There was a huge event packed with poker stars on Thursday evening, as the 22nd event of the WSOP Online Event was staged. It was an NLH Knockout event with a buy in of $600. The event was entered by over 610 players, which meant that the sizable prize purse for the event stood at over $342,000.
One of the biggest names involved in the event was Daniel Negreanu. However, the renowned poker star could only finish in third on his hunt for a seventh bracelet on the WSOP.
Kennedy Crowned Winner Of The Event
For a long period, it looked as though it was just a matter of time before Negreanu was going to be crowned champion for a seventh time. The American was in a very strong position throughout the final table, but disaster struck towards the end of the event, as he dropped from top of the leaderboard to third. Therefore, he also missed out on being involved in the heads-up challenge. That finish meant that the place at the top of the standings was to be contested by Anthony Kennedy and Ryan Basile.
Kennedy was the player that eventually finished at the top of the leaderboard as he came out on top in a gripping heads-up challenge. In doing so, he walked away with returns of $46,796 from the event. However, the most pleasing aspect would have been the fact that he was able to get his hands on the illustrious WSOP bracelet. The star from the United Kingdom’s best live return came when winning $49,050 previously, and he has now won over $185,976 in returns from the events that he has played in throughout his career.
Basile Settles For Second Spot
Basile produced a strong challenge for the WSOP bracelet himself, but ultimately, he needed to settle for the spot as the runner-up in an ultra-competitive event at the end of last week. Basile’s finish still saw him walk away with decent returns from his performance, as he claimed $28,708 in prize money for his finish. Negreanu was back in third in the WSOP event, which would have no doubt been a disappointing finish for a player that has achieved as much success as the American. He still won returns of $19,851 but that would have made for little consolation as his eyes were firmly locked on winning a seventh bracelet.
Paul Scaturro and Ryan Hagerty were the next two players in the standings, as they finished in fourth and fifth, respectively. Scaturro finished just above in the overall standings, as he won $13,964 in prize money. Matthew Hunt was back in sixth in the standings, while Michael Ziemba and Jeff Madsen were the next two players on the leaderboard. Meanwhile, the final player to finish on the final table was Johnathan Bolton, but he was the first player to be knocked out when the final table commenced. Bolt won prize money of $3,084 for his performance in the WSOP event.