With a raucous rail cheering him on, Ognyan Dimov claimed a WSOP gold bracelet and $378,743 in prize money by winning Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed, marking the third time a Bulgarian has scooped a WSOP title.
By: Charles Rettmuller
The Day 4 final table included four former WSOP champs, with Dimov and Italy’s Antonio Barbato the only two who had yet to capture WSOP bling. They were also the two players who ended up facing each other heads-up.
Dimov began the day second in chips behind Joey Weissman, but the chipleader quickly fell out of favor with the poker gods and lost his lead. Joey eventually finished in 5th place, one pay jump ahead of China’s Yue Du.
The Bulgarian won a big pot against a bluffing Ryan D’Angelo during four-handed play, grabbing a huge chip advantage versus his remaining tablemates. Dimov KO’d D’Angelo and Nick Schulman in consecutive hands despite being the underdog pre-flop against both, forcing the table to lean heavily in his favor to the tune of a dominating 9:1 lead in chips when heads-up action began.
Barbato was disposed of quickly – only 16 hands later – with Dimov again getting a favorable board to beat the pre-flop percentages against him. His K-6 hole cards both connected to pair up with the community cards, downing the A-9 of Barbato.
The runner-up prize of $233,992 was six times more than Barbato’s live career winnings. That’s a nice chunk of change for the Italian, his share of the $2,245,050 prize pool from the buy-ins of 1,663 entries.
Dimov’s resume includes an EPT title, and now, a WSOP championship to go with it. When asked by WSOP reporters about his large entourage of fellow Bulgarians rooting for him, Dimov had a comical explanation:
“It is because they are really bad at poker and busted the Millionaire Maker.”
Final Table Results – Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed
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