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WSOP Main Event Champ Joe McKeehen Wins Bracelet #2
Joe McKeehen got his hands on his third WSOP bracelet by winning the $3,200 NLHE High Roller.
McKeehen’s latest victory puts him in the same bracket as some of poker’s biggest stars. Antonio Esfandiari, Jonathan Duhamel, Justin Bonomo, Scott Seiver, Doug Polk and Nick Schulman also have a trio of bracelets. As so Adrian Mateos, Barry Greenstein, David “Chip” Reese and Vanessa Selbst.
Some 496 players bought into this event online at WSOP.com and 63 of them won prize money. Chris Ferguson burst the bubble, much to the delight of his army of haters. This paved the way for the likes of Matt Affleck, Maria Konnikova, Ali Imsirovic, and Phil Galfond to cash. Four-time bracelet winner Loren Klein finished in 18th with Dave “Dunningkrugr” Alfa falling in ninth-place.
Maguire Leads Final Table, McKeehen Third
Clayton “nevarlucky” Maguire was the man to catch at the final table with McKeehen third in chips. Each of the eight finalists locked up $28,950, the sum awarded to David “newjerz05” Jackson. Jackson and Lee “SoccerDJ” Vlastaris entered a preflop raising war that resulted in Jackson four-bet jamming with Kd-Qd. Vlastaris snap-called with Ad-As and it as game over for Jackson.
Vlastaris claimed the lead when he sent Nathan “innate9” Russler to the rail in seventh. Russler three-bet all-in with Ad-5h and Vlastaris called with Ac-Qc to reduce the player count.
Maguire went from hero to zero and fell in sixth-place. He pushed all-in for 12 big blinds with Jd-3d and Frank “thewholefunk” Funaro called with Ah-7d. A seven on the turn left Maguire needing a jack on the river. It never came as the 3h landed to leave five players in the hunt for the title.
McKeehen, the 2015 WSOP Main Event champion, was maintaining his stack while players dropped like flies around him. The action folded to Funaro in the small blind and he set Vlastaris in for his 17.5 big blind stack. Vlastaris called with Jh-Th and was against Ac-3h. A three on the flop was enough for Funaro to stack his opponent.
Zhi Hong “Jaydestar17” Huang fell in fourth, again at the hands of Funaro. Funaro then busted Roland “prngls12” Israelshvili in third. Israelashvili holds the record for the most WSOP cashes without winning a bracelet. That unwanted tag is still around his neck thanks to Ah-9s not getting there against Funaro’s 6c-6h.
McKeehan Stages Epic Comeback
Funaro faced McKeehen heads-up with a 9,153,383 to 3,246,617 chip lead, almost 3-to-1. McKeehen’s experience showed and he not only drew level but won all 12,400,000 chips in play. The final hand took place at the 80,000/160,000/16,000a level. McKeehen min-raised to 320,000 and called when Funaro jammed for 2,759,541. Funaro showed 7d-6d to McKeehen’s Ad-9d. Neither player improved on the 8d-4h-Ks-4c-Qc, which handed McKeehen his third bracelet.
|1||Joe “fanofdapoker” McKeehen||$352,985|
|2||Frank “thewholefunk” Funaro||$219,089|
|3||Roland “prngls12” Israelashvili||$148,975|
|4||Zhi Hong “Jaydestar17” Huang||$103,136|
|5||Lee “SoccerDJ” Vlastaris||$72,979|
|6||Clayton “nevarlucky” Maguire||$52,624|
|7||Nathan “innate9” Russler||$38,601|
|8||David “newjerz05” Jackson||$28,951|
2020 WSOP.com Bracelet Winners So Far
|Event #1: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Kick-Off||1,715||Jonathan Dokler||$130,426|
|Event #2: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Deepstack||919||Louis Lynch||$168,586|
|Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em||2,091||Robert Kuhn||$115,850|
|Event #4: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo||1,179||Matthew Bode||$97,091|
|Event #5: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout||854||Allen Chang||$161,286|
|Event #6: $600 PLO8 6-Handed||833||Nathan Gamble||$89,424|
|Event #7: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Knockout Deepstack||989||Joon Kim||$103,127|
|Event #8: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout||1,479||Alan Goehring||$119,399|
|Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Max||1,026||Ron McMillen||$188,214|
|Event #10: $600 No-Limit Hold’em MonsterStack||1,505||Ryan Torgersen||$172,361|
|Event #11: $500 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack 6-Max||1,691||Raman Afanasenka||$128,601|
|Event #12: $500 No-Limit Hold’em The BIG 500||2,427||Ryan Depaulo||$159,563|
|Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Freezeout||649||Michael Lech||$164,249|
|Event #14: $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller||496||Joe McKeehen||$352,985|