Brian Yoon is a renowned poker player who recently bagged his fifth World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet when he won the 2023 WSOP $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship. The 33-year-old player received $311,433 and is the 33rd player to win more than four bracelets.
He stated in an interview after the tournament that he enjoys competing with other players and doesn't solely concentrate on winning bracelets. The poker pro bagged three no-limit Hold'em bracelets between 2010 and 2019. Still, he won his poker mixed-game title in the 2021 $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball Championship.
Yoon's recent win increased his poker tournament earnings to almost $5.9 million. It was his fourth final-table finish and first title in 2023. He amassed 600 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points and rose to the 179th position in this year's POY standings.
Even so, Yoon garnered 311 PokerGO Tour (PGT) points in the tournament and improved his position on the PGT leaderboard to the top 45. The tournament lasted for three days and had 131 players who formed a $1,209,000 prize pool that the leading 20 finalists shared. They included Alex Livingstone, David 'Bakes' Baker, Chad Eveslage, Julien Martini, and Jeff Madsen.
What Were the Highest Awards and Points?
- Brian Yoon-$311,433; 600 POY points and 311 PGT points
- Dan Shak-$192,479;500 POY points and 192 PGT points
- Maxx Coleman-$140,081;400 POY points and 140 PGT points
- Ben Yu-$103,645;300 POY points and 104 PGT points
- George Alexander-$77,985;250 POY points and 78 PGT points
- Ben Diebold-$59,688;200 POY points and 60 PGT points
- Leonard August-$46,484;150 POY points and 46 PGT points
- Max Hoffman-$36,847;100 POY points and 37 PGT points
Yoon's Journey to His Fifth Bracelet
Johannes Becker got busted in the ninth position and set an eight-handed final table. Yoon was second in the chip standings after Maxx Coleman. Max Hoffman exited the event in eighth place with $36,847.
Yoon sent Leonard August packing in seventh place after several minutes. George Alexander eliminated Ben Diebold in the sixth position. Yet, the latter's run ended in fifth place and he took home $77,985.
Ben Yu used split nines to wager his remaining stack against Coleman's buried aces. They made a two-pair improvement by seventh street as Coleman's aces up dominated Yu's card sending him packing in fourth place.
Yu's exit setup three-handed action which lasted for over an hour before Yoon got a vital stack lead. Coleman held the smallest stack and left the table in third place, hence increasing his recorded poker event earnings to $3.5 million.
Yoon had an over 3:1 chip advantage over Dan Shak. The latter almost drew the chips after successfully making an early run.
Shak used nines and eights to put his chips in on the sixth street. Even so, Yoon got a broadway straight while Shak urgently required an eight or nine. The latter finished second after drawing up as Yoon received the top prize.