Campbell Captures Second 2019 WSOP Bracelet

Robert Campbell has become a multiple-bracelet winner at the 2019 World Series of Poker after capturing his second career poker bracelet at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.

Australians At 2019 WSOP

From the time that the 2019 World Series of Poker began at the end of May, Americans have dominated the action and won the vast majority of bracelets thus far. The tournament is held in Las Vegas, though, so it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that there are more Americans in the tournaments than any other nationality.

Meanwhile, the WSOP is coming to an end in little more than one week and only about a dozen poker tournaments remaining on the schedule. The chances are therefore diminishing for Australia to make a significant showing.

There is one exception. Australian player Robert Campbell not only claimed one gold bracelet for his home country, he went on to win a second one. Campbell is the only player to win multiple bracelets thus far this year.

Number One for Robert Campbell

On June 16, in the wee hours of the morning in Vegas, Campbell captured his first-ever WSOP win and accompanying gold bracelet.

Campbell was no stranger to poker tournaments nor to the World Series of Poker. In fact, he had made numerous final tables from 2015 through 2019. He finished eighth in the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed event and fifth in the $10K Omaha-8 Championship at the beginning of July. But he had yet to capture gold.

That was until Event 33, which was the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw tournament. And when it finished, Campbell was the winner.

The CEO of Neon Esports was “super-duper excited” to win the tournament with friends cheering him on. And those friends included famous Aussie poker pros like James Obst and 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem.

A Second for Robert Campbell

With one bracelet under his belt – or on his wrist – Campbell set out to play more tournaments. He cashed in the $1,500 Omaha Mix and $1,500 PLO-8 and finished seventh in the $1,500 Razz.

A big opportunity came in Event 67, which was the $10K Seven-Card Stud-8 tournament, which started on June 30.

Campbell finished Day 1 without an impressive stack, but Day 2 was much better. He finished that night in eighth place out of the final 16. As he climbed the leaderboard in the afternoon, he doubled another player and kept losing pots to Qinghai Pan. At one point, he was one of the two lowest stacks with 11 players remaining.

However, Campbell played a key role in eliminating former chip leader Eli Elezra. He then ousted Steven Wolansky in eighth place, and then scooped Pan to climb into the chip lead. From that point on, he dominated.

As Mike Matusow and Mike Wattel busted, Campbell soared and took 5.35 million chips into heads-up play against the 3.71 million of Yueqi Zhu. Campbell lost very few pots during the duel, and he ultimately won the tournament for $385,763 and a second bracelet.

Campbell noted that he had played less poker before the WSOP than in many of the past years. However, he said: “I felt really, really excited to play. I was really excited to come to Vegas, must more excited than I had been in the past.”

Campbell Leads POY

The World Series of Poker Player of the Year race was heating up at the time. Campbell’s second win subsequently put him right on top.

As of July 8, Campbell is in the top position, but other players are on his heels:

  • Robert Campbell = 3,079.31 points
  • Daniel Zack = 2,920.76 points
  • Phillip Hui = 2,830.68 points
  • Shaun Deeb = 2,458.48 points
  • Anthony Zinno = 2,443.22

Aussies Led by Campbell

As of July 8, Campbell remains the only player to win two bracelets this year.

Campbell is the highest-earning Aussie of the 2019 WSOP, too, with $665,508 in total earnings. He also ranks 19th in the overall winnings standings.

Meanwhile, Aussie James Obst tops his country in number of cashes with 10 of them, while Aussie Joel Feldman is in 16th place as the highest-ranking Aussie for top money won per in-the-money finishes.

As of July 8, Australia is tied with Russia, South Korea, Brazil, and France with two bracelets for each country apiece. It ranks eighth for earnings by country with more than $2.37 million thus far, and it ranks 11th for countries by cashes with 186 to date.

The $10K Main Event is also in action as of July 8, and the numbers for that – which is the second largest WSOP Main Event in the series’ history – showed Australia ranking eighth for the number of players with 91.

The 2019 WSOP continues through July 16, as the series works through its 89 events in total and finishes with the Main Event.

Rose Varrelli

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