First-time bracelet winners continue to dominate the 43rd Annual WSOP; even as Phil Ivey continues to reach, but not win final tables, five so far. But it’s not all bad news for him; he cashed for over half a million.
Max Steinberg defeated 2,778 players in Event #33: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. He walks away with $440,238 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Steinberg hails from Fairfield, Iowa where he learned poker by playing with his identical twin brother, Danny. He now has career earnings of $1,044,269.
Naoya Kihara conquered every opponent of Event #34: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Six-Handed, making history as the first Japanese player to win a bracelet in the 43 years of the WSOP. He takes home $512,029 or 41,000,000 YEN.
Chris Tryba snatched his first WSOP gold bracelet away from 392 players when he won Event #35: $2,500 Mixed Hold’em. He pocketed a sweet $210,107, but it was the bracelet that had him grinning from ear to ear.
Now we are in day 26 of the 2012 WSOP . . . 26 bracelets awarded, 35 more to go. You still have a chance! Book your flights now, pick up a good texas holdem poker book to read on the plane and let us know how it went for you.