Derek McMaster Takes Down WSOP $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Title for $228,228

The World Series of Poker crowned a first-time champion yesterday when Derek McMaster took down Event #4 on the schedule, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better worth $228,228 – first WSOP cash, first final table and obviously a first gold bracelet for the 46-year old Minnesotan.

By: Andrew Burnett

A field of 853 had assembled and been dismantled, with the final table boasting some big names – Patrick Leonard, Shannon Shorr and Ben Yu among them.

Those three would be first to hit the rails however, and the title fight would come down to a heads-up between the former pool player and Houston’s Jason Berilgen – a half-hour battle going McMaster’s way.

Afterwards the first-time WSOP victor told PokerNews: ''It was very surreal to me, I've just been on cloud nine since last night, just happy to be here and enjoyed playing with these guys''.

Final results

1 Derek McMaster $228,2289
2 Jason Berilgen $141,007
3 John Esposito Jr. $98,807
4 David Halpern $70,231
5 Joseph Aronesty $50,646
6 Tom McCormick $37,063
7 Ben Yu $27,530
8 Shannon Shorr $20,760
9 Patrick Leonard $15,89776



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