Robert Campbell on Wednesday became the first player to collect multiple bracelets at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP).
The Australian poker pro triumphed in Event #67: $10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship, outlasting a field of 151 players to claim his second gold of the summer and $385,763 as grand prize.
Final Table Action
The last day of the event began with 16 players, before playing down to the final eight who were then relocated to the mini-feature table to resume the action. Campbell was responsible for the first elimination of the final table, sending Steven Wolansky to the rail in 8th place for $36,460.
With seven players remaining, China’s Qinghai Pan was leading the chip count. The next player to fall was Andrey Zhigalov whose pair of sevens didn’t work out against Yueqi Zhu‘s buried jacks. Zhigalov took home $46,999 for finishing 7th – his sixth WSOP final table. Pan quickly followed Zhigalov to the payout desk in 6th place after being knocked out by four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow. Pan earned $62,079 for his first ever WSOP final table.
Ryan Hughes failed to capture his third bracelet after busting in 5th place following a three-way pot with Matusow and another bracelet winner Mike Wattel. Hughes took home $83,971 in prize money, bringing his lifetime winnings to just under $1.5 million.
Campbell was dominating the chip lead with four players remaining. A massive pot played out which resulted in crowd favourite Matusow exiting in 4th place for $116,255. It did not take long for the next player to fall as Wattel failed to improve on his pair of queens, against Campbell’s queens and tens. Wattel walked away with $164,647 as the 3rd place finisher, leaving Campbell and Zhu in heads-up play.
The chip advantage was with Campbell when heads-up play started, and he managed to extend it further after winning the majority of pots. When the final hand was dealt, Campbell was holding a massive chip lead. Zhu’s fate was sealed after getting all his remaining chips in with buried tens against Campbell’s split aces. Campbell ended up making a queen-high straight to defeat Zhu’s two pair, finishing him off in second place for $238,420.
After his latest victory, Campbell has catapulted to the No. 1 spot in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race, overtaking previous leader Dan Zack. The eSports CEO now has a total of nine cashes and four final tables with less than two weeks before the end of the 2019 series.