Robert Campbell has become the first multi-bracelet winner at the 2019 World Series of Poker. The Aussie poker pro won his first career bracelet a couple of weeks ago in the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Event. Showing his versatility at poker games, Campbell has now followed up by winning the $10k Stud 8 or Better Championship.
Campbell took down his second career bracelet early Wednesday morning at the Rio Casino. He did so after defeating a stacked final table that included four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow.
Mike Matusow Leads Stacked Final Table
The final day of the $10k Stud 8 or Better began on Wednesday with sixteen players looking to win the final championship mixed game bracelet of 2019. Eli Elezra started the day as the chip leader, but he failed to make the final table. He ultimately finished in 11th when his sevens with a low draw couldn’t improve against a pair of aces for Robert Campbell.
By the time the final table of eight was reached, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow was the chip leader. Meanwhile, Aussie Robert Campbell was right behind him. Other players making the final table included Ryan Hughes, Mike Wattel, Andrey Zhigalov, Yueqi Zhi, Steven Wolansky, and Qinghai Pan. Every player but Pan is a prior bracelet winner.
The chip lead moved around multiple times early on at the final table. However, Robert Campbell moved into a solid lead with about five players left. Mike Matusow was looking to bolster his case for the Poker Hall of Fame in this one but ultimately fell short, finishing in fourth place. He was all-in with a pair of sevens and both a backdoor flush and low draw against split queens for Yueqi Zhu. Zhu ended up making queens-up and Matusow never improved his hand. He left to collect $116,255 for fourth place.
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Mike Wattel was the third place finisher, busting to Robert Campbell. Both players had a pair of queens when Wattel’s chips went into the middle. Campbell improved to queens-up on sixth and Wattel never improved. Wattel finished in third, earning $164,647.
Robert Campbell Becomes First Multi-Bracelet Winner of 2019
Heads-up play in this event came down to Yueqi Zhu and Robert Campbell. Campbell started heads-up play with 5.35 million in chips against 3.7 million for Zhu. While Zhu is a competent player, he never gained any sort of momentum against Campbell.
Campbell grounded down his opponent to the point where he had a 22 to 1 chip lead prior to the final hand. In that hand, Zhu was all-in with buried tens, but Campbell had split aces with a ten. Zhu improved to queens up on fifth street and Campbell had a gutshot straight draw. Sixth street gave Campbell a double gutter. He subsequently completed his lower gutshot draw on the river to take the hand and the bracelet. Zhu finished in second place, earning $238,420.
Robert Campbell told PokerNews following his victory that he came into this summer playing less poker than he’s ever played. Perhaps the rest from the game was what he needed to be sharp for the summer because it has certainly paid off for him. This time around, Campbell won his second career WSOP bracelet, along with $385,763 in prize money.
Campbell has enjoyed a stellar 2019 WSOP. While he has only cashed seven times this summer, four of those cashes were final table appearance, and he was the final table bubble boy in the $1,500 Dealers Choice. He’s also won his first two career WSOP bracelets.
With this latest victory, Campbell has shot to the top of the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings. The race is as tight as ever with Dan Zack, Phillip Hui, Anthony Zinno, Scott Clements, and the defending Player of the Year Shaun Deeb all at the top of the leaderboard.