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Shane Buchwald Wins 2017 World Series of Poker $1,500 Limit Hold'em

Buchwald Picks Up First Career Bracelet and $177,985 First-Place Prize


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Shane Buchwald had never played in a World Series of Poker before sitting down in Monday’s $1,500 limit hold’em event in the 2017 summer series. He had also never won a gold bracelet, until he topped a field of 616 Wednesday night to claim the title and the $177,985 first-place prize.

Buchwald, an online player living in Brazil, didn’t even plan on playing in the event, and recently signed up for culinary school to leave poker behind.

“I registered this tournament after a 24-hour flight,” Buchwald told the WSOP after his win. “I came here with a friend who is a limit hold’em regular and he wanted to play this. By the end of four levels, I was falling asleep at the table. It’s the first WSOP event I’ve ever entered, and somehow, I built up a stack and ran really, really well.”

Buchwald topped a final table that included Ray Henson (3rd) and Nancy Nguyen (5th). Barry Greenstein (11th) recorded his sixth cash of the series. Other notables who made a deep run included Ian Johns (18th), Matt Grapenthien (20th), Sean Berrios (28th), Esther Taylor-Brady (43rd) and Alex Luneau (48th).

Here’s a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Shane Buchwald $177,985 840
2 Venkata Tayi $109,968 700
3 Ray Henson $75,780 560
4 Shane Fumerton $53,102 420
5 Nancy Nguyen $37,850 350
6 Hod Berman $27,449 280
7 Kevin Lizak $20,261 210
8 Mark Bassaly $15,225 140
9 Tung Tran $11,652 70

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2017 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.

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