Nick Schulman proved yet again that he’s more than just a great poker commentator with a silky smooth voice. The former pool shark is also one of the top high stakes players in the game which he demonstrated on Monday when he took down the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-Better tournament at the 2019 World Series of Poker.
Schulman earned $463,670 for his efforts. He now has three World Series of Poker bracelets, all in non-hold’em events. His previous two – 2009 and 2012 – were in $10,000 buy-in no limit 2-7 lowball draw tournaments.
NICK SCHULMAN BRACELETS (3)
2009 $10,000 2-7 Lowball – $279,472
2012 $10,000 2-7 Lowball – $294,321
2019 $10,000 PLO8 – $463,670
Hall of Fame Class of 2025?
Nick Schulman will be eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame in 2025. He could never play another hand of poker or never announce another tournament and still gain entry based on his current stats. And it would be hard to argue against his worthiness.
Schulman is a rare breed as an accomplished high-stakes tournament and cash-game pro, along with being a skilled poker commentator. He also hits every mark to qualifier as a Hall of Fame candidate.
On Monday, Schulman defeated a brutal final table that included four-time bracelet winner Brian Hastings, mixed-game great Chris Vitch, and 2005 Main Event champion Joe Hachem.
WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-Better Final Table Results
Nick Schulman (United States) $463,670
Brian Hastings (United States) $286,570
Joe Hachem (Australia) $201,041
Denis Strebkov (Russia) $143,700
Chris Vitch (United States) $104,688
Corey Hochman (United States) $77,763
Michael McKenna (United States) $58,918
Bryce Yockey (United States) $45,551
A total of 193 players registered for this $10K tournament. Many other talented pros such as Conor Drinan (10th for $35,950) and Randy Ohel (19th for $17,295) cashed in this event. But it was Nick Schulman, arguably the most popular poker commentator in the world, who outlasted the entire field to win his third bracelet.
Schulman understood what he was up against while facing so many skilled professionals.
“It was on my mind but at the end of the day, you have the poker decisions and that’s really all we can control so I tried my best to focus on that as much as I can,” he said in his post-game interview.
Quick Player of the Year Update
We are now officially one day from the 2019 WSOP Main Event. So, it’s time to start focusing heavily on what has become a tight Player of the Year race.
About 30 players still have a shot at the coveted POY award. Dan Zack, a Southern California high stakes cash game great, is hanging on to the lead, which he’s held for a few weeks.
Zack, who won $2,500 Limit Mixed Triple Draw, has 2,920 points. Phillip Hui is right behind him in second at 2,830. And last year’s winner, Shaun Deeb, is one deep run away from catching the leader with 2,393.