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2018 WSOP: Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event won by Andrey Zhigalov for $202,787

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Posted on 11 June 2018 by "T".

This is the first WSOP bracelet ever for the Russian part-time poker player, and Zhigalov said he has dreamed about winning his first one since he was 16. After 3 long days with more than 14 hours of poker play, Russian Andrey Zhigalov has won his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet this past weekend in Event #15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for a memorable $202,787 payout after a grueling heads-up battle against Timothy Frazin.

After the event, the 29-year-old Zhigalov said, "I've been dreaming about this since I was 16. I thought when I would have $10,000 I could play the main event. Then, when I had $10,000, I realized I needed to pay for the plane ride and the hotel. So, I needed more money."

Zhigalov became a mixed game specialist to realize his dream, and since the Main Event is a NLHE format, he said about no limit hold'em, "It's boring for me - when I get only two cards, I think ‘Where are the others?'"

A player field of 731 had been reduced to just two in the late hours of day three, but after 3 hours of heads-up action under the sweltering heat of the Rio (the air-conditioning being temporarily down), Frazin and Zhigalov called it a night.

Zhigalov said on the Day 3 schedule, "We played like 15 hours and I was exhausted at the end of it. We came back today, and it was very good for me because I slept well, and I felt much better."

The extra 4th day was just what Zhigalov needed, as he was able to finally earn the bracelet after he defeated Frazin in a double Razz game. Zhigalov said, "I feel amazing - I was excited when I made Day 2 of a WSOP event and I was excited when I made Day 3 and then I was here on Day 4. It's amazing."

2018 WSOP Event #15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results






Andrey Zhigalov

Russian Federation



Timothy Frazin

United States



Bradley Smith




Matt Woodward

United States



Nicholas Derke

United States



Sandeep Vasudevan

United States



Scott Clements

United States



J Smith

United States



Ismael Bojang




Damjan Radanov

United States




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7 comments on "2018 WSOP: Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event won by Andrey Zhigalov for $202,787"

 godoy11/06/2018 19:27:28 GMT
one of the most and best games to play powder and for few this mode that requires a lot of technique and a lot of concentration to know if the game is good because it is the opposite and congratulations for the victory
 Gerimantas12/06/2018 06:34:36 GMT
I remember i play some horse cash game and sit and go amd tournament on pokerstars some time ago, maybe 5 years or so, but it is play money i try and game is interesting. This guy say that it is boring to get only two cards, but in horse you have nl holdem too
 doubletop77712/06/2018 07:43:00 GMT
These H.O.R.S.E tournaments are the ones that the all around poker players' want to win. Whoever wins these must have a very good knowledge of most games and are world class players
 dule-vu12/06/2018 09:20:37 GMT
I dont play this version of poker and dont like them much,but for every player is dream to win any event at wsop and just can imagine his feeling after this win and first prize over 200K $1!he will probably invest this money in his poker career!
 Tony_MON7ANA10/07/2018 13:02:12 GMT
Absolutely gigantic congratulations must go out to Andrey Zhigalov, who topped a field of 731 entrants to win the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament in Las Vegas. I bet he is still on cloud nine! All the best for his future endeavors.
 Nightkid12/07/2018 17:38:47 GMT
Congratulations to the winner Andrey Zhigalov won his first WSOP gold bracelet this past weekend at Event # 15 $ 1,500 HORSE and with this he took a nice prize of $ 202,787 .... God some day you will let me win something like this does not?? Hahaha Worship Worship Worship
 Calmplay12/07/2018 17:46:18 GMT
Congrats to you Andrey for that nice bracelet, HORSE was and still my favorite game for tournament, it is a format I love but not when it is the limit Holdem. This game type requires much more concentration and focuses though...

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