Finally! Canada has its first bracelet of the 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Kristen Bicknell navigated a field of 2,158 runners to capture her second career WSOP bracelet and a top prize of $290,768 in Event #46: $1,500 BOUNTY No-Limit Hold’em.
Bicknell entered the final table almost even in chips with the chip leader and would remain up top until she eliminated Nobert Szecsi heads up. In the final hand, Bicknell opened to 450,000 from the button and Szecsi made the call. The flop came [Jc9s6h] and Szecsi check-called a bet of 300,000 from Bicknell. The [As] fell on the turn and once again Szecsi check-called a bet from Bicknell, this time for 800,000. The [3h] hit the river and Szecsi checks for the third time. Bicknell scoped out Szecsi’s stack and announced “all in.” After a moment in the tank Szecsi made the call putting himself at risk only to see Bicknell lay down [Ac4c] besting his [9x7c]. Bicknell claimed 22 bounties thorughout the event worth $500, getting to keep her own as well.
Amazingly this was only Bicknell’s third career cash at the WSOP and second bracelet. Her first bracelet came back in 2013 when she won Event #51: Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship for $173,922. Bicknell’s third cash came just days ago when she placed 944th in Event #41: $1,500 MONSTER Stack No-Limit Hold’em for $2,365.
Hailing from Nepean, Ontario, Bicknell had $219,564 career live-recorded earnings entering the event. Now more than doubling that with this cash, she also becomes the first Canadian female to win an open event and joins the like of Loni Harwood, Susie Isaacs, Starla Brodie, and Jen Harman as the only females to ever win two bracelets. Only three ladies have ever won three bracelets; Barbara Enright, Vanessa Selbst, and Nani Dollison. Don’t be surprised to see Bicknell deep in another event this summer.
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