Ladies Crush, LuckyChewy Flush at 2016 WSOP; WSOPC Schedule Out
There are still plenty of great stories to tell, though.
First, LuckyChewy has finally scored his first WSOP bracelet. Meanwhile two women have taken down open-field bracelets and did so in back-to-back days.
Finally, the 2016-2017 WSOP schedule is out and coming to a venue near you.
LuckyChewy Wins First Bracelet
You can officially scratch Andrew Lichtenberger off of the list of "best players to have never won a WSOP bracelet."
On Saturday the man known as "LuckyChewy" finally earned his first WSOP bracelet after taking down Event #52, $3,000 NL Hold'em.
This was LuckyChewy's sixth WSOP final table appearance and 34th cash of his pro career. His bracelet victory is also his first major non-High Roller poker title. He earned $569,158 for his first-place finish.
Lichtenberger said that "Nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive attitude were all integral factors" in his victory on Saturday. This victory comes a little over 8 months after his fourth-place finish in the WSOP Europe Main Event.
Lichtenberger had multiple near misses in the past. He got heads-up in the $5k NL Shootout in 2009 and finished 3rd on two other occasions.
His bracelet win has pushed his career earnings up to $8.27 million, good for 4th all-in among New York players.
Women Win Back-to-Back Open-Field Bracelets
On June 30th, Kristen Bicknell won the $1,500 Bounty NL-Hold'em Event for her second career WSOP bracelet. Bicknell last won a bracelet in 2013, taking down the Ladies Championship.
Her latest victory put her in rare company. She is just the fourth woman in WSOP history to both the Ladies Championship and an open-field bracelet.
Barbara Enright, Starla Brodie and Nani Dollison were the others. Enright won a PL event, Dollison a Limit Event and Brodie's bracelet was a mixed doubles NL event.
Bicknell is the only woman in WSOP history to have won the Ladies Championship and an individual NL open-field bracelet.
The very next day, Safiya Umerova became the second female open-field bracelet winner of 2016 after taking down the $1,500 NL Hold'em Shootout.
Umerova survived a solid final table that included Vanessa Selbst and Niall Farrell. This summer is Umerova's WSOP debut and she has two cashes thus far including her bracelet win.
Her win at the WSOP is actually her third win of 2016. She took down two preliminary events at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic Back in February.
Umerova has been honing her skills the last couple of years in Los Angeles and it is now paying off in spades. Including her bracelet win, Umerova has just over $400k in career earnings but appears to be a rising superstars of ladies' poker.
WSOP Circuit Announces 2016-2017 Schedule
On Tuesday, the WSOP announced the 2016-2017 schedule for the World Series of Poker Circuit. This year's WSOP-C will feature 22 U.S. stops and "up to 14 international stops."
Two new U.S. stops appear on the U.S. schedule. The Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI will run from Feb 2-13, 2017. Also, the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, OK will host a WSOP-C event from March 16-27, 2017.
The IP Casino in Biloxi, MS will regain its former WSOP-C stop, running from Sept 16-19. WSOP officials chose to drop the IP from the 2015-2016 schedule.
The International WSOP-C schedule is a bit more fluid. Only 6 events have been officially confirmed but officials say they will release up to 8 additional stops in the future.
Presently, there are international stops scheduled for Italy, Germany, France, Uruguay, the Caribbean and the Czech Republic.
The WSOP Global Championship has yet to be announced but there are a couple of additional ways that players can get into the event in 2017.
First, any player that wins a Circuit Ring can buy-in directly into the event for $10,000 if they do not qualify either as a WSOP-C Main Event winner, Casino Champion or via points.
Also, any winner of a Ladies or Seniors event with at least 100 entries will be eligible to buy-in directly for $10,000. Any direct buy-ins will be added to the $1 million prize pool fronted by the WSOP.
A complete schedule of circuit stops and additional details are available at WSOP.com.