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2018 WSOP: Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha won by Craig Varnell for $181,790

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Posted on 12 June 2018 by "T".

Craig Varnell managed to defeat a massive player field of 2,419 entries to win his first ever bracelet in Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $181,790. This was his third final-table finish at the WSOP series.

Varnell entered the final table in second chip lead behind Maxime Heroux, with 2010 WSOP main event winner Jonathan Duhamel very close to his chip stack number.

Varnell managed to defeat Duhamel who settled in 6th place, securing the chip lead in the process. He accumulated a dominant lead after knocking off Heroux in 4th place, entering three-handed play with 75% of the chips in his possession.

Varnell knocked off Omar Mehmood in 3rd place and he has 6-to-1 advantage into the heads-up match against Seth Zimmerman.

In the final hand, it was Varnell's K-J-9-5 against Zimmerman's A-K-Q-4, with the board revealing Q-J-3-6-9, giving Varnell two pair for the win.

Varnell said after he won, "It felt good to finally close one out. I almost didn't play this event. But when I did, and I got a stack, I had a big advantage over the other players."

He almost did not participate in the event after his terrible run in the Colossus event. The poker player from Colorado assumed he fired eight bullets in that event but everything was a miss.

Craig Varnell is a former car wash attendant, but those difficult days are way behind him now as he relishes his first WSOP bracelet and the $181K prize money. He said as he claimed his bracelet, "You never think when you play poker for a living you're going to get this moment. To win a tournament is so hard to do. This is the monumental moment, you made it."

Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Results






Craig Varnell

United States



Seth Zimmerman

United States



Omar Mehmood

United States



Maxime Heroux




Christopher Trang

United States



Jonathan Duhamel




Shaome Yang

United States



Jason C Lipiner

United States



Ilian Li

United States



Conway Frankenheimer

United States




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7 comments on "2018 WSOP: Event #19: $565 Pot-Limit Omaha won by Craig Varnell for $181,790"

 pochui12/06/2018 18:50:30 GMT
ok a 565 buyin in the wsop sounds kinda low, and since this is a popular game, pot limit Omaha a little bit surprised to see only 2400 or so players, sure this is a big number, but with such a buyin I wouldn't be surprised seeing 10k or more entrants.
 godoy12/06/2018 21:23:39 GMT
Craig Varnell parabem for this great and legal feat that will reverberate for a long time in the career your very good because now you will have much more bankroll to be able to shoot in bigger tournaments
 doubletop77713/06/2018 08:51:33 GMT
These pot limit omaha events always seem to attract a massive entry and this was no exception with over 2,400 entries. I love watching these guys play because i know how difficult a game it is and they always make it look so easy
 Gerimantas13/06/2018 15:22:02 GMT
I too like some people say in they posts like this game pot limit omaha and try to play it on low stakes cash games with dollar buyin or some tournament. To play in wsop pot limit omaha is interesting and i like to try one day
 CALICUL16/06/2018 18:26:57 GMT
Because of this Pot Limit there were only 2400 players in this Omaha Tournament. This limitation makes these players not to join in these tournaments. All in is very good for all gamblers and this is unacceptable for many players. Patience is not for everyone. I congratulate all the final table players.
 Tony_MON7ANA22/07/2018 09:32:43 GMT
Big congratulations to Craig Varnell for winning the US$565 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha tournament and winning $181,790. It takes an enormous amount of dedication and perseverance to maneuver through a field of 2,419 players from all over the globe.
 dule-vu22/07/2018 11:12:59 GMT
well this is good profit on this kind of poker game,to win over 181 K of dollars,for nice buy in!lot of players to beat,so you have to be good and to play smart!he can say that he have bracelet and that he is one of WSOP winners!

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