New Jersey native Ryan Bambrick will be bringing a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet back to the Garden State after securing a win in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha showdown.
Lining up alongside 798 other runners, Bambrick not only had ambitions of securing his first WSOP bracelet but the biggest payday of his career. With almost 800 entrance fees collected, the prize pool for this year’s $1,500 PLO event soared to an impressive $1,078,650.
As it often does, the pressure of playing for a share of $1 million+ affected different players in different ways.
For the likes of Ryan Laplante and Kristen Bicknell, it was all a little too much as they found themselves out of chips and on the rail midway through Day 1. For Bambrick, the chance to win a six-figure sum was enough to focus the mind. Indeed, as he cruised into the third and final day with the chip lead, the outcome was almost inevitable.
Garden State grinder blooms on final table
Despite being surrounded by some tough players, including former PokerStars pro Victor Ramdin, the New Jersey grinder had the chips and the skill to make the final nine even after an early setback.
Once the players converged for the finale, Bambrick continued to pile on the pressure and eventually found himself heads-up and in the lead against Finland’s Sampo Ryynanen. Having tussled with his opponent multiple times in the lead-up to the finale, Bambrick was confident of getting the win.
“I had played with [Ryynanen] a lot on Day 2 so I got to know his style pretty well, which definitely helped. He played really well. He was a really tough opponent, but the cards went my way,” Bambrick told the WSOP’s live reporting team soon after his victory.
Lady ladies seal the deal for Bambrick
The final hand saw the day trader put Ryynanen all-in with the flop showing 9c 7c 4s.
With a pair of sevens and straight outs, the Finnish pro called but couldn’t find a way to beat Bambrick’s queens. As the confetti fell and the part-time player took stock of his first WSOP bracelet, he told the onsite reporters that his future as a day trader might be on hold for a little while longer.
“I told my work I just wanted to play poker for now and wanted to see how the World Series would go. I might pick it back up after the World Series. I’m not sure what I’m going to do,” Bambrick said on June 14.
Win a WSOP bracelet this summer
For those that want to follow in Bambrick’s footsteps and bring another bracelet to New Jersey, WSOP NJ has the answer. Following the success of the first online event this year, the organizers are getting ready to host another three online MTTs.
The first will get underway on June 22 (yes, that’s this Friday) and cost $565 to enter. What’s nice about this event, other than the fact you can qualify for cheap using the site’s satellites, is the fact it’s a six-handed PLO affair.
For those that aren’t well versed in the nuances of short-handed games or PLO, the main thing you need to know is that this will be an action-packed tournament.
With everyone holding four cards and the blinds coming around at a rapid pace, you can’t sit around and wait in these MTTs. Therefore, if you’re a fan of high-paced poker, this one is for you.
Hold’em hounds can have some fun
If you prefer Hold’em to Omaha, make a note in your diary to log in and play on June 29 and June 30. Those that want to take part in Event #61 on June 29 will need to ante-up $1,000 to buy-in directly. If, however, you want to spend a little less cash, WSOP NJ has some low stakes satellites running right now. In fact, the same is true if you want to play Event #63, the $3,200 No Limit Hold’em High Roller.
Offering a buy-in this high for an online bracelet is something of a new venture for the WSOP, but the chances are that the field is going to be a juicy one.
Again, if you want to get in for cheap, there are qualifiers you can join. If, however, the story of Bambrick has inspired you to take the bull by the horns, just dive right in see if you can bring some more bling to New Jersey this summer via WSOP NJ.
Join WSOP.com in NJ and get a special bonus
Of course, to win it, you have to be in it and to be in it, you need a WSOP NJ account.
If you’re one of the unfortunate ones without an account, follow this sign-up link. Doing this will not only take you safely, securely, and instantly to the sign-up page, it will entitle you to a $10 bonus.
What can you do with this cash? Well, if you’re smart, you’ll either grind it up to a WSOP buy-in or you’ll use it to play some satellites and try to bag a bracelet in the next week or so.