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Marco Johnson Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event

Johnson Collects $259,730 First-Place Prize and Second Career Bracelet


The 2016 World Series of Poker $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event attracted a field of 400 players, creating a total prize pool of $1,092,000. The tournament saw an increase in entrants after hosting 376 runners in 2015.

But despite the large starting field, the bracelet ultimately ended up in the hands of a familiar face in longtime grinder Marco Johnson. The 30-year-old California native now has two WSOP gold bracelets, the first coming back in 2013 in a $2,500 six-max limit hold’em event.

Johnson now has nine WSOP final-table appearances on his resume, as well as more than $2.5 million in career tournament earnings.

“This one feels a lot better, for sure,” Johnson said. “I just got married and my wife is six-months pregnant, so with a kid on the way, this is more special. I also had two of my friends make a bet for a significant amount of money that I would win a gold bracelet this year, so they also won a lot of money – so that feels good.”

The final table also featured WSOP bracelet winner Gerald Ringe (3rd) and Chino Rheem (8th). Other notables to make a deep run included Jake Schwartz (9th), Frankie O’Dell (10th), Eli Elezra (11th), Michael Gathy (12th), Chris Bjorin (17th), Bruno Fitoussi (18th), Adam Owen (20th), Naoya Kihara (21st) and Brock Parker (24th).

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Marco Johnson $259,730 1,080
2 Jared Talarico $160,522 900
3 Gerald Ringe $108,924 720
4 Todd Ickow $75,397 540
5 Glenn Engelbert $53,259 450
6 John Crisp $38,409 360
7 Toma Kalaj $28,291 270
8 Chino Rheem $21,294 180

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 WSOP.