Perrin conquers the Giant at World Series of Poker

The lengthy World Series of Poker $365 Giant No-Limit Hold’em tournament has finally ended, and Jeremy Perrin was the last man standing.

The tournament, which had five opening-day flights, ended up with an 8,920-player field battling for their share of a $2,676,000 prize pool. When the final card was dealt, Perrin pocketed the $250,966 first prize along with his first WSOP bracelet.

It came down to Perrin and Luis Vazquez heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began, Perrin had a massive chip lead with 189 million chips to Vazquez’s 34 million. Only 11 hands later, he had all the chips.

On the final hand, Vazquez pushed all-in with pocket fours and Perrin called with Kd-10d. The flop showed 5h-Jh-3h, which looked good for Vazquez as his fours were still the top hand and he had the only heart at the table. The turn was the Jc, pairing the board, but still holding the lead for Vazquez. On the river Vazquez’s chances were snuffed out after the 10s fell, giving Perrin a pair of tens to go with the jacks for top hand and the tournament win.

A long list of first-time WSOP bracelet winners

Perrin was one of many first-time WSOP bracelet winners to emerge in Las Vegas over the last week.

Also collecting their first piece of WSOP jewelry were Jay Kwon, Ryan Leng, Joseph Couden, Diogo Veiga and the team of Giuseppe Pantaleo and Nikita Luther.

Kwon outlasted a 389-player field in the $1,500 Razz tournament. He earned $125,431 for the win.

Leng added a WSOP bracelet to go with his WSOP Circuit championship ring after winning the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty tournament. He topped a 1,983-player field to win $272,765.

Couden posted his seventh cash of this year’s WSOP and first win in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Eights or Better tournament. He was the last man standing from a 935-player field to collect $244,370.

One of the largest paydays last week went to Portugal’s Diogo Veiga. He cashed $522,715 after winning the Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament against a 1,020-player field.

Finally, Pantaleo from Germany and Luther from India teamed up to take down the $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em tournament. The tournament included a 1,020-player field and the winning team split $175,804 for the win.