Craig Varnell Ships Event #19 – 2018 WSOP
The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is well underway with their 19th Event: $565 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha coming to a conclusion yesterday. It was Craig Varnell who outlasted a massive field of 2,419 entries to walk away with the top prize of $181,790 as well as a WSOP Bracelet for his efforts.
The final table included some tough opponents such as 2010 WSOP Main event winner Jonathan Duhamel (Finished 6th) and WPT Montreal champ Maxime Heroux. However, it was to be Varnell’s day as he steamrolled his way to heads-up play against Seth Zimmerman with a 6:1 Chip lead and took down the tournament.
A look at the final table payouts:
- Craig Varnell – $181,790
- Seth Zimmerman – $112,347
- Omar Mehmood – $81,852
- Maxime Heroux – $60,190
- Christopher Trang – $44,677
- Jonathan Duhamel – $33,477
- Shaome Yang – $25,325
- Jason Lipiner – $19,344
- Ilian Li – $14,920
“This is all surreal to me. This is crazy. Four years ago, I was working at a car wash and now I’m just playing poker for a living. It’s pretty amazing,” Varnell told reporters, according to pokernews.
“Poker saved my life. Before poker, I was in trouble and all kinds of stuff. Poker kind of leveled me out. I met the woman of my dreams. You make a bad decision and you can either keep making bad decisions or you can go another way,” he added.