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John Reading Wins 2015 World Series of Poker $1,000 Hyper Hold'em

26-Year-Old Minnesota Resident Tops 1,436-Player Field After After Only 14 Hours


With the newly increased starting stacks across the board this year at the 2015 World Series of Poker events have consistently been running long. The third tournament of the summer had to add an extra day in order to play down to a champion. Nothing like that was necessary in the $1,000 hyper turbo no-limit hold’em event, however.

The event began at 11:00 AM on Sunday, May 31st with 1,436 players. Just 11 hours later the final table of nine was set. On Monday it then took only 48 hands to play from a full table down to a champion. In the end the player that survived the hurricane of poker action was John Reading. The 26-year-old poker pro from St. Paul, Minnesota earned his first bracelet and the $252,068 first-place prize at his first ever WSOP final table.

“This is the biggest stage in the world for anyone who plays for a living,” Reading told reporters after his win. “We all play to get here to compete for a gold bracelet.”

In addition to the glory and the money Reading also earned 960 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third POY-qualified final table of the year, bringing his point total to 1,148 and moving into 70th place in the POY standings in the process.

Reading defeated 28-year-old Irishman Marc MacDonnell heads-up for the title. The two only battled for eight hands, with Reading beginning the final showdown with a chip advantage of more than 2.5-to-1 over MacDonnell. On the final hand MacDonnell shoved for around 1 million from the button with blinds of 50,000 – 100,000 and an ante of 10,000 holding the QSpade Suit10Diamond Suit. Reading called with the AClub Suit7Spade Suit and the board ran out JHeart Suit8Spade Suit3Diamond Suit2Spade SuitADiamond Suit to give Reading a pair of aces, good enough to win the pot and the title.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 John Reading $252,068 960
2 Marc MacDonnell $155,876 800
3 Harrison Beach $98,623 640
4 Aleksandr Gofman $71,586 480
5 Matt Woodward $52,807 400
6 Bobby Suer $39,547 320
7 Kenneth Johnson $30,048 240
8 Ryan Julius $23,133 160
9 Wayne Boyd $18,041 80

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