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Earlier this week, longtime PocketFiver and all-around good guy Chris FoxWallace (pictured) won a $10,000 HORSE event at the World Series of Poker. Considered one of the most prestigious bracelets up for grabs this year, the $10,000 HORSE event drew exactly 200 entrants and featured a litany of brand name pros. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- "I played online and got tired of No Limit Hold'em," Wallace told PocketFives in an exclusive interview on Thursday from Las Vegas. "I started with Limit Hold'em and then played No Limit. After my first million hands of No Limit online, I got tired of it. I wanted to learn new games and have fun. I love Mixed Games now. They keep me interested because I get to play a new game constantly. My win rate in Mixed Games online was much higher than anyone could have achieved in Limit Hold'em." Wallace Tweeted when four players remained, "$160K locked up. Happy investors tonight!" When asked what percentage of the $10K he sold, his response was "more than half," and added, "It was pretty easy to sell. I put a $50,000 package for the WSOP up and it sold out pretty quickly." Heads-up, Wallace went toe-to-toe with another longtime PocketFiver, Randy mavsrule3Ohel, who began the final day of play as the chip leader. Wallace said of Ohel's play, "I think he played really well. He's a strong player. He was put in a couple of tough spots at the end." Ohel won a bracelet in 2012 in Triple Draw. Complicating matters for Ohel(pictured) and company was Wallace's image. "I was one of the more aggressive players at the table," Fox said, "so it was hard for Randy to make big folds because of the history we had and the way the tournament had played out." As a result, the Minnesota resident won his first bracelet at his first WSOP final table. We spoke to Fox around 8:00am in Las Vegas and the bracelet winner was bright-eyed and awake. He said his sleep schedule has been turned upside down over the last few days and, to celebrate his big win, he hit up the bars in Sin City. "Some friends came down and the people on my rail came with me," Wallace told us. "I knew I wasn't going to go to sleep anytime soon, so we went out and partied until 9:00am that day." The field of the $10,000 HORSE event was a mix of the old guard and new poker superstars. Daniel Negreanu, Greg Mueller, Calvin cal42688 Anderson, and Bill Chen were among the 24 players who cashed, leading Wallace to note, "The common ground of the field was that almost everyone was smart and had played long enough to learn games well. It's probably the toughest field I've ever played in next to the $10K Razz field a few days before." He joked, "Someone sent me a list of players who made Day 2 of the HORSE event and the only name I didn't recognize was my own." Finally, don't expect Wallace to rest on his laurels for the rest of the WSOP. Instead, he plans to enter the $10K Stud event, the Dealer's Choice tournament, and other events he had already planned to. The only change appears to be skipping the $1,500 HORSE tournament that starts on Thursday due to several radio appearances and a bracelet ceremony in the afternoon. PocketFivers have scooped 10 WSOP bracelets this year and generated $8.1 million in winnings from 51 final table appearances, an average of $158,000 apiece. The record for bracelets won by the PocketFives community in a year is 23, set in 2011. This year, PocketFivers are on pace for 28. Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada, sponsors our WSOP coverage. Congrats again to Chris Fox Wallace on his first gold bracelet! He has been one of our favorites throughout the years and an integral part of the success of our community. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
"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. --- PocketFives' WSOP coverage is brought to you by Real Gaming, a regulated online poker site in Nevada. Play Real Gaming, real money poker on any device. Play now for Final Table Freerolls. Skip straight to the final table and win cash daily. --- 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. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.