Michigan’s Dash Dudley has logged a million-dollar payday by taking down Event #52 of the 2019 World Series of Poker, $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed.
Dudley, a 33-year-old pro, collected a career-best $1,086,967 while also winning his first career WSOP bracelet. The huge win came in his 38th lifetime WSOP cash, and it boosted his lifetime Series earnings to $1,451,076. Dudley triumphed over a 518-entry field to collect the largest share of a massive $4,869,200 prize pool.
Dudley entered heads-up play virtually even in chips with eventual runner-up James Park, but Dudley quickly pulled ahead and closed out the victory. Park, 31, from Birmingham, England, earned second-place money of $671,802.
Australia’s Joel Feldman finished in third moments after losing a key pot to Dudley during three-handed play. Feldman, from Melbourne, more than doubled his previous lifetime WSOP earnings with his $463,814 cash in this event.
Colorado native and current Vegas-based pro Jeremy Ausmus, a prior bracelet winner, collected a fourth-place payday of $325.693. Fifth went to Florida-based pro Kyle Montgomery, who earned $232,680.
Dudley is a PLO cash-game specialist who splits his time between casinos in Michigan and trips to California and Las Vegas. He’s been a pro virtually his entire adult life, though he also studied and wrestled collegiately at Michigan State before pursuing poker full time.
Dudley flirted with short-stack status only once during this final, but he soon snared a double-up, moved back near the lead, and eventually closed out the win.
The central Michigan native had no immediate splurging plans for any of his seven-digit win, planning to invest most of it. He’s been engaged to his girlfriend Racquel for nine years, and he and “Rocky” will be tying the knot in 2020, likely with much more financial stability than they planned on just a few days ago.
An eight-player live-streamed table began Tuesday afternoon with the quick eliminations of the two shortest-stacked finalists, Bridgehampton, New York’s Will Jaffe and Moscow, Russian Federation’s Andrey Razov.
Park and Dudley began heads-up play almost exactly tied in chips, but Dudley soon surged ahead. He built a 2:1 edge before the final hand played out. Park began the hand by raising to 600,000, and Dudley pot-bet in return, to 3.6 million. Park called and the two saw a J-6-2 flop. Dudley again bet the pot, which covered Park’s remaining stack, but after a lengthy tank, Park called it off but found himself in bad shape with Q-J-9-5 to Dudley’s K-Q-Q-10. The A turn was no help for Park, nor was the 10 river, which instead gave Dudley the clinching Broadway straight and the victory.
78 players made the money and a min-cash was worth $15,029.
1st: Dash Dudley, $1,086,967
2nd: James Park, $671,802
3rd: Joel Feldman, $463,814
4th: Jeremy Ausmus, $325,693
5th: Kyle Montgomery, $232,680
6th: Eoghan O’Day, $169,173
7th: Andrey Razov, $125,215
8th: Will Jaffe, $94,380