June 15, 2019 (Las Vegas) - Robert Campbell is the winner of the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tournament. He will take home $144,027 and the World Series of Poker gold bracelet. This is Campbell’s first bracelet. His previous best finish was a second place finish in the 2015 $1,500 HORSE. This was his eighth final table.
The tournament had 467 entries and a prizepool of $630,450. The defending champion, Hanh Tran made it all the way to seventh place before being eliminated in his title defense. He took home $13,593.
This is Campbell’s second final table of the summer. He finished fifth in the $10,000 Omaha Eight or Better ten days ago. He has fourth fifth-place finishes and a runner-up finish, but finally broke through to win his first bracelet.
“I did have that feeling of dread when I had a big chip stack at the start of the final table. Then I felt like I was sort of back in the pack. I did have a bit of, ‘oh here we go again.’ But straight away after dinner like three people just turbo busted. Then I was like alright I’ll just go cash game mode and see what happens,” Campbell said after the win.
Campbell played three-time bracelet winner David Bach heads up to win bracelet number one. Campbell was unphased.
“He’s quite an unorthodox player, so like you have to do a few things maybe slightly differently against him. But, no, I didn’t ever feel uncomfortable.”
Campbell said he really enjoyed having his friends on the rail during his victory. His rail included 2005 Main Event Champion Joe Hachem and bracelet winner James Obst.
“I’m super-duper excited. As you can see. I’m not doing what James Obst did and trying to reg some $500 tournament,” Campbell said, which drew a few laughs from the rail waiting to go celebrate with the newly-crowned champion.
Campbell, 35, is the CEO of Neon Esports and a former professional gamer. His final table earlier this summer didn’t give him the confidence he thought it might.
“If anything it was gonna be more like, ‘oh no.’ I was so excited just to be here again, but really I just wanted to play my best.”
The final table of six players, was full for a long period of play. Eventually, Aron Dermer hit the rail in sixth place. He earned $18,875 for his finish.
Jesse Hampton was the next player to go. He lost to Bach when he drew one and had to make a wheel. He missed and took $26,855 home as his consolation.
Kyle Miaso then busted in fourth place to Campbell. Both of them stood pat on the final draw and Miaso’s perfect eight was not good enough to keep him in the tournament.
Jared Bleznick fell in third place. He took home $58,343 after being eliminated by Campbell.
Campbell was now heads up looking for his first bracelet against three-time bracelet winner Bach. Bach held a three-to-one chip lead. Campbell managed to work his way back to even. Eventually, Campbell won the heads up match to claim the $144,027 and his first bracelet.
Final table payouts: (Click here for a list of the full results)
1) Robert Campbell ($144,027)
2) David Bach ($88,995)
3) Jared Bleznick ($58,343)
4) Kyle Miaso ($39,126)
5) Jesse Hampton ($26,855)
6) Aron Dermer ($18,875)