One for Jeff Madsen - Fourth WSOP Bracelet Shipped4 years ago
Jeff Madsen is the name of the latest WSOP gold bracelet winner. American pro joined the $3k PLO Hi-Lo event and topped the field of 480 players to seize the day and $301,314 first place money. With this victory, Madsen's collection of WSOP bracelets now contains four pieces, while his total WSOP winnings amount to $2,650,000.
His first two bracelets came in 2006, followed by a long dry-spell which ended in 2013, when he claimed third WSOP title. Things are looking good this year for Madsen however, as there is still plenty of play left in the Series and he's already claimed a victory.
As would be the case during WSOP, there were many well known names in the field, including the likes of Robert Mizrachi, brother of somewhat more famous Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi, Jonathan Duhamel, 2010 WSOP Main Event champion as well as Perry Green, the player best known for his runner-up finish to Stu Ungar back in 1981.
As for the final table, it was an interesting mix of long time pros and new players. Rami Boukai and Madsen two players with previous bracelets, Huarong Ma and Spencer Chen cashing a WSOP event for the first time ever.
While Ma and Chen fell in seventh and ninth respectively, Boukai made it all the way to the third spot; however, his second WSOP bracelet will have to wait at least a little while longer, as cards failed to produce for him during the three handed phase. That said, he still earned $124,000 for his efforts.
With his elimination, it was left to Madsen and Jean-Marc Thomas to resolve the matter of the winner. Although Thomas put his best efforts and it looked at times that he might be a serious threat standing between the American and his fourth bracelet, the experience prevailed in the end and Madsen claimed the title.
47-year old from Paris will still probably be happy with the runner-up finish that secured him $185,548 payday, especially considering the fact that he was up against a really tough opponent. Still, just missing out on a first bracelet is always tough.
With total live earnings just shy of $5 million and four WSOP bracelets, Madsen is certainly a force to be reckoned with at the tables. In his interview for WSOP.com blog following his victory, Jeff explained that he simply loves what he's doing and he clearly intends to keep doing it in a foreseeable future.
At the age of only 30, Madsen certainly has many years of play ahead, and with some help from the cards, he could be breaking some records in the years to come. Nobody knows what's in the cards, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Jeff claim another one or two gold trinkets before the Series runs its course.
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