WSOP Stat Pack: A Second Chance to Win a First Bracelet

Colorado poker pro Will Givens picked up his first bracelet at his second WSOP final table. (Drew Amato photo)

Colorado poker pro Will Givens picked up his first bracelet at his second WSOP final table of the year (Drew Amato photo)

A relatively quiet few days at the 2014 World Series of Poker with just four bracelets awarded since June 22. A trio of online poker phenoms capturing bracelets and a repeat final tablist making the best of their second opportunity and collecting a bracelet highlight this edition of the WSOP Stat Pack.

Making a WSOP final table is supposed to be hard enough to do once, let alone twice within a week. William Givens finished fourth in Event 33: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em. Givens made the final table again in Event 45, another $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament and made the most of his second chance, winning Event 45 for $306,634. Givens is also the first player this year to win an event after being unable to win at the first appearance.

Jordan Morgan and Michael Drummond were both successful online poker players before Black Friday. Both players also have the distinction of winning bracelets in the first WSOP events they played this year. Drummond took down the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Handed event for $541,747 while Morgan required a fourth day to defeat Evan McNiff and win a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $478,102.

Daniel Kelly is another online poker star earning a bracelet at this year’s WSOP, taking down Event 43: $1,500 Limit Hold’em for $195,167. Kelly is the 15th player at the 2014 WSOP to win another bracelet, his earlier win was at the 2010 WSOP in the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event.

The most repeat bracelet winners at the WSOP in Las Vegas occured in 2003 when 20 players won a second or higher bracelet at Binion’s. (Hat tip to Jessica Welman)

The $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship is down to 22 players, with only 14 making the money. No woman has cashed in the nine-year history of the event, but Melissa Burr currently sits mid-pack in 12th place, attempting to become the first. Burr also has the added incentive of having a prop bet with Robert Mizrachi that will pay 15-1 if she cashes.

At the moment, 19 players have topped $500,000 in earnings at the 2014 WSOP, led by Millionaire Maker winner Jonathan Dimmig. At least three more players will pass that milestone in the Poker Players’ Championship when they reach the final table on June 26.

The $1,500 Monster Stack has a high chance of becoming the largest single opening day field in WSOP history, topping the record set earlier this year in the Senior’s Championship of 4,425 players. Over 1,400 players are currently registered in advance to avoid the long lines expected for the June 26 event. Players will start with 15,000 chips, ten times the buy-in, the largest multiple in WSOP history.

Adam Levy has 18 WSOP cashes and several deep runs, but made his first WSOP final table June 25th in Event 47: No Limit Hold’em – Ante Only.

Canada moved past the United Kingdom into second place in the earnings by country category with over $2.8m in cashes. However, no Canadian has yet to win a bracelet. Germany is fourth in earnings with over $1.8m in cashes, with bracelet winners George Danzer and Dominik Nitsche making up over $1.1m of that total. Danzer is currently the only player to have at least five cashes and earn at least $100,000, buoyed by winning two bracelets.

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Widely known by his twitter handle "Kevmath", many consider Kevin a go-to source for news and information in the poker community. Kevin finished on the bubble in the 2014 edition of the BLUFF Power 20.
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