On Day 30 of the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP), a bracelet has finally been won by a Canadian. Kristen Bicknell has won her second bracelet in Event #46: $1,500 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em.
Ontario’s Kristen Bicknell won her first bracelet in the Ladies Event in 2013 — a year that saw Canadians dominate the World Series by taking down 10 of the 62 events. She earned $173,922 for that victory.
Between then and now, Bicknell has had just one other WSOP cash. She pocketed a small prize in this year’s Monster Stack before going on to the $1,500 bounty tournament, winning her second bracelet and $290,768.
For those keeping score, you’ll note that Bicknell has only three lifetime WSOP cashes and two of them are wins!
The $1,500 bounty tournament kicked off on Monday, June 27, and saw 2,158 players create a prize pool of $1,834,300. By the end of 10 one-hour levels, the money bubble had already been burst when 324 players remained, and 308 of them bagged chips for Day 2. Kristen Bicknell was one of several Canadians still in the field and had a top-third stack of 68,100 chips.
When the second day of play concluded, 36 players remained and Bicknell held the second-best stack of 1,446,000 and was the only Canadian remaining to keep the dream alive for our first bracelet of the summer.
Another Canadian woman, Kathy Sawers, lasted the longest out of the players from our nation on Day 2. She finished in 39th place for $6,202. Jaroslaw Jaskiewicz (60th — $4,324), Lorne Wechsler (67th — $3,670), Noah Vaillancourt (106th — $2,136), Josiah Mori (109th — $2,136), Jeff Sloan (142nd — $1,921), Paul Biggs (145th — $1,921), Benoit Gariepy (233rd — $1,610), Gerald Carter (287th — $1,417), and Harsukhpaul Sangha (310th — $1,417) also pocketed a piece of the prize pool.
Day 3 is usually the final day for these $1,500 events, but the day ended with three players remaining and Bicknell still had a place at the felt. In fact, she bagged the largest stack of chips with 7,080,000 to Norbert Szecsi’s 5,600,000 and John Myung’s 3,550,000.
The final three players returned on Thursday at noon and, less than an hour and a half later, Kristen Bicknell was the last player remaining, scooping in every single tournament chip.
An hour into play, Bicknell was responsible for the elimination of John Myung in third place. Myung raised to 330,000 and Bicknell three-bet to 900,000. Myung four-bet jammed for his tournament life and Bicknell called.
Myung turned over and Bicknell held . The board ran out queen-high and Bicknell scooped up the pot, sending Myung to the exit in third place for $130,588.
Bicknell began heads-up play with better than a three-to-one chip advantage and it took just nine hands for her to finish the job. It was the first big pot the two played and it began with Bicknell raising to 450,000. Norbert Szecsi called and the flop came .
Bicknell continued with a bet of 300,000, receiving a call and revealing the on the turn. She bet again, making it 800,000 this time, and Szecsi called again.
The river card was the and Bicknell pushed all in. Szecsi spent some time thinking before he called, showing . Bicknell had turned the best of it with and she won the tournament. She earned $290,768 and her second gold WSOP bracelet while Szecsi collected a runner-up prize of $179,625.
Before this win, Bicknell was only the second Canadian woman to win a WSOP bracelet. The first was Amanda Thompson who won the $1,000 Women’s 7-Card Stud in 1998 for $40,000. Bicknell is now the first Canadian woman to win two bracelets and she’s also the first Canadian woman to win an open WSOP event. She’s also the first woman from any country to win a bracelet in 2016.
Congratulations, Kristen Bicknell!
Details and photo courtesy of the WSOP Live Updates.