Kristen Bicknell Ties History With Third WSOP Bracelet Win
The 2020 WSOP Online rolls right along with over a dozen bracelets awarded over the last week. A few notable players won bracelets, with one player now on the verge of making history. Kristen Bicknell won her third career bracelet on Wednesday after winning Event #44: $2,500 NL Hold’em 6-Max. She is now tied with Barbara Enright and Vanessa Selbst as the only women with three WSOP bracelet victories.
Meanwhile, Nick Binger added to his career bracelet total after taking down Event #24. He won the $400 NL Hold’em 8-Handed event, outlasting a field of 2,408.
Kristen Bicknell Wins Third Career WSOP Bracelet
Kristen Bicknell is not just one of the most dominant female players in the world today but is quickly becoming one of the best female players in the history of the game. On Wednesday, she added to her legendary career by winning her third career WSOP bracelet.
The event played out over on GGPoker and was the $2,500 NL Hold’em Six-Max. A field of 892 players entered the event to create a prize pool of $2.11 million. The final table was headlined by Bicknell but for a while, it seemed that she would fall short of her third career bracelet.
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Bicknell was short-stacked for a good bit of the final table. A big hand that allowed her to double up with quad kings put her into contention and she managed to make it heads-up against Belarmino “Iseey0urcad” De Souza.
The turning point of the heads-up match was when she picked off a bluff from De Souza with pocket jacks. De Souza went all-in with a missed straight and flush draw and Bicknell correctly made the call to give herself the advantage.
In the final hand of the event, Bicknell turned trips against two pair from De Souza. The victory gave Bicknell her third bracelet and $356,412.
Bicknell Now Tied for History
Bicknell’s victory gives her three WSOP bracelet wins. That ties her with Vanessa Selbst and Barbara Enright. Bicknell won her first title back in 2013 when she won the Ladies Championship. Later, she won a $1,500 Bounty event in 2016 for her second bracelet.
This third victory puts Bicknell in rare company for multiple reasons. First, it is rare to see a Ladies Championship winner take down an open-field bracelet. Bicknell has now done that twice. That’s on par with Enright, Selbst, and Loni Harwood.
The next time that Bicknell wins a bracelet, and there’s no reason to believe she will not, she becomes the all-time bracelet leader amongst women and will tie Selbst for the record for most open-field bracelet wins for a woman.
Another interesting accomplishment is that Bicknell is now third on the Women’s All-Time Money List. She has $5.09 million in career earnings. Kathy Liebert is second with $6.3 million. Selbst is atop the list with $11.9 million in career earnings.
Nick Binger Wins Second Career Bracelet
The other player to add to his career bracelet count was Nick Binger. He took down Event #24: $400 NL Hold’em 8-Handed over on WSOP.com on July 24th. He outlasted a field of 2,408 entries to take down the title.
The final table was a fairly solid one, including Matt Berkey and Ryan “Adopt_aDogg0” Leng. It was Leng and Binger that started heads-up play but it appeared that Leng was going to take the title. He started with a 4 to 1 chip lead over Binger.
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However, back-to-back doubles for Binger put him into the lead and he was then able to take down the event. The win only netted Binger $133,413 in prize money but it gave him a coveted WSOP gold bracelet.
We haven’t heard much from Binger in terms of results over the last few years. Binger won his first bracelet back in 2011 after winning the $5,000 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Event. However, his last year of note was 2013. Since then, he has a combined three live cashes for less than $175,000. Hopefully, this victory is a sign of things to come for the now two-time bracelet winner.