Kevin MacPhee Wins First WSOP Bracelet

Kevin MacPhee outlasted 453 opponents to take his first WSOP bracelet in the $5k NLHE Turbo tourney

American pro Kevin MacPhee earned his first WSOP bracelet yesterday in the $5000 Turbo NLHE event, pocketing $490,800 and taking his total live winnings over the $4m mark in the process.

MacPhee, predominantly known for his online tournament prowess, is also no slouch at the live tourney felt and managed his first WSOP win on his fifth cash (and second final table) of the series.

The turbo event, which had 30 minute levels on day 1 and 40 minute levels on day 2 (compared to the regular 60 minute levels in standard events) attracted 454 entrants.

MacPhee was by far the biggest name at the final table, although there was one previous bracelet winner among the contenders in US player Tristan Wade who won a $3k shootout at 2011's WSOPE. When it came to the crunch, however, Wade could only manage 6th place and the two chip leaders from the outset of the final table made it all the way to heads-up play as MacPhee ended up playing against Ukrainian player Igor Yaroshevskyy.

MacPhee entered play with a 7.3m to 4.15m chip lead and during the 40 or so hands played in the one-on-one battle Yaroshevskyy never managed to make a dent in MacPhee's lead. The end came when MacPhee shoved pre-flop with A4 and was called by his opponent's KQ. The board gave the underdog no help and Kevin MacPhee rounded off a great series with his first WSOP bracelet.

After his victory, MacPhee attributed his win, in part, to his years of online tournament grinding, saying to WSOP.com, "I am pretty used to the format. I play a lot of turbos online. I use my push fold calculators very methodically when I play online, so for me I feel like it's a pretty good event"

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