Jeff Madsen won his third WSOP Bracelet by conquering the Event 35, $3000 Pot Limit Omaha, an honour that has eluded him for seven years. Madsen had won the WSOP Player of the Year award in 2006 when he won two WSOP bracelets. But it took him seven years and several close calls to win his next gold bracelet. After three days of awesome poker action at the Amazon Room of the Rio All Suits Hotel and Casino, Madsen won $384,420 defeating Douglas Corning who took $237,374.
The final table included other former bracelet winners in Scott Clements and Jason Dewitt so it wasn’t very easy for Madsen to strike form and show his poker mettle. On the final day of the tournament, 19 poker pros from the starting field of 640 came to the tables including notables like Mike Sexton, Jarred Soloman and Christian Harder. Madsen managed to stay in front as the final table formed and took out players one by one to win this title.
In Event 36, $1500 NL Hold’em Shootout, Simeon Naydenov stayed in front of the 10 member final table winning his first WSOP Bracelet. The final table only lasted for five hours in this tourney as Naydenov came out firing all cylinders. This was Naydenov’s second final table and eight WSOP cash as the Bulgarian defeated Jake Shwartz for the gold bracelet and a cash of $326,440. A gigantic 1100 players had entered this shootout as action started wth nine and ten handed tables. The next round saw 12 handed tables which then culminated into the third round six handed tables. The final table saw 10 poker pros 2011 WSOPE shootout runners up Mike Watson. Others who cashed in this shootout including Erik Seidel and Taylor Paur.
Michael Moore was the story of the day as the 1995 WSOP Main event final table bubble boy won event 37 to capture his first bracelet. A cash of more than $211,000 awaited him as he won $5K NL hold’em overcoming a field of 170 poker players. The American defeated Gabriel Nassif who won $130,000 for coming in second place. Moore has been a regular on the WSOP and other poker tournaments for decades and in 1995 he finished 10th in the main event. But it has taken him almost 2 decades to grasp the coveted gold bracelet and reign supreme.