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Ryan D'Angelo Wins 2016 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball

30-Year-Old Poker Pro Tops Field of 279 Entrants To Win First Gold Bracelet and $92,338


Ryan D’Angelo has won the 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 no-limit deuce-to-seven lowball event, topping a field of 279 players to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $92,338 first-place prize.

“It feels good. I feel like I’ve worked on my game and my tilt control and it just all came together. I was really centered the whole tournament and cards came my way. It was like the perfect tournament,” said D’Angelo after the win.

“I love this game,” D’Angelo gushed when asked about winning his first title in deuce-to-seven no-limit. “I never would have guessed that my first bracelet would come in this game, because I play ten no-limit hold’em events for every one other game. I feel almost a connection to this form of poker… It’s so pure because it is only two streets, before the draw and after the draw. It’s just ‘Do they have it or don’t they.’ It’s all metagame and leveling.”

The 30-year-old poker pro came into the final day as the chip leader, joined by a number of big names including two-time bracelet winner Daniel Kelly (4th – $26,632), 1999 WSOP $2,500 limit Omaha event winner Tom Franklin (3rd – $38,582) and yet another two-time bracelet winner in John Monnette (2nd – $57,061).

John MonnetteMonnette plays in the highest stakes mixed cash games in the world and was D’Angelo’s scariest opponent by his own admission, but starting heads-up play with more than a 6-to-1 chip lead had to help D’Angelo’s confidence.

After only a few hands Monnette was dealt the 10-9-8-7-3 and got all-in against D’Angelo’s 10-7-6-4 draw. D’Angelo was able to hit a 3 to give him the superior low, securing the pot and the title.

D’Angelo has pledged some of the $92,338 he won in this event to a charity called the Food Gardens Foundation.

“We provide seeds to people in South African townships and help educate people about how to grow food,” said D’Angelo. “It’s just a great way to help people turn their lives around.”

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ryan D’Angelo $92,338 432
2 John Monnette $57,061 360
3 Tom Franklin $38,582 288
4 Daniel Kelly $26,632 216
5 Konstantin Maslak $18,775 180
6 Todd Barlow $13,524 144
7 Alex Dovzhenko $9,959 108

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.