This event attracted 1,244 entrants who created a prize pool of $2,830,100. In total, 144 players made the money and, after four days of intensive play, Matt O'Donnell received $551,941 for winning the tournament. O'Donnell, a 27-year-old poker pro from Tampa, Florida, also received his first gold bracelet. He now has $889,773 in WSOP earnings.
"Hopefully, this if the first of many gold bracelets," O'Donnell said afterward. "Winning the gold bracelet is exciting. But the money is pretty sweet, too."
OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS:
Aside from the final table finishers, other gold bracelet winning players who cashed included - Phil Hellmuth (16th), Barry Shulman (19th), Blair Rodman (26th), Carlos Mortensen (35th), Gary Gibbs (44th), Fabrice Soulier (51st), Justin Oliver (64th), Joe Cada (79th), Steve Gross (103rd), Will Durkee (108th), Chris Dromrowski (123rd), and Calvin Anderson (144th).
With his cash in this event, Phil Hellmuth added to his status as the all-time leader among in-the-money finishers, now with 112 on his WSOP resume.
Name: Matt O'Donnell
Birthplace: Vihannes, IN (USA)
Current Residence: Tampa, FL
Marital Status: Single
Profession: Professional Poker Player
Number of WSOP Cashes: 5
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 3
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories: 1
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 2nd Place (2014)
Total WSOP Earnings: $889,773
Personal Facts: This was O'Donnell's third top-five finish at the WSOP in the last two years
The gender breakdown of players for this event was 1,209 males and 34 females.
The average age of participants was 36.5 years, with ages ranging from 21 to 84.
There were 53 different nations represented among the players.