Three days wasn’t enough to determine a winner in Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. so the final three players will return to the Bally’s Event Center at 2 p.m. PT to battle one final time for the WSOP gold bracelet and $205,139 first prize.
Each of Tomasz Gluszko, Roberto Marin, and Lawrence Brandt had their moments atop the leaderboard on Day 3, but no one could close it out before the end of ten levels, so here we are with the World Series of Poker’s version of overtime.
Day 4 Seating and Chip Counts
While he does have the shortest stack of the remaining trio of hopefuls, Brandt has had the most success at the WSOP with $434,882 in cashes, and he’ll be looking to join recent Main Event winner (and Tag Team event winner with Patrick Leonard) Espen Jorstad as a two-time bracelet winner in 2022, as he won Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better just a couple of weeks ago.
Chip Leader Gluszko could make history as the first Polish-born player to win a live WSOP bracelet. The country does have an online winner from international events on GGPoker in Dominik Panka, but none ever on the live felt.
Meanwhile, Marin comes in as the Cinderella story of the final table with just $5,176 in WSOP earnings over three cashes. Having guaranteed himself at least $87,687 for his work in this event so far, he’s already blown away his previous best WSOP cash of $2,597 from the Mini Main Event this summer, and he’s also surpassed his best-ever live cash of almost $68,000 from an event in Florida in 2013.
Action will resume at Level 31 with the first hand of Razz, with Stud game antes of 75,000 with a 250,000 bring-in and 250,000 / 500,000 limits. Flop games will also have limits of 250,000 / 500,000, so with the stakes so high, it will be a sprint to the finish.
PokerNews will have all the action from this frenetic finish to the final mixed game event of the 53rd World Series of Poker from its new home at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas.
After losing a huge pot to Lawrence Brandt when his eight low lost the low half of the pot to Brandt's seven low and a winning ace high for the high half of the pot, Tomasz Gluszko got the last of his chips in on fifth street against Brandt a hand later.
Brandt had trip threes versus Gluszko's sixes. A low draw came for Gluszko on sixth, but he bricked seventh while Brandt made a full house.
Roberto Marin got the last of his chips in on third street versus Lawrence Brandt.
By the time the cards were run out, Brandt's pair of nines improved to trips on sixth street leaving Marin drawing dead. Then just for good measure, Brandt made quads on seventh to win the title in emphatic fashion.
Lawrence Brandt has defeated Roberto Marin heads-up to win Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. for his second bracelet of the summer, after also claiming victory in Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.
In an incredible feat, this was just Brandt's first-ever live H.O.R.S.E. tournament, and he's defeated a field of 328 players to claim his second bracelet of the summer and the $205,139 first prize.
Stay tuned to PokerNews for a full recap and an interview with the winner.
While a fourth day of play was needed, it didn’t take Lawrence Brandt long in poker overtime to finish off his final two opponents to claim his second bracelet of the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP), winning Event #84: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $205,139.
Brandt, who at the end of June won Event #58: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $289,610, came back from the shortest stack of the day to eliminate both Tomasz Gluszko in third place and then Roberto Marin heads-up to claim the top prize within 90 minutes of play Sunday to become just the third double bracelet winner of the summer. Brandt joins Main Event champ Espen Jorstad and current Player of the Year leader Daniel Zack as the only players to do it.
“It feels awesome because this is my first H.O.R.S.E. tournament," said Brandt, who triumphed over a 328-player field. "The only reason I played this tournament was because I won the first one and I was staying around until the Tournament of Champions, so just running deep was a dream, getting to the final table was crazy, I came in third in chips today but was feeling really good and confident and the cards just went my way.”
The cards certainly did go Brandt’s way as after Marin took the chip lead early in the day, Brandt took it over with a big Stud win over Marin and never looked back.
Brandt not only had to persevere with his chip stack, but mentally as well on Day 3, as while four-handed, a frightening situation was unfolding along the Las Vegas Strip and within Bally’s and Paris, as what would prove to be unfounded reports on social media of an active shooter created panic throughout the area, ending tournaments early in other areas of the building, while this tournament played on. Brandt said the situation definitely impacted him.
“I was just trying to figure out what was happening and take a break and no one else wanted to. So I was rattled and I lost a big hand right after I found out about all the stuff going on, that I don’t think I would have played otherwise, so I just had to put the headphones back in, zone back in, and then once I got back in the zone I felt like it was my tournament to win and I was able to overcome that."
Two Bracelets, But Not a Player of the Year Contender
Despite becoming one of only three players to win multiple bracelets this summer along with Jorstad and Zack, the win still only puts Brandt just inside the top 20 in the WSOP Player of the Year race. When asked whether he should maybe be higher in contention and if there’s still a flaw in the points system, Brandt didn’t seem concerned.
“I honestly haven’t looked deeply into how the point structure works so I’m not expert enough to call it out if it is flawed.," he said.
Two Down, How Many To Go?
While he may not be a Player of the Year contender, winning two bracelets in one World Series of Poker is certainly worth a breakthrough performance of the summer title. With a quick pair of bracelets now to his name, he was asked how many more he could see himself earning in his career.
“I have to come back next year and figure out if this was beginner’s luck or if I’m like just a mixed-game crusher, so I’ll let you know next year," he claimed.
We at PokerNews will be looking forward to seeing which it is, and congratulate Lawrence on his impressive achievement.
That wraps up our coverage of Event #84: $3,000 HORSE. Stay with PokerNews for the final few days of coverage, including the WSOP Tournament of Champions starting Monday here at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas