Arne Kern wins Millionaire Maker at WSOP

Germany’s Arne Kern gave his poker bankroll a massive boost this week by winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Millionaire Maker.

Kern faced off against a 7,361-player field in the tournament and cashed $1,173,223 as the last man standing. Heading into this event, his lifetime live-poker earnings were only $56,701.

Kern faced Samad Hazavi heads-up for the tournament title in a matchup that looked like it was going to go Hazavi’s way. At one point during heads-up play, Hazavi had nearly 80 per cent of the remaining chips after winning a huge double-up with trip sevens. To get back in the match, Kern pulled off his own double with A-8 against A-4.

With Kern now holding the chip lead, on the final hand Hazavi went all-in with Ah-Jd and Kern made a gutsy call with 4-2 suited spades. It proved to be the right move after the board showed 8s-3s-3h-5s-4d to give Kern a winning flush.

Brian Rast wins fourth WSOP bracelet

As Kern was headed toward his million-dollar cash, Brian Rast was on his way to his fourth career WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Lowball Draw Championship. Rast faced a 95-player field in the tournament, including poker legend Doyle Brunson playing in his final WSOP. Brunson would go on to finish sixth in the tournament.

Rast’s win earned him $259,670 and another WSOP bracelet. He posted his first WSOP win in 2011 and won his second the same year before snagging his third in 2016. Rast has won just over $5 million in WSOP tournaments, a nice portion of the $21 million he’s won overall in live-poker events.

It came down to Rast and Mike Wattel heads-up for the tournament title. On the final hand, Rast’s nine-high hand bested Wattel’s 10-high hand. For those who don’t know, the lowest hand wins in Lowball.

Also adding their name to the WSOP championship list this week were Craig Varnell, Jeremy Wien and Philip Long.

Varnell won his first WSOP bracelet in the $565 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament. He outlasted a 2,419-player field to cash $181,790.

Wien’s first WSOP victory came in the Big Blind Antes $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. He took home $537,710 after outlasting a 518-player field.

Finally, Long was the last man standing from a 418-player field in the $1,500 Eight Game Mix tournament. He won $147,348 for first place.