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Tim Adams Wins First Ever WSOP Four-Max Event

Tops 750-Player Field To Win First Bracelet and $392,476

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Tim AdamsTim Adams has won the first ever $2,500 four-max no-limit hold’em event held at the World Series of Poker, topping a tough field of 750 to win his first WSOP gold bracelet, the $392,476 first place prize and 1,368 Card Player Player of the Year, vaulting him into 43rd place in the overall standings.

“I play tournaments to hopefully win, and it just happened, and it doesn’t event seem like it happened,” said Adams just after he captured the title, clearly still taking in his situation. “Its all such a blur right now, I mean, three days of four-handed poker is crazy.”

This was by far the biggest score of the 26-year-old Canadian poker professional’s career, and it didn’t come easy, despite a lot of familiarity with short-handed play.

“Most of the time you are playing deep, so it’s like you are playing a deep cash game four-handed for twelve hours a day. I have a lot experience playing short-handed, that’s what I kind of specialize in online. So, not once did I feel uncomfortable throughout the whole tournament.”

The response to this new tournament format for the WSOP was positive, with a solid turnout and many players taking to Twitter and Facebook to espouse it’s virtues. It’s little surprise that the eventual champion also was a fan of the event.

“It’s an incredible tournament, and I hope the World Series of Poker has more four-max tournaments. Everyone I spoke to has had great things to say about it.”

Brendon RubieThe tournament seemed to be a showcase of some of tournament poker’s best young talent, with deep runs from notables such as Tony Dunst (18th – $10,510), Tom Braband (17th – $10,510), Sam Stein (16th – $12,745), Eric Froelich (15th – $12,745), Mohsin Charania (11th – $19,741), Mickey Petersen (10th – $25,252), Jason Koon (9th – $25,252), and Anthony Gregg (4th – $114,711). This was Gregg’s third final table of 2012, and for his fourth place finish he was also awarded 684 POY points, which moved him into 23rd place in the overall standings, with year-to-date earnings of $588,028.

“As we got deep, the tables were extremely difficult,” said Adams of his competition. “My tables were stacked with very talented poker players, and things just went my way. I am very thankful.”

In the end, Adams defeated Brendon Rubie heads-up to secure the title of the first-ever WSOP four-max champion. Rubie earned $242,458 and 1,140 POY points for the runner-up finish, moving him into 12th place in the overall standings with 2,052 points.

This was his second final table of the year, as the Sydney, Australia native had already won a Aussie Millions $1,000 AUD no-limit hold’em event for $208,340 in January.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the four-handed final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Tim Adams $392,476 1368
2 Brendon Rubie $242,458 1140
3 James Schaaf $164,823 912
4 Anthony Gregg $114,711 684