WSOP 2016: UK's Benny Glaser Wins $1,500 Omaha High-LowJune 20, 2016 11:28 am
The UK has picked up its first gold bracelet at this year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, after 27-year-old Benny Glaser took down Event #26: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better for $244,103. Last year, Glaser captured his first ever bracelet at the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event for $136,215, with both his WSOP victories now accounting for the lion’s share of his $493,712 in live career winnings.
Commenting on his latest impressive performance, Benny Glaser said that he felt he had an easier ride this time around, stating: “I think the 2-7 field and final table was tougher than this was, to be honest. This is the game I put the most hands in, online. So, perhaps I just am more used to this game since I play it all the time.”
The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better event attracted 934 players to create a prize pool worth $1.26 million, and amongst the notable pros then seeing a return on their buy-ins was Allyn Shulman in 102nd ($2,317), James Woods in 91st ($2,439), Mike Leah in 67th ($3,170), David Baker in 52nd ($4,120), Matt Glantz in 48th ($4,120), Ari Engel in 24th ($6,919), and Allen Kessler in 23rd ($6,919).
Benny Glaser then reached the final table with twice the chips of his nearest competitor, Benjamin Gold, and subsequently proceeded to eliminate the last five finalists at the table, including Gold heads-up, to claim a coveted WSOP bracelet.
Final Table Results:
1: Benny Glaser $244,103
2: Benjamin Gold $150,828
3: Motohiro Kondo $106,070
4: Philip Hui $75,627
5: Brandon Shack-Harris $54,680
6: Zachary Milchman $40,098
7: Ilya Krupin $29,830
8: Max Pescatori $22,517
9: Scott Packer $17,250
Of the 934 players who entered the tournament, 819 were Americans with the remaining 115 dominated by players from countries such as Canada, UK, Russia, and Germany. In addition, 95% of competitors were male, and a mere 5% female, with the participants’ ages ranging from as young as 21 to as old as 92.