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Adam Friedman Wins 2018 WSOP $10,000 Dealer's Choice Six-Max Event

Poker Pro Tops Field of 111 Players To Win His Second Gold Bracelet

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Adam Friedman emerged victorious from a field of 111 entries to win the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 dealer’s choice six-max event. For the win the 36-year-old poker pro earned his second WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $293,275. This was the largest live tournament score of his career, and it brought his live tournament earnings to $2,451,537.

“In terms of the $10k events, this one is right up there,” Friedman told WSOP reporters when asked about the prestige of this tournament. “You need to know how to play 20 games. How many people are at least competent in at least 20 games? Not many. I think this takes as much skill as any other event.”

In addition to the bracelet and the money, Friedman also earned 600 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third POY-qualified score of the year, and as a result he now sits in 84th place in the Player of the Year standings, which are presented in 2018 by Global Poker.

This tournament was the fourth annual running of the $10,000 buy-in dealer’s choice event. As Friedman mentioned, players were able to select from 20 different games, with a wide variety of flop, draw, and stud variants available. The field of 111 entries was narrowed to just 13 players heading into the start of day 3. By the end of 10 levels of action three players were still remaining, and the decision was made to halt play and have them return for one last day of action.

Friedman entered day 4 as the chip lead, with more than twice as many chips as his nearest opponent in Alexey Makarov. Britain’s Stuart Rutter knocked out Makarov in third place ($127,487) to take a 3-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Friedman. Friedman was able to battle back into the lead, scooping a sizable stud eight-or-better pot pull ahead.

Runner-up finisher Stuart RutterBy the time the final hand arose Friedman had built nearly a 4-to-1 advantage. The money got all-in on sixth street in stud eight-or-better, with Rutter holding a pair of deuces and a low draw against Friedman’s queens up. Rutter made an inferior two pair on seventh street and Friedman secured the pot and the title. Rutter took home $181,258 as the runner-up finisher.

Other notable players who made deep runs in this event include Chris Klodnicki (4th – $90,713), David “ODB” Baker (5th – $65,308), Marco Johnson (6th – $47,579), Nikolai Yakovenko (7th – $35,082), Anthony Zinno (8th – $35,082), Jesse Martin (10th – $26,184), Dylan Linde (11th – $19,784) and Bryce Yockey (14th – $15,136).

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Adam Friedman $293,275 600
2 Stuart Rutter $181,258 500
3 Alexey Makarov $127,487 400
4 Chris Klodnicki $90,713 300
5 David Baker $65,308 250
6 Marco Johnson $47,579 200

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