$10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball: John Hennigan Wins Fourth Career Bracelet
The Championship events have been arriving in a steady stream throughout the WSOP, and have been the main generator of headlines, with star studded final tables and multiple bracelet winners in the 2016 series. With the $50,000 Player’s Championship just around the corner there is plenty more excitement still to come, but the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship has been doing an excellent job of filling the headlines over the past few days.
Another pro heavy field pulled up their chairs for this particular event, with the total field size rising to 125. The total prize pool grew to $1,175,000. Daniel Negreanu survived the first day, as did Phil Galfond, Stephen Chidwick, Dzmitry Urbanovich, JC Tran, Paul Volpe and other notables names. Abe Mosseri led the way at the end of the first day, but by the end of the second, only nine remained, and Mosseri‘s stack had dwindled. The lead had been taken over by Chris Klodnicki, but he was being chased down by Michael Gathy, who already has a bracelet win this year. Day three saw more pain for Klodnicki, a man who has endured thirty six WSOP cashes and three runner up finishes, without having claimed a bracelet. He eventually hit the rail in 4th, while JC Tran took 3rd. Michael Gathy has been exceptional this year, and with a little more luck, could be sitting with three bracelets this summer. As it is, John Hennigan bested him heads up in this event to claim his fourth career bracelet. Gathy has now notched up one bracelet and two 2nd place finishes this summer.
|1||John Hennigan||Las Vegas, NV||$320,103|
|2||Michael Gathy||Brussels, Belgium||$197,838|
|3||JC Tran||Sacramento, CA||$142,547|
|4||Chris Klodnicki||Philadelphia, PA||$102,910|
|5||Viacheslav Zhukov||Stary Oskol, Russia||$74,439|
|6||Abe Mosseri||Longboat Key, FL||$53,951|
$1,500 Bounty NLH event : Kristen Bicknell wins first female bracelet of 2016
The first female bracelet winner of 2016 has now been crowned, with Kristen Bicknell swatting aside her fellow competitors to win the $1,500 Bounty NLH event. From a field of 2,158 the Canadian managed to reach the final table, before outlasting former bracelet winners Steve Gee and Norbert Szezsi at the final table. She takes home her second career bracelet, the first of which came in 2013. She also receives $290,768 for her 1st place finish.
|5||Will “The Thrill” Failla||$71,049|
$5,000 NLH Turbo event : Ankush Mandavia wins his first WSOP bracelet
The $5,000 NLH Turbo event also had an added layer of excitement, as the most decorated man in WSOP history, Phil Hellmuth reached the final table. Despite starting the final table with a playable stack, he allowed himself to be blinded down to four big blinds before busting in 8th. Ankush Mandavia went on to win the event for $548,139.
|1||Ankush Mandavia||Kennesaw, GA||$548,139|
|2||Daniel Strelitz||Torrance, CA||$338,774|
|4||Thiago Macedo||Ponta Grossa, Brazil||$162,924|
|6||Sean Getzwiller||Las Vegas, NV||$84,004|
|7||Sergey Lebedev||Troitsk, Russia||$61,964|
|8||Phil Hellmuth||Palo Alto, CA||$46,553|
|9||Kyle Julius||Naperville, IL||$35,636|
Shaun Deeb wins the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event
The $1,500 Seven Card Stud event saw two Japanese prospects almost reach the final table, as former bracelet winner Naoya Kihara fell in 19th while Seiko Kudo was eliminated in 13th. Kihara had led earlier in the tournament, but couldn’t gain much momentum on the second day. It’s ultimately Shaud Deeb who won the event and his second WSOP career gold bracelet. Former gold bracelet winner Adam Friedman finishes as runner up.