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

Rookie Player Wins First Bracelet and $156,546 First-Place Prize

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The $1,500 stud eight-or-better event at the 2016 World Series of Poker drew a field of 521 entrants, creating a total prize pool of $703,350. In the end, the title went to 33-year-old business owner David Prociak, who earned his first career gold bracelet and the $156,547 first-place prize.

The Kissimmee, Florida resident had to overcome a final table that included notables such as Brandon Shack-Harris (2nd), John Monnette (3rd), Jameson Painter (7th) and Calvin Anderson (8th).

This was the fifth cash for Shack-Harris this WSOP and third final table. He also won the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event for $894,300. Monnette has had a similar run, cashing eight times with six top-nine finishes thus far. Both Painter and Anderson were making their second final-table appearance of the summer.

Prociak’s win is even more impressive when you consider the fact that he’s been playing poker for less than a year.

“I just started playing poker last October," Prociak admitted. “That’s when I started playing in tournaments. I’ve been doing very well in tournaments lately. I was thinking about this earlier today, that there are so many great players out there who haven’t won a gold bracelet. And, here I was in a position to win a bracelet – and now I’ve won a bracelet. It’s just amazing to me.”

Prociak may be in the middle of his rookie year, but he’s managed to rack up more than $600,000 in live tournament earnings already. He finished second in the $3,500 buy-in Seminole Rock N’ Roll Poker Open last December for $330,912.

Other notables who made the money included Bryan Devonshire (10th), Mark Gregorich (17th), Jimmy Fricke (19th), Andy Bloch (23rd), Daniel Negreanu (30th), Victor Ramdin (35th), Yuval Bronshtein (36th), Daniel Idema (38th), Chris Klodnicki (69th), Ben Yu (71st), Andrey Zaichenko (72nd), Naoya Kihara (73rd), Mike Leah (74th) and Allen Cunningham (77th).

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

Finish Player Payout POY Points
1 David Prociak $156,547 840
2 Brandon Shack-Harris $96,750 700
3 John Monnette $66,601 560
4 Alexander Livingston $46,652 420
5 Louis Russo $33,263 350
6 Gaurav Kalro $24,148 280
7 Jameson Painter $17,855 210
8 Calvin Anderson $13,452 140

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.