$10,000 Heads Up Holdem Championship
In our previous update, we spoke of Robert Mizrachi bagging the gold bracelet in the $10K Seven Card Stud. As the first week progresses, we have seen other $10K events taking place, with the $10,000 Heads Up Holdem Championship reaching its dramatic conclusion on Thursday. As you might expect, a collection of great names attended this one, with Antonio Esfandiari, Alex Luneau and Olivier Busquet all making the final sixteen. Both Luneau and Busquet went on to reach the final four, but both busted out of their matches. It was left to Alan Percal and John Smith to fight it out for the bracelet, with Percal emerging victorious. The American had never cashed at the WSOP before, but now takes home a gold bracelet, and $320,574 in prize money.
The $10,000 Dealers Choice 6 Handed Championship
The $10,000 Dealers Choice 6 Handed Championship was equally inundated with talented players throughout the registration phase, and by the time the final two tables had been reached, was still graced with some highly respected names. These included Dan Smith, who has almost $10.3 million in live cashes, John Monnette, who has two WSOP bracelets to his name and finished 2nd place in the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball Event on Wednesday, and Australian star James Obst who has six online COOP titles to his name and $1,275,013 in live cashes under his belt. Just before the final table, Dan Smith fell in 9th place, and John Monnette eventually departed in 3rd place. In the end, it was Jean Gaspard who went on to claim the coveted title and $306,621 in prize money.
Notables making waves in other events
Kyle Julius, an American pro with $3.1 million in live cashes to his name managed to take his first WSOP bracelet this week in the $1,000 No Limit Holdem Top Up Turbo Event. Dan Kelly and John Monnette were the star names at the final table of the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball event, finishing 4th and 2nd, while Andre Akkari and Justin Bonomo made the final table of the $1,500 HORSE Event. Former bracelet winner Bonomo had to settle for 2nd place in that one, while Akkari finished 6th. Scotty Nguyen finished 8th in the same event. Having made the November Nine in the 2015 Main Event, Pierre Neuville has also made a good start to his 2016 WSOP campaign. He finished 2nd place in the $1,500 6 Handed No Limit Holdem Event yesterday for $213,837.