In 2014, American poker pro Paul Volpe claimed his first title at the World Series of Poker after defeating Daniel Negreanu heads-up in the $10,000 buy-in No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. Volpe has reached several WSOP final tables since then, but it wasn't until yesterday that he finally got a second gold bracelet!
The $1,500 buy-in Eight-Game Mix (Six-Handed) event attracted a field of 491 entrants (total prize pool $662,850, which was shared among the top 74 finishers) who battled it out over three days and concluded yesterday on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. In addition to the coveted gold bracelet, Volpe received $149,943 in prize money; he now has $1,484,475 in WSOP career earnings.
"Honestly, the first win was more meaningful," Volpe said. "It was on such a bigger stage because it was heads-up versus (Daniel) Negreanu. There were so many more people sweating that one. But this is also special because it's Eight-Game Mix, which is very hard to do. So, this one means a lot, but in a different way."
Final table results:
FUN FACTS (text from WSOP.com)
- The age range of participants was 21 to 73. The average age of entrants was 40.
- The tournament was comprised of 96 percent males and 4 percent females.
- The breakdown of Americans to non-American players was 385 to 106. The top five nations in terms of number of participants was the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, and France.