Joe 'jimjam01' Serock makes a comeback for first WSOP bracelet

19 June 2023

After a swift 10 hours and 15 minutes of play, Joe "jimjam01" Serock was crowned the champion of the Online Event #7: $500 PLO 6-Max. Serock came back from a considerable chip deficit heads-up to overpower opponent Millard "meekmill" Hale. Not only does Serock lay claim to the top prize of $93,911 but will also get his hands on the coveted golden WSOP bracelet for this inaugural online event.

This will be Serock's fourth cash of the 2023 WSOP with this result bringing a career-first bracelet to compliment his current $102,522 of world series cashes within the last three weeks.

A total of 608 entries generated a prize pool of $504,900 of which 167 players were paid. Each player that squeaked into the money earned $706 for their finish, while the six finalists received a guaranteed $15,752.

Notable names who made the money include Ian "IanMa" Matakis (17th) who won the $500 No Limit Hold'em - Bankroll Builder (Online Bracelet Event 2) earlier this year. As well as Thomas "lultaxpayers" Hall (3rd) who continues to add to his already impressive lifetime earnings of $3,008,780 with his final table finish.

Big names to fall short of their next WSOP cash included Daniel "DNegs" Negreanu, Kristen "krissyb24" Bicknell, Phil "Lumestackin" Hellmuth and Phil "HeyGuys" Galfond.

"theBAGEL" was the first player to depart this final table as Thomas "lultaxpayers" Hall came back from behind as his two-pair improved into a full house, beating "theBAGEL's" straight, and sending them to the rail.

The accolade of fifth place lay with Christian "Quad7s" Loucas after all the money went in preflop against Millard "meekmill" Hale. Loucas was no match for Hale's kings and he departed in fifth for $21,407.

Steve "gborooo" Gross left preceding in 4th place as an ace on the turn improved Joe "jimjam01" Serock to a higher pair eliminating Gross in the process.

The one and only player not from the United States on the final table, Thomas "lultaxpayers" Hall, left in 3rd. Hall found himself all in preflop with a pair of kings against the aces of Joe "jimjam01" Serock. Hall was the first player to be eliminated in a podium position.

In second place came Millard "meekmill" Hale. After a valiant effort in his heads-up battle, Hale fell short of bracelet glory exciting the tournament $58,013 richer.

Out of 608 players, only one remained: Joe "jimjam01" Serock. Serock came from a two-to-one chip deficit to take down Hale and claim first place as the inaugural champion of this online event.

Final table results:
Rank Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Joe "jimjam01" Serock United States $93,911.40
2 Millard "meekmill" Hale United States $58,013.01
3 Thomas "lultaxpayers" Hall United Kingdom $41,048.37
4 Steve "gborooo" Gross United States $29,435.67
5 Christian "Quad7s" Loucas United States $21,407.76
6 theBAGEL United States $15,752.88

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