Percal Takes Down Bracelet and $320,574

Published on June 10th, 2016 9:42 am EST

Poker King is at the press conference reporting on the latest from the WSOP 2016 in Las VegasAlan Percal's first ever World Series of Poker cash was certainly one to remember, as he took down the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event yesterday for $320,574.

Percal, who said that he went "zero for 20" in last year's World Series of Poker, had to outplay seven other players in order to win his first WSOP bracelet. To make things even more difficult, Percal drew Olivier Busquet and Brian Rast, arguably two of the very best heads-up poker players in the world. In the end, Percal, who works as an actuary at Humana, ended up besting John Smith in the finals to win the bracelet.

Speaking of John Smith, the 69 year-old also surprised many by making it so far in the event. Many saw Smith as a welcome draw early in the tournament, though he used an "unorthodox" style of play to confuse and flummox his opponents. Smith would end up walking away with a payday of $198,192.


Here is how the tournament ended up finishing out:

1. Alan Percal, $320,574
2. John Smith, $198,192
3. Alex Luneau, $123,929
4. Olivier Busquet, $123,929
5. Matthew Diehl, $56,202
6. Nick Yunis, $56,202
7. Benjamin Geisman, $56,202
8. Orlando Geisman, $56,202

Antonio Esfandiari also cashed in this tournament, as he finished in 11th place for $24,596.


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