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Ryan 'Im.Sorry' Torgerson Wins World Series of Poker Bracelet One Day After Finishing Runner-Up

New Jersey Resident Defeats Field of 2,074 Entries To Earn $172,361, His First Piece of WSOP Hardware


Just one day after finishing runner-up for a World Series of Poker bracelet, Ryan ‘Im.sorry’ Torgersen came right back to the final table and finished the job.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Torgersen topped a 2,074-entry field and a talented final table in the $600 no-limit hold’em monster stack event to earn his first career bracelet and $172,361.

Roughly 24 hours earlier, the New Jersey resident and Connecticut native was a coinflip away from earning WSOP gold. Torgersen was heads-up with Ron McMillen in the $1,000 no-limit hold’em six-max event. Torgersen held a slight chip lead and was flipping with A-Q against McMillen’s pocket tens. McMillen won the race, took an overwhelming chip lead, and ultimately won the tournament a few moments later. Torgersen earned $116,379 for his second-place finish. With his victory in this latest event, Torgersen earned $288,740 in just two days of grinding tournament poker.

For his bracelet, Torgersen bested the first field with a seven-figure prize pool. The 2,074 entries consisted of 1,505 unique players who re-entered 569 times, which generated a more than $1.1 million prize pool. The top 330 finishers made the money in this event, with a min-cash being worth $895.

Plenty of notables made deep runs, including eight-time bracelet winner Erik ‘NW1Time’ Seidel (321st – $896), Matt ‘RubberFist’ Stout (304th – $896), Ryan ‘protential’ Laplante (294th – $896), Nipun ‘Javatini’ Java (177th – $1,232), Joon ‘jykpoker’ Kim (157th – $1,232), Ian ‘apokerjoker2’ Steinman (108th – $1,456), Ron ‘MacDaddy15’ McMillen (65th – $2,127.92), Jason ‘haderade’ Somerville (51st – $3,024), Louis ‘PokeThese’ Lynch (31st – $4,368), Alan ‘MossadShark’ Sternberg (30th – $4,368), Darryll ‘Passtheshuga’ Fish (29th – $4,368), Jesse ‘MrJesseJames’ Sylvia (27th – $5,488), Anthony ‘heheh’ Zinno (22nd – $5,360), Robert ‘BustinBalls’ Kuhn (19th – $5,488), and Thayer ‘Rasta_Raf’ Rasmussen (10th – $11,088).

Eric 'bill_luga' BlairWhen the final table of nine was set it was Eric ‘bill_luga’ Blair who held the chip lead, with Nicholas ‘DuckFlush’ Pupillo sitting in second place. Torgerson was the second shortest stack at the table. He only out chipped Tom ‘4Logan’ Dean when the final table began. Dean got the last of his chips in ahead, with A-K up against the A-J of four-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Chris ‘Letsgetit888’ Carey. The flop brought a jack, though, and Carey held from there to eliminate Dean in ninth place ($14,234).

Pupillo had fallen to the middle of the pack during the early final table action. He ultimately got the last of his chips in preflop with A-Q only to run into the A-K of Blair, who made a winning pair of kings by the river to send Pupillo home in eighth place ($18,367).

Justin ‘Fatstax’ Whitfield was the next to fall. He got all-in on a 8Spade Suit7Spade Suit7Club Suit flop holding 10Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit for a straight draw. He was up against Torgerson’s KSpade Suit10Spade Suit for king high and a flush draw. The turn and river improved neither player and Torgerson’s king-high was enough to win the pot. Whitfield earned $24,079 as the seventh-place finisher.

Torgerson had moved into the chip lead with six remaining, but lost a huge pot in dramatic fashion to slide back down the counts. Torgerson three-bet shoved over a hijack raise from Blair holding AHeart SuitQSpade Suit and Sam ‘texasmolly’ Grizzle called all-in with KSpade SuitKClub Suit. The flop came down QDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit9Club Suit to give Torgerson some additional outs. He hot one in the QClub Suit on the turn to make a full house, leaving Grizzle in need of one of the two remaining kings in the deck heading into the river. The KDiamond Suit appeared on the end to give Grizzle the superior full house and the double up into the chip lead.

Grizzle extended his advantage by securing the next elimination as well. Brent ‘grebnrets’ Roberts shoved all-in from under the gun holding pocket eights and Grizzle called from the cutoff with AClub SuitKClub Suit. Grizzle rivered an ace to send Roberts to the virtual rail with $31,918 for his sixth-place showing.

Torgerson had chipped back up after losing the big pot to Grizzle by doublling through Blair. He then secured his second knockout of the final table when his AClub SuitKDiamond Suit held up against the KClub SuitQClub Suit of Carey. The two got all-in preflop, and although Carey paired his queen on the turn to take the lead, Torgerson made a straight on the river to take down the pot. Carey earned $42,558 as the fifth-place finisher.

Blair fell to the bottom of the chip counts after losing a big pre-flop confrontation with Brandon ‘Omni27’ Ienn, with his A-J losing out to Ienn’s A-8 on the river. Blair ultimately shoved his last chips in on a JClub Suit7Club Suit7Heart Suit4Spade Suit with the 6Spade Suit5Spade Suit for an open-ended straight draw. Ienn called wutg 7Spade Suit6Club Suit for trip sevens. The 6Heart Suit on the river gave Ienn a full house to lock up the pot. Blair was knocked out in fourth place, taking home $57,230 for his strong showing in this event.

Sam 'texasmolly' GrizzleThe next big preflop clash began with Ienn raising to 2,000,000 on the button. Grizzle moved all-in for 13.1 million and Torgerson four-bet shoved over the top for 37.6 million. Ienn got out of the way and the hands were revealed: Grizzle held QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit, while Torgerson had 10Diamond Suit10Club Suit. The QClub Suit6Spade Suit2Club Suit gave Grizzle the lead, but the 8Club Suit turn gave Torgerson a flush draw to go along with his set outs. The 10Spade Suit on the river gave Torgerson the winning hand and Grizzle was eliminated in third place. The $77,725 payday he earned was the largest recorded tournament score of his career.

Torgerson took more than 53 million in chips into heads-up play with Ienn, who sat with just shy of 30 million. Torgerson was able to extend his chip lead to more than a 3:1 advantage by the time the final hand arose. With blinds of 600,000-1,200,000 and an ante of 120,000, Torgerson shoved all-in from the button with the AHeart Suit8Diamond Suit. Ienn called for his last 18 million holding ADiamond Suit7Spade Suit. The board ran out 5Diamond Suit4Spade Suit3Spade Suit10Spade Suit10Club Suit and Torgerson’s superior kicker played to secure the pot and title. Ienn earned $106,362 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Name Earnings
1 Ryan ‘Im.Sorry’ Torgerson $172,361
2 Brandon ‘Omni27’ Ienn $106,508
3 Sam ‘texasmolly’ Grizzle $77,725
4 Eric ‘bill_luga’ Blair $57,229
5 Chris ‘letsgetit888’ Carey $42,558
6 Brent ‘grebnrets’ Roberts $31,918
7 Justin ‘Fatstax’ Whitfield $24,079
8 Nicholas ‘DuckFlush’ Pupillo $18,367
9 Tom ‘4Logan’ Dean $14,234