Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:38 PM Local Time
Andrew Donabedian Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet and $205,605 by Beating Huge 2,577-Player Field
An extra day was needed to finish the huge Event #25: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack. The brand new event at the 2019 World Series of Poker attracted 2,577 entries and created a prize pool of $1,352,925 with a first-place prize of $205,605. Andrew Donabedian took home the grand prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet by beating Todd Dreyer heads-up who had to settle for $126,948.
When asked about the bracelet he just won Donabedian said: ''I play a lot of the circuits and I have a lot of seconds and thirds. Been saving the win for the bracelet I guess. It's pretty awesome.''
Donabedian mostly plays Omaha tournaments at the circuit events and he was surprised by the turnout in this event.
''PLO seems to be getting a lot more popular every year, I think it's great! It's a lot more fun than hold'em.''
Final Table Results
|1||Andrew Donabedian||United States||$205,605|
|2||Todd Dreyer||United States||$126,948|
|3||Robert Valden||United States||$92,672|
|4||Corey Wright||United States||$68,258|
|6||Alexandru Ivan||United States||$38,051|
|7||Tom Franklin||United States||$28,803|
|9||Alexander Condon||United States||$16,971|
Final Day Action
The day started with twelve players left in the tournament. The player at the top of the leaderboard was Corey Wright, who ended Day 1 of the tournament as chip leader as well as Day 2. He had a great start of the day but the same can not be said about Cheli Lin. Lin busted in the first level of the day and had to settle for 12th place and $13,212. Others that started Day 3 but didn't make the final table include Eric Sain (11th - $13,212) and Michael Bartov (10th - $13,212).
Another player that missed the final table was Alexander Condon. Despite finishing in ninth and cashing for $16,971 he missed the final table as he busted in the same hand as Bartov, albeit on the other table.
The final table started with a lot of players doubling up their stacks. It took a little over two levels for the first player to be eliminated and that was Austria's Florian Fuchs. He started the final table second in chips but was eliminated in eighth for $22,006.
Others that didn't make it to the top three included WSOP bracelet winner "Captain" Tom Franklin. He won his first and only bracelet 20 years ago and has to wait a little longer to add a second bracelet to his prize cabinet. He finished in seventh for $28,803. Alexandru Ivan (6th - $38,051), Mihai Niste (5th - $50,732), and Wright (4th - $68,258) also didn't make it to the podium.
Todd Dreyer had an opportunity to end the tournament by eliminating both Donabedian and Robert Valden in one hand but he folded on a queen-high two-club flop with a club-flush draw. Donabedian would end up winning the hand with what turned out to be a smaller flush and Valden busted a couple of hands later in third for $92,672.
The heads-up was pulled in Donabedian's favor within a couple of minutes. The pots were kept small but Dreyer's stack kept dwindling down until he got his chips in the middle with a worse draw to an already made straight by Donabedian. The runout didn't change anything and Donabedian took down the tournament. He won the first-place prize of $205,605 and the WSOP gold bracelet. Dreyer had to settle for second and $126,948.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:07 PM Local Time
Todd Dreyer Eliminated in 2nd Place ($126,948)
Todd Dreyer limped from the small blind/button and big blind Andrew Donabedian raised to 5,400,000. The call was made by Dryer and they went to the flop.
The flop fell and Donabedian continued with a bet of 3,000,000 and Dryer put it all in the middle. Donabedian opened and Dreyer sighed with the words ''you got me''. Dreyer showed and the runout with the turn and river didn't save him.
Dreyer has to settle for $126,948 and second place while Donabedian takes home the first-place prize of $205,605 and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
|Andrew Donabedian||77,000,000||21,100,000 |
|Todd Dreyer||0||-21,400,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:52 PM Local Time
Donabedian Minraises the River
Andrew Donabedian made it 5,200,000 on the button and Todd Dreyer defended. The board got checked down to the river, where Dreyer was the first to move with a bet of 4,000,000.
Donabedian responded with a min-raise to 8,000,000 and Dreyer winged his cards in the muck.
|Andrew Donabedian||55,900,000||13,900,000 |
|Todd Dreyer||21,400,000||-13,600,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:43 PM Local Time
Level 43 started
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:32 PM Local Time
Inpromptu Break; Entering Uncharted Territory
The two remaining players have taken a short break before level 43 commences. All the levels on the tournament clock have now been completed, and a manual extra level of 1,200,000/2,400,000 has been added.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:30 PM Local Time
Robert Valden Eliminated in 3rd Place ($92,672)
Robert Valden had about 6,000,000 left after he had doubled up to three big blinds and he got those chips in the middle with against the of Andrew Donabedian.
The board ran out and Valden thought for a second he won the hand with his three-of-a-kind nines but he then realized that Donabedian had a full house with treys and deuces.
Valden was chipleader for quite a while but he busted out in third place cashing for $92,672.
|Andrew Donabedian||42,000,000||4,800,000 |
|Todd Dreyer||35,000,000||-900,000 |
|Robert Valden||0||-3,900,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:30 PM Local Time
Donabedian Makes Monster Triple; Dreyer Folds Eventual Winner
Todd Dreyer made it 5,000,000 on the button, Robert Valden called from the small blind and Andrew Donadebian called from the big blind. The saw two lightning-quick shoved from Valden — 15,000,000 --, and from Donabedian for 11,100,000.
Dreyer took minutes to assess the situation and held his hand on his hands. If he'd overcall all in, there was a chance he'd win the bracelet on the spot. Eventually, he opted to lay it down to leave it to the other two.
"You both had draws?! I had a higher flush draw," Dreyer said upon seeing both wraps. It became even worse for him as the board ran out , which would've given him the winner. Instead, it was Donabedian who tripled up with his flush and Valden was left short.
|Andrew Donabedian||37,200,000||21,200,000 |
|Todd Dreyer||35,900,000||-11,500,000 |
|Robert Valden||3,900,000||-32,100,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:07 PM Local Time
Corey Wright Eliminated in 4th Place ($68,258)
Corey Wright potted to 7,000,000 on the button, leaving himself with 8,500,000 behind. After some thought, Todd Dreyer elected to call from the big blind.
The flop was and Dreyer shoved all in. Wright took around ten seconds before calling it off.
Wright was in a deep hole against Dreyer's set and neither the turn nor river provided a miracle escape. The start-of-the-day chip leader finished in fourth place for a payday of $68,258.
|Todd Dreyer||47,400,000||23,400,000 |
|Corey Wright||0||-12,500,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:00 PM Local Time
Dreyer's Patience is Paying Off
Todd Dreyer has been playing the waiting game for most of the final table. He tripled up moments ago and he just won a nice pot that put him in the second position.
Andrew Donabedian raised from the small blind to 6,000,000 and big blind Dreyer called. The flop fell and Dreyer called another 2,500,000 bet from Donabedian.
The turn was the and Donabedian checked to Dreyer this time. He announced all in but Donabedian quickly folded his hand.
|Robert Valden||36,000,000||10,000,000 |
|Todd Dreyer||24,000,000||6,100,000 |
|Andrew Donabedian||16,000,000||1,000,000 |
|Corey Wright||12,500,000||800,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:50 PM Local Time
Level 42 started
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:50 PM Local Time
Dreyer Shoves on Valden
After a slow phase with nothing but walks and raise-and-take-its, there was a flop again when Todd Dreyer raised to 4,800,000 from the small blind and Robert Valden called from the big blind.
On an flop, Dreyer shoved all in for 8,300,000. Valden thought for minutes and eventually folded in disgust.
|Robert Valden||26,000,000||-1,000,000 |
|Todd Dreyer||17,900,000||800,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:35 PM Local Time
Dreyer Triples Up
Robert Valden raised to 5,000,000 from the cutoff and button Corey Wright called. Todd Dreyer sat in the big blind and he pushed his last 5,700,000 to the middle. It was no surprise when both Valden and Wright called the extra 700,000.
The flop fell and Valden checked to Wright. He took over the betting initiative with a bet of 5,500,000 and Valden let go of his hand with the words ''I really hope you have it.''
Dreyer was actually the one in the lead with for two pair while Wright was trailing with .
The turn was the and the river the and Dreyer tripled up.
|Robert Valden||27,000,000||-5,800,000 |
|Todd Dreyer||17,100,000||9,000,000 |
|Corey Wright||11,700,000||-8,100,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:28 PM Local Time
Wright Spikes River to Stay Alive
Start-of-the-day chip leader Corey Wright was down to 9,500,000 and raised it up first to act. Robert Valden reraised from the big blind to put Wright at risk and the latter got it in.
The flop and turn kept Valden way ahead, leaving only the queens, jacks, and eights as outs. The river was one of them, the , and he celebrated the double-up.
"Gutshot Corey strikes again!" his friends joked from the rail.
|Robert Valden||32,800,000||-9,200,000 |
|Corey Wright||19,800,000||8,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:20 PM Local Time
Mihai Niste Eliminated in 5th Place ($50,732)
Robert Valden raised to 4,500,000 from the cutoff and big blind Mihai Niste raised all in for about 12,000,000. Valden quickly called and they opened up.
The board ran out and Valden hit two pair on the turn to take down the pot and crack Niste's aces.
Niste won $50,732 after his deep run in the tournament.
|Robert Valden||42,000,000||12,400,000 |
|Mihai Niste||0||-14,200,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:13 PM Local Time
Niste Doubles First Hand After Break
The players were moved to the Amazon Thunderdome stage during the break. In the first hand after the break, Mihai Niste got it all in for 6,700,000 against Andrew Donabedian.
The board came down and Niste doubled up.
|Andrew Donabedian||15,000,000||-6,700,000 |
|Mihai Niste||14,200,000||7,500,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:11 PM Local Time
Level 41 started
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:56 PM Local Time
|Robert Valden||29,600,000||4,200,000 |
|Andrew Donabedian||21,700,000||950,000 |
|Corey Wright||11,800,000||-1,700,000 |
|Todd Dreyer||8,100,000||-4,200,000 |
|Mihai Niste||6,700,000||0 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:53 PM Local Time
The five remaining players are on a 15-minute break.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:51 PM Local Time
Another Double for Valden
Mihai Niste raised to 3,600,000 in middle position and Robert Valden called on the button. On the flop, Niste checked, Valden shoved all in for 8,200,000, and Miste called him off.
"Yes!" an exuberant Valden yelled while he jumped out of his seat. He had Niste nearly drawing dead on the flop and stacked the chips after the turn and river.
|Robert Valden||25,400,000||11,800,000 |
|Mihai Niste||6,700,000||-9,000,000 |
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 3:46 PM Local Time
Alexandru Ivan Eliminated in 6th Place ($38,051)
Andrew Donabedian raised to 4,000,000 from the hijack and Alexandru Ivan called from the big blind leaving himself behind with just 2,800,000.
The flop fell and Ivan immediately pushed the remainder of his stack to the middle. Donabedian snap-called and opened for a pair of aces and a flush draw. Ivan had and plenty of outs to hit two pair.
The turn was the which took away a ton of his outs and the river sealed the deal for Donabedian who sent Ivan home with $38,051.
|Andrew Donabedian||20,750,000||8,750,000 |
|Alexandru Ivan||0||-5,800,000 |