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Corey Thompson Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo

27-Year-Old Poker Pro Tops Field of 1,397 Entries To Win His First Bracelet and $221,163


Corey Thompson is the latest winner at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The 27-year-old poker pro from Winter Park, FL defeated a field of 1,397 entries in the WSOP $1,000 no-limit hold’em turbo that featured 30 minute blind levels. For the win he earned his first gold bracelet and the top prize of $221,163. Thompson’s largest prior win came when he took down the 2015 Heartland Poker Tour Daytona Beach Kennel Club main event.

“It’s been a huge year,” Thompson told after coming out on top. “ The HPT win was really huge. I really caught fire since then. I started coming out here four years ago, but mostly played just a few smaller events. This win was huge.”

The tournament lasted only two days. The 1,397 starters were cut down to 28 players by the end of the first day, with Thompson coming into the final day in 21st chip position. By the time the official final table of nine was set he had nearly double the chips of the next largest stack.

Enrico RudelitzThompson survived to heads-up against Germany’s Enrico Rudelitz, taking more than a 3-to-1 chip lead into the final showdown. The two played over 60 hands against each other, with Rudelitz making a comeback and even taking the lead.

“The heads-up match was very tough,” Thompson said. “When we were down to the end, we had about 20 big blinds. Variance jumped up.”

By the time the final hand arose Thompson once again had a sizable advantage. With blinds of 100,000 – 200,000 and an ante of 30,000 Rudelitz moved all in for 1,605,000 with the ASpade Suit7Diamond Suit and Thompson made the call with the QHeart SuitJDiamond Suit. The board ran out 10Spade Suit8Diamond Suit2Spade Suit9Diamond Suit6Heart Suit and Thompson made the queen-high straight on the turn to lock up the pot and the title, sending Rudelitz to the rail as the runner up with $136,651.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Corey Thompson $221,163 960
2 Enrico Rudelitz $136,651 800
3 William Liang $97,811 640
4 Darren Terazawa $70,821 480
5 Ankit Ahuja $51,878 400
6 Terry Fan $38,452 320
7 Matthew Chang $28,842 240
8 Ryan Pochedly $21,897 160
9 Benjamin Reinhart $16,827 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 WSOP.