WSOP 2019: Elezra wins 4th, Bechtel wins 2nd bracelet

Posted On 12 Jun, 2019 0

After having a string of first-time winners at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP), we now have those experienced veterans who have been grinding for years at the Rio All Suites Hotel in Las Vegas and winning on a consistent basis. Recently, two more gold bracelets were given away in Event #20 and #21. Keep reading for full details...

Event #20: $1,500 Seven Card Stud

USA's Eli Elezra joined an elite list of players to have won four or more WSOP gold bracelets as he took down this tournament and banked $93,766 as first-place cash prize. The player has over $3.7 million in live tournament cashes across a poker career that has lasted over 20 years.

It became his third bracelet in a stud event and second in this particular event, also shipping the tournament in 2015 for $112,591. "When we went to Cabo, I told my buddies, I'm gonna win a bracelet this year and I'm gonna win it in stud," said Elezra, talking about his prediction of winning the bracelet earlier this year.

Final Table Results:

  1. Eli Elezra - $93,766
  2. Anthony Zinno - $57,951
  3. Valentin Vornicu - $39,830
  4. Phongthep Thiptinnakon - $27,993
  5. Rep Porter - $19,996
  6. David Singer - $14,619
  7. Joshua Mountain - $10,920
  8. Scott Seiver - $8,337

Event #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

Much like the stud event, the lowball tournament is also one which would attract mostly American players and little or no Indian participation. Here also, it was USA's Jim Bechtel who won the tournament, banking $253,817 in prize money and his second career gold bracelet.

However, this win was special for multiple reasons. Bechtel is a former WSOP Main Event champion, winning the prestigious tournament way back in 1993. By doing so, he also set the record for most years between two bracelets – 26 years. In fact, he didn't event known about this record until he was informed about it. "I don't know if that's a real good record. But, I'm happy to have it, let's put it that way," he said.

Final Table Results:

  1. Jim Bechtel - $253,817
  2. Vince Musso - $156,872
  3. Darren Elias - $109,738
  4. Prahlad Friedman - $78,157
  5. Jean-Robert Bellande - $55,693
  6. Pedro Bromfman - $41,897
  7. Paul Volpe - $31,556

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Event Dates Buy In
APT Taiwan 2019 9 Oct - 20 Oct TBD
WSOP Europe 2019 13 Oct - 2 Nov €10,350
WPT India 2019 15 Oct - 21 Oct INR 55,000
Asia Open Poker Tour 2019 1 Nov - 4 Nov TBD