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Gerald Ringe Wins World Series of Poker $1,500 Stud Eight-Or-Better Event

Ringe Earns First Gold Bracelet and $180,943 First-Place Prize


The $1,500 seven card stud eight-or-better event at the 2015 World Series of Poker drew a field of 547 players, creating a total prize pool of $738,450. It took four days to determine a winner, but after the final card had been dealt, it was London, England’s Gerald Ringe who came out on top, earning his first gold bracelet and the $180,943 first-place prize.

Ringe, who is a real estate investor, topped a stacked final table which included three gold bracelet winners. On the fourth and final day, Ringe crushed his final two opponents in just half an hour.

“Whatever I needed today, I managed to catch it,” Ringe said. “Even when it looked like my opponent would scoop a big pot, I caught the perfect card and managed to split the pot. Everything went right today.”

The three bracelet winners at the final table included Owais Ahmed (6th), John Esposito (5th) and Daniel Idema (3rd). Other notables at the final table included Christopher George (8th), Noah Bronstein (4th) and Christopher Vitch (2nd).

This was Idema’s third final table of the 2015 summer series. He previously finished won the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event and took sixth in the $3,000 pot-limit Omaha event.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Gerald Ringe $180,943 840
2 Christopher Vitch $111,860 700
3 Daniel Idema $70,322 560
4 Noah Bronstein $50,473 420
5 John Esposito $36,811 350
6 Owais Ahmed $27,285 280
7 John Cover $20,551 210
8 Christopher George $15,721 140

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