This is the very first time that Bryce Yockey wins a WSOP bracelet in what is also the very first $10K PLO Hi-Lo tournament in the history of the WSOP. Yockey was pretty confident he can bag this event as he booked as many side bets as he can, preparing for a game he once grinded a lot on but has barely played in the past years.
The event's final day had 15 players who returned, but after some eliminations an official table of eight remained. There were some close-call moments, but in the end Yockey got it, emerging on top in a field of 207 for his first bracelet and a payday worth $511,147.
He happily said, "I just f****** came through. It feels really good. It's different than winning a $1,500 tournament. There's a lot of tough pros to get through. It felt good to get here."
For someone who did not play much PLO8 in the past, Yockey's results were simply astonishing. The Californian's recent four final table runs at the WSOP include two in PLO8. He placed third in $5K PLO8 in 2011 for $180,180 and fifth in $1,500 PLO8 in 2015 for $50,171.
Yockey also got a nice start at the final table run in the Millionaire Maker of this year's WSOP, cashing out in fifth place for $317,544. He said, "I just came in brimming with confidence. I feel like half of poker is your mindset anyways."
Final table results:
1 Bryce Yockey United States $511,147
2 Jeremy Joseph United States $315,911
3 Josh Arieh United States $216,077
4 Chris Ferguson United States $150,929
5 Quentin Krueger Canada $107,709
6 Chris Roth United States $78,569
7 Ray Henson United States $58,612
8 Kate Hoang United States $44,738