Las Vegas player Leonard Martin secured his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, along with $189,919 in prize money, after seeing off 308 other competitors to claim the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) in Sin City last night.
Martin had managed four previous WSOP cash finishes from earlier series – including a second place in the 2007 $1,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw event – but took down event #49 when beating fellow Vegas pro Justin Bonomo in heads-up play at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
The third and final day started with many of the gathered railbirds curious to see if Hollywood’s Jason ‘treysfull21’ Mercier could collect his second WSOP bracelet this year following his success in the $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event.
However, Mercier was sent crashing out in sixth place for $25,967 after struggling to make any inroads on the chip leaders once the final table had been reached.
Thereafter, Martin quietly moved into the final three, before then beginning to make some big moves on his way to the title.
With Georgia’s David Bach ($77,517) eliminated in third, Masayoshi Tanaka ($52,680), of Japan, knocked out in fourth and Israel’s Eli Elezra sent to the rail in sixth for $36,596, Martin faced a heads-up cash with Bonomo at a 2 to 1 chip disadvantage.
But he eventually fought his way in front, only for Bonomo to take the lead back as both players took down some big pots.
Close to the final hand, Martin won a huge pot to leave Bonomo short – and then finished off his opponent not long after.
Martin, on the button, raised and big blind Bonomo called. Bonomo drew two cards while Martin took one. Bonomo then check-called Martin’s bet.
Bonomo then drew one as Martin stood pat. The former check-raised all-in for an extra 10,000 following Martin’s bet and, of course, Martin made the call.
Bonomo subsequently drew one and opened with 7-4-3-2, while Martin held on to his 8-7-6-4-3. Bonomo had to catch an eight, six or five to remain in the contest, but turned over a king to finish in as runner-up for $117,305.
Top 10 placings and payouts from the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) event:
1. Leonard Martin (USA) – $189,818
2. Justin Bonomo (USA) – $117,305
3. David Bach (USA) – $77,517
4. Masayoshi Tanaka (Japan) – $52,680
5. Eli Elezra (Israel) – $36,596
6. Jason Mercier (USA) – $25,967
7. Jon Turner (USA) – $18,804
8. Scott Dorin (USA) – $18,804
9. Shawn Buchanan (Canada) – $13,897
10. Nicholas Verkaik (Canada) – $13,897