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WSOP -- Brian Lemke Wins Event No. 15

Lemke Takes Home His First Gold Bracelet and $692,658


Brian Lemke came from behind in the final heads-up match against Fabian Quoss at the final table of event No. 15 ($5,000 no-limit hold’em) to win his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet in the early hours of June 9. Quoss took a nearly 4-1 chip lead into the final battle, but Lemke fought back and then charged to a $692,658 victory.

Other tough players at the final table included Thomas Keller, Mike Sowers, Liya Gerasimova, and Isaac Baron. David “The Dragon” Pham was the final-table bubble boy, just missing his seventh WSOP final table. The final day began with 17 players who returned at noon, and it took just over 14 hours to crown Lemke the comeback champion.

Here is a look at the final results:

1. Brian Lemke – $692,658
2. Fabian Quoss – $427,912
3. Thomas Keller – $280,852
4. Mike Sowers – $194,931
5. Liya Gerasimova – $142,688
6. Danny Illingworth – $109,872
7. Isaac Baron – $88,784
8. Billy Kopp – $71,115
9. Christian Iacobellis – $66,403

Here is a look at the elimination hands as featured in’s live updates:

David PhamDavid Pham Eliminated in 10th Place ($47,501), and Christian Iacobellis Eliminated in Ninth Place ($66,403)

David Pham moved in for his last 155,000 in middle position, and Isaac Baron moved all in from the button to isolate.

Instead, Christian Iacobellis called all in from the small blind.

Pham showed KClub Suit QDiamond Suit, Iacobellis showed ASpade Suit K and Baron showed 10Club Suit 10Heart Suit.

The board came JSpade Suit 8Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 7Club Suit 5Spade Suit, and Baron’s tens took out two players, bringing his stack to 2,200,000.

Billy Kopp Eliminated in Eighth Place ($75,115)

Billy Kopp moved all in for his last 75,000, and both Fabian Quoss and Thomas Keller made the call. The flop came 7Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 4Club Suit, and Quoss bet 75,000, allowing Keller to fold.

Quoss showed JSpade Suit JClub Suit, and Kopp was behind with QClub Suit 9Spade Suit. The turn and river came KClub Suit 6Heart Suit, and Kopp was eliminated.

Isaac Baron

Isaac Baron Eliminated in Seventh Place ($88,784)

Isaac Baron moved all in for his final 210,000 under the gun, and three players called him down. All three live players checked down a board of QSpade Suit JSpade Suit 6Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 5Club Suit before Fabian Quoss turned over QHeart Suit 10Spade Suit. Everyone else at the table mucked, including Baron, who was eliminated in seventh place.

Danny Illingworth Eliminated in Sixth Place ($109,871)

Danny Illingworth moved all in for 685,000 preflop in early position, and Thomas Keller made the call on the button. Their cards:

Illingworth: AClub Suit 8Heart Suit
Keller: ADiamond Suit KClub Suit

Board: 10Club Suit 7Heart Suit 6Diamond Suit 3Diamond Suit 10Spade Suit

Illingworth was eliminated in sixth place after the hand.

Liya Gerasimova

Liya Gerasimova Eliminated in Fifth Place ($142,688)

Liya Gerasimova moved all in from the small blind for 180,000, and Fabian Quoss made the call from the big blind. Their cards:

Gerasimova: QHeart Suit 4Spade Suit
Quoss: 10Club Suit 10Spade Suit

Board: 9Spade Suit 6Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit 8Spade Suit 3Heart Suit

Gerasimova was eliminated on the hand in fifth place, and Quoss grew his stack to 4,570,000.

Mike Sowers

Mike Sowers Eliminated in Fourth Place ($194,931)

Mike Sowers moved all in for 1,550,000 from the button, and Fabian Quoss made the call. Their cards:

Sowers: QDiamond Suit 10Club Suit
Quoss: 8Club Suit 8Diamond Suit

Board: 8Spade Suit 6Spade Suit 2Heart Suit KSpade Suit 2Spade Suit

Sowers was eliminated in fourth place, and Quoss increased his large chip lead to 6.4 million.

Thomas Keller Eliminated in Third Place ($280,852)

Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller limped from the small blind preflop, and Fabian Quoss raised to 240,000 from the small blind. Keller reraised all in, and Quoss made the call. Their cards:

Keller: QHeart Suit JDiamond Suit
Quoss: ASpade Suit AClub Suit

Board: 5Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 3Club Suit

Quoss won the hand to grow his stack to 7,666,000 heading into heads-up play, and Keller was eliminated in second place.

Brian Lemke Wins Event No. 15 ($692,658)

Fabian Quoss moved all in preflop and Brian Lemke called him down. Their cards:

Quoss: AHeart Suit QSpade Suit
Lemke: ADiamond Suit 8Club Suit

Board: JSpade Suit 10Heart Suit 9Heart Suit QSpade Suit Jx

Lemke hit a straight on the turn to win his first gold bracelet and $692,658 in prize money. Quoss was awarded $427,912 for his second-place finish.