Andrew Donabedian, a winner at the World Series of Poker event, claims his very first gold bracelet while sending his rival Todd Dreyer home with a sigh.
Andrew Donabedian Takes His First Golden Bracelet at the WSOP Event
The new 2019 World Series of Poker event started as a tight race for a win. At the final day of the twenty-fifth event of $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack, Andrew Donabedian beat Todd Dryer to the first prize of the tournament, $205,605, and his first gold bracelet.
WSOP started with 2,577 entries, and the registered players achieved a prize pool of $1,352,925. Donabedian, who had played mostly Omaha tournaments for over six years, claimed the first prize. As he explained, he was surprised to win the bracelet before even reaching for the ring.
The last day, 12 players remained in the competition. After what seemed like a good start for Cheli Lin, he ended up taking the last position. The players who missed the final hand at the table were Eric Sain, Michael Bartov and Alexander Condon, who busted at the same time as Bartov.
The gathering at the final round table started the hand with a lot of stacking. The first to be eliminated was Florian Fuchs. As the game went on, the ones who didn’t get to the winning circle were Alexandru Ivan, Mihai Niste and “Captain” Tom Franklin, the winner of WSOP bracelet twenty years ago.
Robert Valden had to abandon the table in the 3rd place winning $92,672 prize. Todd Dreyer at one point had a perfect opportunity to beat both Valden and Donabedian, but he decided to fold with a queen, on a two club flop with a flush draw.
Within a couple of moments, the odds changed in Donabedian’s favor. Although the pots were small, Dreyer’s stack kept depleting while he took an even worse draw while his opponent won the tournament.
Dreyer, who had participated at the tournaments since 2013, turned to his rival and admitted defeat with a sigh and the words, “You got me.” Taking the second place at the tournament, Dreyer was sent home with $126,948.
Donabedian was surprised by the turnout of the event and noticed that the event Pot-Limit Omaha was more popular each year. As he added, the competitors were great and the game a lot more fun than Hold’em poker.