Two more WSOP bracelets have found their way to new owners and their names are Kyle Cartwright and Tuan Le.
Cartwright earned his bracelet in Event #4, $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, that attracted a big field of 2,223 players and created a prize pool of over $2 million. It took a total of three days to crown the champion. Twelve players returned at the start of Day 3 to play down all the way to the winner who received $360,000.
Two eliminations later, the unofficial final table of ten players was formed and it lasted for a total of one hand. With the board reading #kh#qh#9c#2h#5c, Cartwright moved his stack in, putting Steve Chanthabouasy on a decision for all the marbles. Chanthabousay agonized over the call for a while and eventually moved his chips over the line, only to get the bad news as his #ks#qd was far behind Cartwright’s set of Nines. He made his way to the rail in 10th and the final table of nine got underway.
First to leave was Michael Sortino, whose 9th place finish was good for $26,489. Following his trail was Ken Weinstein, who fell at the hands of Jeremy Dresch, turning his 8th position into $34,500. Robert Kuhn picked an unfortunate time to move all-in on an Ace-high bluff, as Cartwright turned top two pair and made an easy call to send him to the rail with $45,635 to his name.
Cartwright was on an obvious heater, as he soon booked another elimination. This time it was Dresch who got in a big pot against Cartwright on a classic coin flip. Dresch’s #ad#kh couldn’t outrun the pocket Queens of Cartwright, however, and he went out in 6th, receiving $61,000 for his efforts. After his exit, Matthew O’Donnell got it in slightly ahead of Ylon Schwartz, but Schwartz flopped the nut straight and his opponent was drawing completely dead after the turn, making his way to the rail $82,688 richer.
Three-handed play started after Daniel Dizenzo was ousted in 4th place, receiving $113,500 for his performance. Meanwhile, Jason Paster was stubbornly holding on to his tournament life, refusing to lose all ins even when he was far behind. Eventually, the other two, Cartwright and Schwartz, got in a big preflop confrontation that saw all the chips go in the middle. When the cards were on their back, it turned out Cartwright’s pocket Nines were way ahead of Schwartz’s pocket Fours and the board brought no changes to that fact. Schwartz finished his run in 3rd place, receiving $157,855 for an excellent showing.
The two remaining players went for a dinner break and when they came back Cartwright was holding more than a 2:1 chip lead. It didn’t take long to finish the match, as Paster four-bet shoved his pocket Fours and received a call from the #ac#qd of Cartwright. Paster’s luck finally ran out as Kyle hit the Queen right on the flop and only confirmed what was already nearly guaranteed by making trip Queens on the river.
Paster received $223,500 for his runner-up finish, while Cartwright walked away with a $360,500 reward and a gold bracelet as memory of a truly great run through a field of more than 2,000 players!
In another event, the bracelet was awarded to Tuan Le. This time it was Event #5, $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. As expected from this type of event, it was a truly star-studded field with a great final table line-up.
This only makes Le’s victory an even greater accomplishment, as he came out on top among some of the best players in the world. The event attracted a total of 120 players, and on Day 3 they got down to the six-handed final table.
Phil Galfond started the day as the chip leader with 12 players remaining, but by the time it was down to the final table, he was nursing a short stack. Soon after the start of play, he got all-in against Justin Bonomo and that was it for him. A 6th place finish made him $51,538.
Next to go was George Danzer. He fell at the hands of last year’s winner, Eli Elezra, and was sent packing with $70,308 to his name. Nick Schulman, who is considered one of the best 2-7 players and who has two bracelets to prove it, finished in 4th place this time. He got in a confrontation against Bonomo, whose ten-seven low was good enough to beat Schulman’s jack-low. Schulman received $99,000 for his efforts.
Elezra was next to go. Eli entered three-handed play as a short stack and couldn’t make anything happen from that point on. He got the last of his chips in against Le’s eight-perfect and was drawing alive on the last card to make seven-high, but failed to connect and was sent to the rail $144,000 richer.
This left Bonomo and Le to battle it out for the bracelet. Bonomo had a slight chip advantage to start heads-up action. However, play lasted for several hours before the final hand went down. Le managed to seize a series of smaller pots to decimate Bonomo’s stack. The last hand saw both players make a nine-high, but Le’s was better and Bonomo finished in 2nd place, receiving $219,500 for the great run.
Le seized $355,000 and a gold bracelet to take home. Beating a field such as this one is no easy task and Le certainly has a lot to be proud of!