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Rep Porter Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 Razz Event

45-Year-Old Poker Pro Defeats Field of 461 Players To Win $142,624 and His Third Gold Bracelet


Rep Porter has won the 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 razz event, outlasting a field of 461 players to win the $142,624 first-place prize and his third WSOP gold bracelet.

The 45-year-old poker pro and Card Player columnist came into the final day in fifth chip position among the remaining twelve players. Porter had a number of tough players on his way to the title, including the likes of bracelet winners like David Benyamine (9th – $9,225), Shaun Deeb (8th – $12,006) and two-time Card Player Player of the year winner Daniel Negreanu (4th – $42,030).

In the end he got heads-up against yet another multi-bracelet winner in Belgium’s Michael Gathy. Porter began with nearly a 3-to-1 chip lead and was able to quickly extend his lead.

By the time the final hand arose Gathy had been ground down to less that a big bet. On third street Gathy got all of his chips in with a nine showing and Porter called with his ace. Their boards ran out as follows:

Michael GathyGathy: (10-5)9-2-8-2(5)
Porter: (Q-4)A-9-J-8(10)

Porter ended up with the superior ten low to win the pot and the title, sending Gathy home just shy of his third bracelet while picking up his own. This was Porters second razz title at the WSOP, with his third win coming in a $1,500 six-max no-limit hold’em event back in 2008.

“A lot of people think Razz is a stone luck game, but I think it takes lots of skill,” Porter said after it was all over. “It feels good to win the same tournament again. It kind of validates that you’re good at that game.”

Porter, a former equity options trader, now has over $2.9 million in live tournament earnings. The Woodinville, WA native told WSOP reporters about how grateful he was for the lifestyle poker has afforded him after winning this most recent title.

“I feel perfectly content going home and disappearing when it’s all over," said Porter. "I don’t aspire to have fame. I play poker because it gives me lots of personal freedom. It gives me time to spent with my family… poker affords me a lot of opportunity to do the things I like to do in life and it’s a pretty decent living. The game’s been good to me.”

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Rep Porter $142,624 720
2 Michael Gathy $88,146 600
3 Alexey Makarov $60,309 480
4 Daniel Negreanu $42,030 360
5 Brendan Taylor $29,846 300
6 Valentin Vornicu $21,604 240
7 Daniel Weinman $15,945 180
8 Shaun Deeb $12,006 120
9 David Benyamine $9,225 60

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