Poker News Roundup: Gal Yifrach, Hahn Tran, Ryan Bambrick

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As the 2018 World Series of Poker rolls on in Las Vegas, we’re seeing a number of new faces make waves. A trio of first-time World Series of Poker bracelet winners make the headlines this week in our poker news roundup, each having career paydays as a result of their wins. Here’s a closer look at three winners from the WSOP this past week:

Yifrach Wins No. 28 No-Limit Hold’em Event At WSOP

Gal Yifrach has claimed the 28th event of the World Series of Poker, winning the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em – 6 Handed game. Yifrach won $461,798 for the largest payday of his career. He was one of four Americans in the top five as James Mackey was second with $285,377, Aaron Mermelstein was fourth with $133,731 and Darren Rabinowitz was fifth with $93,917. Belgium’s Garry Hasson came in third with $193,716.

It was the first time in Yifrach’s career that he claimed a six-figure payday and he basically doubled his earnings in live tournaments. Yifrach is not really a professional poker player, but he has won enough now that he can consider making a career change.

Tran Enjoys Biggest Payday Of Career At WSOP

It was a memorable weekend for Hahn Tran, who won Event #29 at the 2018 World Series of Poker, which was a $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw game. Tran won $117,282 while Sweden’s Oscar Johansson came in second place with $72,471. David Prociak of the United States finished in third place with $46,749 while England’s Cody Wagner was next with $30,926. American Brian Hastings rounded out the top five with $21,021.

It was the biggest cash-out of Tran’s career by a wide margin, but he had to battle hard as the lead changed hands a number of times during the final day. It was his eighth time at the World Series of Poker and Tran definitely made it count this time with the six-figure payday.

Bambrick Cashes In At Pot-Limit Omaha Event

American Ryan Bambrick came out on top of the 30th event, which was a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha game. Bambrick took home $217,123 for his efforts, coming in ahead of Finland’s Sampo Ryynanen, who was second with $134,138. Timothy McDermott of the United States finished in third place with $93,639, while Phil Riley of Canada was next with $66,342 and Jared Ingles of the U.S. was fifth with $47,713.

It was by far the biggest payday of Bambrick’s career as he now has made $263,829 in live cash winnings but as you can tell, nearly all of that came from this win. He has been playing online poker for about 15 years now, but Bambrick is a day trader by occupation. He came to the World Series of Poker bankrolled by money he had won online and decided to give this tournament a try. It turns out that he is pretty good at live tournaments and the winnings from this event will keep Bambrick going for a while yet.