Saturday June 27,2015 : 2015 WSOP event 50
The $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold'em Championship (Event 50 on the WSOP schedule) attracted 117 entries, including many previous bracelet winners, and created a prize pool of $1.09 million that enabled 18 survivors to cash.
Las Vegas pro Ben Yu (29), who has been playing WSOP events since 2008, finally claimed his first WSOP bracelet and the winner's prize of $291,456 after recovering from a low stack nightmare at the three handed stage despite facing tough WSOP bracelet owners like Jesse Martin and Justin Bonomo.
The departure of defending title holder Bonomo at third for $130,480 kicked off the heads up between Ben Yu and Jesse Martin, both experienced players with impressive talent and discipline, but it was Yu who emerged the winner, bringing his WSOP cashes to 30 and five final table appearances at poker's most prestigious tournament (altogether he has 47 career live tournament cashes to his credit).
Martin's runner-up prize was $180,114, bringing his total WSOP cashes to 43
Yu said that winning a WSOP bracelet has been an ambition since he was first inspired by online poker pioneers and personal heroes like Chris Moneymaker, who won the main event and millions of dollars back in the mid-millennials.
Other final cashes were:
4 Aleksandr Denisov $96,309
5 Anthony Zinno $72,377
6 Kenny Shei $55,341
7 Gabriel Nassif $43,035
8 Marco Johnson $34,027
9 Terence Chan $27,341