WSOP Review: Ryan D’Angelo Wins Lowball; GPL Stars Shine in Heads-Up


In today’s World Series of Poker news round-up, Ryan D’Angelo wins the Draw Lowball (No-Limit) bracelet, the stars of the Global Poker League shine in heads-up, and much more.

Before the final seven players sat down to compete in the final of Event #7: $1,500 Draw Lowball (one-re-entry) (No-Limit) Ryan D’Angelo had cashed 50 times in live tournaments, in the past decade, and this was only his second Non-Hold’em cash (the other being Pot-Limit Omaha).

WSOP Review: Ryan D’Angelo Wins Lowball; GPL Stars Shine in Heads-UpTheoretically, he was up against it. His final table combatants held a combined six bracelets, all in different disciplines, including one of the most feared mixed game players in the world in the shape of John Monnette.

But there’s something different about D’Angelo these days. It must be all of that raw fruit and veg. He managed to get heads-up against the great Monnette and triumphed to lock down his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, and his first major title.

It was his fourth final table, and the closest he got before this was third in a $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event behind Marco Johnson and Alex Gomes back in 2008.

Final Table Results

1. Ryan D’Angelo – $92,338

2. John Monnette – $57,061

3. Tom Franklin – $38,582

4. Dan Kelly – $26,632

5. Konstantin Maslak – $19,775

6. Todd Barlow – $13,524

7. Alex Dovzhenko – $9,959

Other notables to cash included Barry Greenstein (9th), Jennifer Harman (13th), Eli Elezra (16th), David Benyamine (24th), Erik Seidel (25th), Niall Farrell (29th), Chris Klodnicki (31st), Huck Seed (32nd), James Obst (36th), Gavin Griffin (40th), Todd Brunson (41st), and Joseph Cheong (42nd).

Global Poker League Stars Shine in Event #9: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championships

Two Global Poker League (GPL) stars have made it through to the Semi-Finals of the $10,000 Heads-Up Championships, and they are two of the best heads-up players in the business.

Leading into the WSOP, LA Sunset star Olivier Busquet was the GPL’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after amassing more points than anyone else in either conference. In six heads-up matches, the only blot on his copybook was a defeat against Sao Paulo’s Felipe Ramos. He was even chosen to provide some coaching to the Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul.

The tournament attracted 153 entrants, 16 got paid, and the winner will walk away with $320,574. Busquet had to beat his fellow LA Sunset teammate Chance Kornuth in the Round of 32, Jared Jaffee in the Round of 16, and Orlando Romero in the quarterfinals. He will face Alan Percal in the semi-final. Percal defeated Alan Wehbi, Konstantin Ramazanov, and Benjamin Geisman to reach the semis.

Paris Aviators Alex Luneau came into the WSOP as one of the in-form players in the Eurasia Conference. The Frenchman had won two six-max games and defeated the talented Italian Dario Sammartino in his only heads-up match.

Luneau made it through to semi-finals after eliminating Bobby Oboodi, Adrian Mateos, and Matthew Diehl. He will face the experienced John Smith, who defeated Igor Yaroshevsky, Antonio Esfandiari, and Nick Yunis.

Round of 32

Jared Jaffee vs. Scott Baumstein

Chance Kornuth vs. Olivier Busquet

Federico Petruzzelli vs. Jason Les

Daniel McAulay vs. Orlando Romero

Matthew Parry vs. Konstantin Ramazanov

Alan Wehbi vs. Alan Percal

Tanner Millen vs. Benjamin Geisman

Paul Newey vs. Sam Soverel

Igor Yaroshevsky vs. John Smith

Antonio Esfandiari vs. Bryn Kenney

Ankush Mandavia vs. Jacob Wideman

Nick Yunis vs. Ali Davoudi

Sam Stein vs. Max Silver

Matthew Diehl vs. Adrien Allain

Adrian Mateos vs. Max Altergott

Alex Luneau vs. Bobby Oboodi

Round of 16

Jared Jaffee vs. Olivier Busquet

Jason Les vs. Orlando Romero

Konstantin Ramazanov vs. Alan Percal

Benjamin Geisman vs. Sam Soverel

John Smith vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Ankush Mandavia vs. Nick Yunis

Sam Stein vs. Matthew Diehl

Adrian Mateos vs. Alex Luneau


Olivier Busquet vs. Orlando Romero

Alan Percal vs. Benjamin Geisman


John Smith vs. Nick Yunis

Matthew Diehl vs. Alex Luneau


Alex Luneau vs. John Smith

Olivier Busquet vs. Alan Percal

The Best of the Rest

There are six players in contention for the first $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em bracelet of the WSOP. Anthony Zinno continued where he left off last season finishing eighth.

At the time of writing, Michael Addamo has a slight chip lead over John Racener, with Davis Aalvik, Peter Eichhardt, and Timothy Farrelly still in contention.

The event attracted 2,016 entrants, $2,721,600 in prize money, and the winner will receive $438,417.

Ben Ponzio leads Event #8: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E with 26 players left with a few levels remaining in Day 2. Justin Bonomo is in second place, Matt Glantz in fourth, and Georgios Sotiropoulos in fifth.

778 entrants created a total prize pool of just over a million bucks, and the winner will walk away with $212,604.


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