Australia has secured its first WSOP bracelet of 2019 with mixed game specialist Robert Campbell making it eighth time lucky in taking down the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball event.
Having reached seven WSOP final tables with striking gold – including a fifth-place finish in the $10,000 Omaha Eight or Better less than two weeks ago – Campbell finally snapped his final table curse in Las Vegas, overcoming a field of 467 entries to claim the US$144,027 top prize.
The 35-year-old becomes the 19th Australian to win a WSOP gold bracelet and just the ninth to do so in Las Vegas.
Campbell’s success comes six years after his first WSOP final table appearance at WSOP APAC in 2013 and four years after his previous best – a runner-up finish in a $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at the Rio in 2015.
“I did have that feeling of dread when I had a big chip stack at the start of the final table,” Campbell revealed shortly after his win.
“Then I felt like I was sort of back in the pack. I did have a bit of, ‘Oh here we go again.’ But straight away after dinner three people just turbo busted. Then I was like, alright, I’ll just go cash game mode and see what happens.”
Making Campbell’s breakthrough victory all the more impressive was the fact that he was forced to overcome a three-to-one chip deficit when heads-up against three-time bracelet winner David Bach – holding his nerve to complete a memorable comeback.
“I was so excited just to be here again, but really I just wanted to play my best,” he said.
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