Joey Couden tops tough field for first WSOP bracelet

Posted On 30 Jun, 2018 0

Thousands of players have come to Las Vegas this summer with that one dream in mind - winning a WSOP gold bracelet. A handful have been successful in doing so at the 2018 World Series of Poker, with our latest winner being USA's Joey Couden, who won Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better yesterday.

He was having a great series prior to this event, with six cashes and combined winnings of over $50k, and he decided to take it to the next level in this PLO event, topping a field of 935 entries and taking home the top prize of $244,370, which narrowly missed to be his career best cash.

His career best came just 2 months back, when he earned $251,523 for finishing 4th at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and after a great last few months in live poker, winning his maiden bracelet was like the icing on the cake. "I felt pretty good all summer. [l] just wanted to stay focused. As long as I don't make any mistakes, I feel fine where I bust, it's variance," he said after the win.

His career live poker winnings have now crossed $1.9 million, and even went on to cash in the tag team event after winning this title, making it his eighth cash of the series. With a couple of weeks still to go at the 2018 WSOP, Couden will be eyeing more winnings and probably another bracelet in Las Vegas.

Final table results:

  1. Joey Couden - $244,370
  2. Bruno Fitoussi - $150,990
  3. Eli Elezra - $106,183
  4. Mike Matusow - $75,708
  5. Christopher Conrad - $54,738
  6. Kim Kallman - $40,141
  7. Dustin Pattinson - $29,862
  8. Gregory Jamison - $22,541
  9. Daniel Negreanu - $17,268

More than the money or the bracelet, Couden will be pleased that he beat top poker pros like Eli Elezra and Daniel Negreanu on the final table. Keep reading for daily poker and WSOP 2018 updates.

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