Joseph Di Rosa Rojas Wins WSOP Marathon for $690,469 (Event #23)4 months ago
A deep starting stack of 26,200 chips and 100-minute blind levels over five days of tournament poker action culminated in a title for Joseph Di Rosa Rojas, who is now the pride of Venezuela after winning that country's first ever WSOP gold bracelet.
Rojas outplayed 1,759 entrants who each bought in for $2,620 in the "Marathon" NLHE event, a new offering on the 2017 WSOP schedule. We may see the Marathon tournament become a fixture at the WSOP for years to come considering the popularity of the inaugural edition that resulted in a prize pool of $4,147,722.
The Venezuelan took home $690,469 of that prize money for his victory, notching his third cash of the summer festival. Rojas has earned $700K in about 10 days since arriving in Las Vegas, with previous career winnings of only $45K before the 2017 series.
Can Afford to Stick Around
His pockets now bulging with cash, the Marathon gold bracelet winner told WSOP.com that he intends to continue playing at the 48th annual WSOP, including entering the $10K Main Event next month.
Rojas will undoubtedly see some of his fellow Marathon final tablists in the ME such as 6th place finisher Faraz Jaka ($123,105) and runner-up Alexander Lynskey, who took home $426,663 for 2nd place. Lynskey, an Australian, cashed in last year's Main Event, landing in 606th place for $18,714.
Versus Rojas in heads-up action, Lynskey was looking at an 8-1 chip deficit, a huge disadvantage that proved insurmountable. The final hand of the Marathon tournament saw the Australian hit two pair on the flop for the lead, but Rojas connected with a higher two pair on the turn and that was all she wrote.
A Venezuelan almost won a gold bracelet at last year's WSOP when Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon made it as far as 2nd place in the $1,500 Monster Stack for $692,029. Rojas has now put the "Land of Grace" on the WSOP map with his win, joining more than 40 countries whose native sons (or daughters) have claimed at least one WSOP title.
$2,620 No Limit Hold'em - The Marathon (Event #23) Final Table Results
|1||Joseph Di Rosa Rojas||$690,469|
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