David Brookshire (35) narrowly avoided elimination at a late stage in the final table of the World Series of Poker $2,500 buy-in Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, but managed to recover from an 8 to 1 chip disadvantage to ultimately win the event, claiming his first winner’s bracelet and the main prize of $214,291.
The Baltimore poker pro earned his biggest yet pay day in a tense heads up duel with a dominant Brendan Taylor that started with Brookshire at a 3 to 1 disadvantage and went rapidly downhill to an 8 to 1 crisis before he scored a massive win in a stud hi-lo hand.
That put him back in the game with enough momentum to seize the lead and keep it, eliminating Taylor at second for $132,443.
It must have been deeply disappointing for Taylor, a WSOP bracelet holder who had led the final table for most of the final day, busting out opponents in a seemingly unstoppable display of aggression and skill.
The $2,500 buy-in competition drew in 402 entries, generating a prize pool of $904,500 that allowed 61 players to make the money.
Other final table cashes included:,
3rd: Daniel Ospina, $89,968
4th: Ian Shaw, $62,331
5th: Tyler Groth, $44,059
6th: Hani Awad, $31,789
7th: William Shelton, $23,429
8th: Eric Rodawig, $17,628