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Yuval Bronshtein Wins First World Series Of Poker Bracelet In $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw

Poker Pro Defeats 296 Entries To Earn $96,278

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Longtime poker pro Yuval Bronshtein won his first World Series of Poker bracelet Thursday evening in the $1,500 no-limit 2-7 single draw.

Bronshtein defeated Ajay Chabra heads-up to top the field of 296 entries, taking home $96,278 for his efforts. The victory came in his 53rd cash and his 10th WSOP final table. It upped his lifetime tournament earnings to $1.57 million.

After so many tournaments and a few close calls, the taste of victory is just as sweet as he imagined it would be.

“It’s exactly what I thought it would be like,” the Israeli pro told WSOP reporters. “I’m not surprised. I’ve always felt I could win one of these tournaments. Glad to finally wrap one up. I’m definitely really happy about it. This has been a really big goal of mine since I started playing poker. It’s been my number one goal.”

Along with the bracelet and the money, Bronshtein netted 456 Card Player Player of the Year points. It was his second cash and his first final table of the year. He now sits in 674th place in the 2019 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

The victory comes during his last summer as a poker pro. Bronshtein told reporters after his victory that he is taking his life in a different direction at the end of the summer. He starts a job as a financial advisor in September.

Chabra came into the final table as the chip leader and dominated the early action, scoring three of the first four knockouts at the final table. His early success and eventual knockout of 2016 November Niner Jerry Wong in third, gave him a roughly a 2:1 chip advantage when heads-up play began.

Chabra extended his lead in the early portion of the heads-up match and at one point, it was a 5:1 lead for Chabra. Bronshtein doubled up with a 10-7-4-3-2 against Chabra’s 10-9 draw to cut the lead to just 3:1 and then slowly battled back into the chip lead.

Nearly three hours after heads-up play began, Chabra was all in with a pat 10-9-6-3-2 against Bronshtein’s 9-7-3-2 draw. Bronshtein peeled a six after the draw to seal the deal on his first bracelet. Chabra earned $59,491 for his runner-up finish.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Winnings (USD) POY Points
1 Yuval Bronshtein $96,278 456
2 Ajay Chabra $59,491 380
3 Jerry Wong $39,986 304
4 Steven Tabb $27,477 228
5 Michael Sortino $19,313 190
6 Bjorn Geissert $13,892 152

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.