Julius takes down a WSOP Bracelet

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 4Spade Suit4Heart Suit during the 1st hand of heads-up play with Belgian Bart Lybaert. He called the all in with KClub Suit9Heart Suit, and when the flop came KDiamond Suit10Club Suit2Club Suit he would have felt pretty confident of taking the pot. The ADiamond Suit on the turn helped no one, but the 4Club Suit 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:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Kyle Julius $142,972
2 Bart Lybaert $88,328
3 Ben Yu $61,137
4 Karl Held $43,001
5 Hugo Perez $30,742
6 Christian Blech $22,345
7 Nitis Udornpim $16,518
8 George Dolofan $12,422
9 Vinny Pahuja $9,506

Congratulations to everyone that placed from all of us at LateReg!