Ran Koller & Jim Collopy Pick Up Wins At WSOP

It has been another exciting week at the World Series of Poker, as more lucrative events were played out to their conclusions in Las Vegas. Following on from the exciting record-breaking victory from Phil Hellmuth over the weekend, very few expected the excitement levels to reach the same scale.

However, the action this week has continued to show that every event throughout the WSOP is special in its own regard. Two players that would have been celebrating this week, include Jim Collopy and Ran Koller.

Koller Wins Right-Handed No-Limit

The 33rd event of the WSOP was won this week by Ran Koller, as he held off competition from a strong final table to claim victory. It was a tense battle for the top spot in the event, as Ran Ilani pushed the eventual winner all the way. Koller certainly had all the work to do at the final table, as he started the day down in seventh, while the eventual runner-up was a clear leader when it came to chips. However, it was an excellent comeback from Koller, as he came back against all odds to win a first gold bracelet. His victory was also capped off with a $269,478 prize purse. Ilani, who is also from Israel, won $166,552 for his runner-up finish.

Florian Guimond was in third, while Oleg Titov ensured that all the top five was made up of European players. Canada’s Kris Steinbach was in fifth, as he collected returns of $71,457. One of two American players on the final table was Alex Outhred, who finished in sixth and collected returns of $54,722. Jorge Hou narrowly avoided being the first player eliminated on the final table, as he was seventh. The final table was rounded off by Donald Maloney, who won $32,845.

Collopy Wins Second Bracelet

There was more exciting action in the 32nd event of the WSOP, as the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E took place at the Rio Hotel & Casino. It was to be a second gold bracelet in that event for Jim Collopy, who outlasted the field to come out on top. It was his second gold bracelet victory of his career, as he had previously won an event at the WSOP Asia-Pacific back in 2013. However, this was still a special victory for the American, as he collected returns of $172,823 for his big victory in Vegas.

Ahmed Mohamed was his closest rival in the final stages, but eventually, he needed to settle for second and returns of $107,428. Paramjit Gill and Eli Elezra were the next two players on the leaderboard. Mario Ho finished in fifth for $39,423, while Michael Trivett collected $29,436 after finishing in sixth place in the event. The final table was rounded off by Qinghai Pan and Daniel Negreanu, who finished in seventh and eighth.