Jul 11, 2016
2016 WSOP Recaps for Events 41-55
By RTR Dennis
The latest set of events at the 2016 WSOP has seen two women triumph, familiar faces add more bracelets to their collection, and a couple of guys with little poker experience win. You can see who these players are below along with everybody else who won in events 41-55 of the 2016 WSOP.
Event #41: University Professor Wins $1.5k MONSTER Stack
Mitchell Towner admittedly hadn’t played much poker before becoming one of the 6,927 entrants in the $1,500 MONSTER Stack event. But the University of Arizona finance professor got lucky at the right times and won this tourney along with a $1,120,196 payout.
Event #42: Phillip McAllister Wins $3k Shootout NL Hold’em
Phillip McAllister became the latest British champion at the 2016 WSOP after winning this tourney along with $267,720. The 22-year-old survived a tough final table that included Kyle Montgomery (2nd, $165,450), Maria Ho (4th, $87,487) and Faraz Jaka (9th, $21,431).
Event #43: George Danzer Grabs Third Bracelet in $10k Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
George Danzer became a poker star thanks to his performance at the 2014 WSOP, which included three gold bracelets. Last summer, the German was quieter after missing out on a bracelet. But Danzer is back in the winner’s circle after outlasting this 136-player field to win $338,636 and his fourth-career bracelet.
Event #44: Steven Wolansky Wins Second Bracelet in $1k NL Hold’em
Two years ago, Steven Wolansky won his first gold bracelet in a 2-7 Draw Lowball event. Now, the 28-year-old has added a second bracelet to his collection along with a $298,849 prize. It wasn’t easy, though, since Wolansky had to battle though a 2,076-player field to claim victory.
Event #45: Loren Klein Claims Victory in $1.5k Mixed NL Hold’em/Omaha
Despite 23 WSOP cashes in his career prior to this tournament, Loren Klein had failed to win a gold bracelet. But the 34-year-old finally got his first bracelet after taking down this mixed event and earning $241,427. Klein amassed a huge chip lead while wading through this 919-player field, before making the final table look easy en route to the victory.
Event #46: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First Female Champ in $1.5k Bounty NL Hold’em
In 2013, Canada’s Kristen Bicknell won the WSOP Ladies Hold’em Championship along with $173,922. Now Bicknell becomes the first lady to win a bracelet at the 2016 WSOP, triumphing over a 2,158-player field in this Bounty Hold’em event. Bicknell won $290,768 along with her second-career bracelet, while denying Hungary’s Norbert Szecsi (2nd, $179,625) his second bracelet in the process.
Event #47: Johnny World Gets Win in $10k 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
‘Johnny World’ Hennigan now has four gold bracelets after winning this 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tourney along with $320,103. But after winning, Hennigan said that he’s surprised, given how he got caught bluffing so many times and claims to have gotten lucky. Nevertheless, the former pool shark runs his career tournament winnings up to $6.8 million.
Event #48: Ankush Mandavia Wins $5k NL Hold’em
Most eyes were on Phil Hellmuth as he was chasing his 15th bracelet in this tourney, eventually bowing out in 8th place ($46,553). Ankush Mandavia emerged as the winner over this 524-player field, collecting a $548,139 payout in the process.
Event #49: Shaun Deeb Makes It Look Easy in $1.5k Seven Card Stud
Shaun Deeb had the perfect tournament, getting the right cards and using his skill to amass a big chip lead over this 331-player field. With his skills and experience, Deeb put his big chip stack to good use and quickly ended the final table. The 30-year-old collected an $111,101 payout and his second-career gold bracelet for the win.
Event #50: Umerova is Second Female Winner in $1.5k Shootout NL Hold’em
It’s been a good year for female players since Safiya Umerova beat a 1,050-player field to win this Shootout event along with $268,484. A native of Russia who immigrated to the U.S., Umerova has been working hard on making it in poker. This big payout might be the jump-start she needs for her pro career.
Event #51: Shack-Harris Continues Consistency with 8-Handed PLO Win
Brandon Shack-Harris has been one of the most-consistent players at the WSOP since first playing in 2011. He has two third-place finishes, two seconds, and now two firsts after winning this $10k 8-Handed PLO event. Shack-Harris earned his second-career bracelet along with $894,300 by topping this 400-player field. In the process, he denied Klein (2nd, $552,713) his second bracelet of the series.
Event #52: Lichtenberger Finally Wins in $3k NL Hold’em
Prior to this event, Andrew Lichtenberger had accumulated 34 WSOP cashes without a single victory. That finally changed for the long-time poker pro, though, as he won this event along with $569,158. Lichtenberger, who now has over $8.2 million in tournament winnings, said that his focus on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle powered him to victory.
Event #53: Alan Le Wins $1.5k Mixed Omaha
Alan Le, the youngest brother of poker pros Tommy Le and Nam Le, topped a 668-player field in this $1,500 Mixed Omaha 8’s/PLO 8’s tournament. Like Lichtenberger, Le finally got over the hump with this victory since he’d previously cashed 29 times before Event #53.
Event #54: Nail Salon Owner Wins $888 Crazy Eights NL 8-Handed
Hung Le, a nail salon owner from Ohio, won the first-ever $888 buy-in Crazy Eights Hold’em event along with $888,888. What’s interesting about Le is that he’d never played a live tournament prior to vacationing in Las Vegas. He merely tried some sit-n-go satellites at the WSOP to warm up for this event.
Event #55: Brian Rast Wins Second $50k Player Championship
Brian Rast beat a 91-player field in the $50,000 Poker Player Championship to win the $1,296,097 top prize. Rast also becomes only the second player besides Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi (2010 and ’12) to win the Player Championship, doing so in 2011 and this year. The 34-year-old had to overcome a 4:1 chip disadvantage to Justin Bonomo (2nd, $801,048) to win this tourney, but managed the feat and won his third-career gold bracelet.