At the beginning of the final table in last night’s World Series of Poker $10K NL 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship, Paul Volpe was both the chipleader and the only person at the table without a World Series of Poker bracelet. This morning, he’s swimming in the over $253k first place prize, his first gold bracelet and the title of champion.
As we mentioned on F5 yesterday, the 2-7 final table was just loaded with sick talent and Volpe would need every bit of skill and luck to make it through. The drama intensified as pro after pro bowed out, leaving a dream heads-up match.
Volpe would then face off against the last player in his path, Daniel Negreanu, who was in prime position not only go after bracelet number 7 but also to net an extra rumored $300K in side bets should he (or Ivey) win a bracelet.
Just as the action was getting good on the WSOP live stream, and with the poker world watching the multi-level drama online, the Rio convention center suffered a massive internet outage – pulling the plug on the whole show.
During the outage, the match continued and word trickled in via Twitter that Daniel hit the cage, looking to claim his 2nd place prize and Volpe was our $10K NL 2-7 Lowball Champion.
Volpe, while not yet a household name, is very well known in the world of poker as an elite talent, a player with millions in winnings, and the guy who made back-to-back World Poker Tour final tables just last year.
The internet returned to the Rio a short time later and word was that in-booth personality David Tuchman had completed the commentary for the match so fans can watch the end of the tournament in the archives.