Thursday, June 9, 2016 7:18 PM Local Time
Ryan D'Angelo, from
Binghamton, NY has won the $1,500 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball
(No-Limit) tournament at the 2016 World Series of Poker.
poker variant, rarely played anywhere outside of very high-limit mixed
cash game circles and the WSOP each year since 1973, was held over three
days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas. The final table was completed in a rocket-fast time of slightly more than three hours, and took place on the ESPN Main Stage.
D'Angelo demolished his
opponents as the finale whittled down and gradually became
short-handed. He ended up collecting the top cash prize which amounted
to $92,338. Although this tourney figures to be the lowest first-place
prize of any of the WSOP’s 69 open gold bracelet events
held this year, the extra prestige of winning the coveted gold bracelet
and playing against many of the most experienced and accomplished
players in the game gave extra special meaning to D'Angelo's victory.
“I feel like it all came
together here in this tournament,” D’Angelo said afterward. “I felt
really centered throughout this tournament. The cards came my way. It
was like the perfect tournament, in a way. I was never at serious
risk. I was able to pick up pots here and there. It’s such a fun
This marked the upstate
New Yorker’s first gold bracelet win in a decade-long poker career.
He’d previously cashed 19 times at the series, posting $658,000 in
winnings. He finished as high as third place once, back in 2008.
However, D’Angelo has also amassed many big wins and lucrative cashes in
other tournaments and online.
D'Angelo's triumph came
at a tough final table which included multiple gold bracelet winners who
rounded out the top five finishers – including “Captain” Tom Franklin, John Monnette, Dan Kelly, and Konstantin Maslak.
D’Angelo was quite complimentary towards everyone at the table
afterward, particularly Monnette, who was aiming for what would have
been a third gold bracelet victory. He also praised Dan Kelly.
“John was on my left most
of the last two days,” D’Angelo said. “He’s obviously a terrific
high-stakes player. He was definitely my toughest opponent. Yeah, there
were surely some good players. Dan Kelly – he’s another tough one. It
was tough to see him at the final table. He has a great track record
and he’s good at all the games, so it was good to see him go out earlier
(at the final table). I’d say those two players were the toughest,
This tourney attracted 279 entrants, which created a prize pool totaling $376,650. The top 43 finishers collected prize money.
That’s the great thing
about the World Series,” D’Angelo said. “You come out here and get to
play games that aren’t dealt anywhere else.”
D’Angelo added that he’s a big believer in health and nutrition, which he says helps him play better poker.
He’s also committed to charitable causes and helping people, even those
he doesn’t know personally. In recent years, D’Angelo has been heavily
involved in a charity in South Africa called the Food Gardens Foundation.
“What we do is provide
seeds and knowledge on how to grow food. So these people in townships
who have nothing but their little shacks and a piece of land can have an
opportunity to start growing food and provide for their families and
maybe even selling it at the market,” D’Angelo said. “It’s a great way
to help people to turn their life around. I’m really passionate about
Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:
John Monnette, Palmdale, CA looked to be a serious threat to win his
third gold bracelet. However, he was never able to overcome D’Angelo’s
chip lead and relentless aggression. Hence, the temperamental full-time
pro ended up as the second-place finisher, which paid out $57,061.
This marked Monnette’s 43rd time to cash at the series. He now has $1.6
million in career WSOP earnings. Monnette has cashed at least once ten years in a row.
“Captain” Tom Franklin, from Gulfport, MS was asked beforehand if he
would accept a second-place payout, but no gold bracelet if,
hypothetically, it were offered. “Hell no!” the Captain shouted.
Unfortunately, Franklin’s quest for a second career gold bracelet fell
two short of the goal. His previous WSOP victory came back in 1999.
Still, Franklin has managed to be a force at the series since then,
posting what was his 42nd in-the-money finish. Franklin’s share of the
prize pool amounted to $38,582.
Fourth Place: Dan
Kelly, from Potomac, MD was one of two players hoping to win a third
gold bracelet. He broke onto the poker scene at age 21 six years ago
with his first WSOP victory. In just six years, Kelly has racked up 36
WSOP cashes and collected more than $2.5 million. He added another
$26,632 to that total with this fine effort, which fell short.
Fifth Place: Konstantin
Maslak, from Volgograd, Russia ended up as the fifth-place finisher.
He received $18,775. The former chess grandmaster-turned poker pro won a
gold bracelet at last year’s series and now has 12 cashes.
Sixth Place: Todd Barlow,
from Scottsdale, AZ pocked up $13,524 for his sixth place finish. This
was the insurance broker’s third final table appearance and 14th time
to cash in a WSOP event. His best showing was third place in the $10K Razz championship two years ago.
Seventh Place: Alex Dovzhenko,
from Kiev, Ukraine finished seventh. He added $9,959 to his poker
bankroll. This marked his 29th time to cash at the WSOP, with four
final table appearances. His best previous finish was third place last
year in a mixed game event.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 5:30 PM Local Time
Ryan D'Angelo - 2016 Event #7 Winner
John Monnette moves all in for 200,000 and Ryan D'Angelo calls.
D'Angelo chooses to draw one and Monnette stands pat.
Monnette has a made ten-nine but D'Angelo can hit a nine, eight, five, three or two to win the WSOP bracelet. He squeezes his card and says, "Got it!" showing to make a ten-seven, enough to send the pot, the bracelet, and the $92,338 first prize in his direction.
John Monnette (pictured below) earns $57,061 for his runner-up finish.
A full recap of the event will be posted shortly.
John Monnette - 2nd Place for $57,061
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 5:30 PM Local Time
John Monnette goes all in for 56,000 and is called by Ryan D'Angelo. Monnette, draws one, D'Angelo draws two. Monnette shows , for a nine. Monnette shows for a ten, and Monnette doubles up.
The very next hand, Ryan D'Angelo goes all in, and John Monnette calls for his last 96,000. Both players draw one, and the hands are revealed.
Monnette's jack low is enough to give him a second consecutive double-up.
Ryan D'Angelo - 1,900,000 (118 bb)
John Monnette - 200,000 (12 bb)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 5:22 PM Local Time
Ryan D'Angelo raises to 258,000 on the button, and John Monnette calls from the big blind, with only about 50,000 behind.
D'Angelo stands pat, and Monnette draws one.
D'Angelo shows for a queen low. Monnette shows for a pair.
Ryan D'Angelo - 2,050,000 (128 bb)
John Monnette - 50,000 (3 bb)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 5:14 PM Local Time
'Captain' Tom Franklin Eliminated in Third Place
John Monnette folds the button. Tom Franklin raises to 40,000 from the small blind and Ryan D'Angelo moves all in from the big blind. Franklin thinks about it for about thirty seconds, counting his remaining chips over and over, before calling.
Franklin draws one and D'Angelo stands pat.
D'Angelo has a made ten-nine but Franklin has a lot of outs. Unfortunately for Franklin, he pulls to send him out of the tournament in third place and leaving Ryan D'Angelo facing John Monnette heads up for the bracelet.
Ryan D'Angelo - 1,770,000 (111 bb)
Tom Franklin - Eliminated in 3rd Place for $38,582
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 5:10 PM Local Time
Tom Franklin raises to 41,000 from the button ,and is called by John Monnette in the big blind.
Both players draw one card, and they both check.. Monnette shows for a ten low. Franklin mucks, and Monnette is awarded the pot.
John Monnette - 350,000 (21 bb)
Tom Franklin - 200,000 (12 bb)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:54 PM Local Time
Ryan D'Angelo raises to 36,000 from the button, and John Monnette goes all in from the small blind for 129,000. D'Angelo calls to put Monnette at risk.
Monnette draws one, and D'Angelo draws two. Monnette shows for a seven low. D'Angelo rolls over for an inferior pair of threes, and Monnette doubles up.
Ryan D'Angelo - 1,400,000
John Monnette - 300,000
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:41 PM Local Time
Ryan D'Angelo raises to 36,000 on the button, and is called by Tom Franklin in the big blind.
Both players elect to draw one card. They both check, and D'Angelo reveals for a queen low. The queen is good enough to claim the pot for D'Angelo.
Ryan D'Angelo - 1,550,000 (96 bb)
Tom Franklin - 390,000 (24 bb)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:30 PM Local Time
John Monnette has raised all in before the draw in four of the last six hands. No one has called in that stretch, and he's adding a lot of chips to his short stack in blinds and antes.
John Monnette - 291,000
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:19 PM Local Time
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 4:04 PM Local Time
The remaining three players are on a 15-minute break.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:57 PM Local Time
Ryan D'Angelo raises to 30,000 on the button and Tom Franklin three-bets to 80,000 from the big blind. D'Angelo calls quickly.
Both players draw one card and Franklin bets 100,000. D'Angelo thinks about it before calling, at which point Franklin says, "Good call, I have a pair." D'Angelo opens to take the pot and move over a million in chips.
Ryan D'Angelo - 1,100,000 (92 bb)
Tom Franklin - 350,000 (30 bb)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:49 PM Local Time
Tom Franklin raises to 30,000 from the button, and John Monnette goes all in from from the big blind. Franklin calls for his last 305,000.
Franklin stands pat, and Monnette draws one.
Both hands are tabled soon after.
Franklin's strong seven low is good enough to score him a double-up and put him right back in contention.
Tom Franklin - 630,000 (52 bb)
John Monnette - 550,000 (35 bb)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:41 PM Local Time
Dan Kelly - Eliminated in Fourth Place
Dan Kelly moves all in under the gun for 135,500. John Monnette, in the big blind, calls.
Monnette draws one and Kelly stands pat, opening . Monnette shows for a draw and pulls to make a ninety-seven and send Kelly to the rail in fourth place.
John Monnette - 900,000 (75 bb)
Dan Kelly - Eliminated in 4th Place for $26,632
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:29 PM Local Time
Konstantin Maslak Eliminated in Fifth Place
John Monnette raises to 29,000 from the button, and Konstantin Maslak goes all i for 102,000 total. Monnette calls to put Maslak at risk.
Monnette stands pat, and Maslak draws one. Both players show their cards.
Monnette: (jack low)
Maslak (drawing to a nine low)
Maslak pulls an , and he is eliminated in 5fifth place.
John Monnette - 710,000 (59 bb)
Konstantin Maslak - Eliminated in 5th place for $18,775
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:21 PM Local Time
Todd Barlow - Eliminated in 6th Place
John Monnette opens from under the gun to 29,000. Todd Barlow, next to act, moves all in for 21,000. Dan Kelly also calls and Ryan D'Angelo in the big blind calls to completes the action.
D'Angelo draws two, Monnette stands pat, Barlow draws one and Kelly also stands pat.
After the draw, D'Angelo checks. Monnette checks behind and Kelly decides to also check. All four hands are shown at showdown.
D'Angelo - pair of tens
Monnette - nine-eight-six low
Barlow - - queen low
Kelly - - nine-eight-seven low
Monnette's nine-eight-six scoops the pot and Barlow heads for the rail in sixth place.
John Monnette - 600,000 (50 bb)
Todd Barlow - Eliminated in 6th Place for $13,524
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:15 PM Local Time
Alex Dovzhenko Eliminated in Seventh Place
Ryan D'Angelo raises to 27,000 from early position. Alex Dovzhenko goes all in for 77,000 from the button, and D'Angelo calls to put him at risk.
Dovzhenko stands pat, and D'Angelo draws one. Dovzhenko shows jx,6x,5x,3x,2x] for a jack low.
D'Angelo shows for a better ten low, and Dovzhenko is eliminated.
Ryan D'Angelo - 660,000 (55 bb)
Alex Dovzhenko - Eliminated in 7th Place for $9,959
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:05 PM Local Time
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:04 PM Local Time
Over the last ten hands, Ryan D'Angelo has been active, winning most pots uncontested or with a bet after the draw. He's jumped to 675,000 in chips, approximately a third of all chips in play.
John Monnette is the only player really close, with 500,000. Todd Barlow, Alez Dovzhenko and Konstantin Maslak are in the danger zone, with around 100,000 to 150,000 (10-15 bb) each.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:54 PM Local Time
Todd Barlow raises to 30,500 form under the gun, and is called by Tom Franklin on the button. Ryan D'Angelo raises from the big blind to 105,000, and Franklin folds.
Both players decide to stand pat, and their hands are revealed.
Barlow doubles up with his superior ten low.
Todd Barlow - 95,000 (9 bb)
Ryan D'Angelo - 470,000 (47 bb)