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Ognyan Dimov Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em

2015 EPT Deauville Champion Defeats Field of 1,663 To Win His First Bracelet


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Bulgaria’s Ognyan Dimov outlasted a field of 1,663 entries to win the 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 six-max no-limit hold’em event, capturing his first gold bracelet and the $378,743 first-place prize. The 2015 European Poker Tour Deauville main event champion is now two-thirds of the to completing poker’s triple crown, and also has earned the distinction of being just the third Bulgarian player in history to win a WSOP title.

Dimov surged to victory, knocking out the four of his five final table opponents in relatively quick succession to secure the title.

“I didn’t think much about it, although it’s a huge thing,” Dimov told WSOP reporters after locking up the win. “I tried to stay calm. I felt really good while playing. So I won, and that’s really amazing.”

In addition to earning the bracelet and the money, Dimov was also awarded 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it alone was enough to see him climb into 131st place in the Player of the Year standings, which are presented in 2018 by Global Poker.

Dimov entered day 4 of this event in second chip position behind bracelet winner Joey Weissman, who he ended up knocking out in fifth place ($83,396) to take the outright lead. Dimov further extended his lead by winning a race against another WSOP bracelet winner in Ryan D’Angelo, whose pocket nines couldn’t hold up against Dimov’s KSpade SuitJSpade Suit. D’Angelo hit the rail in fourth place ($116,118) while Dimov took nearly a 5-to-1 advantage on two-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman, who was the next largest stack.

Third-place finisher Nick SchulmanOn the very next hand Schulman limped in from the small blind. Dimov moved all-in from the big blind with the ASpade Suit8Heart Suit. Schulman made the call with the ADiamond Suit10Club Suit and was in a dominant position. The flop brought the AHeart SuitQClub Suit2Heart Suit and the turn the KSpade Suit, leaving Dimov needing to spike an eight on the river to score yet another knockout. The 8Spade Suit achieved just that, sending Schulman home in third place with $163,785.

Dimov took a massive lead of roughly 9-to-1 into heads-up play against Italy’s Antonio Barbato. In the end Barbato shoved for around 7 big blinds with the AClub Suit9Heart Suit and was called by Dimov’s KDiamond Suit6Club Suit. Dimov made kings up by the river on a JDiamond Suit7Club Suit6Heart Suit5Spade SuitKClub Suit runout to secure the pot and the title. Barbato earned $233,992 for his deep run in this event, by far the largest cash of his career.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Ognyan Dimov $378,743 1080
2 Antonio Barbato $233,992 900
3 Nick Schulman $163,785 720
4 Ryan D’Angelo $116,118 540
5 Joey Weissman $83,396 450
6 Yue Du $60,686 360

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