John Fauver Triumphs In First-Ever WSOP $10,000 Big O Championship Event

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The $10,000 buy-in Big O championship debuted at the 2024 World Series of Poker, attracting 332 entries in its inaugural event. After three days of intense five-card pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better action, John Fauver emerged victorious as the first-ever champion. The West Virginian took home $681,998 and his first gold bracelet.

Before this victory, Fauver’s best performance was a seventh-place finish in a $15,000 buy-in event at this year’s PokerGO Tour PLO Series, earning him $49,800. With his latest win at the WSOP, Fauver’s total tournament earnings now exceed $881,000. Fauver also earned 682 PokerGO Tour points, moving him up to seventh place on the PGT season-long leaderboard.

The event’s third and final day started with 19 players, each guaranteed at least $25,430. Notable players who cashed included four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow (31st), two-time bracelet winners Yuval Bronshtein (30th) and Justin Saliba (28th), Matt Glantz (24th), five-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (18th), three-time bracelet winners Ryan Hughes (17th) and Anson Tsang (14th), bracelet winner David Benyamine (9th), Danny Wong (8th), Michael Rocco (7th), and two-time bracelet winner Dylan Weisman (5th).

Farid Jattin, who finished second in the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha event earlier this summer, secured fourth place for $217,783 in this tournament. This result, his fifth final-table finish of 2024, also earned him 600 POY points, boosting him to 16th place in the rankings.

Four-time bracelet winner Calvin Anderson eliminated Nitesh Rawtani (3rd – $311,747) to enter heads-up play with 8,425,000 chips against Fauver’s 11,500,000. Fauver extended his lead before the final hand.

In the decisive hand, Fauver limped from the button with K♥ K♦ Q♠ J♥ 4♣, and Anderson raised to 600,000 with A♥ A♦ A♣ 10♥ 6♦ from the big blind. Fauver called, and the flop came K♠ 9♦ 7♥. Anderson bet the pot, and Fauver moved all-in with his set of kings. Anderson called, improving to a ten-high straight on the 8♥ turn, with additional outs to a flush and a low. However, the river brought the 8♦, giving Fauver kings full of eights and the win.

Anderson, the runner-up, earned $454,668, bringing his lifetime tournament earnings to over $6.7 million.

Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 John Fauver United States $681,998
2 Calvin Anderson United States $454,668
3 Nitesh Rawtani United States $311,737
4 Farid Jattin Columbia $217,783
5 Dylan Weisman United States $155,065