“Really happy for my friend Chris FoxWallace (pictured), who has had the discipline to grind for years and years and finally got a big hit last night with the $507K and World Series of Poker bracelet. One of the real good guys in poker, a deserving champion.” Those were comments from PocketFives co-founder Adam Smallon Facebook following Wallace’s big win in a $10,000 HORSE event at the WSOP in Las Vegas for his first bracelet.
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Wallace, who is fresh off hosting a live poker event on behalf of PocketFives at Running Aces Harness Park in his native Minnesota, defeated fellow PocketFiver Randy mavsrule3 Ohel. Both have been members of PocketFives since the year we opened our doors.
The newest WSOP bracelet winner told WSOP officials, “If I were going to pick an event to win, this would be it. It feels great.” WSOP coverage added, “The $10K HORSE event is known to be one of the more prestigious events at the WSOP. It always brings out the best players in the world, and that was very true of this field.” Past winners have included David BakesBaker (2012) and Fabrice Soulier (2011).
The tournament marked Wallace’s fifth WSOP cash and he started play on Tuesday fourth in chips, with the entire field trailing cash game specialist Tommy Hang. Wallace and Ohel were nearly even heads-up until the former hit sixes-full during Stud; Ohel mucked to drop a pot worth 1.3 million. An hour later, the tournament was over, with Wallace busting Ohel during Stud 8 play.
Wallace was boisterous on Twitter throughout the night, at one point Tweeting, “4 left, $160k locked up. Happy investors tonight!” Then, it took all of two words to announce to the community that he had scored his first WSOP bracelet and a half-million dollars: “Ship it!”
In a thread on PocketFives, members of our community lent their congratulations to Wallace, with Lenailposting, “Congrats Chris, so much happy for you, enjoy the end of the night!” Longtime PocketFiver that_pope added, “Wow, very impressive. I didn’t know he was playing at that level to not only enter, but also win a tough $10K HORSE WSOP event.”
The final table was stacked with poker talent, including a former #1 player in the PocketFives Rankings(Calvin cal42688 Anderson, pictured) and bracelet winners Richard Ashby, Max Pescatori, and Bill Chen:
1st Place: Chris FoxWallace – $507,614
2nd Place: Randy mavsrule3Ohel – $313,715
3rd Place: Richard Sklar – $206,499
4th Place: Richard Ashby – $150,625
5th Place: Max Pescatori – $112,066
6th Place: Lee Goldman – $84,844
7th Place: Bill Chen – $65,273
8th Place: Calvin cal42688Anderson – $50,966
Also on Tuesday, PocketFiver Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche (pictured) picked up his second gold bracelet of the year, this time in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Nitsche also won this year’s WSOP National Championshipin Atlantic City, which awards a bracelet to its winner, and became the youngest three-time bracelet winner in history at the age of 23, surpassing Phil Ivey, who was 24 when he won his third WSOP event.
We don’t see Nitsche being content with three bracelets, either. He told WSOP staff, “I have been playing poker for seven years. At this rate, I really think I can catch [Phil] Hellmuth [who has 13 bracelets]. Of course, he and Phil Ivey are great players, so to be talked in the same breath as them is really something for me. I will just say I am really proud to come to Las Vegas where I have enjoyed a lot of success over the years.”
Here’s how the final table of the $1K event shook out:
1st Place: Dominik bounatirouIMONitsche – $335,659
2nd Place: Dave doubledave22 D’Alesandro – $208,931
3rd Place: Bob Bounahra – $145,229
4th Place: Zachary HustlerGrune Gruneberg – $104,594
5th Place: Thayer THAY3R Rasmussen – $76,443
6th Place: Jeff Gross – $56,549
7th Place: Eric earck Milas – $42,382
8th Place: Billy Horan – $32,168
9th Place: David Burt – $24,702
PocketFivers are up to 10 WSOP bracelets through 23 events and are on pace for 28, which would blow away our best mark ever (23 bracelets in 2011). Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest WSOP coverage, sponsored by Real Gaming.