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World Series of Poker -- Vladimir Shchmelev Wins $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High-Low Split

Shchmelev Bests Mel Judah For First Bracelet

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Vladimir ShchmelevThe last two men at the final table of event no. 46 $3,000 pot-limit Omaha high-low split were 40-year-old Russian, Vladimir Shchmelev and bracelet holder Mel Judah. After a back and forth battle, it was Shchmelev that came out on top.

Shchmelev had 15 previous cashes at the World Series of Poker but this was his first win. He banked $279,094 and his first career bracelet when he topped a player field of 435. Though he had a lot of close calls, he was glad it took him this long to win his first tournament.

“If I won the gold bracelet before, I do not think I would have been as happy as now,” he said.

Shchmelev was joined at the final table by two fellow country men Andrey Zaichenko and Alexey Makarov.

“We are friends away from the table, but we do our best to play sharp poker when we are at the table,” he said. “It does not matter who our friends are when the cards are dealt.”

Other notables at the final table include “Miami” John Cernuto and Card Player’s own Allyn Jaffrey Shulman.

Take a look at the final table results:

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Vladimir Shchemelev $279,094 1080
2 Mel Judah $172,361 900
3 Ashly Butler $124,645 720
4 Brian Hacker $91,085 540
5 John Cernuto $67,262 450
6 Tyler Nelson $50,197 360
7 Andrey Zaichenko $37,847 270
8 Allyn Jaffrey Shulman $28,821 180
9 Alexey Makarov $22,171 90

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Photo Credit: Joe Giron/WSOP