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Christopher Wallace Wins 2014 WSOP $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship

Minnesotan Poker Pro Earns First Gold Bracelet and $507,614 After Topping 200 Player Field


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A total of 200 players posted the $10,000 buy-in in the 2014 World Series of Poker H.O.R.S.E. championship event, but in the end only one would walk away with the title, the bracelet and the first-place prize of $507,614.

That player was Christopher Wallace from St. Paul, Minnesota. The 40-year-old poker pro known to many as “Fox” topped a stacked field of 21 players that returned for the third and final day in this event, outlasting the likes of Daniel Negreanu (18th – $18,254), Bertran ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (16th – $21,958), Justin Bonomo (15th – $21,958), Nick Schulman (14th – $26,432) and David Benyamine (11th – $32,430), all before even making the final table!

Wallace entered the final table in the middle of the pack, but was able to survive while Calvin Anderson (8th – $50,966), Bill Chen (7th – $65,273), Max Pescatori (5th – $112,066) and Richard Ashby (4th – $150,625) all hit the rail. With the elimination of Richard Sklar in third place, the final showdown was set.

Heads-up play began with 2012 WSOP $2,500 deuce-to-seven triple draw lowball champion Randy Ohel holding a 1.3-to-1 chip advantage over Wallace, but things turned around quickly during the stud rounds. Wallace overtook the lead after raking in a sizable Razz pot before essentially crippling Ohel in a gigantic stud eight-or-better hand. With all of the cards dealt the two hands looked as follows:

Randy OhelWallace: X-X / 8Diamond Suit6Club SuitKSpade Suit10Club Suit/ X
Ohel: X-X / ADiamond Suit5Heart Suit3Spade Suit8Spade Suit/ X

On seventh street Ohel check-raised Wallace, only to face a three-bet to 600,000. Ohel made the call, only to see the 10Diamond Suit6Heart Suit6Diamond Suit in the hole for Wallace, giving him a full house. Ohel mucked, later saying on Twitter that he had rivered trip aces in that hand.

After that hand Wallace had increased his lead to nearly 5-to-1. Shortly after it was all over, with Ohel once again making trips only to run into a full house. Ohel hit the rail as the runner-up, earning $313,715 for his second-place finish.

“If I was going to pick an event to win, this would be it,” said Wallace after play concluded. “It feels great.”

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Chris Wallace $507,614 900
2 Randy Ohel $313,715 750
3 Richard Sklar $206,499 600
4 Richard Ashby $150,625 450
5 Max Pescatori $112,066 375
6 Lee Goldman $84,844 300
7 Bill Chen $65,273 225
8 Calvin Anderson $50,966 150

Winner photo courtesy of WSOP.

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5 years ago

So much deservedness... Way to go Chris