WSOP Bracelet Update
June 14, 2012
In a final table that included Scotty Nguyen, Phil Ivey, and Mike Matusow, established poker pro from Las Vegas, Joe Cassidy, managed to bring in the bracelet. Cassidy, who is no stranger to the WSOP with five final table appearances and 15 cashes since his first WSOP cash in 2004, finally proved he has what it takes. Not only did he win Event #24: $5K Omaha Hi-Low, but he beat out some of the best poker pros in the game and a player field of 256. With this $294,777 first-place prize, Cassidy’s WSOP earnings now total more than $678K.
Cassidy went into heads-up with more than three million chips against five-time WSOP bracelet winner Nguyen’s 845,000. Ultimately, the epic heads-up showdown that resulted in an extension to Day 4 Nguyen finished in second place at 3:00 a.m. with a $182,213 paycheck, while Ivey, eight-time bracelet winner cashed out in third place—his third final table appearance in six days. Matusow, three-time WSOP bracelet winner, was ousted in eighth place.
Meanwhile, at Event #23: $3K NLH/6 Handed, the final table was stocked with a handful of one-time bracelet winners including Bertrand Grospellier, Foster Hays, and Scott Montgomery, but the bracelet and the $567,624 first-place prize went to Canadian Simon Charette, who outlasted 923 other players vying for a piece of the $2.5+ million prize pool. Hays finished fifth, while Grospellier finished sixth, and Montgomery seventh. Freddy Deeb, who has two WSOP bracelets finished in tenth place.