WSOP Event #49: $1,500 NL Won By Barry Greenstein's Nephew Michael Linn

WSOP Event #49: $1,500 NL Won By Barry Greenstein's Nephew Michael LinnMichael Linn has just won WSOP Event #49: $1,500 NL, after defeating a field of 2,543 players over three days to pick up a career first WSOP bracelet, as well as $609,493 in prize money.
Following his famous WSOP victory, the young La Jolla, California resident joked that he was “trying to quit poker to stay in school,” stating that “the people you meet and the growth you go through are far more important than just shutting yourself away.” 
Michael Linn must surely be glad he stuck at it for a while longer as the $609,493 first place prize will go along way towards supporting him through college, as well as providing plenty of extra entertainment.
Michael Linn started off Day 3 of the tournament as the chip leader and he was lying fourth in chips five hours later as the the remaining 23 competitors were whittled down to a final table of nine.
Tyler Cornell was first to exit in 9th ($45,247), followed by Erle Mankin in 8th ($59,082), after going all-in pre-flop holding Ad-Jh only to run into Larkin’s Ah-Kd.
Justin Zaki picked up $78,067 in 7th, when his mistimed all-in steal from the big blind with 6c-5h ran into Manole’s pocket rockets.
Alexander Kuzmin pre-flop push from under the gun with Ah-Qh failed to improve against Larkin’s pocket J’s and so he was eliminated in 6th for $104,364.
After Chadwick Grimes was knocked out in 5th ($141,235) and Ben Smith in 4th ($193,418), Michael Linn holding As-9h picked up Mihai Manole’s remaining chips after sending him and his pocket 2’s to the rail in 3rd ($268,189).
As Linn and Larkin went heads-up, the chip lead changed hands several times before all the money went in pre-flop, with Larkin holding Qh-Js to Linn’s Ad-2c. With the board running out 10d-6c-2d-7d-4h, Larkin’s hand failed to improve and he collected $378,905 for his 2nd place finish, while Michael Linn was awarded the prestigious WSOP bracelet, and the $609,493 first place prize.
The poker gene must run in the family as Michael Linn’s uncle is none other than the high roller and three times WSOP bracelet winner Barry Greenstein. Greenstein said that he wouldn’t coach his nephew until he had graduated from college, but Michael Linn quipped; “Maybe that should be reversed. After I graduate I’ll teach him.”

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