Ten players arrived on Tuesday looking to capture gold in Event #20: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout. A few of those players were ready to add a second bracelet to their WSOP trophy case — Taylor Paur, Chris Bell, and Phil Galfond! But out of a field of 389 players registered for the event, Kory Kilpatrick took home the title, his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet, and $254,891.
Final Table Payouts
Paur, Galfond, and Bell lost sight of bracelet number two when they were eliminated in seventh, sixth, and fifth places respectively. Paur went to war with pocket eights against Noah Bronstein’s pocket jacks; Galfond’s ace-four suited couldn't slip under the radar of Jack Duong’s ace-jack suited; and Bell’s ace-queen ran into Eric Wasserson’s ace-king. In all of the battles, the best hand before the flop took down the pot.
It took roughly three hours for Narenda Banwari to lose a race with pocket sevens against Duong’s ace-jack suited. The next bustout took over three hours — Dylan Linde hit the rail in ninth place after Wasserson cracked his kings; then Michael Stonehill couldn't win a race with Duong and he was gone in eighth place.
Bell was out in fifth place two hands later; Duong left in fourth after he moved all-in on a board and Kilpatrick called to show . Duong had a straight with the that was no good.
Bronstein moved all-in for about 20 big blinds with pocket fives (Presto) and was racing against Kilpatrick’s unsuited ace-eight. The turn card brought an eight, and Bronstein was on his way to the cashier.
When Hand #247 hit, Eric Wasserson raised to 60,000, Kory Kilpatrick raised to 175,000, and Wasserson moved all-in for 850,000. Kilpatrick called.
Kilpatrick had Wasserson right where he wanted him when the flop and the turn hit the table. Wasserson stood up, picking up his things, getting ready to leave when Kilpatrick looked up at him.
"Don't you walk away," he said with a smile.
The on the river opened the door for Wasserson to walk away, it was over! Wasserson picked up $157,490 for his second place finish.
Kilpatrick had an interview coming up with Amber Fukuda, $254,891 waiting for him at the cashier's cage, and his first WSOP gold bracelet!
*Every player at the final table was American