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David Brookshire Wins World Series of Poker $2,500 Omaha/Stud Eight-Or-Better Event

Baltimore Native Wins $214,291 and First Career Bracelet


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The $2,500 mixed Omaha/Stud eight-or-better event at the 2018 World Series of Poker drew a field of 402 entrants, which was only a tiny decrease from last year’s field of 405.

Although the final table featured five bracelet winners, the title and the lion’s share of the $904,500 prize pool went to relative unknown David Brookshire. The 35-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland previously earned $8,285 and a WSOP Circuit ring in an L.A. Omaha eight-or-better event last December. Earlier this month, he won an $800 buy-in pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better event at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series for $20,580, and last week, he took second in a $600 Omaha/Stud eight-or-better event for another $13,861.

“This is a great event,” Brookshire told WSOP reporters. “I love all the mixed-games events and now I’m going to have a bankroll to be able to play all of them for the next few years, hopefully. I’ve got to run it up. There’s a lot of events I’ve missed because I can’t afford to play them, and that’s going to change right now.”

Brookshire overcame a huge heads-up deficit against bracelet winner Brendan Taylor, who at one point held an 8:1 advantage. Other WSOP champions at the final table were Daniel Ospina (3rd), Tyler Groth (5th), Hani Awad (6th), and Eric Rodawig (8th). Ospina won his bracelet earlier this month, taking down the $1,500 no-limit 2-7 lowball event.

Other notables to finish in the money included Cyndy Violette (13th), Perry Friedman (19th), Ron Ware (21st), Jameson Painter (23rd), Chip Jett (25th), Scott Clements (33rd), Ian Johns (38th), Robert Mizrachi (45th), Konstantin Puchkov (47th), Joe Hachem (49th), Yuval Bronshtein (53rd), Ray Henson (54th), Bart Hanson (55th), and Marcel Luske (58th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 David Brookshire $214,291 1080
2 Brendan Taylor $132,443 900
3 Daniel Ospina $89,968 720
4 Ian Shaw $62,331 540
5 Tyler Groth $44,059 450
6 Hani Awad $31,789 360
7 William Shelton $23,421 270
8 Eric Rodawig $17,628 180

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