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Chow turns 33, wins first WSOP bracelet

Updated: June 2, 2010, 5:34 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Michael Chow, a 33-year-old professional poker player from Honolulu, won his first World Series of Poker bracelet by defeating the 818-player field in the $1,500 Omaha high-low split Event 4. The third-largest Omaha high-low split event field created a massive prize pool of $1,104,300, with Chow taking home $237,463.

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2010 WSOP Michael Chow became the second Hawaiian to win a WSOP bracelet.

What made the victory sweeter for Chow, who spends most of his time playing in Las Vegas and the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, was that the final table wrapped up during the early hours of his 33rd birthday. Chow, formerly a real estate broker and investor, decided to play full time in 2007. He now has $643,237 in career tournament earnings, with six WSOP cashes.

"This means a lot," said Chow after his win. "I have been working hard trying to make a living for the past four or five years. I made a final table at the WSOP before, and I won a Bellagio event. So I have had cashes here and there. But to win a gold bracelet, that's everything to me. This means everything right here. It makes me feel a lot better about everything I am doing."

Chow defeated fellow pro Dan Heimiller after a lengthy heads-up battle to win the bracelet. Both players were all-in for their tournament life at one point or another, and it seemed that the short stack was just always destined to double up. Heimiller was the only player entering the final table to hold WSOP gold, but fell short of winning another bracelet, a feeling he unfortunately has felt often. This was his second runner-up finish at the WSOP, along with two other third-place showings. However, Heimiller now has $2.9 million in career earnings.

Another familiar face at the final table was 2008 November Niner Ylon Schwartz. After finishing fourth in the 2008 WSOP main event, Schwartz has made two more final tables, finishing third in both of them. He now has more than $4 million in WSOP earnings.

Notable finishers from Event 4 include Jeff Madsen (12th), Huck Seed (18th) and David Bach (24th).

Below are the complete results of Event 4 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 4: Omaha high-low split eight-or-better
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 818
Prize pool: $1,104,300
Players in the money: 81

1. Michael Chow ($237,140)
2. Dan Heimiller ($146,505)
3. Ylon Schwartz ($94,446)
4. Fred Koubi ($69,188)
5. Scott Epstein ($51,431)
6. Michael Cipolla ($38,747)
7. Sasha Rosewood ($29,548)
8. Joe Leibman ($22,798)
9. Todd Barlow ($17,780)
10. James Mcwhorter ($14,030)
11. Stephen Su ($14,030)
12. Jeff Madsen ($14,030)
13. Hamid Salari ($11,316)
14. Chris Viox ($11,316)
15. Robert Ferdinand ($11,316)
16. Andreas Krause ($9,099)
17. Mike Puskarich ($9,099)
18. Huck Seed ($9,099)
19. Ward Crane ($7,445)
20. Brian Lives ($7,445)
21. Shawn Buchanan ($7,445)
22. Anthony Reategui ($7,445)
23. Jesse Hollander ($7,445)
24. David Bach ($7,445)
25. Ron Ware ($7,445)
26. Steve Cowley ($7,445)
27. Chau Giang ($7,445)
28. Jason Stern ($6,129)
29. Robert Goldfarb ($6,129)
30. Bradley Libson ($6,129)
31. Lonnie Heimowitz ($6,129)
32. Thomas Schneider ($6,129)
33. Ed Smith ($6,129)
34. Clinton Steelman ($6,129)
35. John Parker ($6,129)
36. Robert Kearse ($6,129)
37. Robert Lipkin ($5,124)
38. Ty Takishita ($5,124)
39. Allen Kessler ($5,124)
40. Larry Etherington ($5,124)
41. Sam Mudaro ($5,124)
42. Craig Natte ($5,124)
43. Dean Jackson ($5,124)
44. Daniel Quach ($5,124)
45. Daniel Baldev ($5,124)
46. Dennis Seagle ($4,296)
47. Thomas McCormick ($4,296)
48. Jordan Seigel ($4,296)
49. James Collopy ($4,296)
50. Paul Fisher ($4,296)
51. Charles Thompson ($4,296)
52. Todd Brunson ($4,296)
53. Matthew Waxman ($4,296)
54. Alan Engel ($4,296)
55. Gregory Mascio ($3,629)
56. Mario Zeledon ($3,629)
57. Allen Chang ($3,629)
58. Mark Ferguson ($3,629)
59. Oleg Shamardin ($3,629)
60. Samuel Smith ($3,629)
61. Ron Ware ($3,629)
62. Joseph Spanne ($3,629)
63. Michael Moed ($3,629)
64. Cameron Mckinley ($3,103)
65. Kevin Murphy ($3,103)
66. Suk Sung ($3,103)
67. Clarke Hill ($3,103)
68. Paul Zibits ($3,103)
69. Kenneth Dillon ($3,103)
70. John Bunch ($3,103)
71. Walter Smiley ($3,103)
72. John Farrington ($3,103)
73. Berry Johnston ($2,750)
74. Shawn Koehn ($2,750)
75. Charles Jett ($2,750)
76. Fu Wong ($2,750)
77. Andrew Black ($2,750)
78. Jeffrey Dewitt ($2,750)
79. Jeffrey Planck ($2,750)
80. Douglas Kovacs ($2,750)
81. Ken Lennaard ($2,750)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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