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Matthew 'mendey' Mendez Wins 2018 WSOP $565 Online Pot-Limit Omaha Event

Poker Pro Captures First Ever Online Gold Bracelet Won Outside of Nevada


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Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez has won the 2018 World Series of Poker $565 buy-in online pot-limit Omaha six-max event on, defeating a field of 1,223 total entries to win his first gold bracelet and the top prize of $135,077. Mendez also became the first player to ever win a WSOP online bracelet from outside the state of Nevada, having played the event from New Jersey.

Mendez overcame a tough final table that included the likes of 2015 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno and 2016 WSOP $5,000 no-limit hold’em bracelet winner Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia.

Runner-up finisher Marton CzuczorHungary’s Marton Czuczor eliminated Mandavia (5th – $28,745), Alex Smith (4th – $40,256) and Zinno (3rd – $57,299) to take a roughly a 3.5-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Mendez.

Mendez made a straight flush against Czuczor’s nut flush to earn an early double up, and then extended his lead from there. In the final hand Czuczor raised to 750,000 from the button and Mendez called. The flop brought the JSpade Suit10Heart Suit7Diamond Suit. Mendez checked and Czuczor moved all-in for 1,300,000. Mendez called with the 9Heart Suit8Diamond Suit5Spade Suit3Diamond Suit for the bottom end of the straight. Czuczor held the AClub SuitKSpade Suit7Heart Suit5Club Suit for a pair and a gutshot to a higher straight. The 4Spade Suit on the turn and 10Club Suit on the river kept Mendez’s hand ahead, earning him the pot and the title. Czuczor took home $82,865 for his runner-up showing.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Matthew ‘mendey’ Mendez $135,077
2 Marton ‘GS.GURU’ Czuczor $82,865
3 Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno $57,299
4 Alex ‘3shotwonder’ Smith $40,256
5 Ankush ‘rickrosstheb’ Mandavia $28,745
6 Ao ‘Maimai1990’ Chen $20,859

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