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David Nowakowski Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,500 PLO Eight-Or-Better Event

Nowakowski Earns First Bracelet and $203,113 First-Place Prize


The $1,500 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better event at the 2016 World Series of Poker drew a field of 732 entrants, creating a total prize pool of $988,200. The lion’s share went to David Nowakowski, who took home his first career bracelet and the $203,113 first-place prize.

The 28-year-old online poker pro, who is originally from Voorhees, New Jersey, was making his return to the WSOP after being away for the last couple of years. He last made the money in a WSOP event in 2011.

“I played for five years at the WSOP, but then decided to take two years off just to play online poker down in Panama," said Nowakowski. "I guess I picked the right time to come back. I just decided to move back to the U.S. recently. I plan on returning back to school and finishing up my degree in the fall, so this win definitely helps.”

The final table featured notables Marco Johnson (3rd), Martin Staszko (8th) and Matt Lefkowitz (9th). Other notables who finished in the money included Dylan Hortin (16th), Rainer Kempe (24th), Alex Kuzmin (27th), Adam Owen (36th), Phil Laak (39th), Christian Harder (41st), Cliff Josephy (42nd), Per Hildebrand (43rd) and Bill Gazes (44th).

Tony Cousineau finished in 53rd place, giving him his 74th cash at the WSOP, which is the most cashes without a bracelet win.

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

Finish Player Payout POY Points
1 David Nowakowski $203,113 912
2 Timothy Vukson $125,507 760
3 Marco Johnson $87,192 608
4 James Alexander $61,519 456
5 Kenneth Po $44,094 380
6 Colin Gelker $32,114 304
7 Stephen Johnson $23,772 228
8 Martin Staszko $17,890 152
9 Matt Lefkowitz $13,691 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.

Winner photo courtesy of the WSOP.