Galfond wins third WSOP bracelet, Anderson grabs second

Phil Galfond made it three World Series of Poker wins earlier this week, while Calvin Anderson joined him in the multiple WSOP wins club by claiming his second.

Galfond collected his third career WSOP bracelet by winning the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. He topped a 237-player field to earn $567,788. Galfond’s first WSOP win came back in 2008 in a $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (rebuy) tournament and his second came in 2015 in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship.

When heads-up play began in this year’s Omaha championship, Galfond trailed his opponent Michael McKenna with 3.9 million chips to McKenna’s 7.9 million. Galfond turned it around with one big double-up when he hit a nine-high straight and pocketed the low as well with A-2.

On the final hand of the tournament, McKenna was all-in with Kc-Jc-10c-5s and Galfond had Ad-8d-7h-4d. With McKenna not able to qualify for the low, Galfond snaked both with a pair of sevens to win the tournament.

Anderson runs Razz tourney to second bracelet

Anderson’s win came in the $10,000 Razz Championship. He outlasted the rest of the 119-player field to cash $309,220. He won his first WSOP bracelet four years ago in 2014 in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament.

In the Razz tourney it came down to Anderson and three-time WSOP champion Frank Kassela heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Anderson had a slim chip lead with 3.5 million chips to Kassela’s 2.3 million. The chip lead would change hands numerous times during a heads-up battle that went so long an extra day had to be added to the tournament.

On the final hand, Anderson was dealt a five on seventh street, giving him seven-five, which easily topped Kassela’s queen-seven.

While Galfond and Anderson were adding to their WSOP bracelet collection, Jean-Robert Bellande started his with a big-money win in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed tournament.

Bellande bested a 621-player field in the tournament to win his first WSOP bracelet and cash $616,302.

Bellande faced Dean Lyall in a great heads-up battle that saw the chip lead trade hands numerous times. After taking back the chip lead for good, Bellande sent Lyall to the rail when his pocket queens held up against Lyall’s A-3 on the final hand.