06/05/13 04:09:19 AM PST
Congratulations to Michael Malm, Winner of Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix ($225,104)!
The 8th event of the 2013 World Series of Poker is officially in the books. After three grueling days of mixed game play, it was Michael Malm who rose above the star-studded field to claim the title, the gold WSOP bracelet, and the $225,104 in first-place prize money.
Malm's story proves the old adage that is so frequently spoken at the WSOP that "Anyone can win,". Malm, who recently chopped a Daily DeepStack tournament here at the WSOP, was going to register for another but found himself too late. Registration for this event, however, was still open. He decided to hop in and give it a go. Little did he know three days ago that he would be the one to rise above some of the top professional mixed game players in the world and earn himself his first WSOP championship.
The third and final day of Malm's journey began with a grand total of 19 runners returning to the felt. One by one the professional players began to hit the rail. The likes of Josh Arieh, Robert Mizrachi, Chris Reslock, Randy Ohel, and Chris Tryba all fell before the final table was reached. Travis Pearson became the official final table bubble boy during a hand of No-Limit Hold'em where he lost a coin flip to Eric Crain in dramatic fashion.
Marco Johnson was eliminated in eighth place just a few hands later when his ace-king was outdone by last year's runner-up Greg Mueller's ace-queen. Shorty thereafter, Mike Wattel was also slain by Mueller and had to settle for a seventh place finish.
The next casualty came just a few mere moments later when Crain made a wheel in Omaha Eight-or-Better to bust Dario Alioto in sixth place. Michael Hurey was next to follow when he ran into Steven Wolansky's pocket aces in limit hold'em.
The final four played for quite some time before Crain found himself the fourth-place finisher. The last casualty before heads up play was none other than last year's runner-up Mueller. Mueller was looking to improve on his finish and clinch the bracelet, but was unfortunately forced to settle for third place after a hand of limit hold'em resulted in his demise.
Malm and Wolansky began heads up play virtually even in chips and it was actually Wolansky who was the first to pull away. Wolansky had Malm down to just around two big bets at one point. After a key double up and a a grueling few levels of play, the match finally came to a head during a pot-limit omaha round. After a preflop all in, Malm was able to make the nut flush on the river and clinch the bracelet, eliminating Wolansky in second place in the process.
Final Table Payouts
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06/05/13 03:56:23 AM PST
Steven Wolansky Eliminated in 2nd Place ($139,034)
Michael Malm limped on the button. Steven Wolansky raised to 90,000 and Malm replied by raising pot. Wolansky moved all in and Malm called.
Wolansky paired up on the flop but Malm was adamantly cheering for a diamond. Wolansky made two pair on the turn when the hit, but it was all for naught as the struck the river and gave Malm the nut flush for the win. Wolansky was eliminated in 2nd place and will collect $139,034 for his efforts.
|Michael Malm||2,910,000||540,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||0||-530,000 |06/05/13 03:43:02 AM PST
Malm Drags Big Razz Pot
Michael Malm completed with a four, and Steven Wolansky called with a five. Wolansky called down to sixth, when he bet after being checked to.
Malm called, then saw Wolansky bet into him again on seventh street.
"Big pot," he said. Finally, he called, turning over a ten-eight that bested Wolansky's ten-nine.
|Michael Malm||2,370,000||440,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||530,000||-450,000 |06/05/13 03:30:47 AM PST
Flush For Wolansky
The flop read and Michael Malm checked. Steven Wolansky bet and Malm called. The turned and the action repeated with a check, bet, and a call. Finally, the finished the board and Malm checked a third time. Wolansky bet once more and Malm went into the tank. After about forty-five seconds of deliberation, Malm dropped in a call.
"I have a flush," said Wolansky, fanning . He scooped the pot and is now at 980,000.
|Michael Malm||1,930,000||-570,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||980,000||570,000 |06/05/13 03:21:17 AM PST
Michael Malm completed with both players showing an eight, and Steven Wolansky raised. Malm called. They got it all in on sixth street after Wolansky continued betting.
Malm needed to catch up with a straight or flush and hope Wolansky didn't fill up. He squeezed out a brick, and Wolansky doubled.
|Michael Malm||2,000,000||-270,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||920,000||290,000 |06/05/13 03:12:42 AM PST
"This is TOUGH"
Steven Wolansky had the button. He popped it up to 65,000 and Michael Malm defended his big blind.
The flop brought and Malm checked to the raiser. Wolansky fired 75,000 and Malm called. The hit the turn and Malm checked once more and called after Wolansky slid out 160,000. The finished off the board. Malm checked a third time. Wolansky announced a bet of 325,000.
"Didn't think you had the balls to pull that trigger," said Malm to Wolansky. He sat thinking.
Minutes ticked down on the clock as Malm stacked and and disassembled stacks of chips while thinking and muttering to himself about the hand.
"This is TOUGH," he emphasized after about three minutes.
Four minutes into his decision was enough for Wolansky, who called the clock on Malm. He had sixty seconds to act on his hand or it would be declared dead.
Malm continued to think and used his time all of the way down until there were just six seconds left. He pushed out a call.
Wolansky showed for just king-high. Malm rolled up for a pair of sixes and the best hand. He clenched his fist tightly and did a fist pump to himself as he dragged in the pot. He now is sitting on about 2.27 million in chips.
|Michael Malm||2,270,000||770,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||630,000||-770,000 |06/05/13 02:58:22 AM PST
Malm Forces a Fold
Michael Malm raised to 65,000 from the button, and Steven Wolansky called.
The flop came , and Wolansky check-raised Malm's 65,000 bet to 155,000. Malm called. Wolansky kept up the aggression on a turn, firing 180,000. Malm raised to 380,000, and Wolansky folded.
|Michael Malm||1,500,000||-25,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||1,400,000||25,000 |06/05/13 02:46:30 AM PST
Players are back at their seats and heads-up action is resuming early.
06/05/13 02:43:06 AM PST
Coin Flip For One More Level
Both heads up competitors were given the option to play one more level tonight. Michael Malm did not want to play one more tonight but Steven Wolansky was adamant that he wanted to play one more level. Malm agreed to flip a coin for it. If it landed heads they went home for the night, tails they would play on.
Wolansky flipped the quarter, it fell off of the table and onto the floor. Someone from the rail declared that it fell tails. That means we're on a 20-minute break and will return for one more level.
06/05/13 02:42:20 AM PST
Heads Up Chip Counts
|Michael Malm||1,525,000||325,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||1,375,000||-325,000 |06/05/13 02:26:59 AM PST
Malm Still Clawing Upwards
Michael Malm called a raise in the big blind, and the players saw a flop. Malm check-called, and did the same on a turn. He led out when the hit the river, and Wolansky called.
Malm showed for a rivered gutshot straight, and Wolansky's small cheering section expressed disgust.
|Steven Wolansky||1,700,000||-210,000 |
|Michael Malm||1,200,000||200,000 |06/05/13 02:21:34 AM PST
Malm on the Comeback
The flop read and Michael Malm led out. Steven Wolansky called to see the turn. Malm checkd and Wolansky fired a bet. Malm came over the top and Wolansky mucked his cards.
|Steven Wolansky||1,910,000||-490,000 |
|Michael Malm||1,000,000||492,000 |06/05/13 02:16:51 AM PST
Malm Not Going Without a Fight
Michael Malm raised the button, Steven Wolansky potted in the big blind, and Malm shipped it in.
Malm was in good shape with blockers and better flush cards, but a flop left him trailing. A on the turn quickly turned that around, and a brick on the river meant Malm, who has been stubbornly clinging to a very short stack, is back in contention.
|Steven Wolansky||2,400,000||-220,000 |
|Michael Malm||508,000||218,000 |06/05/13 02:00:46 AM PST
After winning a large stud hand by making a flush against Michael Malm's two pair, Steven Wolansky has been on a tear, winning just about every pot.
Picking up with the action on the turn, the board read and we found Wolansky lead out. Malm raised and Wolansky flat called.
Fifth street saw the complete the board and Wolansky checked. Malm bet and Wolansky called one final bet.
Malm showed but it was no good, as Wolansky showed for a better two pair and a low. This scoop gives Wolansky a commanding chip lead.
|Steven Wolansky||2,620,000||1,320,000 |
|Michael Malm||290,000||-1,310,000 |06/05/13 01:53:33 AM PST
Wolansky Shows a Bluff
Steven Wolansky completed with a six, and Michael Malm called with an eight. Wolansky kept the betting lead on fourth, but Malm raised him on fifth with a six-seven-ten against Wolansky's eight-ten-jack. Wolansky called, then fired out on sixth with a queen. Malm folded.
Wolansky showed his hand: /
"Nice bluff," Malm said.
|Michael Malm||1,600,000||-272,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||1,300,000||262,000 |06/05/13 01:49:07 AM PST
Malm Doubles Huge; Takes Chip Lead
Steven Wolansky had the button. He popped it up to 48,000. Michael Malm three-bet to 124,000 and Wolanski called.
The flop brought and Malm continued out for 100,000. Wolansky thought for a moment before announcing all in. Malm stood up from the table and slapped face up on the table, announcing call in the process.
"Wow," said Wolansky, meekly showing .
The dealer rapped the table and produced the on the turn.
"CLUB!" said Wolansky suddenly.
Fortunately for Malm, Wolansky's request was denied as the touched down on the river and secured him a double up to 1.872 million in chips.
|Michael Malm||1,872,000||872,000 |
|Steven Wolansky||1,038,000||-862,000 |06/05/13 01:30:25 AM PST
Wolansky Scoops a Big One
Stud Eight or Better
Steven Wolansky check-raised on sixth street after calling on fifth. He bet seventh street.
"I hope you don't have three sixes," Malm said, tossing in a call.
"I have a straight," Wolansky responded, revealing as his down cards.
"That works," Malm said.
|Steven Wolansky||1,900,000||420,000 |
|Michael Malm||1,000,000||-420,000 |06/05/13 01:19:58 AM PST
Greg Mueller Eliminated in 3rd Place ($89,673)
Action folded to Steven Wolansky who raised from the small blind. Greg Mueller called out of the big blind and the flop brought . Wolansky led out and Mueller raised. Wolansky called to see a turn.
The hit the turn and Wolansky checked. Mueller led.
"Raise," instantly proclaimed Wolansky.
Mueller, who had less than one big bet behind, called it off.
"You hit the nine, didn't you?" said Mueller. Wolansky nodded and showed . A frustrated Mueller replied with for a pair of eights.
The finished off the board and Mueller, last year's runner-up, was eliminated in 3rd place. He will collect $89,673 in tournament winnings.
|Steven Wolansky||1,480,000||540,000 |
|Michael Malm||1,420,000||270,000 |
|Greg Mueller||0||-500,000 |06/05/13 01:02:55 AM PST
Malm Gets There
Greg Mueller completed with a four then bet every street to seventh, and Michael Malm called him down after starting with a five. Mueller checked dark on seventh, and Malm checked behind him.
"You kept going after you paired that four, huh?" Mueller said, shaking his head in disgust before flipping his cards high into the air toward the muck.
|Michael Malm||1,150,000||-35,000 |
|Greg Mueller||500,000||-170,000 |06/05/13 12:49:34 AM PST
Steven Wolansky raised from the button and Greg Mueller three-bet from the small blind. It came back to Wolansky and he called to see the flop.
The dealer spread onto the felt and Mueller led out. Wolansky called and the turned. Mueller checked and Wolansky took the opportunity to bet. Mueller stayed the course.
The prompted two checks and Mueller fanned for a pair of queens. Wolansky mucked and Mueller dragged it in.
|Steven Wolansky||940,000||-485,000 |
|Greg Mueller||670,000||170,000 ||