the draw.

Galfond takes one new card while Schulman stands pat. Galfond cuts out a bet of 445,000 following the draw. Schulman goes deep into the tank, pondering his action for right around three minutes. Ultimately, he decides to kick his cards into the muck and Galfond brings the match to about even.

Phil Galfond - 1,130,000
Nick Schulman - 1,180,000

06/15/15 05:18:05 PM PST
 
Schulman Fires
 
Phil Galfond makes it 40,000 from the button and Nick Schulman calls. Both players pull one new card at the draw. Schulman bets 80,000 and Galfond lays it down.
06/15/15 05:15:46 PM PST
 
Schulman Bets and Wins
 

Phil Galfond raises to 40,000 from the button and Nick Schulman calls from the big blind as both players draw one.

Schulman tosses out a bet of 50,000 and Galfond folds.

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