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Nick Petrangelo Wins $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout At 2015 World Series of Poker

Petrangelo Earns $201,812 After Outlasting Star-Studded Final Table


Nick Petrangelo has emerged victorious in event no. 4 of the 2015 World Series of Poker, the $3,000 no-limit hold’em shootout event. For the win the 28-year-old from Feeding Hills, MA was awarded the $201,812 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Along the way Petrangelo overcame a final table that featured three former bracelet winners in Loni Harwood, Brian Lemke and Leo Wolpert, a heads-up no-limit hold’em specialist who recently did battle with a supercomputer in Jason Les, an EPT main event champion in Andreas Hoivold, a top tournament poker pro David Peters and a two-time Academy Award nominee in James Woods.

This somewhat unique event began with 308 entrants spread out onto 40 tables. Each table needed to play down to a winner, with each winner advancing to day 2 and also making the money. The following day the remaining players took their seats at ten four-handed tables, with the winner of each table moving to the ten-handed final table.

In the end it came down to Petrangelo and Jason Les heads-up for the title, with Les holding a chip lead of just one big blind to make them essentially even. Fifty-eight hands later Petrangelo had built a nearly 6-to-1 lead in time for the final hand of the tournament.

Jason LesPetrangelo moved all-in from the button with the KSpade SuitJHeart Suit and Les called for 12 more big blinds with the QHeart Suit10Diamond Suit. The board ran out 5Heart Suit5Diamond Suit2Heart Suit6Heart Suit2Diamond Suit to secure the pot and the title for Petrangelo while Les was sent to the rail as the runner-up, taking home $124,696.

“Winning early on here at the series is great,” Petrangelo said afterward. “It creates less pressure. I’ve been year other years when I ran bad early, and it’s hard to play catch up. So, I was really glad to get this out of the way. Hopefully, I can have a great series and see it continue.”

In addition to the money and accolades Petrangelo also earned 720 Card Player Player of the Year points for coming out on top. This was his fourth final table of the year, and as a result he has climbed into 11th place in the overall standings. Joining him in the top 20 is the third-place finisher in this event, David Peters. This was his third final table of 2015, including a win in a European Poker Tour €10,300 high roller event. Peters now sits in 18th place in the overall POY rankings as a result.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Nick Petrangelo $201,812 720
2 Jason Les $124,696 600
3 David Peters $91,575 480
4 Jeffrey Griffiths $67,788 360
5 Derek Bowers $50,576 300
6 Andreas Hoivold $38,039 240
7 James Woods $28,832 180
8 Brian Lemke $22,021 120
9 Leo Wolpert $16,951 60
10 Loni Harwood $13,150 36

Winner photo courtesy of WSOP.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.