Event #24 $5K NLH 6 Handed saw Kevin Eyster win his first WSOP bracelet after 37 overall major poker tournament cashes and a paycheck of more than $622K. Originally from Louisiana, but now living in Denver, Eyster has seen a great deal of success over the past seven years that defines his professional poker career. Now he adds one of the most prominent badges of poker success, a WSOP gold bracelet.
Outlasting 540 fellow players, Eyster managed to come out as chip leader after two and half days of grueling competition, which he lost late in the third day to Pierre Neuville, who ultimately finished runner up against Eyster after an unscheduled fourth day was added.
“This is what I’ve been dreaming about for my whole life,” said Eyster after winning. ”This is what I’ve been wanting to win my whole life. I’ve been watching this on ESPN, I mean words can’t even explain it. I’m speechless.”
Last year was a great year for Eyster, after winning a big tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Florida and his first WSOP Circuit ring, but his most recent pay day represents his biggest career cash by far. He now owns more than $2 million in live earnings plus another $3 million in online winnings.
Speaking on his extra-supportive rail, made up of mostly fellow Louisianans, Eyster said, “I really appreciate that all of them came out to cheer me on. After yesterday, they were as tired as I was, but they showed up today to support me and I appreciate their help.”
The second-place finisher, Neuville, almost became the second Belgian to land a WSOP win in the same week, following behind Davidi Katai, who won just a few days before.
Marking his fourth cash this year was third-place finisher and WSOP Circuit ring winner Andrew Lichtenberger, who was appearing in his fifth WSOP final table. Other key players in the final included Jeremy Kottler, 5th, and Bryn Kenney, 4th, both appearing in their third WSOP final tables.
This event generated a prize pool worth more than $2.5 million that paid the top 60 players including Matt Jarvis, 9th; Greg Merson, 13th; Kory Kilpatrick, 17th, who won his first WSOP bracelet three days prior and went on to cash third in Event #42 PLO 6 Handed; Matt Salsberg, 31st; Freddy Deeb, 33rd; and Bertrand Grospellier, 51st, who just cashed in 16th two days earlier in Event #22 $10K HORSE.
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