Robert Campbell Wins Second WSOP Bracelet; Leads WSOP POTY

In the span of 17 days, Robert Campbell has won two WSOP bracelets after collecting his second in the Event #67: US$10,000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship for US$385,763 while simultaneously taking top spot in the WSOP Player of the Year race.

The final mixed game championship event of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) was the Event #67: US$10,000 Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better Championship. The history of the event has seen several buy-in changes ranging from US$3,000 back in 2007 when Eli Elezra won, before being bumped to US$5,000 and then US$10,000. The list of previous champions reads like an honour roll of mixed game legends as the likes of Jeff Lisandro, Frank Kassela, Adam Friedman, Mike Matusow, George Danzer (twice), and Chris Vitch have all collected this WSOP bracelet, while Dan Matsuzuki topped the 141-player field in 2018.

In this year’s edition, registration remained open through to the start of Day 2, and when it closed, the 151-player field had created a prize pool of US$1,419,400 that would pay the top 23 players. As play on Day 2 progressed, it would eventually be Steve Jelinek being eliminated on the money bubble when his buried sixes improved to two pair, but it wouldn’t be enough as Ryan Hughes’ buried fours improved to a full house on sixth and Jelinek was eliminated.

Jerry Wong, Craig Chait, Tommy Hang, Daniel Ospina, Bryn Kenney, Randy Ohel, Anthony Zinno, Jesse Martin, and Eli Elezra were all casualties once the money was reached, and when the final table of eight was formed, players pushed for a location change to the mini-feature table.

Steven Wolanksy fell in eighth place when Robert Campbell made a wheel on seventh street. Campbell moved into the outright chip lead as Andrey Zhigalov fell next when he couldn’t improve against the buried jacks of Yueqi Zhu. Qinghai Pan exited in sixth place when he bricked his wheel draw before Hughes was eliminated in fifth place.

Down to four players, the biggest pot of the tournament would play out where Mike Matusow was scooped by Zhu and Campbell, and shortly later his quest for his fifth WSOP bracelet would be halted. Mike Wattel was eliminated in third place to leave Campbell holding the chip advantage entering heads-up play with Zhu.

Campbell immediately extended his chip lead and began dominating the duel with Zhu, winning the majority of the pots and chipping away at the American. On the final hand, Zhu began with buried tens against Campbell’s split aces. Zhu improved to two pair on fifth, but Campbell struck a straight on seventh to claim the Stud Hi-Lo Championship and his second WSOP bracelet within as many weeks.

Rob Campbell WSOP

2019 WSOP Event #67: US$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship Final Table Results

1st Robert Campbell (Australia) – US$385,763
2nd Yueqi Zhu (China) – US$238,420
3rd Mike Wattel (United States) – US$164,647
4th Mike Matusow (United States) – US$116,255
5th Ryan Hughes (United States) – US$83,971
6th Qinghai Pan (United States) – US$62,079
7th Andrey Zhigalov (Russia) – US$46,999
8th Steven Wolansky (United States) – US$36,460

“More than pure,” Campbell said. “Whatever that next phase is after pure. It was really sick. I felt like ‘Holy f***ing s**t man, he just got barbecued, that poor man.’ It was outrageous. Even when I thought I lost, I won. That’s how sick I ran.”

After winning his first WSOP bracelet just over two weeks ago, Campbell now becomes the fourth Australian to win multiple bracelets joining Michael Addamo and Mel Judah with two WSOP bracelets each, while Jeff Lisandro holds six. Along with his two WSOP bracelets, Campbell has also amassed a total of seven WSOP cashes, and four final tables on his way to sitting on top of the WSOP Player of the Year race with 3079.31 points ahead of Dan Zack (2,920.76 points) and Phillip Hui (2,830.68 points).

There is roughly two weeks remaining in the WSOP, along with nearly 20 events where Campbell can look to extend his lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race before WSOP Europe takes centre stage at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, from October 13 to November 4, 2019, where the WSOP Player of the Year race will conclude.

Tim Duckworth
Tim Duckworth
Tim Duckworth is a freelance writer, born in Australia but now residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Follow him on Twitter at @tRaMSt0p.

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