Yaser Al-Keliddar wins $3,000 NLHE Event

Posted On 12 Jul, 2018 0

The 2018 World Series of Poker has been a good one for first-time winners. Just some time back, we reported the news of Dutch poker player Ronald Keijman shipping the $3,000 PLO Event and taking home his maiden WSOP gold bracelet. Now, another player completed his dream of winning a gold bracelet.

America's Yaser Al-Keliddar has been around the live poker circuit since as long as 2004. However, it's safe to say that 2018 was the most productive year of his poker career, where he made a couple of cashes in the 2018 WSOP, including winning his maiden WSOP gold bracelet.

He registered to Event #70: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed and outlasted 221 entries by the end of the third day of play, to walk away with a career best live cash of $154,338, while also doubling his career live poker earnings. The prize pool of $596,700 meant 34 players were paid out a minimum of $4,449.

Portugal's Joao Vieira and USA's Barry Greenstein were some of the most experienced players on the final table, but they busted in 8th and 6th respectively, with the final table clearing off pretty quickly. Eventually, Al-Keliddar beat Juha Helppi in heads-up, with his pocket fours beating Helppi's 10-4 in the final hand.

"I'm relieved because I was tied for the chip lead heading into the day, so to have blown it would have been rough. I had a lot of friends from back home who were really supportive, cheering me on, and that helped a lot. I didn't want to let anyone down. Apparently, my home casino back in the D.C. area is excited for me, which is great. First bracelet. I wasn't going to play this thing until an hour and a half before," Al-Keliddar said after this big win.

Final table results:

  1. Yaser Al-Keliddar - $154,338
  2. Juha Helppi - $95,380
  3. Justin Thurlow - $62,187
  4. Andrew Yip - $41,665
  5. Mike Schneider - $28,708
  6. Barry Greenstein - $20,358
  7. Won Lee - $14,871
  8. Joao Vieira - $14,871

Keep reading GutshotMagazine.com for more updates on bracelet winners at the 2018 World Series of Poker.

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WPT Japan 2018 1 Sep - 17 Sep JPY 30,000
2018 APT Philippines Championships II 13 Sep - 24 Sep PHP 55,000
WPT Korea 2018 18 Sep - 24 Sep KRW 1,100,000
WPT Vietnam 2018 26 Sep - 4 Oct VND 22,000,000
Deltin Poker Tournament Xpress 27 Sep - 30 Sep INR 15,000
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