Saturday June 27,2015 : 2015 WSOP event 47
Event 47 saw Floridian ace Matt O'Donnell (27) declared the winner of the $2,500 buy-in NLHE contest after besting an entry field of 1,243 other players which generated a prize pool of $2.83 million and cashes for the 144 players who finished in the money.
O'Donnell's winner's share was worth $551,941 and carried with it his first WSOP bracelet, although he has five previous WSOP cashes and 3 final table performances on his resume.
This proved to be another event in which an extra day had to be called due to a fiercely combative, five-hour heads up in which both players and railbird support were equally aggressive, creating an at times tense atmosphere.
“It was definitely a heated atmosphere when we were heads up. The rail was very aggressive, they were speaking in a foreign language, and we were going back and forth a lot. I was just glad to win.”, O’Donnell recounted after his victory.
O'Donnell's heads up opposition was 37-year-old Israeli pro Timur Margolin, who started at a significant chip disadvantage but responded aggressively to catch up and then seize the lead, starting a see-saw of lead changes that kept everyone on the front of their seats at the felt and the rail for five long hours.
In the end an exhausted O'Donnell triumphed, but respect to Margolin, who truly earned the $341,338 runner-up prize – his best win yet.
Final cashes for the rest of the table were:
3 Brandon Wittmeyer $215,964
4 Andy Black $156,759
5 Andrew Dean $115,637
6 Jeff Gross $86,601
7 Rick Alvarado $65,799
8 Andre Akkari $50,658
9 Raghav Bansal $39,508