Professional poker player Chris Wallace has won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 HORSE championship. His achievement is extraordinary as he has won the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career in spite of the fact that he has never played at any WSOP final table before. A resident of Minnesota, 40-year-old Chris Wallace is widely known as a specialist in limit poker tournaments, a featured poker coach at PokerXFactor.com, and a poker writer.
After winning the $10,000 WSOP HORSE Championship, which happens to be the 22nd WSOP event, Wallace said, “When I would go on break and relax, my heart would be racing. When I would get back to the table, I would be calm and focused.”
To win the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career, Wallace had to play against and defeat internationally acclaimed poker pros such as Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, Bertrand Grospellier, Tommy Hang, David Benyamine, and Nick Schulman. Unlike Wallace, the above-mentioned poker pros could not even survive till the final table, but were eliminated between the 11th and 18th places.
This, however, does not mean that the final table was easy. Talented poker players such as Richard Ashby, the runner-up of the Omaha Hi-Lo Championship; Max Pescatori; Bill Chen, who has won the WSOP bracelet twice; and Randy Ohel, the former champion of the 2 – 7 Triple Draw tournament, were all at the final table, fighting for the championship title and the WSOP gold bracelet.
When the player field reduced to 21, Sklar had the shortest stack of them all. However, he played extremely well, but could not win the championship because Richard Ohel beat him at an Omaha Eight-or-Better game. As a result, Sklar finished third and the heads-up game began between Ohel and Wallace.
The final table results are as follows: Chris Wallace and Randy Ohel took home the first-place and runner-up prizes of $507,614 and $313,715, respectively. Since he was eliminated in the third place, Richard Sklar got $206,499. The players who finished fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth were Richard Ashby ($150,625), Max Pescatori ($112,066), Lee Goldman ($84,844), Bill Chen ($65,273), and Calvin Anderson ($50,966), respectively.
The Hendon Mob DB says that $500k is the biggest cash prize Wallace has ever won in a live poker tournament. It is Wallace’s first six-figure prize, and now that he has finally begun winning in six figures, a lot can be expected from him at WSOP’s next mixed-game event.