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Neil Willerson Wins Event No. 50 At 2012 World Series of Poker

Willerson Takes Home $737,248 Payday


Neil WillersonNeil Willerson, a 36-year-old attorney from Dallas, Texas, took down event no. 53 at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

The $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament attracted a massive 3,166 entrants, creating a total prize pool of $4,274,100. Willerson’s cut was $737,248, one of the largest payouts awarded thus far at the WSOP.

Willerson, a former Texas state tennis champion, overcame a 3-1 chip deficit heads-up against Russia’s Vladimir Mefodichev, for his first gold bracelet, along with 1,200 Card Player Player of the Year points.

Other notables with deep runs in this event include Bryan Piccioli, Ryan Hughes, Lee Childs, Vicky Coren, Max Steinberg, Aage Ravn and Vanessa Peng.

Here’s a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Neil Willerson $737,248 1200
2 Vladimir Mefodichev $456,217 1000
3 Hugh Henderson $322,866 800
4 Zachary Humphrey $233,708 600
5 Matthew Graham $171,135 500
6 Hai Chu $126,770 400
7 Bryan Piccioli $94,971 300
8 Randy Ashe $71,933 200
9 Ryan Hughes $55,093 100

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