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Peter Eichhardt Wins World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event

Swedish Poker Pro Earns $438,417 and First Career Bracelet


The first of multiple $1,500 no-limit hold’em events at the 2016 World Series of Poker is officially in the books with 2,016 entrants creating a total prize pool of $2,721,600.

In the end, the title went to 50-year-old Swedish player Peter Eichhardt, who also received a gold WSOP bracelet and the $438,417 first-place prize. The Stockholm native is a part-time poker pro and writer and had a previous high cash of $101,790 for a deep run at EPT Barcelona in August of 2015.

“A few years ago, I wasn’t good in poker, at all,” said Eichhardt. “I was playing in the Bahamas and I looked around and everyone at the table was like between 21 and 30 and they were so good. And I was so bad. I was like a tourist there. I just made up my mind to start taking the game more seriously and do something about it. And, I did. I started studying a lot. I worked a lot at it, and now here I am.”

In order to secure the win, Eichhardt had to overcome a final table that featured Anthony Zinno (8th), John Racener (4th) and Michael Addamo (3rd). Other notables with deep runs included Adam Geyer (10th), Michael Moore (16th), Matt Berkey (18th), Alexandru Masek (20th), Justin Young (22nd), Omar Zazay (27th), David Tuthill (31st), Huy Nguyen (36th), Mike Leah (37th) and Markus Gonsalves (41st).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Peter Eichhardt $438,417 1,080
2 Davis Aalvik $270,842 900
3 Michael Addamo $196,202 720
4 John Racener $143,563 540
5 Tim Farrelly $106,115 450
6 Bruno Borges $79,241 360
7 Raymond Phu $59,787 270
8 Anthony Zinno $45,582 180
9 Richard Dubini $35,121 90

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

*Photos courtesy of the World Series of Poker