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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 to Thursday, June 18, 2015

Event #35: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $1,026,480
  • Entries: 376
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 20, 2015 2:49 AM Local Time

EVENT #35: $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E.
PRIZE POOL: $1,026,480

Dan Idema Rides Away with a WSOP Gold Bracelet in H.O.R.S.E.

Canadian Poker Pro Collects a Third WSOP Title and $261,774

Late Rush of Cards Propels Idema to Victory, as Matthew Vengrin Comes in Second


Name: Dan Idema
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Age: 30
Current Residence: Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Marital Status: Single
Children: None
Profession: Professional Poker Player
Number of WSOP Cashes: 25
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 8
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories: 3 (2011, 2013, 2015)
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 1st
Total WSOP Earnings: $1,335,086
Personal Facts: Idema operates his own hot air balloon, which he enjoys in his spare time

[Note: All statistics above include the results of this tournament]

Add Dan Idema’s name to the elite list of three-time gold bracelet winners at the World Series of Poker.

The poker pro from Vancouver, British Columbia came out atop in the $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament (Event #34), which was played over an extended four-day period at the Rio Las Vegas. He conquered a field which included 376 entries on the way to a $261,774 payout.

Idema now has 25 cashes at the WSOP, including 8 final table appearances, and 3 victories. Remarkably, his first cash at the annual classic was only five years ago (2010), making him one of the most successful players in recent years. Idema’s two previous gold bracelet victories took place in 2011 ($10K NLHE) and 2013 ($1,500 Seven-Card-Stud High-Low Split). His career earnings now exceed $1.3 million.

With all due respect to his opponents, this latest victory wasn’t a surprise – not to those who were watching the final table play out, nor to Idema himself.

“I really like this format of mixed limit games,” Idema said. “You don’t see that many players play all the games well, so I think this is suited to someone who has tried to develop in all of them, as I have.”

Idema has now won titles in several different games. He admitted that the heads-up victory was easier than expected. The tournament was forced into a fourth day of action, because three days wasn’t enough time to determine the winner given the amount of chips and betting limits. So, three finalists – Idema, Matthew Vengrin, and Kevin Iacofano – returned to the ESPN main stage to play for the gold bracelet on a Friday afternoon. The outcome was determined in a flash.

Idema dominated the hour-long match, as Iacofano fell first, finishing in third place. It took Idema only another half hour to demolish Vengrin in a flurry of cards that left everyone breathless that was a witness to Idema’s domination.

“It was amazing, every time I looked down in the last stages, I had a good hand,” Idema said. “My rush came at just the right time. I got hit by the deck against a very strong opponent.”

Idema won the final hand in Seven-Card Stud and was immediately swarmed by several fellow Vancouver-based poker pros and friends who were there to witness yet another one of Idema’s career high points. “It’s right up there,” Idema said when asked about how this victory compares to the other two. “Winning your first is always the best, but this is sure nice.”

With this victory, Dan Idema joins to joins some of his widely-respected peers who have garnered additional titles at this year’s series. Among those who are multi-gold bracelet winners adding to their jewelry collection in 2015 have been Robert Mizrachi, Max Pescatori, John Gale, Phil Hellmuth, Tuan Le, Keith Lehr, Daniel Alaei, Brian Hastings, Phil Galfond, Jason Mercier, and Jeff Madsen.

There were three former gold bracelet winners among the final eight players – including Randy Ohel, Taylor Paur, and Daniel Idema. Following Idema on the payout list, the descending order of results was as follows:

Second Place: Matthew Vengrin finished as the runner up. His consolation prize amounted to $161,680. Vengrin is a 30-year-old self-employed man. This was his 20th time to cash in a WSOP event, including five other final table appearances.

Third Place: Kevin Iacofano took 3rd place. The 29-year-old poker pro received $104,280. Oddly enough Iacofano told his fiancé that if he won a WSOP H.O.R.S.E. tournament, he would buy her a horse. “Me and my big mouth,” Iacofano joked later. At least for now, the soon-to-be Mrs. Iacofano will remain horseless.

Fourth Place: John Racener, from Tampa, FL busted out in 4th place. He added $75,559 to his WSOP winnings, which now totals $6.4 million. Racener is best known for finishing second in the 2010 Main Event Championship won by Jonathan Duhamel. No doubt, Racener belongs in the discussion of best players yet to win a gold bracelet. He’s now cashed 32 times at the WSOP, including on four occasions this year.

Fifth Place: Iakov Nepomnyashchiy, from Moscow, Russia came in 5th. His payout amounted to $55,553. This was Nepomnyashchiy’s third career cash at the series and first time to make the money since 2011.

Sixth Place: Paul Sexton, a 32-year-old poker pro from Henderson, NV finished in 6th place. That was a disappointment since he was ranked second in chips when six-handed play began. This was Sexton’s first WSOP cash since 2008, which was worth $41,438. Back in 2005, he made an ESPN televised final table where he finished 5th, an event won by Erik Seidel. Sexton also holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of San Diego.

Seventh Place: Randy Ohel, from Las Vegas, NV was the 7th-place finisher. This marked his 17th in-the-money finish, including a gold bracelet win in 2010 ($2,500 buy-in 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Lowball). It was also his fifth final table appearance. Ohel collected $31,358 for another fine effort.

Eighth Place: Taylor Paur, from El Dorado Hills, CA rounded out the official final table. He made $24,070 in what was the 24th cash of his career. Paur earned a gold bracelet in 2013 in a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event.


Aside from the final table finishers, other notable players who cashed included – three-time gold bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi (10th), gold bracelet winner David Benyamine (12th), gold bracelet winner Mike Leah (13th), poker gadfly Allen Kessler (19th), 2005 world poker champion Joe Hachem (22nd), six-time gold bracelet winner Ted Forrest (22nd), and two-time gold bracelet winner Dan Kelly (24th).


There were 361 males and 15 females who entered this event (3.1 percent).

The average age of participants was 42.7 years, which is about 5 years older than the overall tournament average.

There were 88 non-American players in this event. There were 25 different countries represented.


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Friday, June 19, 2015 3:33 PM Local Time


Daniel Idema brings it in with the  . Matt Vengrin completes with the  . Idema raises and Vengrin calls.

Daniel Idema:    /      / (X)
Matt Vengrin:    /      / (X)

Idema bets 100,000 on fourth street, and Vengrin raises. Idema calls. Idema bets again on fifth street. Vengrin shoves all in and Idema calls. Idema has a pair of sixes and Vengrin a pair of queens. Idema gets another jack on sixth street for two pair. Vengrin still has queens. Idema shows   on seventh street and Vengrin sweats his card. He shows the   and that doesn't help him.

Daniel Idema wins the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $261,774 and his third WSOP gold bracelet.

Matt Vengrin finishes in second place, earning $161,680.

Friday, June 19, 2015 3:31 PM Local Time


Matt Vengrin brings it in with the   on third street, and Dan Idema completes showing the  . Vengrin calls.

Idema: (X)(X) /     
Vengrin: (X)(X) /     

On fourth street, Idema fires a bet of 100,000. Vengrin calls. Idema is first to act again on fifth street, and he bets again, now for 200,000. Vengrin calls again.

On sixth street, Idema bets again showing four cards to a seven-low. Vengrin thinks for a moment, then flashes the   and mucks.

Dan Idema: 4,800,000
Matt Vengrin: 620,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 3:24 PM Local Time
Level: 32
Blinds: 50k/100kLimits:100k/200k
Ante: 20k
Friday, June 19, 2015 3:23 PM Local Time

Omaha Hi-Lo

Dan Idema raises to 160,000 on the button, and Matt Vengrin calls. The flop is    , and Vengrin checks. Idema continues for 80,000, and Vengrin calls. The turn is the  , and Vengrin leads out for 160,000. Idema makes it two bets, and Vengrin calls. The   completes the board on the river, and Vengrin checks. Idema fires another bet, and Vengrin mucks his cards.

Dan Idema - 4,500,000
Matt Vengrin - 1,100,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 3:23 PM Local Time


Dan Idema raises to 160,000 from the button, and Matt Vengrin three bets to 240,000 from the big blind. Idema calls, and the flop comes    . Vengrin bets and Idema calls. The turn is the  . Vengrin bets 160,000, and Idema raises to 320,000. Vengrin calls, bringing the   on the river. Vengrin checks, and Idema fires another bet. Vengrin folds, and Idema takes the pot.

Dan Idema - 4,000,000
Matt Vengrin - 1,600,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 3:18 PM Local Time

Stud 8

Daniel Idema brings in with  , and Matt Vengrin completes with  . Idema makes it two-bets and Vengrin calls.

Daniel Idema (X)(X) /     
Matt Vengrin (X)(X) /      - fold

Vengrin bets on fourth street and Idema calls the 80,000. The same happens on fifth street for 160,000. Vengrin bets again when he pairs his eight on sixth street. Idema raises and takes down the pot after a fold from Vengrin.

Daniel Idema - 3,540,000
Matt Vengrin - 2,100,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:57 PM Local Time

Omaha Hi-Lo

Kevin Iacofano raises all in for his last 100,000 on the button. Matt Vengrin calls from the small blind, and Dan Idema calls from the big blind.

The flop is    , and both Vengrin and Idema check. The turn is the  , and Vengrin checks again. Idema 160,000, and Vengrin calls. The river is the  , and Vengrin again check-calls Idema's bet.

Idema shows      for the nut flush and the nut low. Vengrin mucks and Idema wins the side pot.

Iacofano shows     . Idema wins the main pot as well, and Iacofano is eliminated in 3rd place. He earns $104,280.

Dan Idema - 2,600,6000
Matt Vengrin - 3,040,000
Kevin Iacofano - Eliminated

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:50 PM Local Time


Daniel Idema raises on the button, and Kevin Iacofano three-bets from the small blind. Idema calls. Iacofano bets on the     flop and Idema calls. The same action repeats on the   turn for a big bet of 160,000. Iacofano checks on the   river. Idema bets and Iacofano calls. Idema shows   , Iacofano mucks his hand.

Daniel Idema - 1,600,000
Kevin Iacofano - 100,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:47 PM Local Time


Matt Vengrin opens the action with a raise on the button. Kevin Iacofano three-bets from the big blind, and Vengrin puts him all in and Iacofano calls.

Matt Vengrin:   
Kevin Iacofano:   

Iacofano hits top pair on the     flop, but Vengrin has outs for a straight. Iacofano holds after   turn and   river, and he doubles up.

Kevin Iacofano - 650,000
Matt Vengrin - 3,750,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:41 PM Local Time

Omaha Hi-Lo

Dan Idema raises on the button, Kevin Iacofano calls from the small blind, and Matt Vengrin calls from the big blind.

The flop is    , and Iacofano checks. Vengrin leads out for 80,000, and Idema makes it two bets. Iacofano thinks for a minute, then folds, and Vengrin folds as well.

Dan Idema - 1,350,000
Matt Vengrin - 3,990,000
Kevin Iacofano - 300,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:36 PM Local Time


Kevin Iacofano raises from the small blind to 160,000, Matt Vengrin defends his big blind. Iacofano bets 80,000 on the     flop, and Vengrin calls. Both players check the   turn. Iacofano bets again on the   river, and that's enough to win the pot.

Kevin Iacofano - 705,000
Matt Vengrin - 3,935,000

Omaha Hi-Lo

Iacofano opens the action with a raise on the button. Vengrin three-bets to 240,000 from the small blind and Iacofano calls. Vengrin bets on the     flop, and Iacofano calls. Vengrin barrels again on the   turn. Iacofano takes his time, but he folds after a few moments.

Matt Vengrin - 4,335,000
Kevin Iacofano - 385,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:27 PM Local Time


Kevin Iacofano raises from the button, and Dan Idema calls from the big blind. The flop comes    , and Idema checks. Iacofano continues for 80,000, and Idema calls. Both players check the   on the turn, and the river is the  . Idema leads out for 160,000. Iacofano thinks for a few moments, then mucks his cards.

Dan Idema - 1,040,000
Kevin Iacofano - 530,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:23 PM Local Time


Kevin Iacofano brings in with the  . Matt Vengrin completes with   and Iacofano calls.

Kevin Iacofano (X)(X) /      / (X)
Matt Vengrin (X)(X) /      / (X)

Iacofano bets on fourth street 80,000 and Vengrin calls. Same scenario on fifth street, this time for 160,000. Vengrin pairs his five on sixth street and bets out, Iacofano calls. Both players check on seventh street. Vengrin shows     for a full house and wins the hand.

Matt Vengrin - 3,640,000
Kevin Iacofano - 1,080,000

Friday, June 19, 2015 2:06 PM Local Time
The announcer has introduced the players, and play is now resuming with two more hands of hold'em.
Friday, June 19, 2015 1:58 PM Local Time
Level: 31
Blinds: 40k/80kLimits:80k/160k
Ante: 20k
Friday, June 19, 2015 1:17 PM Local Time
Matt Vengrin Enters the Final Day as the Chipleader

Welcome to the fourth and final day of the $3,000 HORSE event!

This tournament was originally scheduled to conclude yesterday, but deep stacks forced play to an extra day.

Three players return today to determine a winner. The chip leader is Matt Vengrin with 3,175,000. He's followed by Kevin Iacofano with 1,390,000. Daniel Idema - seeking his third career WSOP bracelet - returns with 1,080,000.

The eventual winner will earn $261,774, and all three players returning today are guaranteed a six-figure payout. Results so far are available in the "Results" tab, above.

Play resumes at 2 p.m., and will continue until one of these three players becomes the next WSOP bracelet winner.