Lev Gottlieb lands WSOP $10k Short Deck Gold Bracelet and $276,393

The first of the $10k WSOP Championship events on GGPoker has gone to complete unknown, Lev LevMeAlone Gottlieb, the hitherto unheralded poker player pocketing $276,393 and a gold bracelet after fending off Mikita Badziakouski heads up…

By: Andrew Burnett


Gottlieb was among 130 entries to the Short Deck Championship event, firing off a reported 3 bullets at $10k apiece to battle the likes of Sam Greenwood, Ike Haxton, David Peters and other kings of the poker world.

The prizepool of $1,261,000 would be split among the top 17 finishers, with highstakes crushers Mustapha Kanit, Ali Imsirovic and Erik Seidel missing the money – and it would be GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos who fell on the bubble.

There were four 6-figure payouts to chase alongside the coveted WSOP gold bracelet, and by the time the final table was reached, the field had lost Triton Poker ambassador and Short Deck veteran Jason Koon.

Still in the mix, however was the Belarus beast Badziakouski, as well as Dan Shak and Sergi Reixach, with the latter all but crushing Shak’s hopes of WSOP gold…

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Sergi Reixach: A♠ K♠
Dan 'oiltrader' Shak: K♦ K♥

Flop: 6♠ J♥ A♦
Turn: Q♠
River: 10♠

Poker loves to play with people, and following Japan’s Nobuaki 'Sasa JHR' Sasaki 4th place exit, and Reixach’s own bustout in 3rd spot saw the kings once again fail to hold up…
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Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb: A♥ J♥
Sergi Reixach: K♠ K♥

Flop: 6♦ J♣ 10♥
Turn: J♦
River: 6♣

That left Gottlieb heads-up against Badziakouski and it would take a marathon four-hour session to separate the pair. The lead changed hands several times, but eventually the title came down to this hand with the Belarus pro at risk…

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Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb: A♠ 10♣
Mikita Badziakouski: K♦ Q♠

Flop: 7♦ K♣ J♣
Turn: Q♥
River: 6♦

With the river bricking for Badziakouski, Lev Gottlieb had done it, toppling the world’s best players to lift the Short Deck Championship bracelet and $276,393.

Final results

1 Lev LevMeAlone Gottlieb $276,393
2 Mikita Badziakouski $210,249
3 Sergi Reixach $159,933
4 Nobuaki Sasa JHR Sasaki $121,659
5 Dan oiltrader Shak $92,545
6 Chi Zhang $70,397
7 Bjorn wong1324 Li $53,550
8 Carl Swetomir Schrader $40,735
9 Ami Barer $30,987

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