WSOP 2017: Chris Vitch Denies Benny Glaser 4th Bracelet in 3 Years in $10k Stud Hi/Lo

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The USA's Chris Vitch has just won his second career WSOP gold bracelet in event #48 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo for $320,103, defeating 3 time bracelet winner Benny Glaser after a hugely entertaining heads-up battle.

The day started with 11 players left who between them boasted an impressive 28 WSOP titles, with one man responsible for exactly half of those titles, Phil Hellmuth. All eyes were on the brash Wisconsin native as he battled to earn his 15th bracelet but ultimately it was a disappointing day for 'The Poker Brat' whose tournament ended in 9th place, one short of the final table, after losing a series of pots to fellow veteran pro Abe Mosseri.

Two other bracelet winners in Randy Ohel and Dan Shak also fell before the final table, their runs ending in 11th and 10th place respectively. When the final table got underway Mosseri and Vitch were the chip leaders, with Glaser soon joining them in the million dollar chip club.

The first player out at the final table was high stakes online crusher Alex "BiatchPeople" Luneau who lost his short stack to Brock Parker when Parker's two pairs came up against Luneau's pair or twos. Luneau cashed for $33,265 for his 8th place finish.


Above: High stakes online regular Alex Luneau made another WSOP final table but is yet to win a bracelet. He'll have to wait a little longer after falling in 8th place in event #48.

It was another two hours before the next elimination took place during which time both Glaser and Vitch had climbed over the 2m chip mark. It looked for all the world as though former Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel was going to be the next casualty of the table as he was playing 2 blinds for quite some time. However, it was 3 time bracelet winner Brock Parker who fell in 7th after losing his last chips to Abe Mosseri. Parker earned $42,146.

Just a couple of minutes later and Andrew Kelsall joined Parker on his way to the cashier's desk after Mosseri claimed another scalp when his two pair outmatched Kelsall's two pair. Kelsall earned $54,748 for his 6th place finish.

Having managed to ladder a couple of spots the end for Duhamel came just five minutes later when Glaser and Vitch chopped up his remaining chips in a single pot. Duhamel's 5th place finish was good for a $72,876 payday.

Level 20 claimed its 4th victim in less than half an hour when Jameson Painter was taken down in 4th place for $99,342 as Abe Mosseri busted yet another player at the final table.

Three handed play was a much more drawn out affair, lasting well over two hours. For the first hour Mosseri was playing catch up as Glaser marched towards 3m chips and Vitch was well over 2m. However, towards the end of the level both Mosseri and Vitch took big chunks from Glaser who dipped below 1m chips for the first time in several hours.

Level 21, however, wasn't kind to Mosseri, and after losing two big pots in a row he was left with less than one blind before Glaser eventually eliminated the US pro who took home $138,608 for finishing third.

Heads-up started with Vitch a big chip leader with his 4,275,000 playing Glaser's 1,980,000. With blinds at 60k/120k with a 20k ante it could have been a quick heads-up match had Vitch been able to string a few decent hands together. As it was heads-up play lasted over four hours, in which time the lead changed hands constantly.

A little over an hour into the match it looked llike Glaser was on his way out as Vitch had him down to just 400k chips to his 5.9m but Glaser managed to find the double up when he needed it and within an hour he had taken the chip lead. Over the next hour it seemed as though the chip lead changed hands with every pot as it seemed that neither player was capable of winning two hands in a row.

With Glaser up 4.8m to 1.5m three hours into heads-up play it looked as though the English pro was set to win his 4th WSOP bracelet in just three years, but once again back came Vitch. In the end, with the blinds up at 300k/150k with a 30k ante it was more or less a matter of whoever managed to be dealt decent cards for a couple of hands was going to win, and that happened to be Vitch who finally put away his dogged opponent after a heroic battle.


Above: The UK's Benny Glaser came agonizingly close to picking up his 4th WSOP bracelet but eventually succumbed in 2nd place to the USA's Chris Vitch.

All credit must go to Vitch, however, who seemed largely in control throughout the day and who lead for the majority of the final table, as well as for most of the heads-up play. This was Glaser's first WSOP heads-up loss after winning his first three which will no doubt sting a little, although the $197,838* prize money will go some way to making up for his loss. Chris Vitch, however, can revel in his 2nd WSOP bracelet and a $320k payday.

* Although according to Glaser's twitter he won $242k so we'll have to assume some kind of deal took place at the final table?

Final Table Results WSOP Event #48 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo

Place Player Country Payout
1 Chris Vitch USA $320,193
2 Benny Glaser UK $197,838
3 Abe Mosseri USA $138,608
4 Jameson Painter USA $99,342
5 Jonathan Duhamel Canada $72,876
6 Andrew Kelsall USA $54,748
7 Brock Parker USA $42,146
8 Alex Luneau France $33,265



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