Connor Drinan won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in September of 2020 when he took down the $10,000 WSOP Super MILLION$ event on GGPoker. Just over one year later, Drinan has added another WSOP gold bracelet to his collection, with his victory in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Event #5. He also picked up the tournament’s top cash prize of $163,252 for his efforts.
The first three gold bracelets awarded at the 2021 WSOP went to relatively unknown players. Drinan on the other hand is a proven commodity with over $11 million in live tournament earnings. And he looked the part of a professional with a dominant performance across all three days of this event. Drinan wrapped up Day 1 sitting in seventh place out of the remaining field of 230 players, with 164,000 chips before making his move up the leader board on Day 2.
The two-time bracelet winner built up a massive stack of 2,415,000 chips by the end of Saturday’s Day 2, entering the final day of the event with over 1 million more chips than anyone else in the remaining field of 15. Drinan made the most of his big stack, scoring each of the last four eliminations at the final table en route to victory. He even played part of Day 3 while competing for a WSOP.com online bracelet on his tablet.
Robert Mizrachi makes a deep run, settles for third
Year in and year out, the Mizrachi brothers always seem to make their way into the mix during the WSOP. Robert Mizrachi advanced to two final tables in 2019, finishing in third place in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament for $194,850 and fourth in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $497,112.
Mizrachi was right near the top of the leader board with Drinan through all three days of this tournament. He finished Day 1 sitting fifth in chips with 173,500 and entered Day 3 with the second biggest chip stack left in the field with 1,410,000 chips.
Robert Mizrachi is a four-time WSOP bracelet winner. One of those victories came in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event back in 2015. At one point in three-handed play, Mizrachi, Drinan, and runner-up finisher Travis Pearson were all about even in chips. It would have been tough to pick a betting favorite between Drinan and Mizrachi at that point, but in the end Drinan got the job done.
The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament drew 607 entries to build a prize pool of $810,345. This was a significant drop-off from the 2019 version of the event. That version had 853 entries and a prize pool of $1,151,550.
Final Table Payouts
1. Connor Drinan: $163,252
2. Travis Pearson: $100,901
3. Robert Mizrachi: $71,602
4. Sandy Sanchez: $51,590
5. Micah Brooks: $37,750
6. Carl Lijewski: $28,059
7. Kris Kwiatkowski: $21,192
8. Curtis Phelps: $16,266
9. Michael Moed: $12,693
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