Yoon Makes it 2 Bracelets in 2 Years

Yoon Makes it 2 Bracelets in 2 Years

Thursday, 19 June 2014

With the half-way point becoming a distant memory, this year's World Series of Poker saw another two champions crowned inside the Rio earlier today.

Following on from Dutch Boyd's return to form on Wednesday, Brian Yoon managed to win his second bracelet in as many years after topping the table in Event #35.

Yoon was the man who managed to triumph in last year's Little One for One Drop and take home $663,727 after making his way through 4,756 players.

This year he managed to bank an almost identical first prize after weaving his way around the likes of Dan Smith and Josh Arieh on the final table of the $5,000 8-handed NLHE event.

Kicking off on Monday with 550 hopefuls in the mix, the tournament saw a slew of high profile players make it deep. However, as Jeff Madsen, Olivier Busquet and Sam Trickett just missed out on a final table, Yoon began to thrive.

Able to watch as Tony Cousineau became the first casualty of the finale, Yoon soon got into his stride and by the time only Arieh stood in his way he was able to take control of the match.

Indeed, despite starting with a slight chip deficit, Yoon quickly turned the tide and in a final wave of momentum he clinched the title when his 8d 2d hit a flush to best Arieh's Ad 2h.

With that the final pot, $633,341 and the bracelet were pushed across to Yoon while Arieh was left to pick up his $391,575 consolation prize.

Elsewhere in the Rio, Steve Wolansky was avenging his near miss at last year's WSOP in Event #36. Wolansky finished second in Event #8 in 2013, but this year he was able to go one better and take the title in the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball event.

A final battle with Joseph Cheong saw Wolansky come from behind to win the bracelet and $89,483 after making a nine low.

Tags: WSOP 2014, Brian Yoon, Steve Wolansky