Israel’s Timur Margolin Wins WSOP $2,500 NLHE for $507,274

Israel's Timur Margolin Wins WSOP $2,500 NLHE for $507,274

Israel’s Timur Margolin has overcome a field of 1,248 players at WSOP Event #43: $2,500 No Limit Hold’em, including Germany’s Ismael Bojang heads-up, to claim a first career bracelet. The $507,274 victory increases Margolin’s winnings to $1,552,472, and also represents his biggest score to date, beating the €135,000 ($166,654) he earned after finishing runner-up at this year’s €1,650 WSOPC Rozvadov Main Event.

Timur Margolin now becomes just one of eight Israeli’s to capture WSOP bracelets, with Rafi Amit the only player to have won two titles. While, Israeli born businessman Eli Elezra has three accolades to his name, the 57 year-old pro now resides in Las Vegas with his bracelets having been credited to his new home in the US.

WSOP $2,500 NLHE

The WSOP $2,500 NLHE event featured a huge $2.8 million prize pool, and offered 186 money places. Amongst the most recognizable pros walking away with a cash was Nick Schulman in 178th ($3,743), Tony Dunst in 122nd ($4,216), Asi Moshe in 94th ($4,579), Dutch Boyd in 76th ($5,653), Chance Kornuth in 40th ($10,226), Taylor Paur in 38th ($10,226), David Peters in 20th ($15,051), and Frederik Jensen in 11th ($23,296).

After the final table of nine was reached on Day 3, Andreas Haneberg and Jeff Hakim bowed out in 8th and 7th places respectively, leaving Chris Ferguson the chip leader, but Timur Margolin not far behind in second spot. Following an overnight break, Margolin (A-K) eliminated a short stacked Ryan Laplante (A-J) in 6th, while Ismael Bojang (A-J) took care of Dylan Linde (A-10) in 5th.

At this stage, 6-times WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson was looking to add to his already impressive haul of bracelets. Nevertheless, Ferguson lost a sizeable proportion of his chips against Margolin in an A-J versus Q-10 showdown. Furthermore, Margolin’s predictive powers were on full display after he managed to accurately foretell the last two community cards to be dealt, namely the Qh and 8d, after which he commented:

“That was a first for me. I don’t ever get one card, but that’s how I have been running in this one, calling out exact turn and river! I was sitting there and thought, ‘What am I doing here?'”

Soon after Margolin (A-Q) sent Ferguson (K-2) to the rail in 4th ($161,371), with the 55 year-old pro having already booked another 4th place finish at Event #31: $ 1,500 Seven Card Stud for $29,999. As a result, Ferguson has now cashed 10 times so far this Series for $ 207,857 in winnings.

Continuing his run, Margolin (A-2) knocked out Michael Marder (Q-9) in 3rd to usher in heads-up play for the title.

Margolin vs Bojang

Back in 2015, Margolin made a deep run in the same WSOP $2,500 NLHE event, eventually finishing runner-up to Matthew O’Donnell for $341,338. This time around, Margolin entered the final phase holding a 3-1 chip lead over Bojang, but the German was able to pull in front at one stage, and as Margolin later recalled:

“I started with kind of a big chip lead, so I thought finally! But obviously, Ismael is a very strong player and it could go either way, and he had some strong hands. All of a sudden the stacks were opposite and he had a two-to-one lead. Oh my god, not again! Will this ever end?”

Fortunately for Margolin, this time around his opponent lost two all-ins in a row to exit the tournament. The first blow came after Margolin’s Q-J got the better of Bojang’s A-K, after which Bojang pushed his remaining chips to the center of the table holding A-2 to Margolin’s Q-J. The board subsequently ran out K-5-4-Q-8 to close out the contest, and secure a famous victory for the Israeli.

Final Table Results

1: Timur Margolin $507,274
2: Ismael Bojang $313,444
3: Michael Marder $223,564
4: Chris Ferguson $161,371
5: Dylan Linde $117,894
6: Ryan Laplante $87,819
7: Jeff Hakim $65,284
8: Andre Haneberg $49,498
9: Joshua Bergman $38,009