The 2021 World Series of Poker is in full swing, with amateurs and professional players hitting up the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to take part in a ton of tournament action. Gold bracelets are up for grabs of course, and many are hoping to claim their very first one. Just added to the winner list was pro Jason Koon.
The poker pro has tried hard to win a gold bracelet but never could seem to claim a victory. This year alone he has competed in three events, and it was not until he competed in Event #11 that he finally claimed a win.
Details of the Gold Bracelet Win
The poker tournament had a $25,000 buy-in and featured a Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship format. Only 57 players competed, and it was Koon and Gabor Szabo going head-to-head before the winner was announced.
Koon had already made it to two final tables and fell short of winning a bracelet and a title. He did not want to see that happen again. He feels good now knowing he has finally won a WSOP event and can say he has the coveted gold bracelet.
In speaking with PokerNews, Koon pointed out that he is asked if he has ever won a gold bracelet and now, he can finally say yes to the question. The poker pro also stated he loves coming to the WSOP and will most likely play poker forever.
Because this event was a heads-up challenge, each player had to compete against each other one-on-one. Koon took down Chris Brewer early on, then Nicolai Morris, Johannes Becker, Jake Daniels, and Henri Puustinen before he was able to reach the final round with Szabo.
The Final Round
Once Koon and Szabo faced off, it would be a tough competition. The two would change the chip lead several times before Koon would take the final lead. On the final hand, both players were all-in and Szabo held K-9 of diamonds and Koon had J-7 off-suit.
The flop fell J-6-5 with an 8 of diamonds on the turn and a six of hearts on the river. It was not enough to keep Szabo in the running, so he was eliminated in second place, leaving Koon with his first-ever gold WSOP bracelet.
Final Table Results:
First Place Jason Koon $243,981
Second Gabor Szabo $150,790
Third Henri Puustinen $89,787
Fourth Daniel Zack $89,787
Fifth Mikita Badziakouski $36,280
Sixth Bin Weng $36,280
Seventh Benjamin Reason $36,280
Eighth Jake Daniels $36,280