Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:27 PM Local Time
From Start to Finish: Brandon Paster Wins Event #37: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha For $264,400
"This is the best thing that has ever happened to me."
Those were the words out of Brandon Paster's mouth shortly after winning his first bracelet in Event #37 of the 2014 World Series of Poker. Paster ended Day 1 with the chip lead and after Day 2 he was second in chips, a mere 16,000 chips behind the eventual runner-up, bracelet winner Marcel Vonk.
When play started today, 11 players had dreams of winning a bracelet and the $264,400 first-place prize that went along with it. It would start off slow, with only a few eliminations in the first six hours of play, but then the chips started flying and Paster would use aggressive play and big hands to emerge victorious.
To ultimately get to that point, Paster would have to outlast a tough lineup that included AP Phahurat (11th - $14,908), Galen Hall (9th - $18,837), Kevin Saul (8th - $24,111), and PokerStars Team Online Pro Gabriel Nassif (3rd - $102,373).
When asked about the tough lineup, Paster said "I was gifted with the best situation possible. All the aggressive players were on my right. I was very comfortable the whole time. To be honest, it didn't feel like a WSOP final table."
The first big hand for Paster would come when he eliminated the very formidable Galen Hall when Hall's wrap draw was unable to hit and Paster hit a draw of his own by hitting the nut flush on the river. Gabriel Nassif would give Paster some trouble with well-timed raises and Paster would double up Nassif several times before he was finally able to knock him out in third place. The hand that would do the deed would see Nassif ahead on a flop with his but Paster's would hit two pair on the turn and that would enough to send the Frenchman to the rail.
Heads up play was over in just three hands and the final hand would see Paster holding to Vonk's . Vonk would flop two pair and for a moment looked as if he would make it a match but the on the river would have him celebrating with his rail and joking "it's no big deal."
A total of 967 entrants would turn up for this event creating a prize pool of $1,305,450 with 117 of those players receiving some compensation for their efforts. Among those cashing were the likes of Erick Lindgren (13th - $11,957), Martins Adeniya (16th - $9,712), Will Durkee (23rd - $7,989), Fabrice Soulier (42nd - $5,639), and Layne Flack (64th - $3,555). Humberto Brenes would also cash, for an amazing eighth time this WSOP, finishing in 102nd place for $2,480.
Plenty would enter the tournament with big dreams only to come up short. Jonathan Little, Chris Moorman, Joe Cada, Barry Greenstein, Dominik Nitsche, Scotty Nguyen, Annette Obrestad, Carlos Mortensen, Keven Stammen, Paul Volpe, David Williams, and Jason Mercier were just a few whose dreams were momentarily crushed.
The over a quarter-million dollars that Paster won was in his own words "my biggest score by a couple hundred thousand dollars." The poker professional told us afterwards that "I'm on cloud 9. This is unreal." Unlike most poker players who would be looking to parlay this success into bigger buy-in tournaments, Paster only has plans on playing one more tournament the rest of the summer (the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better) and then it's off to Amsterdam for a month or two and travel the world. "I got everything I want," he said. "Now it's time to party my face off."
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Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:45 PM Local Time
Marcel Vonk Eliminated in 2nd Place ($163,625)
Hand #154: Brandon Paster raised to 150,000 and Marcel Vonk folded.
Hand #155: Marcel Vonk limped and Paster checked his option. Vonk bet the flop and folded when he got check-raised all in.
Hand #156: Paster raised to 150,000 and Vonk moved all in for 200,000. Snap call.
The flop was a little upset for the dominating chip leader, but he got there on the turn and the river to score the knockout. Both opponents shook hands while Paster's rail erupted in festivities.
|Brandon Paster||4,351,000||351,000 |
|Marcel Vonk||0||-335,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:41 PM Local Time
Gabriel Nassif Eliminated in 3rd Place ($102,373)
Brandon Paster opened for 150,000 and Gabriel Nassif called out of the big blind. The flop came and Paster led out for 300,000. Nassif raised all in and Paster called. The hands were turned over:
Nassif called out to his rail the cards he needed to avoid to stay ahead. One of those was a nine, which is precisely what the dealer would put out on the turn as it was the . Now it was Nassif who needed to catch a card but he would be unable to do it on the river and would be eliminated in third place.
|Brandon Paster||4,000,000||1,380,000 |
|Marcel Vonk||335,000||-500,000 |
|Gabriel Nassif||0||-900,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:36 PM Local Time
Hands #149-152: Paster Gets More
Hand #149:Brandon Paster received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #150: Marcel Vonk opened for 100,000 and Paster made it 350,000 to go. Vonk made the call. The flop came and both players checked. The turn was the and they again checked. Paster would lead out for 300,000 on the river and Vonk would fold. Paster would turn over his hand, showing that he had it all, as he had for a flopped straight that turned into a full house on the turn.
Hand #151: Gabriel Nassif opened for 150,000 and won the blinds.
Hand #152:Paster received another walk.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:26 PM Local Time
Hands #144-148: Slow Restart
Hand #144: Brandon Paster raised to 125,000 in the small blind and got the big blind of Gabriel Nassif.
Hand #145: Paster raised from the button for 125,000 and won the blinds.
Hand #146: Marcel Vonk limped from the small blind and Paster checked his option. On the the Dutchman bet and scooped the pot.
Hand #147: Vonk raised to 100,000 from the button and got himself the blinds.
Hand #148: Nassif limped from the small blind and Vonk checked. They checked through the board and Nassif won the pot with a king in his hand.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:20 PM Local Time
Back From Dinner
The players are back from their dinner break and have resumed play.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:19 PM Local Time
Level 27 started
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:32 PM Local Time
Dinner Break Chip Counts
|Brandon Paster||2,620,000||370,000 |
|Gabriel Nassif||900,000||-80,000 |
|Marcel Vonk||835,000||210,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:20 PM Local Time
Dinner Break For The Last Three
The remaining three players are now on a 60 minute dinner break.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:19 PM Local Time
Hands #139-143: Three Handed Action
Hand #139: Brandon Paster opened to 80,000 and the other two folded.
Hand #140: Marcel Vonk completed from the small blind and Paster made it 120,000 to go from the big blind. Vonk called. The players would check down the board and Paster would win the pot with his .
Hand #141: Vonk opened to 80,000 and Gabriel Nassif called from the big blind. The flop came and Nassif check-folded to Vonk's 80,000 wager.
Hand #142: Nassif completed the small blind and Vonk checked his option from the big blind. The flop came and Nassif bet 40,000 and Vonk folded.
Hand #143: Nassif limped in from the button, Vonk called from the small blind, and Paster checked his option from the big blind. The flop came and all three checked. The turn was the and Nassif and Paster would fold to Vonk's 80,000 bet.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:16 PM Local Time
Matthew Humphrey Eliminated in 4th Place ($74,306)
Hand #137: Gabriel Nassif raised to 80,000 and won the blinds.
Hand #138: Matt Humphrey opened to 85,000 and it was folded to Brandon Paster who re-raised the pot. Humphrey insta-shoved for the rest of his stack and Paster called. Their hands were as follows:
The flop came giving Paster an open-ended straight draw. He would get there on the turn but that would also give Humphrey outs to the nut flush. The river was the and an excited Paster went over to his rail. "Run good," he said. "Run f***ing good!" Humphrey was eliminated in fourth place which was good for $74,306.
|Matthew Humphrey||0||-775,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:12 PM Local Time
Matthew Dames Eliminated in 5th Place ($54,855)
Hand #136: Matthew Dames got the remainder of his stack in and was called one seat over by Marcel Vonk.
The board ran out and Dames was sent to the rail in 5th place.
|Matthew Dames||0||-175,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:07 PM Local Time
Hands #131-135: Humphrey and Vonk Double
Hand #131: Matthew Humphrey raised to 125,000 from the button and claimed the blinds.
Hand #132: Marcel Vonk limped from the small blind and Brandon Paster raised to 120,000. Vonk called and they saw the flop. Vonk moved all in for 230,000 and got called.
The turn gave the Dutchman a straight and the river completed the board.
Hand #133: Matthew Dames raised to 150,000 and got the blinds without resistance.
Hand #134: Dames raised to 110,000 from early position and Humphrey called in the big blind to see the flop. Humphrey bet 175,000 and then called all in for another 135,000 when Dames moved all in.
Both the turn and the river blanked and Humphrey doubled up, Dames is now really short.
Hand #135: Gabriel Nassif raised to 80,000 from the button and got the blinds.
|Matthew Humphrey||775,000||225,000 |
|Matthew Dames||175,000||-125,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:01 PM Local Time
Hands #126-130: Nassif Active
Hand #126: Gabriel Nassif would take the blinds down with a raise to 80,000.
Hand #127: Matthew Dames opened to 90,000 from the button and the blinds would fold.
Hand #128: Branden Paster opened for 110,000 from the small blind and Nassif called from the big blind. The flop came and Paster led out for 125,000. He would quickly fold when Nassif announced a pot-sized raise.
Hand #129: Marcel Vonk opened to 125,000 and would take the blinds when everyone folded.
Hand #130: Nassif opened for 80,000 from the button and Dames called from the big blind. Dames would check-fold to Nassif's 100,000 bet on the flop.
|Gabriel Nassif||980,000||60,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:54 PM Local Time
Hands #121-125: Battle of The Matthews
Hand #121: Matthew Humphrey and Matthew Dames got it in preflop with Dames at risk for his last 300,000.
Dames doubled up on the board and the two swapped stacks.
Hand #122: Brandon Paster received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #123: Marcel Vonk raised to 80,000 from the button and Paster in the small blind as well as Gabriel Nassif in the big blind proceeded to the flop. All three players checked and Paster then won the pot with a bet of 200,000 on the turn.
Hand #124: Nassif limped from the small blind, Humphrey raised to 120,000 and Nassif called. Both checked the flop, Humphrey then moved all in for 165,000 after the turn. The Frenchman mucked his cards.
Hand #125: Paster raised to 90,000 and Nassif reraised the pot, being at risk for his last 330,000. Paster folded a nice hi-low hand.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:46 PM Local Time
Millard Hale Eliminated in 6th Place ($41,121)
Hand #120: Brandon Paster opened for 85,000 and Millard Hale re-raised the pot making it a total of 315,000. It was folded back to Paster who re-raised enough to set Hale all in. Hale snap-called and the hands were turned face up:
Hale was in the lead but that would change quickly on the flop as Paster flopped trips with the nut flush draw. The turn was the and Hale would need to hit the or to stay alive. The river was the and Paster's hand would hold up eliminating Hale in sixth place.
|Brandon Paster||2,250,000||800,000 |
|Millard Hale||0||-400,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:42 PM Local Time
Hands #116-119: Humphrey Three Bet Takes One Down
Hand #116: Matt Dames raised it to 120,000 and picked up the blinds when everyone folded.
Hand #117: Marcel Vonk opened to 80,000 from the button and Millard Hale called from the big blind. Hale would check-fold to Vonk's 180,000 chip bet on the flop.
Hand #118: Brandon Paster opened to 85,000 from the button and would win the blinds when everyone folded.
Hand #119: Gabriel Nassif opened to 120,000 from the small blind, Matthew Humphrey made it 360,000 to go from the big blind and Nassif folded his hand.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:36 PM Local Time
Dmitrii Valouev Eliminated in 7th Place ($31,278)
Hand #115: Matthew Dames raised pot size to 140,000 from the button and Dmitrii Valouev called all in for 105,000 from the big blind.
"Hold one time," Valouev said with a grin on the face and pointed to his pair of deuces, followed by the laughter of all opponents.
The flop killed almost all hope for yet another double up as Valouev now needed running deuces to stay alive. It was all over after the turn and the river completed the board. For his 7th place finish, Valouev will receive $31,278.
|Matthew Dames||300,000||10,000 |
|Dmitrii Valouev||0||-125,000 |
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:32 PM Local Time
Hands #113-114: Raise It Up
Hand #113: Brandon Paster raised to 90,000 and got a call from Matthew Dames in the big blind. On the flop, Paster announced a pot-sized bet and Dames folded.
Hand #114: Gabriel Nassif raised to 80,000 from the cutoff and claimed the blinds.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:28 PM Local Time
Hands #108-112: Valouev Survives
Hand #108: Gabriel Nassif opened to 60,000 and it was folded to Dmitrii Valouev who called in for 5,000 less. Nassif held and Valouev . Valouev would stay alive when he would hit two pair on the run out.
Hand #109: Matthew Dames opened for 105,000 and picked up the blinds.
Hand #110: Brandon Paster opened to 80,000 from the small blind and folded when Millard Hale made it 240,000 to go from the big blind.
Hand #111: Paster opened to 90,000 and Nassif called from the big blind. Nassif would check-fold to Paster's 125,000 bet on the flop.
Hand #112: Marcel Vonk opened to 90,000 and Paster re-raised pot. Vonk wasted no time in folding when the action got back to him.
|Dmitrii Valouev||125,000||65,000 |