Robert Cowen has won his second World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet by winning Event #28: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller for $1,393,816 in prize money.
This win nearly doubles Cowwen’s lifetime tournament earnings as he now eclipses $2.84 million which pushes the Swansea-resident to fourth on the Welsh All-Time Money List trailing Roberto Romanello, Dave Colclough, and Mansour Matloubi. Although Cowen regards himself as British, there is no doubt that he is one of the best Pot-Limit Omaha players from the United Kingdom having won his first WSOP bracelet in 2021 when he won Event #80: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed for $280,916 in prize money.
“It’s nice to close it out,” Cowen said in regards to winning this WSOP bracelet in front of a rowdy rail of friends and countrymen. “The first one was very quiet. It was on a side table. There wasn’t much around. So it’s nice to get that experience this time.”
Cowen entered the final table third in chips trailing Veselin Karakitukov and Ben Lamb. Jared Bleznick would be an early casualty in fifth place when his single-suited kings ran into the aces of Dash Dudley. Lamb would eventually ascend into the chip lead after flopping a full house against Karakitukov. It would then be Dudley’s turn in the lead when his two-pair bested Karakitukov’s inferior two-pair. The fourth lead change headed Cowen’s way when he doubled with double-suited aces against the rundown of Dudley. The board fell safe for Cowen and he sat with just under half the chips in play.
After a long four-handed battle, Karkitukov was eliminated in fourth place when he was all-in with top pair and backdoor straight draws against the superior hand of Cowen for top pair and a straight draw. Cowen improved to two pair on the turn to render Karakitukov drawing dead. Cowen had relinquished the lead to Lamb, but he managed to snap it back when he flopped a set and rivered quads against Lamb’s straight. Dudley then doubled through Lamb before the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year was eliminated in third place to Cowen.
Cowen entered heads-up play with a three-to-one advantage over Dudley, but the two-time WSOP bracelet winner doubled through to nearly even when his single-suited queens held. Cowen pushed back ahead before the final hand played out with Dudley all-in with an overpair and flush draw against the top pair and wrap of Cowen. The turn improved Cowen to a straight, and when the river completed Dudley’s flush, it also gave Cowen a full house and Dudley was eliminated in second place.
“Honestly, it doesn’t faze me when I’m playing,” Cowen said about facing some talented Omaha players at the final table. “Coming into this final table I felt indifferent to any other poker tournament.”
After winning his first WSOP bracelet last year, Cowen is off to an incredible 2022 that includes a €10,300 EPT Prague High Roller victory for €475,410 in prize money, and now his second WSOP bracelet.
“It’s turning into a pretty good one,” Cowen said on having one of his best years playing live. “I’ve just spent a lot of time focusing on playing my best. Incremental improvements.”
|1st||Robert Cowen||United Kingdom||$1,393,816|
|2nd||Dash Dudley||United States||$861,442|
|3rd||Ben Lamb||United States||$622,861|
|5th||Jared Bleznick||United States||$342,626|
The 2022 World Series of Poker is in full swing, and 10 qualifying PokerGO Tour (PGT) points have been completed following winners being crowned today in the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, and the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship.
Jake Schindler remains on top of the PGT leaderboard following his Event #12 win. Schindler has amassed 2,697 PGT points from 12 cashes and four wins. Trailing Schindler is Ali Imsirovic who sits on 2,281 PGT points, while Phil Ivey added 108 PGT points following his third-place finishing in the $10,000 Stud Championship. Ivey now sits with 2,133 PGT points ahead of Stephen Chidwick (2,044 PGT points), Daniel Dvoress (1,955 PGT points), and Danny Tang (1,893 PGT points).
Both Dvoress and Tang have yet to make an appearance at the 2022 WSOP, and with the likes of Jason Koon, Mikita Badziakouski, and Isaac Kempton rounding out the top ten, they will likely gain ground on Dvoress and Tang.
There are still 15 PGT-qualifying events at the 2022 WSOP, while there are 13 ARIA High Roller tournaments being played out at the PokerGO Studio on June 27, July 4-11, July 13, and July 17-19.
Note: PokerGO Tour leaderboard accurate at the date of this article.
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