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Ben Yu becomes the latest multiple bracelet winner to take home gold at the WSOP. Robert McMillian and John Ripnick also take bracelets of their own. Meanwhile, Doyle Brunson makes a (brief) appearance at the $1,000 Seniors event.

We take a look at these stories as well as all the action from Sunday and what lies ahead for Monday.

Ben Yu wins 4th bracelet

In a weekend of multiple bracelet winners, Ben Yu added his name to the list late Sunday when he came out on top of the $10,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold’em Championship. In addition to his 4th bracelet, he takes home a first-place prize of $721,453. Joining Yu at the final table were Nikita Kuznetsov ($445,892), Ariel Mantel ($293,578), Mike Sowers ($198,205), Steve Yea ($137,303) and Asi Moshe ($97,660).

In taking home his latest title, Yu wins his first WSOP bracelet since 2018 and his 4th since he won his first with his first-place finish in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. Yu also won bracelets during the 2017 $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship and the 2018 Bing Blind Antes No Limit Hold’em High Roller, which he cashed for $1.6 million, his largest cash ever. With the win, Yu now has amassed $8.1 million in live lifetime earnings.

Yu was happy to snag his 4th bracelet in post-match comments, but has also finished in the runner-up position three times.

“I do think we put too much emphasis on winning. The difference between second and first place is just one coin flip essentially. I think we overvalue winning as opposed to other good finishes like second or fifth. The tricky part is there’s nothing better than when you win. There are no regrets and all the mistakes you made are washed away. You still made those mistakes and feel bad about them but it kind of doesn’t matter, you got lucky and they just got erased. That’s kind of how I feel about winning these things.”

Robert McMillian wins $1,000 Seniors Championship

After four days and 5,404 entries, Robert McMillian is the winner of the $1,000 Senior’s Championship, earning his first WSOP gold bracelet as well as a $561,060 first place prize. In his path to victory on Sunday, he defeated Robert Davis heads-up, as well as Daniel Stebbins, Jonathan Ingalls, Christopher Cummings and Dennis Jensen.

This was a big win for any player, but particular to McMillian, who had recorded just shy of $2,500 in live tournament winnings. “I felt it yesterday especially, I dreamt this was going to happen.”

John Ripnick takes down $666 online event

The 6th online event since the WSOP began in late September took place on Sunday. John “Relevancy” Ripnick outlasted a field of 1,029 entries to take down the $666 No Limit Hold’em title to win his first WSOP bracelet and a prize of $114,898. Ripnick had recorded $25,517 in lifetime tournament winnings according to the Hendon Mob.

Ongoing action

Doyle Brunson returns to play Super Seniors event

Doyle Brunson is back at the World Series of Poker for the first time since 2018. He was one of 1,893 players to join Event #58, the $1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold’em. Unfortunately for Brunson, his time at the tournament was short-lived as he busted within an hour.

Brunson wasn’t alone as only 490 entries survived the day with Farhad Davoudzadeh holding the chip lead. They returned for Day 2 action at 10 AM on Monday.

41 remain in Colossus

The Colossos combined its two Day 1 flights on Sunday for Day 2 with 1,181 players. After another full day of action, 41 players remain with Rafael Fernandes leading the way. Play will resume for Day 3 with former bracelet winners Anatolii Ayrin, Vincas Tamasuskas, Brett Apter and Carlos Chang vying for the bracelet and a $314,705 first-place prize.

Danny Wong holds lead in 2-7 Triple Draw Championship

After leading during the first day, Danny Wong is still in the driver’s seat of the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Championship after Day 2. When play resumes at 2 PM PT, he will be joined by seven others that include Brian Yoon, Joao Vieira and Bradon Shack-Harris. Players are guaranteed payouts of at least $24,910 with first place set to receive $240,341

Tag Team draws 641 teams

Event #59, the $1,000 Tag Team also got underway on Sunday with 641 teams of players joining the action. By the end of the day, just 127 teams remained with the Mike Ruter/Samy Diglawi team leading the way. Play resumes at 1 PM PT with Malanie Wisner/Quan Liu, Mike Watson/Sarah Goodard and Jeff Platt/Brent Hanks among those returning for the day.

Bryce Yockey leads field of 43 in $50k Players Championship

Bryce Yockey holds the chip lead in the $50,000 Players Championship after one day of play on Sunday. As expected, the this high buy-in tournament has attracted some of poker’s biggest names. The top 10 includes a who’s who in the world of poker: Dario Sammartino, Chris Vitch, Eli Elezra, Randy Ohel, Shaun Deeb, Yuval Bronshtein, Chad Campbell, Brian Rast and Ryan Leng.

Although only 43 players entered the event on Sunday, late registration is open until Day 2 begins at 2 PM PT.

Upcoming events

Two new events are on the schedule for Monday. First up will be the $600 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack Championship, which starts at 11 AM PT. This will be followed up by the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better, kicking off at 3 PM PT.

Watch the WSOP

Live streaming coverage of the WSOP will be taking a break until Wednesday, when PokerGo will stream the final table of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. This will be followed up by the start of the WSOP Main Event, which will get underway on Thursday. Coverage will be available on PokerGo as well as select coverage through the CBS Network.

A PokerGo subscription costs $14.99 per month or $99 per year.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

Daniel Negreanu presents a Halloween version of his WSOP blog, where he is playing Day 2 of the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw.

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