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Mike Cordell Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max

46-Year-Old Wins $346,088 and First Gold Bracelet


Mike Cordell has won the 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 six-max no-limit hold’em event, topping a field of 1,477 players to win $346,088 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

“I’ve been playing a long time," Cordell told WSOP reporters after the win. "This has always been the dream. This is what we dream about when we start playing poker.”

Cordell dedicated the win to his mother who passed away just a week earlier. Elizabeth Cordell was blind and in recent years her son had served as her caretaker following the passing of her husband in 2010. Spending so much time with her really strengthened their relationship and her memory was definitely present with Mike as he battled for this title.

“She was always proud of anything I ever did,” said and emotional Cordell after the win.

Cordell came into the final day in third chip position among the 21 players that remained. Plenty of tough competition hit the rail on the way down to the final table including Fedor Holz (18th – $17,380), Hans Winzeler (12th – $22,632) and Daniel Strelitz (9th – $29,905).

Pierre NeuvilleAt the official final table of six he came in tied for second place on the leaderboard. In the end he was able to eliminate the fifth, fourth and third place finishers to take a huge lead into heads-up play against Pierre Neuville, the 73-year-old Belgian who finished seventh in last year’s WSOP main event.

Neuville came in at a huge chip disadvantage, with Cordell holding nearly a 19-to-1 lead. Neuville was able to double up twice, but on the third all-in and call Cordell’s KDiamond SuitQClub Suit won a race against Neuville’s 4Diamond Suit4Club Suit. The runout of KSpade Suit6Spade Suit6Club Suit7Diamond SuitKHeart Suit secured the pot and the title for Cordell and sent Neuville to the rail as the runner up.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Mike Cordell $346,088 960
2 Pierre Neuville $213,837 800
3 Robert Hankins $148,885 640
4 Lutz Klinkhammer $105,063 480
5 Javier Garcirreynaldos $75,154 400
6 Timothy Cha $54,507 320

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