On June 7, Chris "Fox" Wallace wrote in his blog about the most memorable part of his WSOP experience to date. It was in the razz championship event, and he was seated with Doyle Brunson. He ordered a drink, Brunson did the same. When the drinks arrived, Wallace paid the tip for the two beverages and said it would be "as close I'll get to buying him a drink." There are few who compare to Doyle, but the next time Wallace sees the 10-time bracelet winner, he'll know the two of them share a new bond as both of them are now WSOP champions. Wallace defeated the field of 200 in the $10,000 HORSE championship event to win his first piece of WSOP gold and $507,614.
"If I was going to pick an event to win, this would be it," said Wallace to the WSOP. "It feels great."
Wallace had his share of WSOP success, but nothing like this. This was his fifth career WSOP cash and first final table. He focuses almost exclusively on mixed game tournaments, a passion he developed when poker thrived before Black Friday.
"I was tired of playing no-limit hold 'em on Full Tilt," Wallace said to ESPN.com. "In the two years before Black Friday, I made a living playing mixed games on FTP. Black Friday decimated me."
With the majority of his net worth locked up online, Wallace, who lives in Minnesota, hit the road in order to find games that could suit him. He excelled in the mixed-game events and almost exclusively pursued those as he tried to stay on his feet. He succeeded.
"My greatest poker accomplishment is surviving Black Friday," he said.
As a result of the PokerStars' settlement with the Department of Justice, Wallace has received some of his money back, but not all of it. After this victory, he's back to having a significant bankroll and is ready to play the $1,500 HORSE event which begins on Thursday.
Wallace defeated another mixed-game expert, bracelet winner, Randy Ohel, heads-up for the title. Ohel had half of the chips in play three-handed, but very little went his way from that point on. The short 25-minute match turned Wallace's direction in one stud hand where he filled up on seventh street against Ohel's trip aces, and ended in stud high-low when he did the same.
Richard Ashby finished fourth at his second final table of the 2014 WSOP and now has over $2 million in career earnings.
Other notable finishers include current WSOP Player of the Year leader Justin Bonomo (15th), Daniel Negreanu (18th), Greg Mueller (23rd) and Chris Klodnicki (24th).
Below are the complete results of Event 22 at the 2014 World Series of Poker:
Event 22: HORSE championship
Prize pool: $1,880,000
Players in the money: 24
1. Christopher Wallace ($507,614)
2. Randy Ohel ($313,715)
3. Richard Sklar ($206,499)
4. Richard Ashby ($150,625)
5. Max Pescatori ($112,066)
6. Lee Goldman ($84,844)
7. Bill Chen ($65,273)
8. Calvin Anderson ($65,273)
9. Bruno Fitoussi ($40,363)
10. Nicholas Kost ($40,363)
11. David Benyamine ($32,430)
12. John Cernuto ($32,430)
13. Tommy Hang ($26,432)
14. Nick Schulman ($26,432)
15. Justin Bonomo ($21,958)
16. Bertrand Grospellier ($21,948)
17. Sergey Altbregin ($18,254)
18. Daniel Negreanu ($18,254)
19. Mark Gregorich ($18,254)
20. Ben Yu ($18,254)
21. Glenn Cozen ($18,254)
22. Tom Koral ($18,254)
23. Greg Mueller ($18,254)
24. Chris Klodnicki ($18,254)