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Jared Kingery Wins First World Series Of Poker Bracelet In $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event

Kingery Scored Title After Finishing Runner Up Two Years Ago

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Jared Kingery had come to close to winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet once before. In 2022 he took second in a $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, banking $433,255, but falling just short of gold.

The Washington-based player made the second try the charm when he won the $2,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event that concluded on June 19. The top prize was worth $410,359, bringing his career earnings now stand above $900,000.

“I’m definitely not a professional player, I’m actually a longshoreman back in Washington so I don’t play that much. That Housewarming score was my first WSOP tournament ever. I was just sun-running,” said Kingery to reporters after the victory.

He is only out in Vegas for nine days this summer, but he’s already made the most of that time with the big win.

The $2,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event saw a field of 1,561 runners join during day 1. That put the prize pool up to $2,778,580 with the top 235 players all taking home at least $4,000 in prize money.

Day 2 saw 235 players return, and just 17 survived to the final day of play. Card Player Publisher and two-time bracelet winner Barry Shulman was among them, but he fell with a short stack in 17th place on day 3 after running into a preflop cooler.

Other notables that advanced deep into the event included Jack Sinclair (18th), Lou Garza (20th), Chris Moorman (39th), James Carroll (81st), Andy Hwang (94th), and Jack Duong (99th).

Kingery was in the top half of the stacks when the final table began, but everyone was chasing the big chip lead of Javier Gomez who had more than twice the chips of his closest competitor. Kingery was relatively quiet as the first couple of players fell, but he scored a double during six-handed play to sustain his stack.

Kingery scored another double during five-handed play, and it was a big one when his aces held against the A-Q of Yunkyu Song to vault him up the standings before the dinner break. Kingery took control of the final table during four-handed play, and then he solidified his chip lead by taking out Juan Carlos Vecino in fourth place.

Kingery kept things rolling by taking out Song in third place to give him a nearly 3:1 chip advantage for the final match against Gomez. Heads-up play lasted all of 10 minutes before Gomez got the last of his stack into the middle on a board reading 10-8-6-A holding A-J. He was covered and dominated by Kingery however with his A-Q in the hole. The river bricked out to send Gomez to the rail in second place. The consolation prize of $273,581 was the largest score of his tournament career to take Gomez’s total earnings above $400,000.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Jared Kingery $410,359 1,080
2 Javier Gomez $273,581 900
3 Yunkyu Song $197,443 720
4 Juan Duenas $144,176 540
5 Javier Zarco $106,537 450
6 Yasheel Doddanavar $79,676 360
7 Kevin Shah $60,317 270
8 Narcis-Gabriel Nedelcu $46,227 180
9 Jonathan Glendinning $35,873 90

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Photo credit: WSOP / Rachel Kay Winter.