There were two pivotal moments at the final table of the 2023 WSOP Secret Bounty event. Also, Chris Klodnicki needed help on the river during those times. In addition, he got an ace that gave him the pots. The second instance led to securing the title and his second WSOP gold bracelet.
According to casino tutorials and news sites, not much poker was played during the event. However, Klodnicki was happy with his victory. He was in last place with eight players left. Fortunately, he came back to win the event.
Klodnicki won $11.3 million in his professional poker career. He won his first WSOP bracelet six years ago. Also, he won over $7.1 million from WSOP bracelet events.
2023 WSOP Secret Bounty Event Winner
According to SportsBettingGeorgia.com sources, Klodnicki received 2,100 points in the Card Player Player of the Year race because of this victory. Although this was his first POY-qualified score of 2023, it was enough to propel him to the 57th position in the 2023 POY race rankings, as given by Global Poker. The 733 PGT points he earned moved him to 14th in the point race for the high-stakes version of the PokerGO Tour.
There were 568 entrants, and from each participant’s $10,000 buy-in, $3,000 went into a separate bounty reward pool. Notable rewards were $250,000 for Ali Shahni, $100,000 for European Poker Tour Sochi main event winner Artur Martirosian, and $100,000 for bracelet winner Tyler Cornell.
Eight players remained as the third and final day began, with Klodnicki in the lead. However, Jeremy Ausmus, who has won five bracelets, was close behind. Good thing he avoided making common poker mistakes to win the tournament.
Klodnicki lost his early lead after an opponent’s pocket aces cracked his pocket kings. Ausmus took the lead after the eighth round when he knocked out Eric Yanovsky (for $73,756) and Daniel Rezaei (for $96,265). After that, he and bracelet winner Barak Wisbrod chopped a pot in a three-way all-in, ultimately costing Angel Guillen his bracelet and sixth place and $127,515.