The plan in any freezeout tournament is to take no prisoners. Brian Yoon must have had that thought in mind as he ran through the field of Event #35: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold'em. The prize pool grew to $2,585,000 after 550 players joined the quest to win a bracelet. Scheduled for a four-day event, the tournament ended on Day 3 and Brian Yoon stood at the top of the hill with no prisoners in sight as he captured a $633,341 first-place prize and his second WSOP gold bracelet.
Last year the $1,111 buy-in Little One for One Drop event with a first-place prize of $663,727 found Yoon standing in the winner's circle too — claiming his first bracelet!
Day 3 of Event #35 started with 23 players and some of the early eliminations were Olivier Busquet (23rd - $18,095), Eric Froehlich (22nd - $18,095), Ravi Raghavan (21st - $18,095), and Jeff Madsen (20th - $18,095).
After the first round of bust-outs hit the rail, the next 11 players followed behind them to set the final table including Matt Davenport (18th - $18,095), Sylvain Loosli (16th - $21,946), Sam Stein (14th - $27,013), David Peters (12th - $33,734), and Sam Trickett (11th - $33,734).
When heads-up play between Brian Yoon and Josh Arieh started, the two were almost even in chips and play could have gone on for a number of hours due to the depth of the stacks but instead, the match lasted just 19 hands. Yoon managed to pick up speed and opened up a chip lead that led to Hand #143.
Arieh opened for 100,000 from the button. Yoon called from the big blind. The flop brought the and a check from Yoon. Arieh bet 75,000, Yoon check-raised to 240,000. Arieh called. The turn brought the into play and Yoon bet 350,000. Arieh hesitated for a moment before raising all-in for 1.63 million. Yoon insta-called.
Arieh had a pair of aces and was looking for a diamond to hit to lock up the chips. Yoon had a flush on the flop. Both players' rails were on their feet — the river produced the .
Caitlyn Howe and Brian visit for a moment on his second bracelet win:
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