Texan Larry Wright has won the $1,500 buy-in 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) event #30 for $101,975 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
Three fast-paced days at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino came to a conclusion last night, with Wright ultimately defeating Vegas’ Brandon Cantu in their heads-up clash that left the runner-up with a $63,048 pay day from the $384,750 prize pool that was created by the 285-player line-up.
In what was a stellar seven-handed final table, Wright outlasted the likes of New York State’s Andrew Lichtenberger (third for $41,445), Miami’s Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi (fourth for $28,198), Vegas-based Erick Lindgren (fifth for $19,676) and Rep Porter (sixth for $14,078), of Washington State.
Champion Grinds Down Opponent
The likeable Wright – who, after retiring from running his own trucking company, sold the firm to his employees for just $1 – had the title in the bag the very first time Cantu moved all-in for his tournament life once the latter had been ground down to only 12 big blinds.
Cantu, on the button, shoved all-in for about 120,000 and, following a few moments, Wright called. Both drew one and Cantu showed 10-9-6-3 draw to be up against Wright’s 9-8-7-3 draw. But Wright hit a four for the victory, with Cantu’s queen meaning nothing.
Day 2 saw the seven-handed final table set when Mizrachi knocked out John Pham in eighth place for $7,748, while Cantu eliminated Bryan Devonshire in ninth for $5,955, Leo Margets (26th for $3,124) and Galen Hall (32nd for $2,593).
Erik Seidel takes 13th Place
Other notable pros who cashed included Stuart Rutter (10th for $5,955), Erik Seidel (13th for $4,682), Jennifer Harman (19th for $3,762), Scott Fischman (25th for $3,124), Anton Makiievskyi (29th for $2,593) and David Sklansky (33rd for $2,593).
However, other were not so fortunate, including bubble Boy Todd Bryson, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Greg Raymer, Michael Watson, Bryce Yockey, Ted Forrest, Michael Binger and Liv Boeree.
Eight levels were played out during Day 1, with the field being cut down to just 66 survivors. Among those exiting without cashing were Greg Mueller, Dan Smith, Phil Hellmuth, Andrew Frankenberger, Antonio Esfandiari, John Monnette, Jon Spinks, Max Pescatori, Jason Mercier, Dominik Nitsche, Scott Seiver, Chad Brown, Josh Brikis, Amnon Filippi, George Lind III, Daniel Negreanu, Terrence Chan, Justin Bonomo, Dan O’Brien, Brian Hastings, Frank Kassela, John Juanda, Barry Greenstein, David Williams, Vincent van der Fluit, Dan Kelly, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald and Phil Ivey.
WSOP 2012 Event #30 Top 10 Payouts
1. Larry Wright (USA) – $101,975
2. Brandon Cantu (USA) – $63,048
3. Andrew Lichtenberger (USA) – $41,445
4. Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi (USA) – $28,198
5. Erick Lindgren (USA) – $19,676
6. Rep Porter (USA) – $14,078
7. Ryan Tepen (USA) – $10,318
8. John Pham (USA) – $7,748
9. Bryan Devonshire (USA) – $5,955
10. Stuart Rutter (UK) – $5,955