The event #43 at the 2017 World Series of Poker was the$1, 500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.


Total of1025 poker players took part in this competition. It was the Israeli realtor Ben Maya, who came up trumps at the end of the event to win the first gold bracelet of his career. This Israeli is not a regular on the international tournament scene, but this time he has made his presence count and that too in fine fashion.

By taking part in this WSOP event, Ben Maya took home $257,764 for winning the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout event. Maya said that he does not play in a lot of tournaments. In fact, he does not feature in any tournaments and just tries his luck out in one tournament in a year. He finds tournaments quite exhausting as it requires plenty of hours of concentration and time. He gets very tired to take part in big tournaments. He is a businessman and a busy one at that and does not find poker to be a big part of his life.

Maya said that he had some feeling of having the gold bracelet in his hand the very first day of the event. He did not believe in himself and he does not know why he does not have the self belief. He acknowledged that he is not a good poker player. But, after he won the second day, he knew that he has some poker skills with him and was confident that he could make it to the end.

This is a shootout format and hence players will have to win each table, they are in to advance to the next stage. The final day had two six-handle tables and 12 of the big names on the final day. The heads-up was between Maya and Thomas Boivin of Belgium.