Full Tilt Pro Nick Schulman wins his first bracelet at a tough final table
1. Nick Schulman, USA, $ 279,751
2. Ville Wahlbeck, Finland, $ 172,863
3. Steve Sung, USA, $ 112,041
4. John Juanda, USA, $ 75,964
5. Archie Karas, USA, 53,783
6. Vince Musso, USA, $ 39,696
7. David Benyamine, France, $ 30,492
8. Michael Binger, USA, $ 24,545
9. Justin Smith, USA, $ 19,870
Former professional pool player turned pro poker player Nick Schulman has won the $ 10,000 World Championship No-limit 2-7 Lowball Draw event. While Schulman has had great success on the World Poker Tour, this is his first WSOP bracelet and he had to go through a blockbuster of a final table to do it.
The final 9 players in this event may well have been the toughest of the 2009 WSOP so far. Highly regarded cash expert Justin ‘BoostedJ’ Smith was joined by high stakes legend David Benyamine, WSOPE champ John Juanda and two players who were gunning for their second bracelet of this year Ville Wahlbeck and Steve Sung.
A fascinating subplot also developed around fifth-placed finished Archie Karas, a true Vegas icon. Karas gained mythical status in the early 1990s by arriving in Vegas with just $ 50 to his name and managing to run that all the way up to $ 40,000,000 through a combination of sports betting, dice and poker. Needless to say, Karas then lost the whole lot within the course of three years by gambling for higher and higher stakes in the casino pits to complete the fastest rise and fall in Las Vegas history. You can relive PokerPlayer’s expose of his life here.
Schulman pocketed a huge $ 279k for the win and will have earned the respect of his peers by triumphing at such a tough final table.