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Anderson Ireland Wins 2018 WSOP $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty Event

27-Year-Old Tour Manager Defeats 833-Entry Field To Win His First Bracelet

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Anderson Ireland is the latest winner to be decided at the 2018 World Series of Poker. The 27-year-old tour manager from New Orleans defeated a field of 833 entries to win the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha bounty event, capturing his first bracelet and the top prize of $141,161.
Ireland was also awarded 912 Card Player Player of the Year points.

Ireland has been playing poker in his spare time the past few years, primarily focusing on cash games. He came out to Las Vegas for the main event, and when he was knocked out of that tournament he decided to take a shot at this event.

“I’ve been playing pot-limit Omaha for eight months now,” Ireland told WSOP reporters. “I had some excellent teachers teach me the hard way – by taking my money. They’ll know who they are. I felt very confident the whole way through, too. It seemed very natural. It’s just such a better game than Texas hold’em.”

Ireland came into the final day in second chip position with 10 players remaining. He knocked out Jonathan Thomas in seventh place ($16,937) and then doubled up through Hai Chu to take the chip lead with six players remaining. Ireland finished off Chu in fifth place ($31,203) and eliminated Joon Park in third ($61,013) to take more than a 2-to-1 lead into heads-up play against Matt O’Donnell.

O’Donnell won a WSOP $2,500 no-limit hold’em event in 2015 for his first bracelet, and put up a fight to try and capture his second. He battled back and forth with Ireland, even overtaking the lead for a while. By the time the final hand arose Ireland had built a 5-to-1 advantage. In the end the last chips went in on a 10Heart Suit4Heart Suit2Diamond Suit board, with O’Donnell holding the KDiamond SuitJHeart Suit7Diamond Suit4Club Suit up against Ireland’s KSpade SuitQHeart SuitQClub Suit9Diamond Suit. The turn brought the 10Club Suit and the river the 8Heart Suit, securing the pot for Ireland. O’Donnell took home $87,198 as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Anderson Ireland $141,161 912
2 Matt O’Donnell $87,198 760
3 Joon Park $61,013 608
4 Michal Maryska $43,313 456
5 Hai Chu $31,203 380
6 Andrew Holland $22,816 304
7 Jonathan Thomas $16,937 228
8 Harry Pozefsky $12,767 152
9 Jameson Painter $9,776 76

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