Event #80: People's Choice Event [Pros Vote]

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,372,560
Players 2408

Level Info

Level 46
Blinds 400,000 / 800,000
Ante 100,000
Event #80: People's Choice Event [Pros Vote]
Day 1 completed

Jeffrey Dobrin Wins Event #80: People's Choice Event [Pros Vote] ($189,666)

mnuwwarah • Level 46: 400,000-800,000, 100,000 ante
Jeffrey Dobrin Wins Event #80
Jeffrey Dobrin Wins Event #80

Jeffrey Dobrin kept giving himself a chance, and it finally paid off big.

One of the most persistent grinders throughout the online bracelet events on both WSOP.com and GGPoker this year, Dobrin racked up an impressive 15 cashes over the course of the dozens of tournaments held on the two sites. However, none of the runs were particularly deep, with the best of the bunch being a 31st-place finish back in early July.

Finally, Dobrin had the breakthrough he undoubtedly craved. It came in Event #80: People's Choice Event [Pros Vote], which turned out to be a $600 six-max event. Dobrin won $189,666 and a WSOP Europe package thanks to beating a field of 2,408 for his first bracelet.

1Jeffrey DobrinUSA$189,666*
2Idris AmbraisseFrance$144,998
3Vahe MartirosyanArmenia$104,255
4Joao SantosBrazil$74,960
5Marc MacDonnellIreland$53,897
6Sergio VelosoCroatia$38,752
7Arvhin MalinabCanada$27,863
8Hiroki MorishitaJapan$20,034
9Chris FergusonUSA$14,404

*also won a WSOP Europe package

Dobrin was certainly far from the headliner at the final table, despite coming in with a slight chip lead. All eyes were on Chris Ferguson, gunning for bracelet No. 7, with some of those eyes undoubtedly anti-sweating the veteran pro. However, Ferguson attempted a sizable hero-call with ace-high that went awry, leading to his early bust.

Meanwhile, Dobrin chose to take a very aggressive approach. As chip leader, he got the option to choose his seat last, and he made what looked to be a very prudent choice to put most of the other big stacks on his right. This frequently allowed him to just shove and put everyone behind him at risk, padding his stack without much fight.

However, the tournament looked to be Vahe Martirosyan's to lose as he had about half of the chips four-handed.

That's when Dobrin revitalized himself after having sunk below an average count. He picked up nines to double through Joao Santos, who was dealt eights. Then, he and Idris Ambraisse left Martirosyan in their dust three-handed to set up a fairly even heads-up match.

The shallow stacks meant the first heater might take it and that went to Dobrin as he turned a gutshot to the nuts versus top two pair and then rolled from there, with a kings-over-nines cooler to finish it.

Dobrin can put his freshly won bracelet on the trophy case next to his two WSOP Circuit rings, which he won in 2012 and 2016. And the way Dobrin's been grinding, expect to see him stay in contention for more cashes as the GGPoker bracelet series winds down in the coming days.

Idris Ambraisse Eliminated in 2nd Place ($144,998)

mnuwwarah • Level 46: 400,000-800,000, 100,000 ante
Ambraisse Elimination
Ambraisse Elimination

Idris Ambraisse found a double when it looked like the tournament was about to end, turning a king to crack the {q-}{q-} of Jeffrey Dobrin with {k-}{8-}.

However, right after that, stacks went in again as Ambraisse was dealt {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} against {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}. Dobrin's kings held up on the flop, turn and river, and that was it for Event #80.

Jeffrey Dobrin us 60,200,000 12,200,000
Idris Ambraisse fr Busted

Dobrin Closing In

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Jeffrey Dobrin made the nut straight over Idris Ambraisse's two pair then won another big pot raising all in over a turn bet. He's got Ambraisse on the ropes with about 15 blinds.

Jeffrey Dobrin us 48,000,000 21,100,000
Idris Ambraisse fr 12,000,000 -21,300,000

Vahe Martirosyan Eliminated in 3rd Place ($104,255)

mnuwwarah • Level 45: 350,000-700,000, 90,000 ante
Martirosyan Elimination
Martirosyan Elimination

Idris Ambraisse min-raised first to act and Vahe Martirosyan defended big blind. On the {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} flop, Martirosyan check-called 1,330,000. Both checked the {q-Clubs}, bringing a {q-Spades}. Martirosyan bet 1.7 million and Ambraisse made it 4.1 million.

Martirosyan called with {k-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} having flopped kings up, but Ambraisse ran out trips with {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}.

Left with about 6 million, Martirosyan got it in with {q-Clubs}{j-Clubs} but fell to the {k-}{q-} of Jeffrey Dobrin.

Idris Ambraisse fr 33,300,000 11,000,000
Jeffrey Dobrin us 26,900,000 8,800,000
Vahe Martirosyan am Busted

Joao Santos Eliminated in 4th Place ($74,960)

mnuwwarah • Level 44: 300,000-600,000, 75,000 ante
Santos Elimination
Santos Elimination

Idris Ambraisse shoved for 8.4 million from the button and Joao Santos called for 4.1 million in the big blind.

Santos: {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Ambraisse: {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}

The {6-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop didn't look promising for Santos. Neither did the {2-Diamonds} turn, though he could at least chop sometimes. The {8-Diamonds} river was a blank, though.

Idris Ambraisse fr 13,600,000 -1,800,000
Joao Santos br Busted

Santos Short Again

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Jeffrey Dobrin shoved for 9.4 million first to act and Joao Santos shoved for a bit more behind him.

Dobrin: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Santos: {8-Hearts}{8-Spades}

Dobrin was looking good with nines, and a board of {q-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{k-Spades}{j-Spades}{7-Hearts} ensured he'd double up.

Jeffrey Dobrin us 20,200,000 8,000,000
Joao Santos br 4,800,000 -12,600,000