It seems that Australia’s Robert Campbell has become a force that has to be reckoned with, at least for the players who came to test their poker skills at the 5th Annual World Series of Poker that takes place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a glorious establishment known for having the most exhaustive list of casino games.
The candidate for the Poker Hall of Fame
The Melbourne native has already won two of his seven cash events with as many as four cashes happening over the course of the last week alone. To be more precise, during that time, Campbell found himself playing at two final tables before supplementing his trophy collection with the second WSOP bracelet. These achievements alone were enough for Global Poker to name him the Player of the Week 5 of this global poker event.
Should he manage to obtain the third bracelet before the final curtain fall of the tournament, he will become only the third player in the history of professional poker to get such a treble, the other two being Phil Helmuth, who won three bracelets in 1993, and Phil Ivey with the same achievement in 2002.
The road to the bracelets
The Melbourne native, and the CEO at Esports, began his path to the WSOP glory in 2015, getting his hands on the first gold bracelet of the year after winning the Event #33: $1.500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, which took place during the third week of the tournament.
The field of competitors was relatively low, amounting to a mere 467 players, so he had ultimately won a rather modest sum of $144.027. Nevertheless, the first win has apparently only sparkled his taste of the game, just like gambola.com does for players all around the world.
Campbell tested the waters during Week 5, when he fought his way through to the final table of the $1.500 Razz event, but managed to climb no higher than the seventh place.
Then he took some time to recuperate during the Event #60: $1.500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, followed by the Event #63: $1.500 Omaha Mix, where he landed at the 63rd and 101st spots.
However, the Australian didn’t intend to lay on the laurels for much longer, so the next poker clash in which he partook, the Event #67: $10.000 Stud Hi-Lo Championship, brought him the second bracelet and the first place in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10, where he currently has 3.079.31 POY points. The second placed Dan Zack still breathes down his neck, lagging behind with 2.920.76 points, with Phillip Hui being not far off with 2.830.68.
This time around, Campbell had to face much tougher opposition, both numerary and qualitatively. During the final day, the big names like Mike Matusow and Eli Elezra were sitting across the table, though only the former made it to the final table along with Campbell, where they met with the poker legend that is Yueqi Zhu.
Well, legend or not, the Aussie had totally dominated Zhu, forming a substantial 22-to-1 lead over the course of the heads-up play. The queen high straight sealed the deal for Campbell, making him richer by $385.763, and one step closer to becoming a poker legend himself.