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Brandon Paster Wins 2014 World Series of Poker $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Event

27-Year-Old Tops Field Of 967 To Win First Bracelet And

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A total of 967 players turned out for event no. 37 at the 2014 World Series of Poker, building a total prize pool of $1,305,450 for the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event. After the smoke cleared the last player remaining was 27-year-old poker pro Brandon Paster, who won his first gold bracelet and the $264,400 first-place prize.

“This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Hands down," Paster told WSOP.com after play concluded. "It hasn’t sunk in yet, but it is. It’s a blessing.”

The Amherst, Massachusetts topped a tough final table that featured 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event champion Galen Hall (9th – $18,837), Kevin Saul (8th – $24,111) and Gabriel Nassif (3rd – $102,373). Paster came into the final day second in chips behind Belgian bracelet winner Marcel Vonk, and it was the two of them who made it down to heads-up play, with Paster holding a roughly 12-to-1 chip advantage.

“I was gifted the best situation possible. I had the most aggressive players all on my right the whole time," said Paster regarding play on the final day. "I was in a great situation. Other stacks just couldn’t do much against me. I kinda just got to chill and play my hands and I didn’t have to get involved in too many big pots.”

Vonk was unable to mount a comeback, running the ADiamond SuitQClub Suit3Spade Suit2Club Suit into Paster’s ADiamond SuitAClub SuitKDiamond Suit8Spade Suitand failing to come from behind. Vonk earned $163,625 for his runner-up finish, while Paster secured the title.

In addition to the bracelet and the money Paster also earned 912 Card Player Player of the Year points, moving him into 150th place in the overall standings.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Brandon Paster $264,400 912
2 Marcel Vonk $163,625 760
3 Gabriel Nassif $102,373 608
4 Matthew Humphrey $74,306 456
5 Matthew Dames $54,855 380
6 Millard Hale $41,121 304
7 Dmitrii Valouev $31,278 228
8 Kevin Saul $24,111 152
9 Galen Hall $18,837 76

*Photo courtesy of the WSOP

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