Saturday June 20,2015 : 2015 WSOP Event 35
Event 35, the $3,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. competition pulled in a field of 376 players and created a prize pool of just over a million dollars, enabling the last 40 survivors to cash.
It was a landmark event for Canadian hockey pro turned professional poker player Daniel Idema (30) who claimed his third World Series of Poker bracelet and joined the elite strata of WSOP aces that have achieved that distinction.
The $261,774 added value came from the first prize Idema claimed after besting Matthew Vengrin in an entertaining heads up.
After the game Idema told reporters that the mixed game format of HORSE made it one of his favourites.
“You don’t see that many players play all the games well, so I think this is suited to someone who has tried to develop in all of them, as I have,” he said.
His final table opponents included 2010 Main Event runner up John Racener, and bracelet holders Randy Ohel and Taylor Paur, but Idema survived them all to reach the last showdown with Vengrin, himself the veteran of at least six final tables in major tournaments.
Vengrin had the upper hand at the start, although not overwhelmingly, enabling Idema to quickly reduce the deficit and build it into a significant chip lead and victory in just 30 minutes as the seven card stud element concluded the contest.
It brought Idema's WSOP cashes over the past five years to 25 totalling almost $1.4 million, including 8 final tables.
The second placing pay out earned by Vengrin was $161,680, with other final table cashes as follows:
Kevin Iacofano $104,280
John Racener $75,559
Iakov Nepomnyashchiy $55,553
Paul Sexton $41,438
Randy Ohel $31,358
Taylor Paur $24,070