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Brian Meinders Wins The $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout

Meinders Captures First Bracelet and $116,118


Brian Meinders Brian Meinders has won the World Series of Poker $1,500 limit hold’em shootout, capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet, the $116,118 first place prize and 600 Card Player Player of the Year points. All he had to do was win all the chips at three consecutive tables playing limit hold’em. If that sounds easy enough to you, keep in mind that the 365 other entrants were unable to do it.

A total of 50 players made the money in this event, including Justin Bonomo, Matt Matros, Scott Seiver, “Crazy” Mike Thorpe, Mike Leah, Ari Engel and Greg Mueller.
Of the 50, forty had to settle for only a min-cash of $3,088, while only ten made the final day , including Ian Johns (9th – $9,225), Sean Rice (8th – $11,992), Brock Parker (5th -$ 27,986) and Victor Ramdin (4th – $37,897).

Meinders began heads-up play with the chip lead and never relinquished it. On the final hand, Meinders opened the button for a raise and Darin Thomas called from the big blind.
The flop came 10Spade Suit8Club Suit6Spade Suit, Thomas checked, Meinders bet 20,000, Thomas raised to 40,000, Meinders three-bet, Thomas got it all in and Meinders called.

Thomas was all in for his tournament life and led on the flop with QDiamond Suit6Heart Suit for bottom pair against Meinders’ flush draw with 5Spade Suit3Spade Suit. The turn brought the 4Club Suit, giving Meinders additional outs with a straight draw, and the 7Spade Suit on the river completed his flush, giving him the pot and the title.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Brian Meinders $116,118 600
2 Darin Thomas $71,704 500
3 Christopher Vitch $51,861 400
4 Victor Ramdin $37,897 300
5 Brock Parker $27,986 250
6 Preston Derden $20,886 200
7 Matthew Schreiber $15,747 150
8 Sean Rice $11,992 100
9 Ian Johns $9,225 50