In 2017 the World Series of Poker introduced a brand new event in the $2,500 mixed big-bet, a tournament that featured a mix of no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, pot-limit Omaha hi-lo, Big O, no-limit 2-7 single draw, pot-limit 2-7 triple draw, and no-limit five card draw made up the mix of the inaugural event. The tournament drew 197 entrants and in the end it was 23-year-old Austrian poker pro Jens Lakemeier who came out on top with the inaugural title, the top prize of $112,232 and his first gold bracelet.
Lakemeier entered the final day of this event as the chip leader with six players remaining. Former high-stakes online cash game regular Ashton Griffin scored the first knockout of the final table, winning a preflop race in no-limit hold’em to send Kenneth Fitzgerald to the rail in sixth place ($16,793). Griffin himself was the next to fall in a three-way all-in pot in no-limit five card draw.
Griffin raised from the cutoff and 2016 WSOP eighth-place finisher Jerry Wong moved all in out of the small blind. Lakemeier called from the big blind and Griffin called as well after plenty of thought. Wong drew three cards and both Lakemeier and Griffin drew one.
At this point, with no more betting, the players opened their hands. Griffin had picked up aces and kings, Lakemeier was dealt queens and fives and Wong had a pair of aces. Lakemeier drew the Q to make a full house. Neither of his opponents could top that and Griffin and Wong were eliminated in fifth ($23,235) and fourth places ($47,239), respectively.
With that Lakemeier had accumulated 1.8 million of the roughly 2.3 million chips in play, taking a massive lead into three-handed action. He quickly eliminated Andre Kelsall in third place ($32,804) to set up a heads-up showdown with Jason Stockfish, who finished as the runner-up in the $565 pot-limit Omaha ‘PLOssus’ earlier this series.
Lakemeier had a massive lead, and it wasn’t long until he converted that advantage into a win. In pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better Stockfish raised to 60,000 and Lakemeier called. The flop brought the 1032 and Lakemeier checked. Stockfish bet 120,000 and Lakemeier bet the pot. Stockfish called all-in with the AJ53 but was behind Lakemeier’s A1042 which had made two pair and the nut low draw on the flop. The K on the turn didn’t offer Stockfish much more hope beyond some outs to a hutshot broadway straight. The 8 on the river sealed the deal, earning Lakemeier a scoop of the pot and sending Stockfish to the rail in second place with $69,359.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:
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