Simeon Naydenov Wins Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
A total of 1,194 runners signed up for this event and created a $1,611,900 prize pool. When the last day kicked off there were 12 players left with the chance of taking home the bracelet and the $326,440 first prize. After about sevens hours of play a winner had been crowned: Simeon Naydenov from Bulgaria.
Naydenov came into heads-up with a 4-1 lead after eliminating Andrew Klock in third place and taking 720k of Jake Schwartz's 2 million stack. The heads-up battle only lasted 10 hands. This is how the final hand was played (after both players had taken a shot of tequila):
Schwartz raised to 60k pre-flop on the button. He was called by Naydenov. The flop came out 4A9 and they started to raise and reraise against each other until Schwartz was all in for his tournament life.
Naydenov had flopped the nuts and only needed to avoid a few cards in the deck.
The turn card was the 7, keeping Naydenov in front. The river was a blank 2 which sent Jake Schwartz packing in second place for $202,035. Simeon Naydenov took home $326,440 in prize money and his first World Series of Poker bracelet!
Michael "Big Store" Moore Wins Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
A big congratulations to Michael "Big Store" Moore, winner of Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em! Moore outlasted a field of 170 players, including a tough final table that included Greg Mueller and Justin Bonomo.
Moore, who finished 10th in the 1995 WSOP Main event for $27,680, received his long-awaited bracelet and $211,743 in prize money, which means that he has tripled his WSOP career earning!
1) Michael Moore, $211 743
2) Gabriel Nassif, $130 852
3) Ronnie Bardah, $94 793
4) Brian Aleksa, $69 968
5) Todd Witteles, $52 582
6) Dom Denotaristefani, $40 205
7) Ben Yu, $31 264
8) Greg Mueller, $24 721
9) Justin Bonomo, $19 863
Justin Oliver Wins Event #38 No-Limit Hold'em / Four Handed
The third and final day of this event saw the final 8 of 566 participants battling it out for the title and a whopping $309,071 first-place prize in the Amazon Room at Rio All-Suite & Hotel in Las Vegas.
At the end of it all, Justin Oliver, from Canada, overcame pros such as John Juanda (5th - $54,770) and David Pham (4th - $89,736) to fullfill a lifelong dream by becoming a World Series of Poker bracelet winner! Also, he received the biggest cash of his entire career!