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Jeremy Perrin Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $365 'Giant' No-limit Hold'em Event

Defeats Field of 8,920 To Win His First Bracelet And $250,000

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The second annual running of the World Series of Poker $365 no-limit hold’em ‘Giant’ event drew a total of 8,920 entries, creating a total prize pool of $2,676,000. This event featured five starting flights, with each one taking place on Friday night throughout the duration of June. The survivors of all of those flights combined into one field on Saturday, June 30th and played down to a final table of nine. From that table emerged the lone champion, the ‘Giant’ killer: Jeremy Perrin.

The 38-year-old from Greensboro, North Carolina earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and $250,000 as the champion of this event. Perrin was also awarded 528 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his first POY-qualified score of 2018.

Luis VazquezPerrin came into the final table in fifth chip position, and basically just survived to three-handed play before going on a run that saw him claim the chip lead. First he won an all-in with the 8Spade Suit8Club Suit beating Luis Vazquez’s 10Spade Suit10Diamond Suit when the board brought four clubs. Not too long after that he called Svetlozar Nestorov’s all-in with the AHeart SuitADiamond Suit. Nestorov had picked up the AClub SuitKDiamond Suit and found no help on a 10Heart Suit5Heart Suit3Club Suit3Diamond Suit4Club Suit runout. Nestorov was left short, and soon hit the rail in third place ($117,531).

With that Perrin took nearly a 6-to-1 lead into heads-up play against Vazquez. The shorter stack scored an early double up to close the gap somewhat, but the next all-in confrontation would be the last of the event. Vazquez shoved from the button with the 4Heart Suit4Club Suit and Perrin called holding KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit. Vazquez flopped well with the JHeart Suit5Heart Suit3Heart Suit giving him a flush draw, and the JClub Suiton the turn kept his pair of fours ahead. The 10Spade Suit on the river gave Perrin the superior two pair, earning him the pot and sending Vazquez to the rail in second place. He took home $154,512 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 Jeremy Perrin $250,000 528
2 Luis Vazquez $154,512 440
3 Svetlozar Nestorov $117,531 352
4 Renato Kaneoya $89,686 264
5 Alexander Lakhov $68,605 220
6 Kevin Rines $52,721 176
7 Lawrence Chan $40,627 132
8 Matthew Smith $31,403 88
9 Daniel Fuhs $25,319 44

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