by Joseph C. Smith Sr.
When 541 players pay $5,000 for a seat in a WSOP tournament they are expecting to reap a large cash prize and a priceless WSOP gold champion's bracelet. Event #24, No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed, certainly met their expectations offering a prize pool of $2,542,700 to be shared by the top 60 finishers and a winner's share of $622,998.
The final table of six was reached a few minutes before 7 PM. Finally in the early morning hours of Friday the heads-up came to a temporary end when after ten levels of play the two players were asked if they wanted to continue play for one additional level or adjourn for the day. The younger Eyster had the momentum on his side and wanted to continue but an older and visibly fatigued Neuville chose to stop and pick up the following day.
Resumption of play on Day 4 began at 1PM and on the 24th hand of the level Eyster had all the chips and a chair. The Lafayette, LA player came into today's heads-up continuation with an apparentattitude of ultra agression backed up by his 2to1 chip lead and relentlessly collected Neuville's rapidly disappearing chips.
Kevin Eyster is now the owner of a WSOP gold bracelet and $622,998 to add to his checking account while second place finisher, Pierre Neuville, will be cruising back to his home in Knokke-Heist, Belgium with $358,041 in his pocket.
The following lists the final table players order of finish and prize money won.
Kevin Eyster ---------------$622,998
Pierre Neuville ------------ $385,041
Andrew Lichtenberger --- $242,827
Bern Kenney -------------- $160,927
Jertemy Kottler ----------- $109,844
David Borrat -------------- $77,145
Congratulations to Kevin Eyster for taking his first WSOP gold bracelet and win in WSOP Event #24.