There are about a million World Series of Poker tournaments running simultaneously right now, even after two finished up Sunday night. Both of those events saw players win their second bracelets, but neither Bryce Yockey nor Nick Guagenti is satisfied to stop there.

Bryce Yockey can sure play Omaha

Bryce Yockey won his first WSOP bracelet seven years ago when he took home the hardware in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship. On Sunday, he ditched the low, but got the high, winning Event #8: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for a personal best $606,654 payday.

He’s got a chip on his shoulder, too, making him even more determined to win another WSOP event this summer. In a display of confidence that reminds me of Jake Taylor’s comment to his team in Major League, Yockey told what his plans are:

“I’m going to win another one this year. Like honestly, when I saw myself get drafted for $13 in the fantasy draft, I’m like, f*** these guys. I’m just going to win two bracelets instead. I do a morning affirmation every day and I just tell myself I’m going to win two, and I got one down so far.”

Yockey is also gunning for the WSOP Player of the Year award and doesn’t seem to mind at all that the new rules will only count player’s top ten points results.

“I’m never going to be like Shaun Deeb or Daniel Negreanu,” Yockey said. “I’m never going to play two tournaments at the same time unless it’s a really unusual situation. But, I mean, I always play 40 events anyway. If I play another ten, it’s really not that different. So I’ll be in here every single day.”

  1. Bryce Yockey – $606,654
  2. Farid Jattin – $404,430
  3. Zachary Schwartz – $283,221
  4. Aditya Sadhu – $201,419
  5. Jason Berilgen – $145,504
  6. Joao Vieira – $106,795
  7. Joao Simao – $79,661
  8. Paul Radcliffe – $60,405

First live bracelet win for Nick Guagenti

Nick Guagenti won an online $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack event in 2020, and while he will always be immensely proud of that accomplishment, he really wanted a live bracelet win in the worst way. He got his wish this weekend, as he won Event #9: $1,500 Limit Hold’em (8-Handed) for $121,074.

Like Yockey, Guagenti said in his post-game interview that he plans on playing in dozens of tournaments at the WSOP, so there’s no reason to think that he couldn’t make a run at WSOP Player of the Year.

“I mean, I was planning on playing 50-55 events this summer regardless. I mean, I could still end up stuck on the Series [meaning losing money overall] despite this win, so I’ll be playing.”

He said that he enjoys Limit Hold’em because of the speed of the game, that without the potentially massive bets, there isn’t as much of a need to go into the tank on decisions, even important ones.

“It’s fast. The pace of it is much faster than the other games. It’s kind of automatic and robotic.”

  1. Nick Guagenti – $121,074
  2. Joseph Brodsky – $80,717
  3. George Chen – $54,708
  4. Juha Helppi – $37,880
  5. Qinghai Pan – $26,807
  6. Bradley Carter – $19,400
  7. Abdulrahim Amer – $14,363
  8. John Kim – $10,886

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