2016 WSOP Update: Jesus Returns and Mizrachi Wins $10k Stud
After nearly a week of action three bracelets have been awarded and we discovered whether the Colossus II would set records.
Robert Mizrachi was the first "big name" pro to win a bracelet, taking down the $10k Stud Championship.
Meanwhile, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson shocked the poker world when he returned to action after laying low for the last five years.
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson Returns to WSOP Action
In one of the biggest surprises so far, Chris Ferguson returned to action after a five-year layoff. He took a seat in the $10k Stud Championship on Saturday and proceeded to bust the event in 90 minutes.
His return sparked massive debate among fans and other players, some saying he should stay out of poker and others welcoming him back.
Ferguson offered few comments during his time at the Rio on Saturday, simply saying he was there to play poker.
The man known as "Jesus" made a return during the $1,500 Dealer's Choice Event and managed to secure his first WSOP cash since 2010.
He finished 19th in the event, earning just over $4k.
The question now is how many events will he play this summer and whether we will see his other Full Tilt cohort Howard Lederer.
Robert "Bro Grinder" Mizrachi Wins $10k Stud Championship
Robert Mizrachi became the first name pro to win a bracelet at the 2016 WSOP when he took down the $10k Seven Card Stud Championship on Monday for his fourth career bracelet.
The final six players returned on Monday to battle for the bracelet and $242,662.
Ted Forrest, Robert Mizrachi, David Benyamine, George Danzer and 2014 Champion Matt Grapenthien were among those looking to take the bracelet.
Ultimately, it was heads-up between Mizrachi and Grapenthien for the title. Both traded the chip lead multiple times before Mizrachi finally started pulling away.
In the final hand, Grapenthien was all-in on sixth street with a pair of fours only and drawing dead against trip aces for Mizrachi.
This was Mizrachi's fourth career bracelet. Mizrachi has won bracelets in each of the last three years.
Colossus II Fails to Set Record for Largest Event
When the Colossus II was announced last year, most naturally assumed that the event would break the all-time record for most entries in a WSOP event.
Despite having extra flights added to the event and a guarantee of $1 million to the winner, the Colossus II fell short and drew just 21,613 players.
Last year's event drew 22,374.
Sand and Julius Win Bracelets
Two other events have already awarded bracelets at the 2016 WSOP.
Event #1, the Employees Event, was the first bracelet awarded. Christopher Sand defeated a field of 731 players to win the bracelet and $75,157.
Event #4 was the first ever $1,000 Top Up Turbo NL Hold'em Event. Players could earn extra starting chips for this event on WSOP.com.
Kyle Julius survived a field of 667 to win his first career bracelet and $142,972.
Other events presently underway include the $1,500 Dealer's Choice, the $1,500 NL, and $1,500 2-7 Lowball.