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Paul Volpe Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 Eight-Game Mix Event

Volpe Earns Second Career Bracelet and $149,943 First-Place Prize


The $1,500 six-handed eight-game mix event at the 2016 World Series of Poker drew an impressive field of 491 players, creating a total prize pool of $662,850. There were 74 players who made the money, earning at least $2,254.

After three days of play, it was respected tournament grinder Paul Volpe who came out on top, earning his second career bracelet and the $149,943 first-place prize.

Volpe won his first bracelet back in 2014, in the $10,000 no-limit 2-7 lowball event. He followed that up with four final table appearances, including two runner-up finishes, before finally getting bracelet no. 2 on Sunday night. The 35-year-old Philadelphia native now has more than $4.9 million in career tournament earnings.

“With me, poker is mostly about the money,” he admitted. “I know with the World Series of Poker there’s so much history and I respect that. But I am here mainly to earn a living, make money, and support my family. For the most part, I love getting gold bracelets. But I’m here mainly to make a living.”

In order to secure the title, Volpe had to overcome a final table that included Gavin Smith (6th), Anthony Lazar (5th), Ben Ludlow (4th) and Ron Ware (3rd). Other notables to make a deep run in the tournament included Chris Klodnicki (9th), David Baker (14th), Brandon Cantu (16th), Barry Greenstein (20th), Ralph Perry (22nd), Martin Staszko (23rd) and Jason Somerville (24th).

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Paul Volpe $149,943 720
2 Jason Stockfish $92,638 600
3 Ron Ware $60,882 480
4 Ben Ludlow $40,911 360
5 Anthony Lazar $28,123 300
6 Gavin Smith $19,787 240

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

*Winner photo courtesy of the World Series of Poker