Brock Parker Wins Event #10: $10,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Low Championship ($443,407)
In 2009 Brock Parker made headlines, winning not one but two World Series of Poker gold bracelets in the same week. In the last four years the Maryland native had made six return trips to WSOP final tables, including the 2013 National Championship, but he was unable to capture bracelet number three.
That all changed on Tuesday when the American defeated Richard Ashby heads up to win Event #10: $10,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Low Championship and $443,407. Parker entered heads-up play with a slight advantage, but Ashby fought back and took a two-to-one lead. The Brit was unable to close, however, and Parker stormed back to once again flip the script. On the final hand, Parker flopped a straight against Ashby's overpair, and the former avoided a full house to scoop the pot and win the tournament.
Along with his third piece of WSOP hardware, Parker now has over $3.1 million in career live tournament earnings. Ashby, who won a bracelet event in 2010, now has over $1.9 million in career earnings.
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy was the chip leader entering the final day, and retained his lead heading into the final table until he spiraled out of the event in fifth place. The Russian was the first player to eclipse two million chips, but a poor run of cards decimated his stack and left him with only a few big bets. On his final hand, Ortynskiy was all in with a pair of jacks and a poor low draw on an ace-high board. Shirley Rosario held a pair of aces and a better low draw, and scooped the pot.
Rosario and Melissa Burr were the only two women in the field on Day 3, and both made the final table. Unfortunately for them, Burr exited in eight place and Rosario in fourth place.
Ashby and Parker weren't the only players among the final 18 with previous WSOP wins - the third and final day also featured Perry Friedman, Jeff Lisandro, Andrew Brown, Eli Elezra, and Dan Kelly. Only one member of that quintet, Kelly, was able to reach the final table, and he promptly exited in ninth place.
Cash game specialists Ofir Mor and Jason McPherson were able to reach the final table, but ultimately came up short, busting in third and sixth places respectfully.
Parker is the second player this summer to lock up their third bracelet - Vanessa Selbst captured number three in Event #2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold'em - and he too joins an eclectic group of three-time winners like Chip Reese. Congratulations are in order for him and all of the finalists.
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