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  1. When World Series of Poker commentator David Tuchman reached out to Nathan 'surfbum' Gamble to provide guest commentary for the final table of Event #6 ($600 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-better), Gamble was happy to accept. Hours later, Tuchman had an opening for a PLO8 analyst on his WSOP Twitch broadcast as 30-year-old professional mixed game specialist Gamble was, indeed, at the final table in search of a second career World Series of Poker gold bracelet and the first-place prize of over $89,000. For anyone paying close attention, Gamble’s ascension to the upper echelon of the mixed games could be viewed through his incredible PLO8 resume. Since 2017, the World Series of Poker has held ten PLO8 or PLO8 variant tournaments. Gamble has cashed in six of them, winning two. Gamble won his first WSOP event back in 2017, taking down the $1,500 PLO8 event that year for over $223,000. But back then, for him, it was a very different experience. His final table was shoved into the back of the Amazon Room of the Rio, giving way for the $50K Poker Players Championship to take the main stage. Gamble had one family friend on his rail and when it was over, his "surreal victory" was enjoyed mostly by himself. Plenty has changed in the three years since his first bracelet win. Gamble is a bit of "pros pro", a game starter in the Wynn’s $80/$160 Mixed. In his nearly two years since moving to Las Vegas to pursue playing live poker professionally, he’s evolved into being thought of as a "guy who kinda knows what he’s doing" into a regular in the high limit mixed games community - with what feels like "the full support of the industry" behind him. When you talk to Gamble, it’s clear that his love of mixed games is less about the money, a and more the people he’s met along the way. “I don’t play much No Limit anymore. if you look at my cashes I’ve played the Main Event one time. I made a deep run in it but I never played it again. In mixed games, people are more open, more talkative and it’s more dynamic,” Gamble said. “It’s a lot more of that fun environment that, even if you are winning or losing, people enjoy themselves.” It’s this community that Gamble credits in his continued passion for all facets of poker, not just No Limit Hold’em. “It’s the camaraderie. We’ve built a pretty large community at this point and we’ll have people just stop in and ask ‘What are ya’ll doing? You’re so fun and you’re talkative,’" Gamble says, his Texas roots showing. “We’ve had people sit down simply because we’re having fun and enjoying ourselves. It’s almost like what you would hear about back in the day about Bobby’s Room. People they’re no way they’re playing for real money, they’re so friendly…but half of us literally go out for lunch and we hang out and enjoy each other’s company but at the same time it’s competitive on the felt.” Gamble’s interest strayed from No Limit Hold’em from the get-go. He recalls playing free-to-play online poker when he was 13, looking to build a bigger free chip bankroll. “I noticed that the Pot Limit Omaha side played bigger and you could build up chips faster,” he said, “It was more swingy and more 'gambley'.” Eventually, his dad gave him $11 to play a tournament, which, when it was canceled he was allowed to keep. He took that $11 and found an edge playing in alternate forms of poker. Where people were lacking skill he says he “instantly found a niche.” He honed his mixed game skills in the pre-Black Friday tables of Full Tilt Poker, putting in work in PLO while others were battling in No Limit. “I would get in 100 reps a day of PLO8 Sit & Go’s, and that’s why I think it’s extremely hard to learn the game now because it’s not online, there’s no sit and goes. You have two or three tournaments weekly so it’s very difficult for people to learn,” he recalled. “I just happened to be fortunate enough to learn a game that there’s not a lot of work done on.” And here in the 2020 World Series of Poker, that work is continuing to pay off. On Monday night Gamble found himself in line to add to his PLO accomplishments. “At every single break for the first ten hours of the tournament, I was between first and fifth in chips. And I told people, ‘this is just flowing, I’m on the right trajectory, everything is going as smoothly as can be.” But at the final table, the one he was supposed to be commentating on, he found himself short-stacked, and doubt began to creep in. Was he really going pull of another gold-bracelet moment? Rather than talking to an audience, he spoke to himself. “But then you say, ‘OK, I’ve been here before, I know what to do and if the cards break slightly in my favor - I’m a favorite to win this.’" “When the very last card came off…that’s when it all hit. Up until then, I was just in a zone. And you don’t even realize it, you are just in a complete, absolute zone. I didn’t know what we were playing for, I didn’t really care what we were playing for but as soon as that card hit I instantly realized I won it,” he said. “The adrenaline hit and it took me back to when I won my first bracelet in 2017 where you're in disbelief and it doesn’t feel real.” But there’s a distinct difference this year from 2017, and it’s not due to society’s current pandemic. “This year, through playing mixed games, I’ve met some of the most incredible players in this community. So, on break, I would call Brandon Shack-Harris and we would talk things through. I talked with Ali Nejad…I just had a rail that was really there to support me and that meant a lot,” he said. ”I don’t know if I would have won if it wasn’t for my rail and the people I’ve made friends with since the first one. I really do owe them. The difference between the first and the second was the first was all me, the second was due to the community I’ve grown a part of.” “That, to me, means more than the actual bracelet.”
  2. After five straight days of No Limit Hold'em action in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online, the four-card wizards got their first chance to shine with on Monday night with a Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better event and Nathan Gamble emerged to win his second career WSOP bracelet in this variant. Event #6 ($600 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) drew 833 runners for a $449,820 prize pool and when the final table began, Gamble sat right in the middle of the chip counts with a less-than-average stack. Ten minutes into the final table, action folded to Simon 'bagelbites' Lam in the cutoff and he raised to 350,000 and 'danish01' called from the button. After the [poker card="qd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop, Lam shoved for 576,136 and 'danish01' called. Lam showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] for a pair of kings while 'danish01' turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"] for a wrap and the only low draw. The [poker card="ad"] turn actually gave 'danish01' top pair and that held up through the [poker card="4h"] river which gave both players two pair to bust Lam in sixth. From the button, 'rainman3817' raised to 350,000 and 'hansdigalo' and 'SSJTimmy' defended the small and big blinds respectively. After the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"] flop, 'hansdigalo' bet 120,000, 'SSJTimmy' called all in for 43,644, and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and 'hansdigalo' bet 771,822 and 'rainman3817' called. The [poker card="9c"] river completed the board and 'hansdigalo' and 'rainman3817' both checked. 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] for missed flush and low draws, 'SSJTimmy' turned over [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] for jacks and eights, while 'hansdigalo' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="js"][poker card="8s"] for trip eights to eliminate 'SSJTimmy' in fifth place. Twenty minutes later Gamble picked up his first elimination of the night on his way to the title. Gamble opened to 320,000 as first to act and 'hansdigalo' replied with a three-bet to 1,120,000 from the small blind. Gamble called to see a [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] flop. 'hansdigalo' moved all in for 1,799,668 and Gamble called. Gamble showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="2s"] for two pair with multiple straight draws while 'hansdigalo' was behind with [poker card="as"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and the river was the [poker card="7d"] to give Gamble the pot and eliminate 'hansdigalo' in fourth. Just five minutes passed before Gamble went back to work. 'rainman3817' opened to 320,000 and Gamble called. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"] and Gamble bet 720,000 and 'rainman3817' called. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and Gamble fired 1,520,000 into the pot and 'rainman3817' called for his last 1,257,760. Gamble showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="th"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] while 'rainman3817' showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="3d"] river changed nothing and Gamble's flush was good enough to take down the pot and eliminate 'rainman3817' in third. Gamble held a commanding 87% of the chips in play but still needed another 20 minutes to eliminate his final opponent. 'danish01' battled back during heads-up play to face only a 2-1 deficit but wasn't able to build upon that. On the final hand, 'danish01' raised to 600,000, Gamble re-raised to 1,800,000, and 'danish01' moved all in for 3,368,864 and Gamble called. 'danish01' turned over [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] and Gamble showed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"] flop kept 'danish01' ahead but left Gamble with a straight draw and multiple low draws. The [poker card="5d"] turn assured Gamble of at least half of the pot but the [poker card="4d"] river gave him a straight to take the high and low pots to eliminate 'danish01' in second place and give Gamble another PLO8 bracelet. Gamble's first bracelet came in 2017 when he beat 829 other entries to win the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better. Final Table Payouts Nathan 'surfbum' Gamble - $89,424 danish01 - $55,283 rainman3817 - $38,865 hansdigalo - $27,484 SSJTimmy - $19,792 Simon 'bagelbites' Lam - $14,484 Faces in the Crowd One day after making threats against another player on his YouTube live stream, Mike Matusow played his way into the money before going out in 37th for $1,754.29. Other notables who cashed include Jeremy 'Chipchecka' Ausmus (8th - $9,096.76), Max 'MaxSparrow' Pescatori (10th - $4,813.07), Randy 'StayAlive' Ohel (12th - $4,813.07), Shaun 'ddtgg' Deeb (21st - $2,518.99) Robert 'bustinballs' Kuhn (53rd - $1,529.38), and Daniel Negreanu picked up his third cash of the Series, finishing in 59th place for $1,304.47. WSOP commentator Norman Chad drove from Los Angeles to Nevada specifically to play this event and finished 112th for $899.64.
  3. [caption width="640"] Just one bracelet awarded on Sunday and it went to Texas' Nathan Gamble (WSOP photo)[/caption] Another massive Day 1 field took over most of the tables on Sunday at the 2017 World Series of Poker but that didn't stop Nathan Gamble from emerging on top of a talented group of players to win the only bracelet awarded. Phil Hellmuth also spent the day positioning himself for another shot at bracelet #15. Nathan Gamble Wins $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better The aptly-named Nathan Gamble beat Adam Hendrix heads-up to win the first WSOP bracelet of his career and $223,339 in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better to win the only bracelet awarded on Sunday. "Right now, I'm in shock," said Gamble. "Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, I used to play (them) growing up as like a 13 or 14-year-old kid. So, I have extreme confidence coming into this. I've played four Omaha tournaments this World Series and cashed on three. So honestly, I felt better going into this than any other event." Gamble's two other cashes this WSOP were a 100th place finish in the $565 PLO and a 128th place finish in the $1,000 PLO. The 27-year-old from Texas started Day 3 with the 14th biggest stack of 21 remaining players. The only previous bracelet winner at the final table was fifth place finish Marco Johnson. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Kevin Saul started the day second biggest stack but managed just an 11th place finish. Final Table Payouts Nathan Gamble - $223,339 Adam Hendrix - $137,992 Ray Henson - $96,555 Michael Gross - $68,544 Marco Johnson - $49,379 Miguel Use - $36,106 Fernando Macia - $26,803 Millard Hale - $20,205 Wendy Weissman - $15,470 Monster-sized Field on Day 1B of the $1,500 Monster Stack One of the most popular tournaments of the summer, the $1,500 Monster Stack drew out an amazing 4,040 players on Day 1B to push the total field to 6,717 players and a prizepool north of $9 million. Topping the Day 1B field was Matthew Downs with 320,200 chips. He's the only player over the two starting days to end up with more than 300,000. Some of the notables to bag on Day 1B include Shannon Shorr (133,200), Matt Berkey (120,000) Aditya Agarwal (115,700), Maurice Hawkins (114,600), Ian O'Hara (112,500) and Robert Salaburu (98,300). The Day 1A and 1B fields will combine on Monday with action resuming at 11 AM. Top 10 Chip Counts Matthew Downs - 320,200 David Olson - 298,000 David Sabbah - 233,000 Saya Ono - 231,700 Yann Chaumond- 185,000 Thuy Kawano - 183,600 Victor Lee - 176,200 Ihar Soika - 160,400 Chris Tryba - 158,200 Fernando Gutierrez - 157,600 Andrew Kelsall Leads $10K Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Final 11 The name at the top of the chip counts with just 11 players remaining is Andrew Kelsall, but if the Tampa native wants to win his first WSOP bracelet, he's going to have get through seven previous bracelet winners on Monday. That group is of course highlighted by none other than 14-time bracelet winnerPhil Hellmuth. Kelsall finished Day 2 with 965,000, putting him just ahead of Christopher Vitch and Jameson Painter. Hellmuth finished with the seventh biggest stack at 420,000. He's not the only former World Champion in the mix though. Jonathan Duhamel finished as the second shortest stack. Included in the group that busted in the money on Monday were Daniel Negreanu (18th - $15,182), John Monnette (17th - $15,182), Richard Ashby (15th - $16,800), Todd Brunson (14th - $19,130) and Chris Ferguson (12th - $22,396). The final 11 will play down to a winner on Monday beginning at 2 PM PT. Top 11 Chip Counts Andrew Kelsall - 965,000 Christopher Vitch - 925,000 Jameson Painter - 919,000 Abe Mosseri - 767,000 Brock Parker - 609,000 Benny Glaser - 477,000 Phil Hellmuth - 420,000 Dan Shak - 406,000 Alex Luneau - 331,000 Jonathan Duhamel - 228,000 Randy Ohel - 203,00 Guilherme Rodrigues Tops Day 1 of Six Max PLO Action Four cards and lots of legroom were the order of the day as the $3,000 Six Max PLO event kicked off Sunday night. Of the 630 players who began the day, just 127 managed to make it through until the end. Brazil's Guilherme Rodrigues ended up with the biggest stack at 256,600. Chino Rheem finished the night with the second biggest stack. The four-time World Poker Tour champ has never won a WSOP bracelet. Other notables to advance to Day 2 include Roberto Romanello, Jason Wheeler, Sam Soverel, Jeff Madsen, Christian Harder, Felipe Ramos, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mike Sexton, Mike Watson and Robin Ylitalo. The cards are back in the air Tuesday at 2 pm PT. Top 10 Chip Counts Guilherme Rodrigues - 256,600 Chino Rheem - 214,400 Gionni Demers - 211,300 Samuel Higgs - 200,100 Aleksei Altshuller - 166,300 Dylan Hortin - 161,700 Igor Sharaskin - 158,500 Nadar Kakhmazov - 154,200 Ryan Goindoo - 148,000 Ivan Naumov - 143,800

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