Nguyen, Klein post seven-figure cashes at WSOP

Tommy Nguyen and Loren Klein have a million reasons to celebrate, after both hit seven-figure paydays and won a World Series of Poker bracelet this week.

Nguyen became the first Canadian to win at this year’s WSOP after capturing the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack tournament. He battled a large 6,260-player field to cash $1,037,451.

It came down to Nguyen and James Carroll heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Nguyen had the chip lead with 51.8 million chips to Carroll’s 42.1 million. Nguyen quickly grew his stack even larger and needed only 32 hands to send Carroll to the rail. On the final hand of the tournament, Carroll pushed all-in with Kd-2c and Nguyen called with Ad-Kc. The ace kicker was all Nguyen needed after the board showed 8d-Jc-4d-Js-Qh.

Loren Klein laid claim to his third WSOP bracelet after winning the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship. It was the third WSOP in a row that Klein has won a bracelet, and he did it by outlasting a 476-player field to earn $1,018,336.

To secure his third bracelet, Klein had to go through three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter heads-up. Heads-up didn’t last long, and on the final hand both players were all-in pre-flop. Klein was in great shape holding Ac-Ad-3d-2d against Porter’s Ks-Kd-Jd-5c and it held up on the board – 2c-10s-4c-4d-9c.

Seiver wins second WSOP bracelet

While Klein was celebrating his third WSOP bracelet win, Scott Seiver was on the way to clinching his second. Seiver won his second career WSOP bracelet after capturing the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. He outlasted a 114-player field in the tournament to cash $296,222.

Seiver went up against Matt Szymaszek heads-up and did not hold the chip lead at the outset of heads-up play. During almost 90 minutes of heads-up, the chip lead went back and forth a few times before Seiver ran over his opponent on his way to the win.

On the final hand, Szymaszek was all-in with 8h-7c against Seiver’s Kc-Qh. The flop 6s-Jc-9d gave both players a shot at a straight. The Qd on the turn gave Seiver a pair and that proved to be enough after the river was the Ad.