With such an exciting, record-breaking summer, it is easy to forget that less than two months ago, the bracelet action got underway not at the Rio in Las Vegas, but at Bally’s on the boardwalk of Atlantic City for the fourth annual WSOP National Championship. Now that the summer is over though, what better way to get your poker fix than tuning in to ESPN Tuesday night from 8pm-10pm ET for the final table of the event and the start of 2014 poker coverage.
This unique invitation-only tournament combined the best of the WSOP Circuit, the past two years of WSOP events, and some online and local qualifiers for a tournament with $1 million in added money from WSOP. Taking place in the newly renovated Ballys Wild Wild West Poker Room, the tournament drew 126 total players, including Main Event Champions Ryan Riess and Greg Merson, $50,000 Poker Players Champion Matthew Ashton, Circuit sensations Loni Harwood, Bryan Campanello, Alex Masek, Blair Hinkle, and Phil Hui.
From the pool of 126, the top 15 cashed. The final table began nine-handed on Day 2 of the three-day event, but play paused once former November Niner Ylon Schwartz exited in seventh. Then, the following day the top six came back to a beautiful ocean view as they played down to a winner on the wooden planks of the Boardwalk.
The venue drew a lot of attention, but it was the hands that kept fans watching. There were some crazy pots and memorable rivers as bracelet winners Ashton, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, and Dominik Nitsche played alongside Circuit qualifiers Andrew Robinson and Chris Bibb as well as Tracy Doss, who won his way into the tournament via an online satellite on WSOP.com in Nevada. Doss’ Cinderella-like run was the talk of the tournament, and his play at the final table was no disappointment.
Watch tonight to see where Doss finished in the bracelet event and whether or not the bracelet winners who bought into the event for $10,000, can break their losing streak and finally take home the title. Until then, here is a look at what is in store: