British pro Chris Brammer won his first WSOP bracelet yesterday in event #45 $5,000 NLHE Turbo. This was Brammer’s third career final table, but the first time he’s managed to go all the way.
Brammer’s breakout year at the WSOP was back in 2012 when he final tabled both the $10k 6-Max and the WSOPE Main Event – he finished 5th in both events for a combined $480k but has struggled at the WSOP every year since. He’s now more than made up for that by topping a 505 strong field in the the $5k turbo for a tasty $527,555.
Even with a +500 strong field the $5k turbo only lasted two days, the 30 minute levels forcing the action relentlessly throughout the tournament. After day one less than 10% of the entrants remained, and among the 49 players left there were still more than a few heavy hitters including Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko, Frank Kassela, Max Silver Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin, Kyle Julius, and Chris Moorman. At this stage Brammer was already well placed in 7th position.
Brammer managed to hold on for most of day 2 and after just four hours arrived at the final table of 9 players just one off the bottom with 750k chips while over half the table had over 1.5m. At the start of the final table Alex Foxen was leading with 2,455,000 chips. Out of the aforementioned “heavy hitters”, only Timoshenko made it to the final table in 5th place.
Just five hands in a big slice of luck enabled Brammer to double through after he got it all in with against Jett Schencker’s and a Jack was the first card on the flop.
The first elimination came 8 hands later when Diego Sanchez looked good for a double-up against Timoshenko when his came up against and the flop came down , It was a nightmare run-out for the Mexican, however, as the came on the turn and the on the river completed an unlikely Queen high straight for Timoshenko. Sanchez received $33,993 for his 9th place finish.
Just three hands later and Foxen hit the rail. The early chip leader had already lost a huge pot against Rui Ye when his was no match for Ye’s . Down to just 720k he jammed with and once again it was Timoshenko doing the calling, this time with . A king on the turn sent Foxen to the rail in 8th for a $44,395 payday.
A mere two hands later the table lost another player when Michael Brinkenhoff shoved with second pair after his made a pair of 9’s on the turn against Rui Ye. Ye was already ahead having flopped top pair of Jacks on the flop and he sealed the deal by making a Queen high straight on the river. Brinkenhoff left the table to collect his $59,107 winnings.
It took a full hour for the next elimination when Oliver Weis was pretty much forced all-in for his last 350,000 from the big blind when Brammer raised from the small blind. With just 2bb left Weis called with to find himself marginally behind Brammer’s none-to-impressive . A three on the flop sealed the fate of Weis who left in 6th with $80,196 for his troubles.
With blinds now at 160k/80k with a 20k ante it took just 7 more hands until another short-stacked shipped in his lot. This time it was Germany’s Tobias Ziegler who called Rui Ye’s raise for his last 600k holding against Ye’s pocket 9’s. Although Ziegler picked up a flush draw on the turn, Ye’s 9’s held and the German hit the rail in 5th, earning himself $110,845.
Over the nest 3/4 of an hour the chips flew back and forth across the table with the chip lead changing hands between Schencker, Brammer, and Timoshenko. Ye, however, remained the short stack and eventually was the next player out as he committed his last 1.6m with from the big blind after Schencker had raised all-in with from the small blind. Two red aces fell on the turn and river to extinguish Ye’s hopes and he bowed out in 4th place for $156,022.
Next out was Timoshenko who decided to take a stand with his last 2.5m against Brammer who, after shoving for three hands in a row, raised to 500k on the button. Unfortunately for the Jovial Gent Brammer wasn’t bluffing, and his was way ahead of Timoshenko’s . The board offered no help and Timoshenko left in 3rd, winning $223,574 as a result.
Heads-up started with almost a 2:1 chip lead for Brammer (8.35m to 4.29m) and he didn’t take long to extend his lead. In fact, the entire heads-up match only lasted one hand as Brammer 3-bet all in holding and got a call from Schencker’s . The flop was enough for Brammer win the pot, and indeed the championship. Schencker earned $326,051 for his runner-up finish, but the gold, the glory, and the $527,555 prize money went to a grateful Chris Brammer.
WSOP event #45 $5,000 NLHE Turbo Final Table Results