Poker Coverage: Poker Legislation Poker Tournaments U.S. Poker Markets

Julien Martini Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 Omaha Eight-or-Better Event

French Poker Pro Defeats Field of 911 Players To Win $239,771


Card Player’s 2018 WSOP coverage is sponsored by BetOnline Poker. Get a 100% bonus, up to $1,000, by joining now. The site offers great cash game action and a chance to win more than $1 million in guaranteed tournaments throughout the month.

The 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better event was originally scheduled to last only three days, with the planned finish of the event on Saturday, June 2. Late that night play was halted with four players remaining, which meant that an extra day was added to the schedule. After five more hours of play on Sunday a winner was finally decided. France’s Julien Martini emerged victorious in the end, defeating a field of 911 players to win his first gold bracelet and the $239,771 first-place prize. This was by far the largest cash of the 26-year-old’s live tournament career, and it brought his lifetime earnings to $448,240.

“I was dreaming about this for seven years,” Martini told WSOP reporters after taking down the event. “It’s one of the best things in my life. I’m super proud and very happy.”

The final day began with Martini as the chip leader, with Kate Hoang in second place. Hoang is no stranger to WSOP Omaha eight-or-better final tables, having finished second in the 2016 WSOP $3,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better event for $182,281. Mack Lee and William Kopp both survived to day four with only 2 big bets each, and it wasn’t long until both were sent to the rail.

Kate HoangHeads-up play began with Martini holding 3,700,000 to the 3,000,000 of Hoang. The two traded the lead a few times. The event ran so long that the tournament staff had to manually input the final levels, which were quite high compared to the amount of chips in play. In the end Martini was able to take down a key pot without showdown to take a definitive lead. A few hands later she was all-in with the QSpade Suit7Heart Suit7Club Suit3Heart Suit for less than big bet. Martini called with the KDiamond Suit10Spade Suit4Diamond Suit4Spade Suit. The board ran out JClub Suit10Club Suit3Spade SuitQDiamond SuitKDiamond Suit and Martini made two pair on the high-only board to scoop the pot and secure the title. Hoang took home $148,150 as the runner-up finisher, the second largest score of her career.

Plenty of big names made deep runs in this event including Card Player’s own Jeff Shulman (12th – $13,091), Danny Wong (13th – $10,340), Chris Bjorin (17th – $8,296), Mike Wattel (21st – $6,764), Jason Lester (28th – $56,05), Mike Leah (30th – $5,605), Victor Ramdin (38th – $4,723), Shaun Deeb (44th – $4,723), Benny Glaser (63rd – $3,526), John Monnette (67th – $3,127), Allen Kessler (75th – $2,823), John Racener (86th – $2,595), and Robert Mizrachi (90th – $2,595).

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Julien Martini $239,771 912
2 Kate Hoang $148,150 760
3 Mack Lee $104,016 608
4 William Kopp $74,058 456
5 Brandon Ageloff $53,482 380
6 Chad Eveslage $39,182 304
7 Rafael Concepcion $29,128 228
8 Denny Axel $21,977 152
9 Tammer Ilcaffas $16,832 76

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2018 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.