Alex Epstein Lifts Inaugural WSOP Short Deck Bracelet And $296,227

Alex Epstein is the proud owner of the WSOPs first-ever Short Deck gold bracelet after seeing off a tough final table last night, the victory worth $296,227 to the young Californian.

By: Andrew Burnett

There were 114 entries to the $10k buy-in, 36-card version of the game and that had been whittled down to a final seven that included Chance Kornuth and Andrew Robl.

For Epstein it was a case of ‘enjoying the experience’, the PLO cash game player stating "I knew that the other good players at the final table were shorter stacks so I had a very good chance if things broke my way."

That’s exactly what happened – Anton Tsang accounting for the first two bust outs and then Chance Kornuth dealing with Rene van Krevelen. The Epstein stepped up to end Kornuth’s bracelet dreams.

The tournament was fated not to have a heads-up finale, the final hand seeing an exciting double kill after Epstein called not one but two all-ins…

Anson Tsang: K♣ J♣ 
Thai Ha: A♥ Q♦ 
Alex Epstein: J♠ 10♠  

The flop was a beautiful but highly dangerous Q♣ 9♣ 8♠ giving Epstein a straight but Tsang the flush draw. When the turn and river both bricked, however, the double KO had secured Epstein victory.

Final results

1 Alex Epstein $296,227
2 Thai Ha $183,081
3 Anson Tsang $130,482
4 Chance Kornuth $93,593
5 Rene van Krevelen $67,566
6 Yong Wang $49,095
7 Andrew Robl $35,907

      

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