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Loren Klein Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 NLH/PLO Event

Klein Earns First Bracelet and $241,427 First-Place Prize


The $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha event at the 2016 World Series of Poker drew a field of 919, creating a total prize pool of $1,240,650. The final 138 players made the money, earning a minimum payout of $2,254.

In the end, it was 34-year-old poker pro Loren Klein who came out on top, picking up his first career gold bracelet and the $241,427 first-place prize. The Verdi, Nevada native dominated the final table and left the rest of his competitors essentially playing for second place.

“You have to use a different strategy when you have that kind of chip lead,” Klein said.
“I think I utilized a strong one.”

This was the biggest score of Klein’s career. His previous best finish came in the 2010 WSOP when he took second place in a $2,500 pot-limit Omaha event for $195,147. He now has more than $750,000 in live tournament earnings.

The event featured a split of poker’s two most popular games in no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha.

Other recognizable faces to make a deep run in the event included Kyle Bowker (10th), Ashton Griffin (16th), Jason Dewitt (17th), Dan Buzgon (18th), John Racener (19th), Brandon Shack-Harris (20th), Dan Heimiller (25th), Shannon Shorr (29th), Kevin O’Donnell (30th), Antonio Esfandiari (35th), Barry Greenstein (37th), Martin Finger (39th) and Humberto Brenes (40th).

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

Finish Player Payout POY Points
1 Loren Klein $241,427 912
2 Dmitry Savelyev $149,177 760
3 Rick Alvarado $104,784 608
4 Michael Noori $74,634 456
5 Matthew Humphrey $53,915 380
6 Eric Penner $39,510 304
7 Alexander Orlov $29,378 228
8 David Callaghan $22,168 152

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