The first open event at this years WSOP, the $1,000 top up turbo no-limit hold’em event was won by 29 year old pro Kyle Julius from Illinois.
“It feels great. This is actually my first ever live win and for it to be a bracelet win is pretty cool,” he commented after the win. “To get started with a win in the second tournament of the summer, it feels pretty unbelievable.”
In addition to the turbo structure, players could double their starting stack by winning a sit and go at www.wsop.com or at the Rio. Those that didn’t win extra chips could also buy them for an additional $1,000. Of the 667 entrants, 235 won extra chips online, 99 at the Rio – including Julius – and 81 paid the additional $1,000 giving a total prize pool of $681,300.
He won the tournament in fortunate fashion however, going all in with 44 during the 1st hand of heads-up play with Belgian Bart Lybaert. He called the all in with K9, and when the flop came K102 he would have felt pretty confident of taking the pot. The A on the turn helped no one, but the 4 on the river certainly did and gave Julius one of the 2 outs he needed to take the hand and the tournament.
On top of the bracelet and money, Julius won the right to name his soon to be born daughter:
“We have been arguing about names and she was like, ‘If you win a bracelet you can name our child.’ It’s still going to be a mutual decision that we make together, but I think I have a little bit more say now,” he said with a big grin on his face…
Final table payouts were as follows:
Congratulations to everyone that placed from all of us at LateReg!