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Robert Campbell makes strong start to WSOP

Mon, Jun 24, 6:50pm by Staff Writer

The 2019 World Series of Poker began less than three weeks ago, but there has been time to crown more than 30 poker champions at the tournament, including Australia’s own Robert Campbell.

Some say Triple Draw is one of the purest forms of poker and others simply love many poker variations and embrace the game in all of its forms.

Robert Campbell may be a little of both, according to Casino Aus.

He is a former professional gamer, clearly a man with a passion for many challenging kinds of games.

He dabbled in poker for years during his time in gaming, but he played more poker during large tournament series near his home in Melbourne in the early 2010s.

Over the past several years, he took summer vacations to the United States to compete in the World Series of Poker.

In 2013, Campbell did win an eight-game tournament at the Aussie Millions for $60,000, and he final tabled events at the WSOP Asia-Pacific and Australia New Zealand Poker Tour that year as well.

He also did well at the WSOP in Las Vegas. His top-10 finishes in the past several years included:

2015 WSOP $1,500 HORSE, second place for $148,096.

2016 WSOP $10,000 Seven-Card Razz Championship, fifth place for $59,694.

2017 WSOP $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship, sixth place for $53,995.

2018 WSOP $10,000 HORSE, ninth place for $31,656.

This year, Campbell went to the WSOP more determined than ever, s tarting in June with two solid finishes.

Solid performances in Triple Draw lead up

In the $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-Handed event, he finished eighth and took away $13,861.

In a follow up event, the $10,000 Omaha-8 Championship, he finished fifth for $102,868.

Those results took him into the 2019 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball triple Draw Championship that started on June 13.

Campbell finished day one of the Triple Draw in fifth overall in chip counts, with more than 130 players remaining of the original 467 entries.

Day two ended with 17 players, but Campbell was on the lower half of the leaderboard.

Campbell did make the final table of six players and eliminated several of his competitors throughout the action.

When he made it to heads-up play against three-time WSOP champion David Bach, he had a 3-1 chip deficit.

Switching into cash-game mode, Campbell fought back.

Asked if he felt uncomfortable during heads-up against Bach, he said no.

However he added, “he’s quite an unorthodox players, so you have to do a few things maybe slightly differently against him.”

Eventually, Campbell won it and claimed his first WSOP gold bracelet.

The CEO of Neon Esports said he was excited to be at the final table and wanted to play his best, which he did.

“I’m super-duper excited,” he said after the win, as he was surrounded by friends who supported him during final table play.

Those friends included famous Aussie poker pro and bracelet winner James Obst and 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem.

For that victory, Campbell is now the owner of a WSOP gold bracelet, along with the $144,027 in cash for the first-place finish.

That put Campbell over $260,000 for the WSOP thus far this year and more than $870,000 for live lifetime poker tournament earnings.

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