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Safiya Umerova Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 Shootout

Umerova Becomes Second Female At 2016 Summer Series To Win Open Bracelet Event


For the second time this week, a woman has won an open event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. On Thursday, Kristen Bicknell won the $1,500 no-limit hold’em bounty even and Friday night, the feat was repeated by Safiya Umerova, a 28-year-old Russian poker pro who now resides in Los Angeles.

Umerova took down the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout event, earning her first bracelet and the $264,046 first-place prize. Umerova is having quite a breakout year on the tournament circuit. In January, she won a prelim and finished runner-up in another at the L.A. Poker Classic. She also finished fifth in an event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in April. In total she now has more than $400,000 in live tournament winnings.

“I think women poker players are underestimated," Umerova said. “It happens to me, all the time when I was at the table. They would underestimate my thinking and my game, overall. I studied the game almost every day. I read a lot of books. I had people help me. I worked very much on my game to get here. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t work hard on my game.”

In order to capture the title, Umerova had to win three consecutive sit-n-gos. A total of 1,050 entrants put up the $1,500 buy-in, creating a prize pool of $1,417,500. The final 120 players all made the money after winning their first table. The final 12 players all won their second tables as well, guaranteeing themselves a spot in Friday’s finale.

Among the notables who made the money were Niall Farrell (2nd), Alexander Lakhov (9th), Vanessa Selbst (10th) and Sam Greenwood (12th).

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

Finish Player Payout POY Points
1 Safiya Umerova $264,046 960
2 Niall Farrell $163,158 800
3 Michael Mixer $118,109 640
4 Yuliyan Kolev $86,513 480
5 Damian Salas $64,129 400
6 Raymond Ho $48,115 320
7 Daniel McAulay $36,543 240
8 Daniel Tang $28,101 160
9 Alexander Lakhov $21,881 80

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.