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German Poker Pro Ismael Bojang Earns First World Series Of Poker Bracelet

Bojang Finally Scores WSOP Gold At 17th Final Table


It took 65 cashes and 17 final-table appearances, but German poker pro Ismael Bojang finally scored World Series of Poker gold Wednesday night, winning the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event. The Hamburg-native topped a field of 1,216 entries, earning the top prize of $298,507.

Bojang has had many numerous close calls at the WSOP, but despite being one of the most consistent performers, he had yet to close out a tournament. At the 2018 WSOP, he finished runner-up in a $2,500 no-limit hold’em event for $313,444.

“I have never felt the pressure of winning,” Bojang told WSOP reporters. “The money is nice and all that, but it is not something I have been thinking too much about. Everybody [kept] asking me when I am going to win my first bracelet, I guess I can dodge those questions now.”

The final table also featured Romanian poker player Mihai Niste, who finished fifth in the $600 pot-limit Omaha deepstack event earlier this summer for $50,732. His sixth-place showing in this event was worth $51,041. In total, Niste has outlasted nearly 3,800 players in the two PLO events combined.

Two-time bracelet winner Ben Zamani was also at the final table, eventually settling for third-place and a $131,335 payday. The score came just days after his brother Martin made the final table of the $3,000 no-limit hold’em shootout event.

In addition to the money, Bojang also earned 960 Card Player Player of the Year points for his win. The POY is sponsored by Global Poker.

Notables making a deep run in the event included Nikolai Sears (13th), Steve Sung (16th), Anton Wigg (17th), Ben Ludlow (20th), Tom Marchese (38th), Dylan Linde (40th), Rami Boukai (44th), Mike Matusow (45th), Mark Radoja (47th), Steven Wolansky (50th), Keith Lehr (51st), and Matt Glantz (53rd).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Ismael Bojang $298,507 960
2 James Little $184,424 800
3 Ben Zamani $131,335 640
4 Johannes Tobbe $94,669 480
5 Denis Bagdasarov $69,082 400
6 Mihai Niste $51,041 320
7 Richard Tuhrim $38,189 240
8 Glen Cressman $28,940 160
9 Matthew Mueller $22,215 80

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.