Christopher Brammer Wins 2017 World Series of Poker $5,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em

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British poker pro Christopher Brammer has had close calls at the World Series of Poker in the past. In 2012 he made the final table of the $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em championship only to fall short of the title and his first bracelet, finishing fifth for a $200,502 payday.

“That one hurt for a long time. I made a final table at World Series of Europe that same year, but there hasn’t been any since, and I’ve been coming here every year. It’s been a while.”

After a five-year drought of final table finishes the 29-year-old from Southhampton, England not only broke the streak but emerged victorious in the 2017 WSOP $5,000 no-limit hold’em tournament with 30-minute blind levels.

“It’s a turbo tournament," said Brammer after coming out on top. “The blinds went up fairly quickly and that creates a lot of all-in action. I won pretty much all of them."

The tournament drew a field of 505 entries to create a $2,348,250 prize pool. Play lasted only two days as a result of the fast-paced structure, with 49 players surviving day 1. It took only a bit over 4 hours to narrow the field to a final table of nine, at which point Brammer was sitting with the second shortest stack. He found two double ups in the early going and then eliminated Oliver Weis in sixth place ($80,196) to become one of the leaders. When Brammer’s pocket queens held up against 2009 World Poker Tour Championship winner Yevgeniy Timoshenko’s Q10 in a preflop all-in he was able to chip up enough to take roughly a 2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play with Jett Schencker.

It didn’t take long for the two to get embroiled in a decisive pot. With blinds of 120,000 – 240,000 and an ante of 40,000 Schencker raised to 500,000. Brammer moved all-in from the big blind and Schencker made the call for his last 4,250,000 with the AJ. Brammer had two live cards with the Q10. The flop brought the 1042 to put Brammer in the lead. The 8 on the turn left Schencker drawing to an ace or a jack on the river to stay alive. The K completed the board, however, securing the pot and the tile for Brammer and sending Schencker to the rail in second place. He earned $326,051 for his deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Earnings (USD)
POY Points

Christopher Brammer

Jett Schencker

Yevgeniy Timoshenko

Rui Ye

Tobias Ziegler

Oliver Weis

Michael Brinkenhoff

Alex Foxen

Diego Sanchez

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