Unexpected winner in WSOP multi-game style event.

By RP, June 25, 2017

Matthew Schreiber earns his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet against formidable opposition.

Event 44 at the 2017 World Series of Poker provided some surprises over the weekend as a formidable array of top international players signed up for the $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. competition; one of the biggest surprises – the elimination at 11 of favourite Mike Matusow.

The final table for the event took a mere three hours, and Schreiber started the final day low in the chip counts. Initially taking an unassuming approach, he was all the while building a stack ready for the moment when he unleashed a lethal and aggressive strategy that blew away the opposition and left him with his first WSOP gold bracelet and $256,226 in prize money.

By the time the action reached four-handed stage he had a massive stack that enabled him to finish off his last three opponents in under an hour.

His final opposition was fellow-American Phil Hui, who really had no answer to Schreiber’s 3 to 1 chip advantage and aggressive finish, and was dismissed with the runner up prize of $158,361.

Post-game, Schreiber admitted that his experience extended to knowing three of the game-styles well, but that he was less experienced in Stud and Hi-Lo; spectators of his tour de force at the final table would never have known it – the young pro appeared cool and confident throughout.

Other final table pay-outs included:

David Steicke – $107,458
Tom Koral – $74,382
Ryan Himes – $52,542
Hanks Honig – $37,892
Ryan Hughes – $27,910
Brendan Taylor – $21,007
Valentin Vornicu – $16,165

In other WSOP news, Israeli realtor, Ben Baruch Maya took down Event 43, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’Em Shootout for a $257,764 payday and his first WSOP Gold bracelet. Maya outplayed a field of 1,024 to defeat Belgian Thomas Boivin in heads-up play.

Final Table Payouts:

1 Ben Baruch Maya, $257,764
2 Thomas Boivin, $159,273
3 Tim West, $115,297
4 Phachara Wongwichit, $84,453
5 Alex Rocha, $62,602
6 Steve Foutty, $49,969
7 Joe Cook, $35,673
8 Paul Michaelis, $27,431
9 Jonathan Little, $21,360

Event 45, the fast-paced $5,000 No-Limit Hold’Em, was won by Chris Brammer who emerged victorious from a field of 505 to win his first gold bracelet and a tidy $527,555 first prize, his largest WSOP cash to date.

Brammer despatched Jett Schencker in just one hand after eliminating Yevgeniy Timoshenko in third.

Final Table Payouts were:

1 Chris Brammer, $527,555
2 Jett Schencker, $326,051
3 Yevgeniy Timoshenko, $223,574
4 Rui Ye, $156,022
5 Tobias Ziegler, $110,845
6 Oliver Weis, $80,196
7 Michael Brinkenhoff, $59,107
8 Alex Foxen, $44,395
9 Diego Sanchez, $33,933