Joe McKeehen bags 3rd WSOP Gold Bracelet with High Roller Win worth $352,985

Joe fanofdapoker McKeehen, the 2015 WSOP Main Event champion, added another gold bracelet to his collection with victory in the $3200 buy-in NLHE High Roller, a win worth $352,985.

By: Andrew Burnett

The 496-entry field included 128 rebuys, the prizepool topping out at $1,507,840 – the biggest of the 14 events so far on, although only 1/5th of McKeehen’s historic victory 5 years ago.

It was another former Main Event champ, 2000 winner Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson now playing under his Camdi nickname, who would take on the role of money bubble boy…his vanquisher none other than carpark bracelet hero Ryan Depaulo!

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Ryan joeyisamush Depaulo: 10♥ 10♠
Chris Camdi Ferguson: A♠ K♦
Flop: 4♠ 5♦ 4♥
Turn: Q♦
River: 10♦

Depaulo would go on to take 16th place and $11,459, while Maria 'bluerat' Konnikova was also in the money, 56th place worth $6,031 to the best-selling author-turned-poker player.

The final table of eight was a hard fought affair, the money significant with four 6-figure payouts up for grabs. McKeehen, however, was rarely to be seen when the big showdowns began.

SoccerDJ took out two opponents before falling in 5th, Frank 'thewholefunk' Funaro taking over the executioner’s role to reach a heads-up battle with McKeehen.

Funaro’s excellent play faltered at the final hurdle, however, an aggressive shove running into McKeehen holding a decent ace…

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Joe fanofdapoker McKeehen: A♦ 9♥
Frank thewholefunk Funaro: 7♦ 6♦
Flop: 8♦ 4♥ K♠
Turn: 4♣
River: Q♣

That was enough for McKeehen to lift his 3rd career WSOP gold bracelet to go with his 2015 ME win and the 2017 $10k Limit Hold’em Championship title.

Final results

1 Joe fanofdapoker McKeehen $352,985
2 Frank thewholefunk Funaro $219,089
3 Roland prngls12 Israelashvili $148,975
4 Jaydestar17 $103,136
5 SoccerDJ $72,979
6 Clayton nevarlucky Maguire $52,624
7 Nathan innate9 Russler $38,601
8 David newjerz05 Jackson $28,951

There are still 17 bracelets events to go on the schedule, and this coming Sunday will see GGPoker enter the fray with the first of their 84 bracelet tournaments.


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