Event #20 $3K NLH Shootout has wrapped up after a final table of all US players that included bracelet-winners Phil Galfond and Taylor Paur, both at their second final table of the year in this event, as well as Chris Bell, and Noah Bronstein (who went to one final table last year), but they were no match for the bracelet winner, Kory Kilpatrick, who is not $254K richer and owner of his first gold bracelet.
Once again we see players like Galfond, who have won WSOP bracelets previously, seated at a final table and defeated by a non-bracelet winner. Hailing from Memphis, Tennesse, 20-year-old Kilpatrick now lives in college town Athens, Georgia where he attends Rhodes College. Before his WSOP win, he was already a well-respected online multi-table tournament player who, in 2008, made more than $100K in just one week, which would have made him 14 and somewhat of a child prodigy in poker. Of course his live winnings didn’t start adding up until June of 2011, probably following close behind his 18th birthday, when he earned his first WSOP paid position coming in 62nd at $5K NLH.
Since then, he’s earned more than $554K in career earnings, which was doubled last week when he won his first bracelet. Many say this kid is on his way to becoming a poker legend before it’s all said and done. He’s got quite some time to achieve that, though.
“There were really no bad players here, everyone played solid,” said a modest Kilpatrick after winning. “I was really feeling it today. It feels great.”
This win represents Kilpatrick’s 13th cash in WSOP events, though this event was the first of this year, and he’s already made a second payday this series, finishing 17th in Event #24 NLH Six-Handed, making that 14 final tables in just three years, which is a feat in itself.
Once the 10-palyer final table was set up, it took 83 hands to eliminate Narendra Banwari. Fifty-seven hands later, Dylan Linde was out in 9th. In the end, Kilpatrick went heads up against Eric Wasserson, who finished second, while Paur finishded 7th, Bronstein took a third place spot, Bell came in 5th, and Galfond finished 6th.
The 389-registrant event collected a prize pool worth well over $1 million and paid the last 40.
Kilpatrick posted the following tweet after his win:
“Thanks for the love, my friends. You are all sexy savages in my heart. We got em!”
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