Over the last several days, British poker pro Robert Cowen netted $444,816 in live tournament earnings, culminating in his first World Series of Poker bracelet.
Just a few days after finishing 39th in the $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event for $163,900, Cowen earned a bracelet in the $3,000 pot-limit Omaha six-max. He defeated a 496-entry field and fellow Brit Robert Emmerson heads-up to win $280,916.
“it’s not quite sunk in yet,” Cowen told WSOP live reporters after the victory. “It’s a big load off. I have been wanting one of these for 15 years after watching the main and stuff on ESPN.”
Pot-limit Omaha specialist Dylan Weisman was shooting for his second WSOP bracelet of both his career and the series but ultimately finished fourth. Weisman won the $1,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-max event for $166,461 last month and won $79,368 at his second final table of the fall.
The final day, which started with 24 players still in the hunt for the title, was dominated by Cowen. He came into the day with a 140-big blind stack, and a massive chip lead over the other 23 players. Cowen only chipped up through the first five hours of the day and took that chip lead into the seven-handed unofficial final table.
Emmerson eliminated four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow in seventh and sent the remaining players to the final table with Cowen and Emmerson atop the leaderboard. From that point forward, those two dominated the table and did all the damage with Cowen scoring three knockouts and Emmerson sending the other two players home.
Emmerson busted Karel Mokry in sixth when they got all in on a flop of AK6. Mokry tabled A875 and was up against Emmerson’s J974.
The turn was the 3, which gave Emmerson a flush, which left Mokry drawing dead to the 8 river.
After Emmerson won a few more pots and Cowen dropped a few, it was Emmerson who jumped into the chip lead.
Cowen sent William Benson to the rail in fifth when he picked off Benson’s river bluff shove with a full house and Emmerson busted Weisman shortly after when Emmerson’s nut flush draw cracked Weisman’s pocket aces.
Weisman’s elimination left Uri Reichenstein as the short stack with just 2,300,000 compared to Emmerson’s 10,900,000 and Cowen’s 5,600,000.
Cowen won a few pots to chip up and then eliminated Reichenstein in third with a set against top two pair to take a 2-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Emmerson.
He won the first significant pot of heads-up to make it a 5-1 advantage in Cowen’s favor and then finished him off later in the level.
Emmerson limped in on the button and Cowen raised out of the big blind. Both players checked a flop of 964 and the Q came on the turn. Cowen bet 1,100,000 and Emmerson raised to 4,420,000. Cowen called. The river was the 3 and Cowen bet Emmerson’s remaining chips. According to the updates, Emmerson shrugged his shoulders before calling.
Cowen showed KJQ10, giving him the second-nut flush and Emmerson tossed his hand into the muck. Cowen won the pot and the bracelet. Emmerson earned $173,613 for his runner-up finish.
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