The fifth of the 13 $10,000 Championship Events did not disappoint and brought us another accomplished final table that boasted a total of six bracelets and several million dollars in earnings. In fact, only one player in the line-up, Chris Wallace, hadn't previously made a WSOP final table. Richard Ashby did so just about a week ago when he finished second to Brock Parker in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event.
Chris Wallace defeated Randy Ohel in a short heads-up match, earning his first bracelet and taking home the $507,614 first place prize money. Ohel received $313,715 for his runner up finish. The final table lasted a grueling six hours. Five-handed play lasted more than an hour before two-time bracelet winner Max Pescatori busted, followed shortly by Ashby, who was at his second final table of the summer. Ashby will close in on the Player of the Year leader Justin Bonomo, who also cashed in the event, but will not surpass him.
"When I would go on break and relax my heart would be racing," said Wallace about his first WSOP final table experience. "When I would get back to the table I would be calm and focused."
The 40-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota kept it cool and relaxed throughout the entire day of play, despite having the least amount of WSOP final table experience. Wallace plays and coaches poker professionally and primarily plays mixed games. In an age of big bet games, Wallace makes his primary living off of limit poker. This marks his fifth WSOP cash. He has two cashes in Razz, two in 10-game mix and now one in HORSE.
"If I was going to pick an event to win, this would be it," said Wallace. "It feels great." The 10K HORSE event is known to be one of the more prestigious events at the WSOP. It always brings out the best players in the world and that was very true of this field.
The event drew 200 entries creating a $1,880,000 prize pool with the top 24 places being paid. Some notables who made the money include Chris Klodnicki (24th), runner-up in last year's One Drop High Roller event, six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (18th), Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier (16th), this year's WSOP Player of the Year early frontrunner Justin Bonomo (15th), Nick Schulman (14th), David Benyamine (11th) and Bruno Fitoussi (9th), who bubbled the final table.
Here are the final table results from the $10,0000 H.O.R.S.E. Event:
1st: Chris "Fox" Wallace - $507,614
2nd: Randy Ohel - $313,715
3rd: Richard Sklar - $206,499
4th: Richard Ashby - $150,625
5th: Max Pescatori - $112,066
6th: Lee Goldman - $84,844
7th: Bill Chen - $65,273
8th: Calvin Anderson - $50,966