From a field of 667 entries to one winner, Kyle Julius has one the first bracelet of the WSOP 2016 in the Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem event. This is the first bracelet of his professional poker career and he lands a first place prize of $142,972.
The Top Up Turbo No Limit Holdem structure was unusual in that players could double their chip stacks from sit n go tourneys at the Rio or online. They could also purchase additional chips for $1000. About half of the players elected for additional chips bringing the total pool to $681,000. Innovation has been key with use of online tournaments and entries. Most of the tournaments have online registration as well.
Ben Yu was knocked out for third place by Julius and this set the final heads up match between Julius and Belgium’s Bart Lybaert. It was a brief round though with Julius going all-in with a 4 pair against Lybaerts King of clubs, nine of hearts. Though the flop revealed a king, it also revealed a four of clubs, giving Julius a three of a kind and a victory. Lybaert won $88,328 for his runner up position.
The WSOP is off to an exciting start. The Colossus is set to resume today June 7 for the final matches.

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