Luis Calvo is the latest player to capture a gold bracelet at the 2017 World Series of Poker. The 41-year-old from Miami, Florida outlasted a field of 630 players to win the $3,000 buy-in six-max pot-limit Omaha event, winning his first WSOP title and the top prize of $362,185.
Calvo is a poker professional, but he makes his living playing in cash games. This was his very first WSOP final table finish and only his ninth career live tournament cash. His only previous six-figure score came when he finished 74th in the 2005 WSOP main event.
Calvo came into the third and final day of this tournament in second chip position with 19 players remaining. The only player who had him outchipped was three-time World Poker Tour main event winner Chino Rheem. Although Rheem started the day in the lead, after less than half of a level he was among the shortest stacks after losing several huge pots. Rheem eventually was sent to the rail in 15th place ($15,531), just one spot better than four-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Madsen (16th – $15,531).
Calvo was able to survive to the official six-handed final table, where he scored the first knockout to send Gerhard Schleicher to the rail with $49,885. Calvo had turned the nut flush up against Schleicher’s two pair. The river changed nothing and Calvo kept himself in the mix for shorthanded play. He spent much of the final table as one of the shorter stacks until finding a key double up during four-handed action.
Calvo raised to 150,000 in early position, Eric Hicks called from the button and Rudolph Sawa called from the big blind. The flop brought the A83 and it checked to Hicks who fired out a bet of 200,000. Sawa bowed out and Calvo then opted to check-raise to 1,075,000. Hicks called all-in and revealed the AQJ4. Calvo held the AKQJ. The turn brought the 7and the river the 10 and Calvo scooped up the sizable pot. Hicks was eliminated shortly after in fourth place for $101,513.
Calvo was still not the chip leader, but he was able to mount a comeback which culminated in his knockout of Ireland’s Mark Reilly in third place ($149,258). With that Calvo took almost exactly a 2-to-1 chip advatange into heads-up play against Rudolph Sawa. Calvo was able to quickly extend that lead, and it wasn’t long before the final cards of the tournament were dealt.
Calvo raised to 160,000 from the button and Sawa called.
The flop brought the 974 and Sawa checked to Calvo, who bet 200,000. Sawa check-raised to 920,000 and Calvo then raised enough to put Sawa all in. Sawa made the call with the 8632 for a double gutshot straight draw. Calvo had the AAK10 for the over pair and the nut flush draw. The board ran out with a Q on the turn and a Q on the river, which secured the pot and the title for Calvo. Sawa was sent to the rail in second place, taking home $223,812.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:
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