A grueling three days of mixed game play, and in the end it was Michael Malm who rose above the star-studded field to claim the title, the gold WSOP bracelet, and the $225,104 in first-place prize money. The final table wasn’t quite “all Michael Malm all the time”, but it was when it mattered. The 29-year-old marketing specialist from Coquitlam, British Columbia outlasted Steven Wolansky heads-up to win Canada’s 2nd bracelet at the 2013 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. At one point, Malm found himself at worse than a seven-to-one chip disadvantage, he but persevered to win his first bracelet and $225,104 in the $2,500 Eight Game mix event.
Final Hand – Pot-Limit Omaha
Michael Malm limped on the button. Steven Wolansky raised to 90,000 and Malm replied by raising pot. Wolansky moved all in and Malm called.
Malm: :Ad :Td :Tc :9h
Wolansky: :Ks :Qc :Ts :9d
Wolansky paired up on the flop :6d :4d :Qs but Malm was hoping for a diamond. Wolansky made two pair on the turn when the :Kh hit, but it was all for nothing as the :2d struck the river and gave Malm the nut flush for the win.
Event 8 marked the first non-hold’em event of the 2013 WSOP. The championship was decided over Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 triple Draw Lowball.
This is Michael Malm’s largest win of his career. Although he has had previous cashes, his most significant previous win was at the 2012 PCA.
Greg Mueller continued his winning eight-game ways, final tabling this event for the second year in a row. He was unable to match his runner-up finish from 2012, finishing third, just shy of bracelet number three.
WSOP Event #8 Eight-Game Mix Final table results:
1st: Michael Malm – $225,104
2nd: Steven Wolansky – $139,034
3rd: Greg Mueller – $89,673
4th: Eric Crain – $64,975
5th: Michael Hurey – $47,771
6th: Dario Alioto – $35,63
7th: Michael Wattel – $26,996
8th: Marco Johnson – $20,699