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Arash Ghaneian Wins 2015 WSOP $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.

40-Year-Old Poker Pro Wins First Gold Bracelet and $239,750


40-year-old Arash Ghaneian topped a field of 772 players in the 2015 World Series of Poker $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event to win his first gold bracelet and $239,750.

Born in Iran but of Armenian descent, Ghaneian now calls Henderson, NV home and poker his profession. He mostly plays cash games, but this tournament win could hardly have come at a better time. His wife is pregnant with twins, who are expected soon. That didn’t stop her from supporting her husband during his run in this event, though.

“Each time I saw her here or she sent me a text, she would say, “I know you’re going to win this – I can feel it. She’d never said that to be before, not like that,” Ghaneian said. “I don’t play that many tournaments, so to get that from her made me feel truly blessed.”

Like many other events this summer, this tournament was only scheduled to last three days but in the end took four to finish. Three players, Ghaneian, David Levi and Robert Campbell, returned on the final day to play down to a champion. Campbell came into the day with the most chips, with Ghaneian close behind and Levi on the shortest stack. Levi hit the rail in third place, earning $100,676 for his deep run. Ghaneian was the one that sent him packing, and by the time heads-up play between he and Campbell began he held a slight lead over the Australian.

Ghaneian was able to extend his lead, leaving Campbell quite short by the time the final hand arose. In Omaha eight-or-better the two got the last of Campbell’s chips in with Campbell holding AHeart Suit9Spade Suit7Club Suit5Club Suit up against Ghaneian’s KDiamond SuitQClub Suit3Heart Suit2Spade Suit. The board ran out KHeart Suit7Spade Suit2Club SuitJSpade SuitKSpade Suit, giving Ghaneian the scoop with a full house and no low possible. With that he secured the pot and the title, sending Campbell to the rail as the runner up with $148,096.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Arash Ghaneian $239,750 912
2 Robert Campbell $148,096 760
3 David Levi $100,676 608
4 Ronald Schiffman $70,067 456
5 Michael Trivett $49,775 380
6 Michael Watson $36,080 304
7 Jonathan Pineda $26,669 228
8 Jeff Mitseff $20,093 152

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