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2024 World Series of Poker

Event #25: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold'em

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Daniel Vampan Claims First Bracelet and $148,635 in Event #25: $3,000 Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante
Daniel Vampan
Daniel Vampan

The final day of Event #25: $3,000 Limit Hold'em (6-Handed) has concluded at the 2024 World Series of Poker at Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. After the dust has settled, Las Vegas local Daniel Vampan has emerged victorious after a dominant final table performance to take home $148,635 and his first gold bracelet.

The event attracted 248 total entrants to generate a total prize pool of $662,160. Only 10 of those initial entrants found a bag for Day 3 to battle it out for the top prize.

PlacePlayerCountryPayout
1Daniel VampanUnited States$148,635
2Robert WellsUnited Kingdom$99,578
3Nick CaltabianoUnited States$67,919
4Lucas WagnerUnited States$47,179
5Roland IsraelashviliUnited States$33,387
6Frank YakubsonUnited States$24,078

Winner's Reaction

Vampan recalls a pivotal moment from Day 2 that helped boost him to victory:

“I had 2,000 chips, at 3,000/5,000 limits, and I tripled up to 6,000, then I had like six-nine off in the big [blind], and it came ten-nine-five turn nine and I beat queen-ten… it was at that moment that I was like, oh, I’m going to win this tournament… I just had this weird feeling, like I just knew it was going to happen…”

Although his biggest cash according to The Hendon Mob is $345,000 due to a 24th-place finish in the 2023 WSOP Main Event, the 35-year-old California native is mostly a limit cash game player.

“Yeah, my dad is actually an ex-professional limit hold’em player so you know, I would sneak into the Commerce and the Bike when I was like 18/19 so I've been playing limit for a very long time.”

Vampan does admit that he hasn't been able to play as much as he used to, however, as he has been busy working on a business he and his friend are developing in the agricultural sector, with a launch date still TBD.

Day's Action

Ten players took their seats today for Day 3 (four of them named Daniel), but it wasn't very long before Daniel Idema hit the rail in tenth ($11,157), followed by Daniel Budovsky in ninth ($13,276). Then Yi ‘Kat’ Klassen (8th-$13,276) and Daniel Maczuga (7th-$17,704) busted almost simultaneously at separate tables to bring the remaining six to the official final table.

First to exit after that was Frank Yakubson who got it all in with pocket sixes on the turn, but Vampan had made a pair of sevens to send him home after the river provided no help.

Next to go was legend Roland Israelashvili who just made his 501st WSOP cash but fell just short of a bracelet when he tangled with Nick Caltabiano. Both players flopped a pair of threes and got it all in, but Roland's six-kicker was no good against the kin-kicker of Caltabiano and he was sent to the payout desk in fifth place.

After that, there was a lot of chip-trading going on and at one point, three of the four players were pretty much even, with Robert Wells ahead by a good margin. After another level or so, it was Lucas Wagner who had dwindled to become a short stack and got it all in preflop against Caltabiano and Vampan. After checking through the flop, Caltabiano bet Vampan out on the turn and tabled a pair of queens against the seven-five suited of Wagner. A five appeared on the river but it was too little too late and Wagner was sent out in fourth place.

A three-handed battle then ensued as each player took turns holding the chip lead, but before long, it was Vampan who started running away with the lead after making some big key hands. Caltabiano then became very short and got it all in preflop against Wells who covered. Caltabiano’s queen-ten had Wells’ jack-ten dominated, but Wells ended up making a straight on the turn and the blank river sent Caltabiano out as the third-place finisher.

Vampan Closes Out

Wells and Vampan then went into heads-up play with a huge chip disparity, as Vampan held a 6:1 chip lead. As everyone knows, anything can happen heads-up, but that was not the case as both players got it all in on the turn with a pair and straight draw, but the river bricked out and Vampan’s superior pair secured him the victory and left Wells as the event’s runner-up.

This got a huge reaction from Vampan’s rail, who had been present since the late Levels of Day 2 yesterday, and they all swarmed the table to celebrate their friend’s first bracelet, chanting “Hardware! Hardware!”

Daniel Vampan
Daniel Vampan

That wraps up the coverage for Event #25: $3,000 Limit Hold’em, but be sure to keep a tab open on PokerNews for all 2024 WSOP action and more!

Tags: Daniel BudovskyDaniel IdemaDaniel MaczugaDaniel VampanFrank YakubsonLucas WagnerNick CaltabianoRobert WellsRoland Israelashvili

Robert Wells Eliminated in 2nd Place ($99,578)

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante
Robert Wells
Robert Wells

Robert Wells opened on the button and Daniel Vampan called.

The dealer spread a flop of 732, and Vampan checked to Wells who fired a bet. Vampan put in a check-raise and Wells called.

When the 5 hit the turn, Vampan fired another bet and Wells raised all in for 300,000. Vampan quickly called and both hands were tabled.

Robert Wells: 65 All in
Daniel Vampan: 74

Both players had a pair and a straight draw but Vampan was in the lead with a pair of sevens. The 8 river changed nothing as Wells stood up from the table to shake hands with Vampan.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Vampan us
Daniel Vampan
9,960,000
1,160,000
1,160,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Robert Wells gb
Robert Wells
Eliminato

Tags: Daniel VampanRobert Wells

Nick Caltabiano Eliminated in 3rd Place ($67,919)

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante
Nick Caltabiano
Nick Caltabiano

After a preflop betting war, Nick Caltabiano moved all in and Robert Wells made the call to put him at risk.

Nick Caltabiano: Q10
Robert Wells: J10

Caltabiano was in good shape with his dominating hand, but the runout was brutal as it came 7Q984 to give Wells a straight to send him to the rail in third place for $67,919.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Robert Wells gb
Robert Wells
1,400,000
750,000
750,000
Nick Caltabiano us
Nick Caltabiano
Eliminato

Tags: Nick CaltabianoRobert Wells

Vampan Smoke Bets and Hits

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante
Daniel Vampan
Daniel Vampan

Nick Caltabiano limped the small blind and called a raise from Daniel Vampan in the big blind.

"Smoke check," announced Caltabiano who encouraged Vampan to smoke bet, which he obliged.

The flop of Q76 hit the felt, and Caltabiano called the bet.

When the J landed on the turn, Caltabiano check-called once again, and the 3 landed on the river.

Caltabiano quickly checked and called another bet from Vampan to see the AQ of Vampan for top pair on the flop.

Caltabiano said, "Ah, your ace-queen hits," as his cards went into the muck.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Vampan us
Daniel Vampan
8,800,000
1,950,000
1,950,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Robert Wells gb
Robert Wells
650,000
-550,000
-550,000
Nick Caltabiano us
Nick Caltabiano
550,000
-1,150,000
-1,150,000

Tags: Daniel VampanNick Caltabiano

Vampan Chips Up

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante

After an open from Robert Wells and a three-bet from Nick Caltabiano, Daniel Vampan called to see a flop of J43.

All three players checked to see the 8 peel on the turn, and Caltabiano checked to Vampan who bet, which resulted in both adversaries folding.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Vampan us
Daniel Vampan
6,850,000
2,850,000
2,850,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Nick Caltabiano us
Nick Caltabiano
1,700,000
-1,600,000
-1,600,000
Robert Wells gb
Robert Wells
1,200,000
-1,200,000
-1,200,000

Tags: Daniel VampanNick CaltabianoRobert Wells

Wells Flops a Straight

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante

Robert Wells raised the button and Nick Caltabiano three-bet from the small blind. Wells called.

The dealer spread a flop of Q98 and Caltabiano check-called a bet from Wells.

The K fell on the turn, and Caltabiano check-called once again.

When the 8 paired the board on the river, Caltabiano checked once more and Wells continued to bet. Caltabiano announced that he wasn't sure what he could beat but made the call.

Wells rolled J10 for a flopped straight as Caltabiano said, "Not that," and flashed the K.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Vampan us
Daniel Vampan
4,000,000
30,000
30,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Nick Caltabiano us
Nick Caltabiano
3,300,000
-1,150,000
-1,150,000
Robert Wells gb
Robert Wells
2,400,000
1,050,000
1,050,000

Tags: Nick CaltabianoRobert Wells

Caltabiano Takes Down Three-Bet Family Pot to Take Lead

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante

After an open by Daniel Vampan, Robert Wells three-bet and both Nick Caltabiano and Vampan called.

The flop came out A4Q and Wells bet, Caltabiano called, and Vampan folded.

On the turn 6, Wells checked, Caltabiano bet, and Wells surrendered to award Caltabiano the substantial pot to put him into the lead.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Nick Caltabiano us
Nick Caltabiano
4,450,000
350,000
350,000
Daniel Vampan us
Daniel Vampan
3,970,000
-530,000
-530,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Robert Wells gb
Robert Wells
1,350,000
230,000
230,000

Tags: Daniel VampanNick CaltabianoRobert Wells

Vampan Flops Two Pair

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante

Robert Wells opened the button and Daniel Vampan came along in the big blind.

The dealer spread a flop of A54, and Vampan check-called a bet from Wells.

When the 3 hit the turn, Vampan checked to Wells as he flung another bet into the middle, and Vampan called.

The K completed the board on the river, and Vampan took the lead, pushing a bet across the line. Wells quickly called as he showed Ax10x, and Vampan took down the pot with two pair as he showed 54.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Daniel Vampan us
Daniel Vampan
4,500,000
500,000
500,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Robert Wells gb
Robert Wells
1,120,000
-880,000
-880,000

Tags: Daniel VampanRobert Wells

Lucas Wagner Eliminated in 4th Place ($47,179)

Livello 27 : Limits 100,000/200,000, 0 ante
Lucas Wagner
Lucas Wagner

Lucas Wagner raised all in for 170,000 and both Daniel Vampan on the button and Nick Caltabiano in the big blind made the call.

The action checked through on the Q33 flop, and Caltabiano put out a bet when the 10 hit the turn. Vampan quickly folded, and both hands were tabled.

Lucas Wagner: 75 All in
Nick Caltabiano: Q9

Wagner was drawing dead as the dealer put the 5 on the river, sending him to the payout desk in 4th place.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Nick Caltabiano us
Nick Caltabiano
4,100,000
540,000
540,000
Daniel Vampan us
Daniel Vampan
4,000,000
300,000
300,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Robert Wells gb
Robert Wells
2,000,000
-560,000
-560,000
Lucas Wagner us
Lucas Wagner
Eliminato

Tags: Daniel VampanLucas WagnerNick Caltabiano