James Dempsey was the winner of the $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em championship (Event #9). He is one of the top online poker pros from England. Dempsey lives in Brighton, UK. He collected $197,470 for the victory plus his first WSOP gold bracelet.
The in-depth report for this event can now be found HERE
Dempsey topped a field of 650 players and won the game’s most coveted prize. The tournament began on Thursday June 3rd and ended at 10:30 pm on June 5th. His victory was cheered on at the Rio in Las Vegas by a huge Saturday night crowd of his fellow-British poker players, who are enjoying quite a strong WSOP through the first nine events. Dempsey became the second Englishman to win a gold bracelet this week, following Londoner Praz Bansi’s win in an earlier No-Limit Hold’em competition.
Dempsey also became the second consecutive Brit to win this event, following John-Paul Kelly’s victory in this same competition last year. Indeed, British players are acknowledged to be strong Pot-Limit players since many of the poker games played in England going back for more than twenty years are played using the Pot-Limit format.
The runner up was Steve Chanthabouasy (Portland, OR), a 36-year-old poker pro who cashed at the WSOP for the first time. Among those who also cashed were former gold bracelet winners Bob Slezak, Tom McEvoy, and Tom Schneider.
There were also three female finishers in the top 13 spots. J.J. Liu (Las Vegas, NV) finished third. Julie Farkas (Albuquerque, NM) finished tenth. Longtime poker player Melissa Hayden (Las Vegas, NV) took 13th place. This is believed to be the first time three female players have ever finished in the top 13 places at the WSOP in any open event.
For official tournament results and additional details, please CLICK HERE.