Maxx Coleman, a poker pro from Wichita, Kansas, is now a World Series of Poker bracelet winner after prevailing in Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw.
The win was a long time coming for Coleman. He came into the event with 44 career WSOP cashes and three final table appearances dating back to 2013, but no bracelet to show for it. Over the years, the bracelet was always something that was on his mind.
“It feels great. It’s something I’ve wanted to win. I’ve had some deep runs and good scores, but no bracelet,” he said following his win.
Coleman beat Thomas Newton heads-up to earn the $127,809 first prize, bringing to an end a marathon final day that took more than 11 hours. Coleman and Newton traded small pots back and forth throughout heads-up play before Coleman re-raised all in and Newton called for his last 2,500,000.
Coleman showed and Newton, with a jack-nine showing, was already drawing dead heading to the draw. Throughout the long day, Coleman tried to keep his patience and his focus on his main goal.
“The bracelet. Just really wanted to win it. Try to play my best. He took the lead there—I had the lead going in—but made some hands to come back,” he said.
Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Final Table Results
|1||Maxx Coleman||United States||$127,809|
|2||Thomas Newton||United States||$78,997|
|3||Roland Israelashvili||United States||$53,828|
|5||Kenneth Po||United States||$26,464|
Day 3 Action
The final day began with 19 players returning from a record-smashing field of 437, blowing past the previous tournament best of 296 in 2019. Coleman had the chip lead at the start of the eight-handed unofficial table as Jonathan McGowan (eighth) and German soccer pro Max Kruse (seventh) fell early on.
Coleman eliminated Tomas Szwarcberg in sixth place, but it was a hand against Brazilian online legend Yuri Dzivielevski that propelled him toward the victory. Dzivielevski had showing and stood pat. His exuberant rail burst into celebration when Coleman showed a jack-10, not realizing that Coleman was discarding the jack. He caught a deuce on the draw to bust Dzivielevski in fourth place.
“I got lucky. I won a flip-ish against him. He played good all day,” Coleman said about his battle with Dzivielevski.
WSOP cashes king Roland Israelashvili would make his exit in third place, denying him his first bracelet in his 172nd cash, the most of any player without a win. That set up the heads-up battle against Newton, with Coleman holding the chip lead at the start before battling back when Newton had pulled ahead.
Coleman was railed at the end of the final table by Ben Diebold, who won the $10,000 Dealers Choice event last week for his first bracelet. “I can’t let just Ben be the only winner,” Coleman said, taking motivation from watching his friends’ success.
He has the bracelet that has eluded him for so long, but Coleman isn’t stopping there. He plans on keeping a full schedule going forward, with Player of the Year potentially in his sights.
“I’m going to play a full schedule, whatever happens,” he said.
That concludes PokerNews’ coverage of Event #29. Stay tuned throughout the rest of the 2022 WSOP as more bracelet winners are crowned.