We left off at Event #22 on Wednesday with the crazed comebacks of Randy Ohel that led him to win the $2,500 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Triple-Draw Lowball and his first WSOP bracelet. Ohel became the 18th first-time bracelet winner of 2012 on Wednesday. By far, the first-timers were dominating the individual event championships, with only four other bracelets being awarded to previous winners. And now it’s Friday and so far the trend is continuing and we have four more bracelet first-time winners.
Simon Charette, a poker pro from Toronto won Event #23: $3,000 No-Limit Hold ’em Six-Handed and took home a nice little prize of $567,624 and his first very own gold bracelet to show off back home. Maybe he should rent out the XS Nightclub for the night and throw the biggest party in celebration of achieving his goal: the WSOP Championship Title and bracelet, not to mention that he now has more than $2.2 million in earnings over 88 career cashes.
Event #24: $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better belonged to Joe Cassidy, another young pro with lots of career cashes totaling more than $1.8 million, but up to now, has never won a title bout. He captured a World Series of Poker Championship Title and his first sweet, shiny gold bracelet along with $294,777 after beating Scotty Nguyen in an epic heads up battle. Cassidy was up against some formidable and, I’m sure, intimidating players with impressive poker credentials, not just Nguyen but also Mike Matusow and Phil Ivey. Way to go, Joe.
Brian Meinders, a quiet professional poker player from New Jersey who’s had a modestly successful career with a total of seven cashes finally broke through and captured Event #25: $1,500 Limit Hold ’em Shootout. He persevered through a field of 365 that included some notables like Phil Hellmuth, Barry Shulman and lots more. He takes home the WSOP Championship title, a tidy little sum of $116,118 and finally, his first gold bracelet.
Austin Scott wins Event #26: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha , not the Congressman Austin Scott, not the football player Austin Scott, but the pro poker player from Oklahoma, Austin “Gabe” Scott, who last year came in eighth in this same event . What a difference a year makes. This time around Scott wrestled a field of 589 focused, dedicated players who were not going to let him take the title easily. He pockets $361,797 plus his first-ever World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
So far there have been 26 bracelets awarded and there are 35 more left to award. Are you at the Rio Las Vegas waiting for your chance? Or are you watching every poker DVD you can get your hands on in hopes of learning enough to be there next year?