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Benjamin Dobson Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 Seven Card Stud Eight-or-Better Event

British Poker Pro Defeats Field of 596 To Win His First WSOP Gold Bracelet


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Benjamin Dobson is the latest bracelet winner at the World Series of Poker. The 29-year-old poker pro from Liverpool, England outlasted a field of 596 players to win the 2018 WSOP $1,500 seven card stud eight-or-better event. For the win Dobson was awarded $173,528 and his first gold bracelet.

“I’m Absolutely on top of the world,” Dobson told WSOP reporters after it was all over. “Stud eight-or-better is probably my favorite game of poker and it is one that I don’t get to play a lot. I only get to play it a few times a year, but I really enjoy it.”

Dobson also earned 840 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This win was enough to see him climb to 238th place in the Player of the Year rankings, which are presented in 2018 by Global Poker.

Dobson came into the final day of this event in as the chip leader with three players remaining, but he had some stiff competition to contend with in two-time bracelet winner Jesse Martin and seven-time WSOP final tablist Timothy Finne.

“Part of it is just a huge relief because I had a huge chip lead basically through Day 2 and Day 3 and coming into today,” said Dobson. “So, I kind of had high expectations for myself, but it was also really tough because Timothy and Jesse, they are probably better than me at stud eight-or-better, so I felt like I was a bit of an underdog. I managed to hold my own and ran good in some of the crucial pots. Luck was on my side for sure.”

Dobson eliminated Martin in third place, with the chips getting all on in fourth street. The hands were as follows:

Martin: (AHeart Suit8Club Suit) ADiamond Suit9Diamond Suit10Heart Suit3Heart Suit (4Diamond Suit)
Dobson: (8Heart Suit7Club Suit) 2Spade Suit6Diamond Suit2Heart Suit7Diamond Suit (JClub Suit)

Timothy FinneWith that he took nearly a 3-to-1 lead over Finne going into heads-up play. He quickly extended that advantage by scooping a big pot with a flush, leaving Finne with only four big bets.

Not long after that Finne found himself all-in on fourth street with a pair of sevens, an A-7-2 low draw and three cards to a flush. He was up against an open-ended straight draw and low draw for Dobson, who promptly made his six-high straight on fifth street to take a massive lead in the hand. Finne never improved from there and Dobson scooped the pot. Finne took home $107,243 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 Benjamin Dobson $173,528 840
2 Timothy Finne $107,243 700
3 Jesse Martin $74,324 560
4 Richard Monroe $52,359 420
5 Tom McCormick $37,504 350
6 James Nelson $27,321 280
7 Georgios Sotiropo $20,248 210
8 Peter Brownstein $15,271 140

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