Robert Campbell Becomes First Aussie WSOP Winner of 2019

It took 33 events, but Australia finally has another WSOP bracelet winner amongst their ranks. On Saturday, Robert Campbell took down the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball poker event to give Australia its first WSOP bracelet win of the 2019 World Series of Poker.

This was actually Campbell’s second final table of the series and sixth final table of his career. Campbell was being cheered on by some of the biggest names in Australian poker, including Aussie poker legends Joe Hachem and Jeff Lisandro.

David Bach Headlines Final Table

The $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Event kicked off on Thursday and drew a field of 467 to create a prize pool of $630,450. Like other mixed poker events at the WSOP, this event drew a solid field of mixed game specialists and pros.

Heading into the final day of play, defending champion Hanh Tran was still in the mix and looking to repeat in the event. He even made the unofficial final table of seven in this event, but found himself as the short stack.

– Order of Table Eliminations

Ultimately, Tran was all-in pre-draw and drew two on the first draw. His opponent, Aron Dermer, drew one and then stood pat with an 8-5-4-3-2. Tran then drew twice to a wheel, holding 7-5-4-3, but could not catch the deuce. He ended up finishing as the final table bubble boy.

This took the event to the final table with three-time WSOP bracelet winner David Bach being the headliner. Robert Campbell was at his second final table of the 2019 WSOP and his sixth overall. Other players at the final were Kyle Miaso, Jesse Hampton, Aron Dermer, and Jared Bleznick.

It took a while to get the first person out at the final table with Aron Dermer being the first to fall. He was all-in and caught an 8-7-6-4-2 after the second draw and stood pat. Robert Campbell turned over 8-7-4-3-2 for a better eight and sent Dermer to the rail.

Soon after, Jesse Hampton was all-in after the second draw and managed to draw an 8-7-5-4-3 after the third draw. However, David Bach had stood pat with 7-6-4-3-2 and Hampton was out in fifth. Kyle Miaso was next out and was all-in after the second draw. Both he and Robert Campbell stood pat for the third draw and Miaso showed 8-5-4-3-2. Robert Campbell showed 7-6-5-3-2 to send Miaso out in fourth.

Robert Campbell Wins First WSOP Bracelet

Jared Bleznick was the third-place finisher and was all-in pre-draw. By showdown, Bleznick had made an 8-7-4-3-2. However, Robert Campbell pulled a 7-6-5-4-2 to send it to heads-up play against David Bach. At the start of heads-up play, Bach had about a 2:1 chip lead, but Campbell started battling back in what would be a long heads-up match.

The pair swapped the chip lead a couple of times before Campbell moved back into the lead to stay. However, it was not an easy victory as every time Campbell moved out to a sizable lead, Bach would battle back to pull things close to even.

The last time around, though, Campbell took a 14:1 chip lead and Bach was unable to recover. Bach was finally all-in and drawing to an eight. Campbell stood pat after the second draw with a 9-8-5-4-3. Bach could only muster a J-8-7-5-4 and finished in second place.

As expected, Campbell’s rail erupted into a chant of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” after the final hand and Campbell became Australia’s first bracelet winner of 2019. In addition to winning the bracelet, Campbell earned $144,027 in prize money.

With the amount of poker talent that’s come out of Australia, it’s a bit surprising that it took this long for an Aussie to win a bracelet this summer. With that said, we completely expect other Aussie players to take down bracelets before the end of the series.