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Ashkan Razavi Wins Huge WSOP $1,500 NLH Re-Entry Event

Defeats Amanda Musumeci Heads-Up For First Bracelet and $781,398


2012 $1,500 NLH re-entry champion Ashkan Razavi Ashkan Razavi has emerged victorious in the World Series of Poker $1,500 no-limit hold’em re-entry event, earning his first gold bracelet, the $781,398 first prize and 1,200 Card Player Player of the Year points. As a result, Razavi has moved into 49th place in the overall POY standings.

The 30-year-old poker pro topped the largest field for a WSOP $1,500 buy-in in the last four years, with a total of 3,404 entrants building a massive $4,595,400 prize pool.

Razavi defeated a tough final table that included two multiple gold bracelet winners and one of the live tournament scene’s toughest up-and-comers. Greg Mueller won two bracelets at the 2009 WSOP, capturing titles in the $10,000 limit hold’em championship and the $1,500 limit hold’em shootout, but fell short of a third today finishing in seventh place for $103,258 and 300 POY points.

Brian Rast won his two bracelets in 2011, topping the prestigious $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship and a $1,500 pot-limit hold’em event. Rast ran AHeart Suit8Spade Suit into Rasavi’s ADiamond SuitKClub Suit and was unable to catch up, hitting the rail in sixth place for $137,632 and 400 POY points.

Amdanda Musumeci Rasavi’s heads-up opponent was Amanda Musumeci, whose first live tournament breakthrough came when she finished 62nd in last year’s WSOP main event, cashing for $130,997. Musumeci built on that success over the following year, cashing a total of ten times on the WSOP Circuit. The young Philadelphia-based pro entered this final table looking to become the first female player to win an open event since Vanessa Selbst won her bracelet in 2008, which was 230 events ago.

Musumeci was unable to overcome a chip deficit of roughly 6-to-1 when two-handed play began, however, and was sent to the rail with $481,398 and 1,000 POY points as consolation. As a result of this deep run and two prior final tables, Musumeci now sits in 41st place in the overall standings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Ashkan Razavi $781,398 1,200
2 Amanda Musumeci $481,643 1,000
3 Derrick Huang $347,228 800
4 Ryan Olisar $252,379 600
5 Duy Ho $185,378 500
6 Brian Rast $137,632 400
7 Greg Mueller $103,258 300
8 Benjamin Reinhart $78,259 200
9 Dien Le $59,969 100