A great young player is how Negreanu referred to Paul Volpe as he beat Kid Poker in heads up play to take his first ever WSOP bracelet. The win came in event 13, the $10,000 NL 2-7 Draw tournament in which Volpe not only took the bracelet but also a cool $253,521 on top. Unbelievably when the final table was set there was only Volpe at that table who had never won a WSOP bracelet and although for some time it looked liked things would stay that way, he came good in the end. It was in fact Jason Mercier who did all the running in the early stages of that final table, wiping out half of Volpe’s stack in one huge hand. It took Volpe a little time to recover from that, and in the process of making it to heads up play he knocked Mercier out in third place, setting the scene for his battle with Negreanu. During heads up Negreanu couldn’t win a hand and it all went Volpes way as he collected his first piece of silverware of the summer.
There were more first time winners too as Gregory Kolo won event 12, the $1,500 PLHE tournament and not only was that his first ever WSOP bracelet but it was also his first ever cash...not a bad double whammy! Earlier in event 11, the No Limit Six Handed tourney the series saw another first timer as Justin Bonomo beat a field of 1,587 players to take the glory and the of course the cash. Bonomo has a total of 26 WSOP cashes, and has come close to the bracelet on more than one occasion, the most recent in fact being in this years event 5 as he finished runner up for the third time. Bonomo eventually beat Mike Sowers in heads up play, a battle that lasted for 99 hands and finally took his name off the list of ‘best without a bracelet’.
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