A pot-limit Omaha specialist won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in his best game. Dylan Weisman bested a massive field of 1,069 entries to win his first bracelet in the $1,000 pot-limit Omaha eight-handed event Saturday afternoon at the 2021 WSOP.
After defeating Craig Chait heads-up, Weisman netted $166,461 for his efforts. Chait earned $102,884 for his runner-up finish. The California native also picked up 960 Card Player Player of the Year points for the victory. It’s just the seventh career tournament cash and first victory for Weisman and all but one of those in-the-money finishes have come in pot-limit Omaha.
Although he may not have the lengthiest tournament resume, he is a regular in high-stakes pot-limit Omaha cash games and created a training course of the game for Doug Polk’s training site, Upswing Poker. Last June, Weisman made final tables in two of the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha events at the 2021 U.S. Poker Open. He was also hired by popular poker vlogger Andrew Neeme as a coach for the four-card variant.
“It’s my bar mitzvah all over again,” joked Weisman to WSOP live reporters after the victory.
He also went on to say good things about Chait, who is the owner of a WSOP Circuit ring and $921,492 in career tournament earnings. His six-figure score for his second-place finish was the largest of his career.
“He played really well,” said Weisman about Chait. “The fact that he laddered from fifth to second is phenomenal. That takes an immense amount of patience. And I’m so stoked for him and the way he was able to navigate the field.”
Weisman said that Chait watched him “sun-run” throughout the entire final table. The phrase was an accurate one as Weisman got to the final table as the chip leader and nearly went wire-to-wire with it. Outside of a few hands where Alexander Yen held the lead seven-handed, Weisman was at the top of the pack.
He did a lot of the dirty work as well as Weisman eliminated four of the seven players that stood in his way.
The final was reached on Friday night and Weisman scored the first two knockouts by eliminating Youness Barakat in eighth and Manan Bhandari in seventh. Barakat got all the chips in the middle preflop with J10108 against Weisman’s KJ97.
After a runout of AK244, Weisman dragged the pot and gave everyone a little extra elbow room at the table.
Bhandari was also sent packing after a preflop confrontation after his 10886 couldn’t overcome Weisman’s JJ73.
Yen eliminated Chase Fujita in sixth and that was the final elimination of the day. Eventually, the final five players bagged up for the night and came back on Saturday afternoon to play down to a winner.
At the conclusion of Day 2, Weisman held about 40% of the chips in play, while Chait was the short stack by a wide margin with just 880,000 compared to Weisman’s 9,435,000.
Saturday’s action picked up right where Friday left off, with Weisman dominating the table. Before there was even a single elimination on Saturday, Weisman accumulated more than half of the chips in play.
Tim Van Loo then sent Ran Niv to the rail in fifth place after the two were all in preflop with Niv’s K974 up against Van Loo’s Q1054. The 1083Q3 runout sent the pot to Van Loo and eliminated Niv in fifth.
Yen eliminated Van Loo in fourth, having flopped trip fours with 10764 against Van Loo’s pocket kings. And then Weisman went back to work.
Chait held on and doubled up a couple of times, while Yen was sliding. Weisman eliminated Yen in third when Yen flopped bottom set on a K98 flop, but Weisman flopped middle set. Yen couldn’t drill a miracle one outer and Weisman went to heads-up play with nearly a 19-to-1 chip lead.
With such a massive chip lead, Weisman only needed about 15 minutes to finish the job and secure his first bracelet.
Final Table Results:
|4||Tim Van Loo||$54,230||480|
Photo Credit: WSOP/Hayley Hochstetler