Kristen Bicknell Wins 3rd WSOP Gold Bracelet
Canadian Poker-pro and partypoker ambassador Kristen Bicknell this past weekend not only won Event #44 of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online Series, but also her 3rd WSOP gold bracelet.
The Canadian player beat a field of 892 entries to the final chair at the final table of the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max Event. The incredible feat is a significant one to Bicknell, as not only did she successfully claim a stunning $356,412 share of the prize money, but also put up a stunning show of performance in an event now considered to be the Poker-pro’s comeback victory.
The Money Bubble
Several big-name players managed to make it into the money bubble – including Mike “Timex” McDonald, Matthias Eibinger, Julien Martini, and Ben Farrell. Some others, including Pete Chen and Jake Schwartz, even managed to make it as far as just short of a seat at the final table before going bust. Brandon Adams and Danny Tang both classed in this unfortunate category too.
By the time the action came close to the final six (and the final table), actor Ben Affleck could do no more than watch helplessly as his gold bracelet chances evaporated into thin air. And even after the final six were seated and ready to start putting the proceedings to bed, the eliminations continued to come fast and hard.
Bicknell Set The Pace
Bicknell had all throughout the competition kept a fairly steady pace. But by the time the final table was decided, Bicknell was glaringly obviously ready to stake her claim to the prize money. And she wasted no time getting down to business making that dream a reality, either.
A fantastic hand of quad kings ultimately led to the ousting of Simon Higgins in 5th place, followed by more impressive hands that eventually saw Dong Jiang’s fate sealed in 4th position.
By the time the game had reached the point of heads-up play, Bicknell was the one to remain seated across from Belarmino De Souza from Brazil. De Souza had by this point ousted Belarussian player Ilya Anatsky, and would no doubt have been ready to leave with the winner’s loot tucked safely into his own pockets.
But in the end, fantastic a player though Belarmino De Souza may have been, the ultimate honour would belong to last year’s female Player of the Year and one of the best Poker players in the world today.
Bicknell won her very first WSOP gold bracelet when she won the WSOP’s 2013 Ladies Event. Her second bracelet followed shortly after in 2016.