Femi Fashakin Tops ‘Big 50’ for $1.147M and First Bracelet

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The World Series of Poker’s (WSOP) Event #3: BIG 50 – $500 No-Limit Hold’em which was the largest tournament ever with a total of 28,371 entries has finally come to an end with Femi Fashakin emerging victorious. The Floridan resident managed to defeat the whole filed to win a life-changing $1,147,449 as well as his very first gold WSOP bracelet. In addition to that, the player has picked up 720 Card Player of the Year points thus earning him the 321st spot on the 2019 Player of the Year race which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Before the WSOP victory, Fashakin had only managed to bring in $59,706 in tournament earnings with his largest score was just $11,250. Most of these earnings were from small stakes events in South Florida.

“Overwhelmed, it’s really amazing, super excited. I can’t even describe it, but I’m also grateful, and it’s a humbling experience. It’s my third cash at the WSOP here in Vegas, and I think it’s been okay so far!” Fashakin said after his win.

The Big 50 tournament ran for four days at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with the final day action involving seven hours of play. Fashakin was able to triumph over Paul Cullen in the special event that was created specifically to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World Series of Poker.

The Big 50’s Final Table Results

Position Player Country Prize
1 Femi Fashakin United States $1,147,449
2 Paul Cullen United States $709,183
3 Rafi Elharar Israel $534,574
4 Nick Chow United States $405,132
5 Walter Atwood United States $308,701
6 Daniel Ghobrial Canada $236,508
7 Adrian Curry United States $182,192
8 Morten Christensen Singapore $141,126
9 David Rasmussen United States $109,922

Brett Apter Wins Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout

This year’s World Series of Poker tournament series seems to be all about new gamers joining the ranks of the top player by proving their might. Just like Femi Fashakin, Brett Apter also claimed his very first bracelet in Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout where he outlasted a field of 917 players and took home a modest $238,824 – the figure is quite significant to the player’s careers as it is his first six-figure score.

In addition to the cash prize, Apter who hails from Tennessee was also awarded 912 Card Player of the Year points which earned him the 27th spot on the Player of the Year race.

The Final Table Scores

Position Player Country Prize   POY Points
1 Brett Apter United States $238,824   912
2 Anatolii Zyrin Russia $147,594   760
3 Tommy Nguyen Canada $106,351   608
4 Adrian Scarpa United States $77,591   456
5 Manuel Ruivo Portugal $57,326   380
6 Cary Katz United States $42,897   304
7 Shintaro Baba Japan $32,517   228
8 Michael O’Grady United States $24,973   152
9 Kenna James United States $19,436   76
10 Marko Maher Slovenia $15,331   46