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Christopher Brammer Wins 2017 World Series of Poker $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em

British Poker Pro Defeats Field of 505 Players To Win His First Bracelet and $527,555

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British poker pro Christopher Brammer has had close calls at the World Series of Poker in the past. In 2012 he made the final table of the $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em championship only to fall short of the title and his first bracelet, finishing fifth for a $200,502 payday.

“That one hurt for a long time. I made a final table at World Series of Europe that same year, but there hasn’t been any since, and I’ve been coming here every year. It’s been a while.”

After a five-year drought of final table finishes the 29-year-old from Southhampton, England not only broke the streak but emerged victorious in the 2017 WSOP $5,000 no-limit hold’em tournament with 30-minute blind levels.

“It’s a turbo tournament," said Brammer after coming out on top. “The blinds went up fairly quickly and that creates a lot of all-in action. I won pretty much all of them."

The tournament drew a field of 505 entries to create a $2,348,250 prize pool. Play lasted only two days as a result of the fast-paced structure, with 49 players surviving day 1. It took only a bit over 4 hours to narrow the field to a final table of nine, at which point Brammer was sitting with the second shortest stack. He found two double ups in the early going and then eliminated Oliver Weis in sixth place ($80,196) to become one of the leaders. When Brammer’s pocket queens held up against 2009 World Poker Tour Championship winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko’s QClub Suit10Club Suit in a preflop all-in he was able to chip up enough to take roughly a 2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play with Jett Schencker.

It didn’t take long for the two to get embroiled in a decisive pot. With blinds of 120,000 – 240,000 and an ante of 40,000 Schencker raised to 500,000. Brammer moved all-in from the big blind and Schencker made the call for his last 4,250,000 with the AClub SuitJHeart Suit. Brammer had two live cards with the QHeart Suit10Heart Suit. The flop brought the 10Club Suit4Club Suit2Spade Suit to put Brammer in the lead. The 8Spade Suit on the turn left Schencker drawing to an ace or a jack on the river to stay alive. The KSpade Suit completed the board, however, securing the pot and the tile for Brammer and sending Schencker to the rail in second place. He earned $326,051 for his deep run.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Christopher Brammer $527,555 1680
2 Jett Schencker $326,051 1400
3 Yevgeniy Timoshenko $223,547 1120
4 Rui Ye $156,022 840
5 Tobias Ziegler $110,845 700
6 Oliver Weis $80,196 560
7 Michael Brinkenhoff $59,107 420
8 Alex Foxen $44,395 280
9 Diego Sanchez $33,993 140

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