After fierce battles, another two deserving players claimed their World Series of Poker bracelets as events 57 and 58 concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas.
In event 57 – the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed competition, it was US pro Gregory Merson who earned his virgin WSOP bracelet along with a hefty prize of $1,136,197 ndash; his biggest earning to date.
On his way to this major success, Merson had to face off other 473 entrants, including some big names. In the heads-up, he fought and defeated Keith Lehr – a WSOP bracelet holder, who ended up with the runner up prize of $701,757.
Other pay-outs on the final table were:
Shannon Shorr $455,362
Edward Sabat $300,753
Christopher Brammer $200,502
Andrew Lichtenberger $140,531
As for Event 58 – $3,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Low Split 8/OB, which ended on the same day, it saw Russian 23-year-old former geologist turned poker pro Viacheslav Zhukov emerge the winner among a field of 526.
Thanks to his formidable play, Zhukov was able to claim his second bracelet and a main prize worth $330,277, besting a final table, which also comprised Roch Cousineau, Chris Bell, David Baker, Randy Ohel, Yuval Bronshtein, Jack Ward, Scotty Nguyen and Juan Ramirez.
In the heads-up, he outplayed Roch Cousineau, who had to settle for the runner-up paycheck of $204,426.
Other cashouts included:
Chris Bell $135,858
David Baker $100,820
Randy Ohel $75,662
Yuval Bronshtein $57,662
Jack Ward $43,840
Scotty Nguyen $33,789
Juan Ramirez $26,235