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Philip Long Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 Eight Game Mix

29-Year-Old Poker Pro Tops Field of 481 To Win First Bracelet


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Philip Long has won the 2018 World Series of Poker $1,500 eight-game mixed event, outlasting a field of 481 players to win his first live tournament title, as well as his first WSOP gold bracelet. The 29-year-old poker pro overcame a final table that included the likes of six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu and 2017 $10,000 dealer’s choice event champion John Racener, securing the $147,348 top prize as the champion of this event.

Long also earned 720 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This score saw him climb to 326th place in the Player of the Year rankings, which are presented in 2018 by Global Poker.

Long came into the final day in second chip position, less than a small blind behind leader Nicholas Seiken. By the time the unofficial final table of seven was set Long had fought his way into the outright lead.

Daniel Negreanu had begun the day as one of the very shortest stacks, but after eliminating Per Hildebrand in fifth place ($27,587) he was nearly challenging Long for the top spot on the leaderboard. Long widened the gap a bit by knocking out John Racener in fourth place, getting all-in with pocket fives and holding up against the 2010 WSOP main event runner-up’s pocket threes. Racener earned $40,151 for his deep run.

Daniel NegreanuNegreanu was ultimately sent to the rail by a bit of a cooler situation in no-limit hold’em. With a flop of KDiamond Suit5Spade Suit4Heart Suit Negreanu check-called a bet from Kevin Malis. The turn was the AClub Suit and Negreanu check-called again, this time for 130,000. The river brought the 10Club Suit. Negreanu checked, Malis moved all-in and Negreanu called for less with the KSpade Suit4Spade Suit for two pair. Malis had flopped a set with the KHeart SuitKClub Suit. Negreanu was knocked out in third place, earning $59,788.

After securing the most recent knockout Malis had essentially evened the stacks heading into heads-up play. Long was able to seize control of the match, continuing to expand his lead until Malis was left with less than a big bet. He got his last chips in while playing Razz. The final hands ran out as follows:

Milas: (6-3)J-7-Q-3(8)
Long: (Q-2)A-6-5-3(2)

Long made a six-five low to secure the pot and the title, sending Milas to the rail in second place with $91,042.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Philip Long $147,348 720
2 Kevin Malis $91,042 600
3 Daniel Negreanu $59,788 480
4 John Racener $40,151 360
5 Per Hildebrand $27,587 300
6 Nicholas Derke $19,404 240

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