Keijzer wins first WSOP bracelet, Hennigan leads POTY standings

Ronald Keijzer became the fifth person from the Netherlands to win a World Series of Poker bracelet earlier this week after taking down the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed tournament.

Keijzer outlasted a 901-player field in the tournament to cash $475,033. The win was by far the largest of his poker career and boosted his live-poker career earnings to just over $700,000.

It came down to Keijzer and Romain Lewis heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Keijzer had a more than 2-to-1 chip lead on Lewis with 9.2 million in chips to Lewis’ 4.3 million. It took only a few hands for all the chips to move to Keijzer.

On the final hand with blinds at 50,000/100,000, Lewis raised 300,000 pre-flop and Keijzer called. The flop showed As-Qh-3c. After Keijzer checked, Lewis bet 350,000, to which Keijzer called. The turn was the Jc. Keijzer checked again, and Lewis bet 800,000. Once again Keijzer called. The river was the 5h. Keijzer checked a third time and Lewis pushed all-in. Keijzer immediately called and showed Kh-10d-10h-9h for a King-high straight. Lewis had 6s-5c-4s-2d for a six-high straight that wasn’t good enough, eliminating him from the tournament.

Hennigan and Deeb battle for POTY top spot

With 11 WSOP bracelets left to hand out, John Hennigan and Shaun Deeb are in a tight battle for top spot in the WSOP Player of the Year standings. Hennigan is the leader with 3,130.76 points, but Deeb is close behind with 3,111.64 points.

Hennigan has amassed his leading point total thanks to one win, nine cashes and five final tables so far. His one win came in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament that earned him $414,692. He also finished second in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, just missing out on another bracelet. His nine cashes have earned him $1,303,593.

Deeb also has one win at the WSOP, along with 13 cashes and two final tables. He won the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller tournament to cash $1,402,683. His 13 cashes at the WSOP have earned him $1,644,062.

Rounding out the top five on the POTY standings are Eric Baldwin with 2,416.88 points, Scott Bohlman with 2,413.61 points and Mike Leah with 2,294.28 points.