In 2013 Kristen Bicknell won her first gold bracelet when she took down the Ladies World Championship for $173,922, beating Leanne Haas heads up. Now three years later the experienced online grinder has done it again, and this time in an open event with more than 2000 entries.
The $1,500 Bounty NLH Event was scheduled to play down to a winner on Day 3, but with three players left and after a long night, it was decided to add an extra day. Fortunately the decision did not seem to bother Bicknell, who ended Day 3 as the chip leader with 7,080,768 in chips vs. bracelet winner Norbert Szesci’s 5,600,000, and John Myung’s 3,550,000.
In contrast to Day 3 the final day of play only lasted 34 hands. John Myung was the first player to be eliminated when he four-bet all in with and was looked up by Bicknell who had a pair of jacks in the hole. The board did not improve Myung’s hand, and he was sent to the rail with a $130,588 paycheck.
It would only take 9 more hands before the Hungarian player’s bracelet dreams were scattered. On a board of Bicknell announced that she was all in, and after a few minutes Szesci called. Szesci tabled :9x for a pair of nines, but Bicknell was way in front with .
Besides the bracelet Bicknell took home a first place price of $290,768 plus the 17 bounties ($500 each) she earned knocking out 17 players on her way to victory. In her winner’s interview Bicknell said that winning her second bracelet “almost doesn’t feel true. It’s a dream you always had. When you bust from a tournament, you feel so bad. But when you win it’s such a weird feeling.”
Bicknell who is also known online under her screen name krissyb24 was a Supernova Elite player for a couple of years. She is now a student and only plays poker part-time.
Bicknell is the first woman to win a bracelet at the WSOP this summer. With around 20 events still left on the schedule let’s hope we’ll see more female bracelet winners in the weeks to come.