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Timur Margolin Wins Third World Series of Poker Bracelet

Israeli Player Bests 4,278-Entry Field In $800 No-Limit Hold'em Deepstack To Earn $342,551

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Timur Margolin was the last player standing from a field of 4,278 entries in the 2024 World Series of Poker $800 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max deepstack event. The Israeli poker pro was awarded $342,551 and his third WSOP bracelet for the win.

Margolin’s first two bracelets were both earned in 2018. He took down the $2,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event that summer in Las Vegas, and then backed that up with a win in the €1,100 buy-in monster stack event at the WSOP Europe in the fall. He now has nearly $2.5 million in recorded live tournament earnings to his name, with nearly $1.7 million of that coming from his 36 in-the-money finishes in bracelet events at the series.

This was the second-largest payday of Margolin’s career, trailing only the $507,274 he secured with his first bracelet victory.

The massive turnout for this event built a prize pool of $3,011,712 which was paid out among the top 642 finishers. The event was slated to run over the course of just two days, but an unscheduled third day was ultimately required.

Margolin came into day 3 as the chip leader with nine remaining. It took roughly four hours for him to close out the title. After Agharazi Babayev took out Jeremy Chen (9th – $32,288), Margolin reeled off four straight knockouts, including busting bracelet winner Joseph Couden in fifth place ($93,758).

Adam Hendrix got the last of his short stack in with Q-4 suited trailing the pocket kings of Babayev. Hendrix flopped a flush draw, but was unable to improve any further and was eliminated in fourth place ($125,074). He now has nearly $6.8 million in lifetime cashes after this latest deep run.

Michael Allen’s run ended in third place when his A-3 ran into the A-Q of Margolin, who was already running away with the lead. Margolin’s hand held up and Allen was sent to the rail with $168,276 for his third-place showing.

Heads-up play began with Margolin holding better than a 9:1 chip lead over Babayev. A double up closed the gap a bit, but Babayev was soon all-in and at risk again. The final hand saw all of the chips go in on a board of JHeart Suit6Club Suit5Diamond Suit2Club Suit. Babayev shoved with 8Heart Suit8Diamond Suit and Margolin called with JClub Suit6Diamond Suit for top pair. The QClub Suit on the river locked up the pot and the title for Margolin. Babayev earned a career-best payout of $228,321 as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Timur Margolin $342,551 660
2 Agharazi Babayev $228,321 550
3 Michael Allen $168,276 440
4 Adam Hendrix $125,074 330
5 Joseph Couden $93,758 275
6 Francisco Riosvallejo $70,890 220
7 Cole Uvila $54,066 165
8 Vaughan Machado $41,597 110

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Photo credit: WSOP / Hayley Hochstetler.