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Paul Volpe Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 Omaha Eight-or-Better Championship

36-Year-Old Poker Pro Defeats Eli Elezra Heads-Up To Wins Third WSOP Gold Bracelet


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Paul Volpe has joined the likes of Chip Reese, Vanessa Selbst, Adrian Mateos, Jonathan Duhamel, Barry Greenstein and Eli Elezra as a three-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner. In fact, Volpe defeated Elezra heads-up to secure the title in the 2018 WSOP $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better championship, earning $417,921 for the win.

“I just ran really, really good,” Volpe told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “I think a lot of people with the same cards as me would’ve won the tournament.”

In addition to the money and the bracelet, Volpe was also awarded 780 Card Player Player of the Year points for topping the field of 169 entries. This was his second final table finish of the year, and it was enough to see him climb into 62nd place in the 2018 Player of the Year race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

The final day of this tournament began with six players remaining, with Eli Elezra in the lead and Volpe sitting in third chip position. Volpe secure the first knockout of the day, making a set of threes and a six-four low to send Dustin Dirksen to the rail in sixth place ($69,971). Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Viacheslsav Zhukov was the next to go, hitting the rail in fifth place for $94,730.

Eli ElezraElezra made a full house to scoop Kyle Miaso, eliminating him in fourth place for $129,648 and taking the chip lead. Volpe then won a number of big pots during three-handed play that allowed him to jump out to the front of the pack. Elezra knocked out Adam Coats in third place ($181,374), but still entered heads-up play at a chip deficit.

By the time the final hand arose Volpe had built roughly a 10-to-1 chip lead. With limits of 150,000 – 300,000 Elezra limped in and Volpe raised. Elezra called. and the flop brought the QDiamond SuitJHeart Suit9Club Suit. Volpe bet and Elezra moved all in. Volpe made the call and revealed the ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit8Heart Suit3Heart Suit for a flopped straight. Elezra held the KDiamond SuitJClub Suit7Heart Suit5Spade Suit and was in need of help. The QClub Suit on the turn left Elezra needing a ten on the river to stay alive in the event. The 3Diamond Suit on the end kept Volpe ahead, though, earning him the pot and the title. Elezra fell just short of his fourth bracelet, earning $258,297 as the runner-up finisher.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Paul Volpe $417,921 780
2 Eli Elezra $258,297 650
3 Adam Coats $181,374 520
4 Kyle Miaso $129,648 390
5 Viacheslav Zhukov $94,370 325
6 Dustin Dirksen $94,370 260
7 Robert Mizrachi $52,866 195
8 Daniel Zack $40,715 130
9 Per Hildebrand $31,977 65

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