Vladimir "GVOZDIKA55" Shchemelev Wins Event #32 $1500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo

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44 year old Russian banker and high stakes poker player Vladimir "GVOZDIKA55" Schemelev won his second career WSOP bracelet yesterday as he bested a 688 strong field in event #32 $1,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo for a $193,484 payday.

Although a banker by trade, Schemelev has also played a lot of high stakes online poker with considerable success. Playing as "GVOZDIKA55" on PokerStars he has close to $2m in profits, mainly from mixed-games, although he hasn't been seen playing for a couple of years now.

Schemelev is also no slouch on the live tourney scene where he has over $2.2m in cashes, 2 WSOP bracelets (his first, which came in 2013 was in the $3k Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event), and a runner-up spot to Michael Mizrachi in 2010's $50,000 Poker Player's Championship which netted him his best live score of $963,365.

Schemelev started the final table second in chips, and was by some distance the most successful and accomplished player on show. The day's early chip leader was the UK's Howard Smith, and it transpired that the lead was destined to be swapped between the top two players for the majority of the final table.

Above: Howard Smith challenged Schemelev for the lead all day, right through to heads-up play

After Russia's Nikolai Yakovenko was eliminated in third place for $81,232 heads-up play began with former derivatives trader Smith with a small chip lead over Schemelev but the Brit was soon in the Russian's pocket. Schemelev didn't take long to wrap up the match, with a big pot in a round of Big O (5 card omaha hi/lo) ending Smith's hopes. The UK player took away his first 6-figure WSOP win, collecting $119,524 for his runner-up finish. Schemelev, meanwhile, collected another piece of WSOP jewelery and a cheque for $193,484.

WSOP Final Table Results; event #32 $1500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo

  Player Country Prize
1 Vladimir Shchemelev Russia $193,484
2 Howard Smith UK $119,524
3 Nikolai Yakovenko Russia $81,232
4 Igor Sharaskin Russia $56,187
5 Usman Siddique UK $39,565
6 Yueqi Zhu China $28,375
7 Erle Mankin USA $20,730
8 Jesse Simonelli USA $15,435



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