First-Time Winners Keep Rolling at the WSOP

The rookies continue to dominate at the World Series of Poker. First-time winners hauled in even more bracelets this week, and the group had a pretty international flavor as well.

The biggest winner this week was Alexandru Papazian. He was the last man standing from the 8,120-player field in the $888 Crazy Eight No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed tournament. His cash for first place was an appropriate $888,888. Papazian also has the honor of being the first person from Romania to win a WSOP bracelet.

Austria had a pair of WSOP wins to cheer for, as native sons Jens Lakemeier and Sebastian Langrock each won their first WSOP bracelet.

Lakemeier topped the rest of the 197-player field in the $2,500 Big Bet Mix tournament. The Big Bet Mix is a new event with a unique offering that includes No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Pot-Limit Omaha, 2-7 Lowball Draw, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, 5-Card Draw and Big O. For the win Lakemeier pocketed $112,232.

Langrock won the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Mix tournament. He outlasted a 1,058-player field to cash $268,555.

Our around the world journey continues with Israel’s Shai Zurr. He became the second person from Israel to win a WSOP bracelet after winning the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 Minute Levels) tournament. The tournament drew 1,413 entries and Zurr received $223,241 for the win.

Americans Claim WSOP Bracelets As Well

A few poker players from America celebrated Independence Day this week by winning their first World Series of Poker bracelets.

Tom Koral recorded his 58th WSOP cash and first win in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament. He outlasted a field of 298 players to cash $96,907. It was Koral’s seventh WSOP cash this year and bumped his career WSOP earnings up to $874,676.

Smith Sirisakorn posted his first-ever WSOP cash by winning the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Mix tournament. His first win versus a 405-player field earned Sirisakorn $215,902.

The second online tournament took only one day to play earlier this week, and Tom Cannuli, or FLOATZ as he’s known online, was the winner. He topped a 424-player field in the $3333 Online No-Limit Hold’em tournament.

Cannuli cashed $322,815 for the win, which bumped his career earnings up to just over $1.8 million. Most of that came in the 2015 WSOP Main Event, where he finished sixth to win over $1.4 million.