In today’s World Series of Poker review, Kristen Bicknell becomes the first female winner of the year with victory in the $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em event, and Shaun Deeb wins his second career bracelet in the baby Seven Card Stud event.
Kristen Bicknell has become the first female to earn a bracelet at the 47th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the first since Carol Fuchs won the $1,500 Dealers Choice Six-Handed competition on Sat, 27 June 2015.
Canadian Bicknell only plays poker part-time, preferring to focus on studying nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle for the most part, and yet she has managed to win two gold bracelets – her first coming in 2013 when she topped a field of 954 entrants to capture the Ladies Championship for $173,922.
It was a well-contested event. It seems the players love the $500 per head bounty. One player earned over 20; Bicknell picked up 17 for an additional $9,000 to go with her $290,768 top prize. The tournament attracted 2,158 entrants and created a prize pool of $1,834,300.
It was a tough final table that contained three former WSOP bracelet winners and a World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions Club member: Bicknell, Steve Gee, and Norbert Szecsi with the bracelets, and Will ‘The Thrill” Failla with the WPT accolades. In fact, it was Szecsi who pushed Bicknell the hardest finishing in the second spot.
Final Table Results
1. Kristen Bicknell – $290,768
2. Norbert Szecsi – $179,625
3. John Myung – $130,588
4. Ryan Leng – $95,857
5. Will Failla – $71,049
6. Sebastien Comel – $53,181
7. Steve Gee – $40,203
8. Fadi Hamad – $30,697
9. Jason Singleton – $23,678
Jared Hamby finished 13th; Matt Stout had another deep run finishing in 17th and Calvin Anderson’s pursuit of a bracelet ended in 31st.
Shaun Deeb Wins Event #49: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
A few months ago, when Daniel Negreanu, told his Twitter followers it was easier to win money today than in the pre-Internet era, he said that only a few modern players would have made it back in that period. One of them was Shaun Deeb, and he has just won his second WSOP bracelet in Event #49: $1,500 Seven Card Stud.
331 players entered the event making the $446,850 prize pool one of the smallest in the 69-event series. It was a sumptuous final table with more storylines than a Robert McKee workshop.
Eugene Katchalov was making his first final table of note since leaving PokerStars, John Monnette was searching for his third bracelet appearing in his fourth final table of the series, and Corey Zeidman was making his fifth WSOP Seven Card Stud final table.
In the end, it boiled down to three players: Shaun Deeb, Max Pescatori, and Adam Friedman. Two days ago George Danzer, tied with Pescatori as the most successful European regarding WSOP bracelets won when he picked up #4, and it seemed to spur on the Italian, whose charge for #5 ended in third.
That left Deeb facing Adam Friedman for the title. Deeb was making his fifth cash of the series and his second final table. Friedman was making his third cash and second final table of the season. After Pescatori had made way, Deeb started heads-up with a 2:1 chip advantage and I don’t think he lost a single pot on his way to a second bracelet victory, in differing disciplines.
Final Table Results
1. Shaun Deeb – $111,101
2. Adam Friedman – $68,666
3. Max Pescatori – $46,312
4. Katherine Fleck – $31,899
5. Eugene Katchalov – $22,448
6. Yaniv Birman – $16,147
7. John Monnette – $11,878
8. Cory Zeidman – $8,941
9. Doug Lee – $6,889
Brandon Cantu finished 11th; Matt Grapenthien finished 14th, and Daniel Idema finished 18th.