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Nick Schulman put on a dominating display at the Event #26: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller final table at the 2024 World Series of Poker to win his fifth WSOP bracelet. Schulman steam-rolled the final table and topped the 318-entrant field to win the $1,667,842 first-place prize and push his career earnings over $20,000,000. Schulman is now 50th on the All-Time Money List, according to The Hendon Mob.

"It's always been about the game to me," Schulman said when discussing winning money versus attaining accolades. "To be truly great at something is really rewarding because it's a lot of your life. End of the day, it's about the game."

Schulman began his poker career by winning the WPT World Poker Finals in 2005 for $2,167,500. His first WSOP bracelet came a few years later in 2009 when he won the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship for $279,742. Schulman would win that same event in 2012, and then win the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo for $463,670 in 2019. Last year, Schulman won the $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $110,800 for his fourth WSOP bracelet. 

"This one really does stand out more, aside from the obvious that there is $1.7 million sitting there, which is crazy," Schulman said about winning his fifth WSOP bracelet in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller. "No-Limit Hold'em was the first game I fell in love with when I was 15. No-Limit Hold'em tournaments are so hard to win."

Now owning five WSOP bracelets, Schulman joins Scott Seiver and Robert Mizrachi in winning their fifth at the 2024 WSOP. All three players are now tied with John Monnette, Eli Elezra, Daniel Alaei, Adam Friedman, Benny Glaser, and Scotty Nguyen as members of the five-time WSOP bracelet winners club.

"Five has a really special ring to it," Schulman said about joining a long list of great players to have won five WSOP bracelets. "It really does mean a lot. I'm so thankful. I'm so happy."

On the final day of play in Event #26, 19 players remained, with Yingui Li holding the chip lead alongside David Stamm. Joey Weissman (19th), Philip Sternheimer (16th), Kevin Rabichow (15th), Dan Smith (13th), Andrew Ostapchenko (12th), Jared Bleznick (11th), Dario Sammartino (10th), and Sam Laskowitz (9th) were all eliminated before the final table was set to be livestreamed on PokerGO. Schulman held a slight chip lead over Shaun Deeb as play began under the bright lights of the WSOP Main Stage, but it would be Deeb dropping some of his stack after he doubled Li. Noel Rodriguez took a huge pot off Deeb to move into contention for the chip lead, before eventually grasping it to lead the final eight. 

Schulman would then win the biggest flip of the tournament when his pocket queens held up against Rodriguez's ace-king. Rodriguez began his climb back up the leaderboard before it would be Deeb eliminated in eighth place when he lost a race with ace-king. Li then followed in seventh place when his king-jack ran into Schulman's king-queen. Roberto Perez and Ben Heath fell in sixth and fifth place, respectively, to Schulman who now sat with roughly 80% of the chips in play four-handed.

David Stamm called all-in with jack-five from the big blind and was against Schulman's queen-five. The board bricked out, and just three players remained. Lyall fell next when his ace-three failed to improve against Rodriguez's ace-king as Schulman entered heads-up play with roughly a six-to-one advantage. On the first hand of heads-up play, Rodriguez was all-in with bottom pair and a flush draw against Schulman's top pair. The board bricked out for Rodriguez, and he was eliminated in second place, while Schulman was awarded his fifth WSOP bracelet and the $1,667,842 first-place prize.

"I would like to go down as an all-time great," Schulman said on what he wants his legacy to be when he looks back on his career. "We're probably on our way. I play every game, and I have since I was a kid."

2024 WSOP Event #26: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Results

Place Player Country Prize PGT Points
1st Nick Schulman United States $1,667,842 750
2nd Noel Rodriguez United States $1,111,897 700
3rd Dean Lyall Scotland $760,083 456
4th David Stamm United States $529,833 318
5th Ben Heath United Kingdom $376,762 226
6th Roberto Perez Spain $273,414 164
7th Yingui Li China $202,574 122
8th Shaun Deeb United States $153,302 92

PGT Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player PGT Points Wins Cashes Winnings
1st David Coleman 1,336 4 12 $1,052,369
2nd Aram Zobian 1,131 2 11 $1,000,090
3rd Dylan Weisman 1,126 3 10 $1,155,640
4th Nick Schulman 1,035 1 9 $1,912,611
5th Daniel Negreanu 923 1 12 $803,791
6th Samuli Sipila 749 2 4 $776,140
7th Stephen Chidwick 711 1 8 $847,875
8th Kristen Foxen 708 1 6 $513,662
9th Brek Schutten 700 1 1 $1,405,641
10th Noel Rodriguez 700 0 1 $1,111,897

These are the leaderboard standings as of Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The complete and current PGT leaderboard is at pgt.com/leaderboard.

Nick Schulman now moves into fourth on the PGT leaderboard with 1,035 PGT points after winning his fifth WSOP bracelet. He also has three additional PGT cashes at the 2024 WSOP to go with his victory. Noel Rodriguez climbs to tenth on the PGT leaderboard with 700 PGT points after finishing runner-up to Schulman. David Coleman finished 30th and extended his lead on top, while Kristen Foxen picked up 30 PGT points to move to 708 PGT points to overtake Brek Schutten who drops to ninth overall.

Outside of the top ten, Sam Laskowitz is now in 20th on the PGT leaderboard with 553 PGT points following his ninth-place finish in Event #26. Scott Seiver climbed to 25th, while Dean Lyall is now 28th following his third-place finish for 456 PGT points. David Stamm climbs to 31st with 427 PGT points after finishing in fourth place for his second PGT qualifying cash of the 2024 WSOP.

The next eligible WSOP event to earn PGT points is Event #37: $10k Big O Championship, beginning on June 13.  and with late registration open on June 10. Following that will be Event #39: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller, beginning on June 14, and then Event #42: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.

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