Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari won his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. Brazilian Akkari has some impressive online results, including a second place finish in the $10k WCOOP HORSE event back in 2008. Akkari bested a field of 2,857 players to take down the $675k first prize. Poker is a growing game in Brazil and this win should help motivate a new wave of online and live players.
Another one for the bankers as another former Wall Street employee Rep Porter won his second WSOP bracelet with his victory in Event #44: $2,500 Razz. Porter is a regular on the tournament circuit with a number of previous WSOP cashes and 3 final tables in addition to his first bracelet. Porter takes home $210k for his win, adding to his already impressive $1.5m in live tournament earnings.
Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em had the spotlight cast on it's final table due to the appearance of Antonio Esfandiari. The Magician could only manage 7th place though and eventual victor Kenneth Griffin made his way through another huge field of 2,890 to take down the WSOP bracelet and $455k. There is a touching story behind the win though, and this Bluff article from Jess Welman tells not only that, but the story of the final table action too.