On July 3, Wednesday, the 2019 WSOP Main Event kicked off smoothly with over 1,300 players duking it out on Day 1a. This breaks the record from last year's Day 1a of 925 participants.
WSOP bracelet winner Bryan Campanello was the Day 1a chip leader with 417,500 in his bag, subsequently followed by Raymond Travis Rice (335,000), Timothy Su (297,300), Quentin Roussey (266,400), and Takehiro Kato (259,200).
This year's World Series of Poker is the celebration of their 50th anniversary, and they have formulated a poker festival jam-packed with the usual favorites as well as many additions such as nine online bracelet events, more affordable buy-in tournaments, and there's even a Short Deck Championship.
Oh, and there's one more thing for this year's WSOP, they have added more value which means more chips!
The Main Event of Bayou Poker Challenge attracted 80 players this year. Not a lot of players in other words, but since the buy-in was $3000+$120 it created a total prize pool of $221,709. It came to be the American poker pro Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler from Las Vegas who took home the the three-day event. A very well deserved win for Allen Kessler who has developed quite a reputation in the past few years. For the win of this tournament he received $70,797, a gold ring, and also a seat in the 2010 World Series of Poker. Allen Kessler now has almost $1,5 million dollars in tournament winnings through his career.
Final table results: 1. Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler - $70,976 2. Ed Corrado - $44,360 3. Moutray McLaren - $28,279 4. Jim McBride - $19,262 5. Michael "Car Wash" Schneider - $16,080 6. Justin "Lockdowntex" Allen - $13,308 7. Ben "the Destroyer" Mintz - $11,090 8. Will "the Monkey" Souther - $9,426 9. Phil Hall - $8,317
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