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Jesse McEuen Wins 2014 World Series of Poker $1,500 Ante Only No-Limit Hold'em Event

Poker Pro Finds Redemption In First Bracelet After A Few Tough Years After Black Friday

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A total of 714 players turned out for the third annual $1,500 ante only no-limit hold’em event at the 2014 World Series of Poker, building a total prize pool of $963,900. In the end the lion’s share of that went to Jesse McEuen. The 34-year-old poker pro from Ohio who now lives in Jacksonville earned his first gold bracelet and the $212,093 first-place prize. And the truth is McEuen sorely needed this victory. Just a few years ago he living the dream as a highly profitable online player, but he has fallen on harder times after having his bankroll locked up online in the wake of Black Friday.

“I came here with a thousand bucks in my pocket,” McEuen told WSOP.com. “I basically came here with that, my dog, and my car – and that’s when I met my buddy John again, who really looked out for me. He gave me a shot to get back in the game.”

McEuen is referring to John Kabbaj, who won the $2,500 stud / Omaha eight-or-better event just two weeks earlier. McEuen ran into Kabbaj while checking into the Rio earlier this summer and came to a staking agreement with the British pro and two-time bracelet winner. After truly riding an emotional roller coaster over the past few years McEuen was able to capitalize on the second chance Kabbaj helped supply him.

“After three years, I can finally breath again,” McEuen said after the win.

McEuen topped a tough field, with plenty of big names making deep runs including Simeon Naydenov (4th – $62,528), Adam Levy (5th – $46,575), Ryan D’Angelo (6th – $35,143), Antoine Saout (11th – $12,694), Manig Loeser (12th – $12,694), Tom Braband (13th – $10,140), Maria Ho (19th – $6,573), Jason Somerville (21st – $6,573), Max Silver (23rd – $6,573), Daniel Negreanu (25th – $6,573), Dan Kelly (27th – $6,573) and Phil Hellmuth (30th – $5,397).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jesse McEuen $212,093 912
2 Jonas Lauck $130,955 760
3 Rhys Jones $85,131 608
4 Simeon Naydenov $62,528 456
5 Adam Levy $46,575 380
6 Ryan D’Angelo $35,143 304
7 Herbert Yarbrough $26,825 228
8 Jeremy Joseph $20,704 152
9 Arthur Pro $16,145 76

*Winner photo courtesy of the WSOP

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