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Brandon Shack-Harris Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship

Defeats 400-Player Field To Win Second Gold Bracelet and $894,300


Brandon Shack-Harris exploded onto the live tournament scene in 2014, winning his first gold bracelet in a $1,000 pot-limit Omaha event and then making three more top-three finishes in WSOP events that summer. After a disappointing outing in 2015 Shack-Harris got back to his winning ways in 2016, outlasting a field of 400 entries to win the 2016 WSOP $10,000 pot-limit Omaha championship event. For the win the 35-year-old poker pro earned his second gold bracelet and the massive $894,300 first-place prize.

“This is definitely the most gratifying moment for me in my poker career. All of my friends were here and everything ended perfectly,” said Shack-Harris after the win. “I’m trying to soak this in a little bit, which is something I didn’t do in 2014.”

The event ran an extra day longer than scheduled, with Shack-Harris coming into the fourth and final day as the chip leader with six players remaining. He knocked out Matthew Parry in fifth place ($185,337) and Tommy Le in third ($376,667) to take just under a 2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Loren Klein.

Like Shack-Harris Klein is also a pot-limit Omaha bracelet winner, having won the $1,500 buy-in event less than a week earlier for his first WSOP title and a $241,427 payday.

Loren Klein“Loren is a special guy, just as I feel that I am, in that we both play a fairly unorthodox style. We play some street PLO, and street recognizes street,” said Shack-Harris with a smile.

The two battled for a while, with Shack-Harris getting out to a 4-to-1 lead only to have Klein battle all the way back to even. Shack-Harris was able to chip away again and by the time the final hand arose he held a 3-to-2 advantage.

With blinds of 120,000 – 240,000 Klein limped in from the button and Shack-Harris bet the pot for 720,000. Klein made the call and the flop came down ASpade Suit10Spade Suit8Club Suit.

Shack-Harris bet the pot for 1.44 million. Klein moved all in for around 3 million and Shack-Harris quickly called with the ADiamond Suit10Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit for top two pair. Klein was behind with the AClub Suit8Spade Suit6Heart Suit3Heart Suit for top and bottom pair. The 2Diamond Suit on the turn kept Shack-Harris in the lead and the JSpade Suit sealed the deal. With that Shack-Harris locked up the title and sent Klein to the rail as the runner up with $552,713.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Brandon Shack-Harris $894,300 1800
2 Loren Klein $552,713 1500
3 Tommy Le $376,667 1200
4 Melad Marji $261,652 900
5 Matthew Parry $185,337 750
6 Harley Stoffmaker $133,918 600
7 Junayed Khan $98,748 450
8 Dominique Mosley $74,339 300

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