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Jiaqi Xu Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Event

50-Year-Old Maryland Resident Tops 776 Entries To Win First Bracelet and $212,128


50-year-old Jiaqi Xu emerged victorious in the 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event, defeating a field of 776 entries to win his first gold bracelet and the $212,128 first-place prize.

“The cards fell my way at the right time,” Xu told after it was all over. “I knew that if I could get deep I would have a chance and things went right for me.”

To psyche himself up before the final table he listened to Queen’s “We Are The Champions.”

“I was pumped up and determined to win,” said Xu.

And win he did.

Xu came into the final day in seventh chip position with 16 players remaining. He outlasted the likes of Dylan Linde (10th – $11,271) and Tommy Le (5th – $46,452) on his way to setting up a heads-up showdown with Britain’s Jeffrey Duvall.

Xu started with a lead and finished it off with the following hand. Duvall limped in from the button and Xu raised to 150,000 with blinds at 25,000 – 50,000. Duvall called and the flop brought the QHeart Suit4Spade Suit2Diamond Suit. Xu bet 175,000 and Duvall called. The turn brought the 8Diamond Suit and Xu bet 365,000. Duvall raised to 1.5 million, Xu moved all in and Duvall called with the QDiamond SuitJSpade Suit8Club Suit6Club Suit for queens and eights. Xu had the ASpade SuitQSpade SuitQClub Suit10Diamond Suit for top set of queens, leaving Duvall drawing dead. The 5Spade Suit in the river was a formality, securing the pot and the title for Xu and sending Duvall to the rail as the runner up.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jiaqi Xu $212,128 912
2 Jeffrey Duvall $131,073 760
3 Pallas Aidinian $91,369 608
4 Joshua Pham $64,654 456
5 Tommy Le $46,452 380
6 Richard Austin $33,895 304
7 Jon Ho Christensen $25,123 228
8 Thibault Klinghammer $18,922 152
9 Bryce Eckhart $14,484 76

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



almost 5 years ago

Good job , starting your poker career at the age of 50.