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2016 47th Annual World Series of Poker

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 to Friday, June 10, 2016

Event #11: $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,109,200
  • Entries: 118
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, June 11, 2016 2:08 AM Local Time


On the day of Muhammad Ali’s funeral, Jean Gaspard took his inspiration from “the Greatest.”

The 44-year-old longtime poker player and gambler who once played professional basketball and attended a training camp with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls won one of the 2016 World Series’ most thrilling victories.  He won the $10,000 buy-in Dealers Choice (Six-Handed) tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas. 
Gaspard collected $306,621 in prize money along with the coveted gold bracelet, making this one of the most satisfying wins of his career.

“I came into this week with a lot of things on my mind,” Gaspard said afterward in his post-victory interview.  “This was the first tournament I circled and said I was going to play.  I told myself – I was going to play my best in this tournament.  Then, earlier this week when Muhammad Ali died – he was one of the people I respect so much.  I learned from him that to be great, you have to dig in deep and be yourself.  So, coming into this, I was really ready to win it.”

Gaspard was born in Haiti.  He now lives in Chicago, IL.  However, Gaspard seems most at home on the green felt, where he concentrated much of his attention and energy since playing regularly on the tournament circuit starting back in 2008.  Like any poker pro, he’s experienced quite a few ups and downs, more than his fair share, in fact.  However, Gaspard has also demonstrated both his skill and dedication, which was finally rewarded on this night in the biggest way possible – a victory at the WSOP.

"I’ve done a lot of things in poker.  I’ve gone deep many times.  But in the past I have been my own enemy.  This time, my mind is where it needs to be.  It’s almost like I am seeing through their hands.  I was in the zone this entire three days.”

Gaspard won his victory by prevailing at a tough final table which included three previous gold bracelet winners and several well-rounded pros also seeking their first WSOP victory.  The moment of triumph came when Gaspard scooped the final pot of the tournament holding 2-4 offsuit, which rivered a second pair against Billy O’Neil’s overpair.  Hence, O’Neil finished as the runner up.  The second-place consolation prize amounted to $189,505.

“I changed up gears a lot in this tournament,” Gaspard said when asked about strategy.  “Everything I did was calculated in advance.  I was thinking ten moves ahead.  My opponents didn’t know that.  But that’s what I was doing.  I was locked in the whole time…..I tend to play the tournament out in my head in advance so I can be ready to make my moves.  Any situation that comes up, I’m already ready for it.”

This tourney attracted 118 entrants, which created a prize pool totaling $1,109,200.  The top 18 finishers collected prize money.  The field size was up nearly 10 percent over last year’s number of entries in this event, won by Quinn Do.
Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:

Second Place:  Bill O’Neil took a tough beat on the final hand of the tournament.  Otherwise, he might have been the winner.  Instead, the small business owner from Las Vegas had to settle for second place, which paid $189,505.  This marked his second time to cash at the series.  Last year, O’Neil cashed in the WSOP Main Event.

Third Place:  John Monnette, the combustible poker pro from Palmdale, CA is currently the player with the two deepest runs at the 2016 series, with a second and now a third-place showing.  Just days after coming in as the runner up in the 2-7 tourney, Monnette outlasted another tough crowd and came within a rush of wining what could have been a third gold bracelet victory.  Instead, “Angry John” had to settle for a $135,061 payout.

Fourth Place:  Randy Ohel, from Las Vegas, finished in fourth place, which paid $96,876.  This marked his 22nd time to cash at the series, including a gold bracelet win in 2012 playing 2-7 Triple Draw.

Fifth Place:  Mikhail Semin, from Moscow, Russia was one of two Russians at the final table.  He started off the 2016 series with his first cash, after five in-the-money finishes in 2015, along with a seventh-place finish.  This was Semin’s highest payout, to date, amounting to $69,937.

Sixth Place:  Viacheslav Zhukov, from Stary Oskol, Russia busted out in sixth place.  He owns two gold rings, win in 2011 and 2012.  Zhukov also finished as runner up in an event last year.  Zhukov collected $50,818 which now puts him at over $1.4 million in WSOP earnings.

This was the 11th event on this year’s schedule.  This leaves 57 tourneys still to go in what promises to be the biggest and most exciting WSOP ever.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:20 AM Local Time


Jean Gaspard Wins $10,000 Dealers Choice

No-Limit Hold'em

Jean Gaspard deviates from his typical seven card stud and picks a round of no-limit hold'em. On a flop of    , Gaspard checks from the small blind and Billy O'Neil bets 100,000 on the button. Gaspard calls and the turn is the  .

Gaspard checks again and O'Neil bets 125,000. Gaspard calls and checks dark. The river is the   and O'Neil bets 425,000, leaving himself with 600,000 behind.

Gaspard moves all in and O'Neil spends about two minutes thinking over his decision. Eventually, O'Neil pushes a stack a stack forward to call. Gaspard tables   , giving him two pair, and O'Neil mucks his hand. Since it is an all-in pot, the dealer is forced to expose O'Neil's   , good for an overpair, but not the pot, and Gaspard wins the pot and the tournament.

Gaspard takes home his first career bracelet and $306,621, while O'Neil nets $189,505 for his runner-up finish.

Jean Gaspard - $10,000 Dealers Choice Champion
Billy O'Neil - Eliminated in second place for $189,505

Billy O'Neil finishes as runner-up

Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:14 AM Local Time
Game Antes in NLH,
NL 2-7 & Stud
Bring-in or Small Blind Completion
or Big Blind
Limit / Flop Games - 50,000
100,000 100,000/200,000
Stud Games 20,000 30,000
100,000 100,000/200,000
NL / PL Games 15,000(NLH / 2-7) 25,000
50,000 -
Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:12 AM Local Time
Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:11 AM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

Picking up with the action at the first draw, Jean Gaspard takes three cards, while William O'Neil takes two. Gaspard is first to act and he bets. O'Neil calls from the button and Gaspard stands pat. O'Neil takes one and calls another bet.

At the final draw, Gaspard remains pat, while O'Neil once again pulls one. Gaspard checks, O'Neil bets, and Gaspard instantly calls. O'Neil tables    for an eighty-seven low. Gaspard has that beat, however, with       for an eighty-six.

Jean Gaspard - 4,550,000
William O'Neil - 1,350,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:04 AM Local Time


Billy O'Neil

Seven Card Stud

Jean Gaspard:     /      /  
Billy O'Neil:    /      /  

Jean Gaspard has kept the seven card stud plaque off to the side and seems to pick it every time it's his choice of game, while Billy O'Neil seems to have 2-7 triple draw kept aside for every one of his game choices.

In one of the first hands of stud, Jean Gaspard is the bring-in with a five and Billy O'Neil completes with a nine. Gaspard picks up a nine of his own on fourth and O'Neil catches a five. Prince has the lead and bets. O'Neil calls. Gaspard hits an ace on fifth and keeps lead, while O'Neil catches a deuce.

Gaspard bets and O'Neil calls. On sixth, Gaspard bets again after catching a three and O'Neil calls after catching a ten. They both check the river and O'Neil shows     in the hole, giving him nines and fives. Gaspard mucks.

"I kept wondering how I was going to make two pair," joked O'Neil about the dead cards on Gaspard's board.

Billy O'Neil - 1,900,000
Jean Gaspard - 4,000,000

Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:54 AM Local Time

John Monnette - 3rd Place

No-Limit Hold'em

Jean Gaspard raises to 100,000 from the button and it folds to John Monnette, who moves all in from the big blind for approximately 350,000. Gaspard calls and the hands are turned over.


The flop comes down [   , keeping Monnette's king-queen out front.

"Four!" calls Monnette, rooting for his opponent's out. "Just give it to him."

The turn is the  , giving Gaspard additional outs to make a heart flush. Gaspard lets out a squeal of delight and claps his hands.

"Just give him the four," says Monnette, standing from the table.

The deck seemingly obliges, as the   spikes on the river to give Gaspard a winning pair of fours.

"Yep," says Monnette. "There it is. Here you go."

Monnette stacks his chips and slides them across the table toward Gaspard. With this win, Gaspard now goes into heads-up play with a chip lead of approximately 4.4 million to William O'Neil's 1.6 million.

Jean Gaspard - 4,400,000
John Monnette - Eliminated in third place ($135,061)

Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:49 AM Local Time

Randy Ohel - 4th Place

Big O

A short-stacked Randy Ohel is all-in and at risk before the flop for his last 130,000 against John Monnette.


The board runs out      , allowing Monnette to score the elimination with aces up.

John Monnette - 435,000
Randy Ohel - Eliminated in fourth place ($96,876)

Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:44 AM Local Time

Seven Card Stud

Jean Gaspard:    /      /  
Randy Ohel:    /      /  
John Monnette:     /      /  

John Monnette is the bring-in with a deuce and Jean Gaspard completes with a jack. Randy Ohel commits his last 20,000 with a seven showing on third street and Monnette defends his bring-in.

Action is checked to sixth street with Gaspard showing jack-high, Ohel showing aces and sevens, and Monnette showing ace-high. Monnette bets and Gaspard calls. Monnette bets the river dark and, after Gaspard sweats his river card, he raises.

Monnette jumps out of his chair and begins to talk through the hand to himself.

"Okay, I'm folding a wheel," says Monnette.

Gaspard shows     in the hole, good for a jack-high straight and Ohel turns over     in the hole, good for aces full of sevens. Monnette bemoans the unlucky river card and Ohel triples up to stay alive.

Randy Ohel - 100,000
Jean Gaspard - 3,800,000

Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:36 AM Local Time

Seven Card Stud

Jean Gaspard:     /      /  
Randy Ohel:     /      /  

Jean Gaspard brings it in with a deuce and Randy Ohel completes with a king. Action folds back to Gaspard and he raises. Ohel calls.

On fourth street, Ohel checks and Gaspard bets. Ohel calls, then does the same on fifth.

"Na-na-na-na," a grinning Gaspard sings. "Na-na-na-na. Hey, hey, hey. Goodbye."

Gaspard pairs deuces on sixth street and continues his aggression with another bet. Ohel calls and Gaspard bets in the dark on seventh. Ohel thinks for about 45 seconds beforecalling.

Gaspard rolls over     for aces up. Ohel throws his cards into the muck and Gaspard drags in a massive pot.

Jean Gaspard - 3,700,000
Randy Ohel - 40,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:27 AM Local Time

5-Card Draw

John Monnette chooses a round of 5-card draw.

"Oh man, now you're taking the gloves off," says Billy O'Neil.

"Is this your secret weapon?" asks Randy Ohel.

Everybody has a short laugh about the game and on the first hand of the round, Billy O'Neil raises to 80,000 under the gun and John Monnette calls out of the small blind. They each draw two cards and then both check after the draw.

"Kings," says Monnette.

O'Neil quickly flashes    and then tables     and wins the pot with a pair of aces.

Billy O'Neil - 1,100,000
John Monnette - 830,000

Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:16 AM Local Time

Big O

Randy Ohel raises to 90,000 from the button and John Monnette pots from the small blind. This three-bet is for 310,000 total and action folds back to Ohel. Ohel moves all in and Monnette calls all-in for not much more.


The board runs out       and Monnette scoops the pot with an ace-high flush and the nut low.

John Monnette - 830,000
Randy Ohel - 1,100,000

Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:13 AM Local Time


Seven Card Stud

John Monnette:     /      /  
Jean Gaspard:     /      /  
Randy Ohel:     /   - fold

Randy Ohel is the bring-in with a three and John Monnette completes with a seven. Jean Gaspard makes it two bets with a seven, Ohel folds and Monnette calls. Gaspard catches a nine and Monnette hits a deuce. Gaspard has the betting lead and bets 80,000. Monnette moves all in for 90,000 and Gaspard calls.

The cards are exposed and Gaspard is in the lead with his ace-high against Monnette's jack-high and a straight draw. Neither player improves on fifth or sixth and heading to the river, Gaspard is in the lead with ace-high. Gaspard flips up a five on the river and is left with ace-high.

Monnette sweats his river card and turns over a jack on the river to make a pair and double up.

John Monnette - 605,000
Jean Gaspard - 2,800,000

Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:01 AM Local Time
Game Antes in NLH,
NL 2-7 & Stud
Bring-in or Small Blind Completion
or Big Blind
Limit / Flop Games - 40,000
80,000 80,000/160,000
Stud Games 20,000 20,000
80,000 80,000/160,000
NL / PL Games 10,000(NLH / 2-7) 20,000
40,000 -

Saturday, June 11, 2016 12:00 AM Local Time
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 10, 2016 11:47 PM Local Time
Players are taking a 15-minute break.
Friday, June 10, 2016 11:40 PM Local Time

Seven Card Stud

John Monnette:    /      /  
Randy Ohel:    /      /  

Jean Gaspard picks another round of seven card stud. Randy Ohel is the bring-in with a five and John Monnette completes with a jack. Ohel defends his bring-in and they are heads-up to fourth street.

Monnette has the lead after catching a four and checks. Ohel catches a three and bets. Monnette calls and catches an ace on fifth. Ohel catches a queen. Monnette has the betting lead and checks. Ohel checks behind and both players catch a nine on sixth street.

Monnette bets and Ohel raises. Monnette calls. On the river, Monnette checks and Ohel takes a moment before betting. Monnette quickly announces a raise.

"I almost checked this hand," says Ohel. "I swear I almost checked."

Ohel takes 30 seconds to think over his decision and then calls.

"Just aces," says Monnette, tabling     in the hole.

Ohel tables     in the hole and wins the pot with trip nines.

Randy Ohel - 1,720,000
John Monnette - 300,000

Friday, June 10, 2016 11:25 PM Local Time

Mikhail Semin - fifth place

Seven Card Stud

Jean Gaspard:    /      /  
Mikhail Semin:    /      /  

Jean Gaspard brings it in with a five and action folds around to Mikhail Semin, who completes. Gaspard raises and Semin moves all in over the top. Gaspard calls and the down cards are turned on their backs.

Semin leads with a pair of queens all of the way through seventh when Gaspard catches a third nine for trips. Semin falls in fifth place and Gaspard moves to over 3,000,000 in chips.

Jean Gaspard - 3,175,000
Mikhail Semin - Eliminated in fifth place ($69,937)

Friday, June 10, 2016 11:21 PM Local Time

Randy Ohel

Seven Card Stud

Jean Gaspard:     /      /  
Randy Ohel:     /      /  

Randy Ohel brings it in with a trey and Jean Gaspard completes an ace. Action folds back to Ohel and he calls to see fourth street. Gaspard continues out on fourth and Ohel calls once again.

Gaspard bets fifth only to have Ohel come over the top with a raise. Gaspard calls and Ohel's ace on sixth earns him first action. He bets, Gaspard folds, and Ohel takes the pot.

Randy Ohel - 1,300,000
Jean Gaspard - 2,850,000

Friday, June 10, 2016 11:16 PM Local Time

Seven Card Stud

Jean Gaspard:     /      /  
Mikhail Semin:     /      /  

Mikhail Semin completed on third street with a seven and Jean Gaspard makes it two bets with a six. Semin calls and they are heads-up to fourth street. Semin catches a deuce and Gaspard catches a five. Semin checks, Gaspard bets, and Semin calls.

On fifth, Gaspard takes the betting lead by hitting a queen. Semin hits a five and Gaspard bets. Semin calls. On sixth, Gaspard open pairs his queens and Semin catches a 10. Gaspard bets again and Semin calls again.

Gaspard checks the river dark and Semin sweats his river card before shaking his head and checking back.

"Queens," says Gaspard as he shows     in the hole.

Semin shows his hand to a few of his neighbors and someone says "Jesus" in disbelief that he bricked the river and couldn't beat queens.

"Jesus don't play this game," says Gaspard. "It's just me."

"You're giving Jesus a run for his money with this stuff," says John Monnette.

"I'm not good," says Gaspard. "I'm just lucky."

"You seem like you're pretty damn good at stud," says Monnette.

"Where are all these stud bracelets you must have?" says Billy O'Neil. "You just don't want to wear them out?"

Gaspard has over half the chips in play and Semin is left with less than a big bet.

Jean Gaspard - 3,200,000
MIkhail Semin - 70,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander