Wednesday, June 29, 2016 1:59 AM Local Time
Loren Klein is the newest member of poker’s gold bracelet club. The victory was made all the more satisfying by the long journey to reach this moment, which included several prior cashes in World Series of Poker events, and a mixed emotional reaction to a second place finish in a gold bracelet event back in 2010.
The poker pro from the Northern Nevada town outside Reno known as Verdi, NV won the $1,500 buy-in Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha tournament. The duel game competition was played over three days and nights and concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas. This tournament included a rotation of two of the most popular forms of poker played today – No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha.
“They are definitely my two best games,” Klein said afterward.
Klein collected $241,427 in prize money, making this the biggest win of his career at the series, which dates back nearly a decade. Klein has now cashed 23 times and earned nearly $700,000 at the annual Las Vegas summer classic.
Klein, age 34, won his victory in this tourney via total domination. He seemed to be in total command throughout. He also prevailed at a final table which included quite a few players seeking their first WSOP victory. In the end, however, everyone else seemed to be playing for second place, especially given Klein’s massive chip advantage on Day Three, which was never in serious danger of leaving his side of the table.
“You have to use a different strategy when you have that kind of chip lead,” Klein said. “I think I utilized a strong one.”
The ultimate moment of triumph came when Klein scooped the final pot of the tournament against Dmitry Savelyev, from San Bruno, CA who finished as the runner up. His share of the prize pool amounted to $149,177.
As for future plans, Klein already has his sights set on winning gold bracelet number two. “I’ll be playing the Pot-Limit Omaha tomorrow,” he said.
This tourney attracted 919 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $1,240,650. The top 138 finishers collected prize money.
Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:
Second Place: Dmitry Savelyev, 45, a Russian-born player from Hollywood, FL finished in second place. He was paid $149,177. This marked his fourth time to cash at the series, and was by far his deepest run.
Third Place: Rick Alvarado, from Ontario, CA collected $104,784 for an impressive third-place finish. This was his fourth occasion to make a WSOP final table and tenth time to cash. This was also his richest cash prize won here at the summer series.
Fourth Place: Michael Noori, from Tarzana, CA earned $74,634 as the fourth-place finisher. He’s now cashed 17 times at the WSOP and another six times on the WSOP Circuit. This was his biggest cash score at the series, to date.
Fifth Place: Matthew Humphrey, from Avon, IN is enjoying a solid ’16 series cashing for the fourth time, including two final table appearances (previously a 4th and now a 5th). He collected $53,915 for this effort. Humphrey also owns two WSOP Circuit gold rings, both won at Harrah’s New Orleans.
Sixth Place: Eric Penner, from West Palm Beach, FL cashed for the third time at the WSOP and was paid $39,510 for coming in sixth.
Seventh Place: Alexandr Orlov, from Moscow, Russia has cashed 17 times, but this was his first time to make it to a final table at the WSOP. He pocketed $29,378 in prize money.
Eighth Place: David Callaghan, from Dublin, Ireland took eighth place and received $22,168. This was his second time to come in 8th at the series. He’s not finished in-the-money nine times.
Ninth Place: Steven Gagliano, from West Babylon, NY rounded out the final table as the ninth-place finisher. He received $16,980.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:29 PM Local Time
Loren Klein, Winner of Event #45
Dmitry Savelyev has the button, and he opens to 130,000, leaving himself around one million behind. Loren Klein has the big blind, and he shoves all in, putting Savelyev to a decision for his tournament life.
Savelyev leans back, puts his hands behind his head, and says, "I have two live cards. I know I have two live cards. Okay, let's gamble! I call!", and the two go to showdown.
The window card is the , but it is accompanied by the and the . Klein flops top pair, but Savelyev has an open-ended straight draw.
The turn is the , and the river is the , and Klein's top pair holds up, awarding him with the victory, the coveted bracelet, and $241,247.
Dmitry Savelyev claims second place, and he wins $149,177. Congratulations to both!
A full recap will be posted shortly.
Loren Klein - 6,892,500
Dmitry Savelyev - Eliminated in 2nd place ($149,177)
Dmitry Savelyev, 2nd Place Finisher
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:21 PM Local Time
Dmitry Savelyev raises to 130,000 on the button and Loren Klein calls.
The flop is and both players check.
The turn is the . Klein checks, Savelyev bets 200,000, and Klein makes a pot-sized raise to 860,000.
Savelyev leans back and says, "Really? Really? Really?"
Klein responds, "No, not really," and pulls one of his stacks back.
Savelyev finally folds.
Loren Klein - 5,740,000 (95 bb)
Dmitry Savelyev - 1,150,000 (19 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:08 PM Local Time
Loren Klein opens to 130,000, and Dmitry Savelyev defends his big blind.
The flop is , and Savelyev checks to Klein, who bets 90,000. Savelyev calls.
The turn is the , and now, both players check.
They do the same on river , and Savelyev then shows for kings full.
Loren Klein - 5,100,000 (85 bb)
Dmitry Savelyev - 1,800,000 (30 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:06 PM Local Time
Dmitry Savelyev opens to 130,000, and Loren Klein calls from the big blind.
The flop comes , and both players check.
On the turn , Klein bets 110,000. Savelyev calls.
The river is the , and now Klein bets 200,000. After about a minute of thinking, Savelyev calls.
Klein tables for a flopped flush, and Savelyev mucks.
Loren Klein - 5,300,000 (88 bb)
Dmitry Savelyev - 1,595,000 (26 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:00 PM Local Time
Dmitry Savelyev limps on the button and Loren Klein checks his option.
The flop is . Klein bets 75,000 and Savelyev calls.
The turn is the . Klein bets 150,000, and Savelyev pots to 720,000. Klein looks him over and raises. Savelyev calls for the rest of his chips and they table their cards.
Savelyev has the nut straight with the nut flush redraw. The river changes nothing and Savelyev gets a big double up.
Dmitry Savelyev - 2,350,000 (39 bb)
Loren Klein - 4,540,000 (75 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:54 PM Local Time
Loren Klein completes on the button and Dmitry Savelyev checks in the big blind.
The flop is and both players check.
The turn is the . Savelyev checks, Klein bets 75,000, and Savelyev calls.
The river is the . Both players check and Savelyev announces, "Ace." He shows and Klein mucks.
Dmitry Savelyev - 1,230,000 (24 bb)
Loren Klein - 5,662,000 (113 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:42 PM Local Time
|Level:||28 ||Blinds:||30,000/60,000 ||Ante:||10,000|
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:41 PM Local Time
Loren Klein has the button, and he opens to 100,000. Dmitry Savelyev quickly shoves all in from the big blind for what looks like 1,125,000.
Klein takes his time, but eventually he opts to fold.
Loren Klein - 5,625,000 (112 bb)
Dmitry Savelyev - 1,240,000 (24 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:41 PM Local Time
After playing their last hand of No-Limit Hold'em for the round, Dmitry Savelyev says, "PLO baby! Let's go!"
Dmitry Savelyev raises on the button to 125,000 and Loren Klein calls in the big blind.
The flop is and both players check.
The turn is the . Klein checks, Savelyev bets 175,000, and Klein re-pots, putting Savelyev to a decision for all of his chips.
Savelyev thinks it over and says something about taking a stand at some point, and finally calls. He has 645,000 in total.
Both players have a pair of tens, but Savelyev has the best kicker and a higher flush draw. Klein is looking to make two pair or a straight on the river, but the does not help him. Savelyev doubles up.
Dmitry Savelyev - 1,530,000 (30 bb)
Loren Klein - 5,362,000 (107 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:33 PM Local Time
With the arrival of the coveted golden bracelet at the table, the heads up has started.
Dmitry Savelyev asks, "Can I get back from seven to one?", and the witty Klein quickly responds, "Spoiler alert! Nope, you can't!".
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:31 PM Local Time
Rick Alvarado, Eliminated in 3rd Place
From the button, Rick Alvarado raises to 110,000, with around 600,000 behind. Loren Klein is in the small blind. He gives Alvarado a glance, and then announces he is all in.
Dmitry Savelyev quickly gives up his big blind, and Alvarado calls, creating a showdown between Klein and Alvarado.
The board comes , pairing up Klein's queen and eliminating Alvarado.
Loren Klein - 5,900,000 (118 bb)
Rick Alvarado - Eliminated in 3rd place ($104,784)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:25 PM Local Time
Loren Klein completes in the small blind and Dmitry Savelyev checks his option.
The flop comes . Klein leads out for 60,000 and Savelyev calls.
The turn is the and both players check.
The river is the . Klein bets 130,000 and after some hesitation, Savelyev calls.
Klein announces "Straight," and Savelyev says, "No good." Savelyev has turned fives full of sixes to win him the pot.
Dmitry Savelyev - 910,000 (18 bb)
Loren Klein - 5,050,000 (101 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:17 PM Local Time
Dmitry Savelyev limps from the button, for 50,000. Rick Alvarado completes in the small blind. Loren Klein then raises to 200,000 from the big blind, and only Savelyev calls.
The flop comes , and Klein slides a huge tower of 25,000-chips forward. Savelyev folds.
Loren Klein - 5,100,000 (102 bb)
Dmitry Savelyev - 700,000 (14 bb)
Rick Alvarado - 1,150,000 (23 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:15 PM Local Time
From the button, Loren Klein limps. Small blind Dmitry Savelyev completes, and Rick Alvarado checks his option in the big blind.
The flop comes , and after a check from Savelyev, Alvarado bets 90,000. Klein calls and Savelyev folds.
The turn is the . Alvarado bets the pot for 330,000, leaving himself with 235,000 behind. Klein calls.
The river is the , and now both players check. Alvarado tables , for a flush with the , and Klein mucks.
Rick Alvarado - 1,225,000 (24 bb)
Loren Klein - 4,500,000 (90 bb)
Dmitry Savelyev - 1,200,000 (24 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:09 PM Local Time
Michael Noori Eliminated in 4th Place ($74,634)
Michael Noori pots to 175,000 under the gun. Dmitry Savelyev re-pots in the big blind and Noori commits his remaining 50,000.
The board runs out . Savelyev's queens and sevens are good and Noori is eliminated.
Dmitry Savelyev - 900,000 (18 bb)
Michael Noori - Eliminated in 4th Place ($74,634)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:04 PM Local Time
Loren Klein raises on the button and Michael Noori is all in for 35,000 in the big blind.
The board runs out . Noori nearly triples up his short stack and now has two big blinds.
Michael Noori - 100,000 (2 bb)
Loren Klein - 5,830,000 (116 bb)
Two hands later, Noori goes all in for 90,000 on the button and Klein calls in the big blind.
The board runs out , and Noori doubles up again.
Michael Noori - 225,000 (4 bb)
Loren Klein - 5,730,000 (114 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:55 PM Local Time
Michael Noori shoves all in from under the gun, for 405,000. Rick Alvarado and Loren Klein fold. Dmitry Savelyev immediately calls all in for 360,000 from the big blind.
The board comes , and Savelyev doubles up through Noori, who is left with only 45,000.
Dmitry Savelyev - 765,000
Michael Noori - 45,000
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:51 PM Local Time
Loren Klein limps the button, and from the small blind, Dmitry Savelyev completes. Big blind Michael Noori checks his option.
Three players see a flop of , and all check.
On the turn , Savelyev bets 60,000, Noori folds, and Klein calls.
The river is the , and now both players check.
Savelyev tables for a straight, but Klein has for a flush.
Loren Klein - 5,000,000 (100 bb)
Dmitry Savelyev - 400,000 (8 bb)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:40 PM Local Time
|Level:||27 ||Blinds:||25,000/50,000 ||Ante:||5,000|