One of the great poker shocks took place this past weekend, as an unknown star came out on top in the second event of the World Series of Poker. The $25,000 H.O.R.S.E event attracted some of the biggest names in the game, which included a final table consisting of 22 gold bracelet winners.
However, it was a shock name that came out on top in the event, as Jesse Klein collected a first ever golden bracelet, as the American stunned some of the huge names in the poker event in Las Vegas.
Klein Makes History
It is very rare for a player to come out of nowhere and collect a huge victory in the WSOP, but that’s exactly what we saw this past weekend. Jesse Klein wasn’t expected to be in the competition for the top prize, but he surpassed all expectations to stay on strong and collect the historic victory. The American outlasted a field of the 78 most exciting stars in Las Vegas, which created a prize pool of just under $2 million. It was an entertaining three days full of action in the event, but it ultimately went the way of Klein, who collected $552,182 in winnings following his victory.
Few people would have heard of the American before the event, but he will certainly be a name on their lips after this captivating display. What comes next for the American will be fascinating, as we could yet see him take on another huge event before the close of the World Series of Poker. But, put into context, his victory was stunning, as very few would have given him much of a chance when coming up against players such as Phil Hellmuth, Chad Eveslage and Benny Glaser in the final table action.
Hellmuth Cashes Out On Final Table
Hellmuth was likely the biggest name involved in the WSOP event this past weekend, but the American could only finish the event in sixth place. He cashed out for just under $100,000, as he won $95,329. Only three players finished below him on the final table. Matt Glantz was the first to be eliminated, as the American cash out for $52,211 after finishing the event in ninth. DJ Buckley was the next player to join Glantz leaving the competition, as he collected $61,549. The final player to finish below Hellmuth was Ben Yu, who won $75,260 for his seventh place finish.
Phillip Sternheimer and Chad Eveslage were the players to finish in fifth and fourth, respectively, with Eveslage collecting returns of $169,218. David Benyamine was the next player on the leaderboard, as the Frenchman finished the event in third place overall. However, he wasn’t the highest European finisher in the event, as that honour when the way of Benny Glaser, who crashed out in second place overall. The British player still won returns of $341,274, as Klein was crowned the shock winner of the second event of the WSOP.