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2024 World Series of Poker

Event #1: $5,000 Champions Reunion

Giorno 3 completo

Asher Conniff Wins First Bracelet in Event 1: $5,000 Champions Reunion for $408,468

Livello 33 : Blinds 200,000/400,000, 400,000 ante
Asher Conniff Wins 2024 WSOP Event 1
Asher Conniff Wins 2024 WSOP Event 1

Asher Conniff battled back from a five-to-one chip disadvantage during heads-up play to claim his first WSOP bracelet in Event 1: $5,000 Champions Reunion and picked up the $408,468 winner's purse that came with it. Conniff defeated Halil Tasyurek in a heads-up duel that spanned three levels and saw the Turkish player bag $272,305 for his runner-up spot.

A total of 493 players turned out for the opening event of the 2024 WSOP, which created a prize pool of $2,047,800.

PokerNews had a chance to catch up with Conniff after his momentous victory.

"It's incredible, man, just to not have to think about trying to win one anymore is great, and obviously the money, the experience — it's awesome, I'm so happy," replied an elated Conniff when asked how he was feeling.

"I think one of the advantages that I have is that I've been in live streams and spots before where people can see my cards [on the stream], and there's bright lights, and it's stressful. I've been here before, so I know what to do," said Conniff in response to whether he felt that running deep in previous big tournaments had helped him.

2024 WSOP Event #1: $5,000 Champions Reunion Final Table Results

RankPlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Asher ConniffUnited States$408,468
2Halil TasyurekTurkey$272,305
3Yuzhou YinChina$188,342
4Jonathan PastoreFrance$132,545
5Terry FleischerUnited States$94,936
6David ColemanUnited States$69,231
7Nenad DukicSerbia$51,416
8Michael AcevedoCosta Rica$38,903
9Bryce WelkerUnited States$29,999

The Champions Reunion attracted a wealth of poker talent and offered free entry into the tournament for any previous WSOP Main Event champion. However, the rest of the field were gunning for the champion's scalps as a $10,000 2024 WSOP Main Event seat would be awarded to whoever managed to eliminate one of the previous winners. Four of them managed to make the money with Greg Merson (67th), Daniel Weinman (52nd), Dan Harrington (37th), and Qui Nguyen (21st) all picking up a payday on Day 2.

Day 3 began with ten hopefuls all looking to get their hands on the coveted gold bracelet. Two former bracelet winners were in the field with Aram Zobian and Jonathan Pastore both looking to become two time champions. It was Zobian
who fell first during the opening level when his ace-jack didn't improve against the pocket jacks of Pastore which brought around the unofficial final table of nine.

Terry Fleischer topped the counts coming into the day and had maintained that lead entering the final table. The player that entered the day as the short stack, Bryce Welker, was the first man out of the final table after his king-queen didn't find any help against the ace-queen of the eventual champion and earned himself $29,999 for his efforts.

Michael Acevedo
Michael Acevedo

Michael Acevedo never managed to get anything going on the final day and eventually succumbed to David Coleman after three-bet shoving jack-ten and running into ace-king. The Costa Rican player bagged himself $38,903 for his eighth-place finish.

Serbia's Nenad Dukic came into the day fourth in the counts but was eliminated in seventh at the hands of Fleischer during Level 29. Dukic was all in with king-jack and couldn't catch up to the pocket nines of his opponent and he picked up $51,416.

Coleman's stack had dwindled to nothing more than dust, and he eventually got his chips in with ace-nine, but ran into the ace-jack of Conniff. No help arrived from the dealer which left Coleman on the rail in sixth for $69,231.

Fleischer's chip lead had evaporated, and his stack went in the direction of Halil Tasyurek after a bluff attempt went horribly awry which left the American player on the sidelines but $94,936 richer.

Jonathan Pastore
Jonathan Pastore

Pastore's stack had been on a rollercoaster journey throughout the day but when his chips were in the middle in a coinflip situation with pocket fours, the Frenchman's sailboats couldn't hold on against the overcards of Tasyurek. Pastore was ever-so-close to the second bracelet but the $132,545 payday for fourth will make the journey home a bittersweet one.

Yuzhou Yin had laddered up the payouts as best he could but eventually was eliminated at hands of Tasyurek after getting his ace-deuce in against the ace-nine of the Turkish player. No help arrived on the board which meant Yin took the first of the podium spots in third for $188,342.

Tasyurek entered heads-up play with an over five-to-one chip advantage, and it seemed to be only a matter of time before he closed out the tournament and got his hands on the bracelet. It could have been over within minutes of the restart after Conniff got his king-five all in against the ace-seven of Tasyurek but a five on the flop gave Conniff the lifeline he needed.

Halil Tasyurek
Halil Tasyurek

Conniff found himself all in and behind once again with king-ten against the ace-ten of his opponent. Just as it seemed the curtains were closing on Conniff's chances of a bracelet, a king on the flop sent his rail into a frenzy and almost evened out the chip stacks.

The pair continued to battle it out, and Conniff eventually took the chip lead for the first time in the heads-up match during Level 32 with an epic ace-high hero call that really swung the pendulum in his direction.

In the final hand of the night, Tasyurek shoved all in with jack-nine and ran into the pocket tens of Conniff. As the rail watched on, a clean runout secured the victory for Conniff which meant Tasyurek had to settle for the runner-up prize of $272,305.

Asher Conniff Wins 2024 WSOP Event 1
Asher Conniff Wins 2024 WSOP Event 1

That concludes the coverage for this tournament but PokerNews will be reporting on all 99 bracelet events throughout the series so be sure to stay tuned to keep up to date with the latest bracelet action.

Tags: Aram ZobianAsher ConniffBryce WelkerDan HarringtonDaniel WeinmanDavid ColemanGreg MersonHalil TasyurekJonathan PastoreMichael AcevedoNenad DukicQui NguyenTerry FleischerWSOPYuzhou Yin

Halil Tasyurek Eliminated in 2nd Place ($272,305)

Livello 33 : Blinds 200,000/400,000, 400,000 ante
Halil Tasyurek
Halil Tasyurek

Halil Tasyurek moved all in for 5,000,000 on the button, and Asher Conniff snap-called in the big blind.

Halil Tasyurek: J9 All in
Asher Conniff: 1010

Two years ago, Conniff also had two tens on the Main Event final table bubble only to lose to flopped quads. No such fate awaited him today, however, as the board ran out 74K58 to secure him the pot and his first WSOP bracelet.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
24,650,000
5,800,000
5,800,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Halil Tasyurek tr
Halil Tasyurek
Eliminato

Tags: Asher ConniffHalil Tasyurek

Livello: 33

Bui: 200,000/400,000

Ante: 400,000

Conniff Shoves the River

Livello 32 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Halil Tasyurek limped in with A6 and Asher Conniff checked J7.

The flop came Q77 to give Conniff trips as both players checked to the A turn. Conniff checked again and Tasyurek bet 300,000 with his two pair.

Conniff called and the 9 fell on the river. Tasyurek bet another 1,200,000 and Conniff this time raised to 7,000,000, enough to put Tasyurek all in.

Tasyurek tanked for a few minutes before giving up his ace as Conniff took down another big pot.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
18,850,000
1,800,000
1,800,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Halil Tasyurek tr
Halil Tasyurek
5,800,000
-1,800,000
-1,800,000

Tags: Asher ConniffHalil Tasyurek

Conniff Moves Further Ahead With a Rivered Flush

Livello 32 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

In a limped pot, Asher Conniff bet 300,000 from the small blind on a flop of 10J3 and Halil Tasyurek called.

The J turn was checked and the 4 fell on the river. Conniff then bet 1,000,000.

Tasyurek called with 109 for two pair, but Conniff had K9 for a flush to win the pot.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
17,050,000
1,900,000
1,900,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Halil Tasyurek tr
Halil Tasyurek
7,600,000
-1,900,000
-1,900,000

Tags: Asher ConniffHalil Tasyurek

Conniff Takes the Chip Lead With a Big Hero Call

Livello 32 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
Asher Conniff
Asher Conniff

Halil Tasyurek limped in, Asher Conniff raised to 1,050,000, and Tasyurek called.

Conniff bet 600,000 on the 1052 flop, and Tasyurek called. Both players then checked the 6 turn.

Conniff also checked the 3 river, and Tasyurek bet 1,800,000. Conniff tanked for several minutes before calling.

Tasyurek showed 87 for missed flush and straight draws, while Conniff turned over AJ and won the pot with ace-high to take the chip lead for the first time in the heads-up match.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
15,150,000
3,450,000
3,450,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Halil Tasyurek tr
Halil Tasyurek
9,500,000
-3,450,000
-3,450,000

Tags: Asher ConniffHalil Tasyurek

Tasyurek Can't Get Conniff Off a Pair

Livello 32 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Asher Conniff limped in and Halil Tasyurek checked his option.

Conniff bet 300,000 on the 843 flop and Tasyurek raised to 900,000. Conniff called.

Both players checked the 3 turn. The river was the 9, and Tasyurek checked again as Conniff checked back with 55. Tasyurek mucked 62 for a missed straight draw.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Halil Tasyurek tr
Halil Tasyurek
12,950,000
-1,500,000
-1,500,000
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
11,700,000
1,500,000
1,500,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Asher ConniffHalil Tasyurek

Tasyurek Folds the River

Livello 32 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Halik Tasyurek limped in from the button with 83 and Asher Conniff checked with Q7.

A flop of A53 saw Conniff check-call a bet of 300,000 by Tasyurek.

Both players checked the J turn to see the Q fall on the river. Conniff led for 750,000 and Tasyurek folded.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Halil Tasyurek tr
Halil Tasyurek
14,450,000
-1,500,000
-1,500,000
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
10,200,000
1,500,000
1,500,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Asher ConniffHalik Tasyurek

Conniff Gives Up on the River

Livello 32 : Blinds 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante

Asher Conniff raised to 700,000 on the button and Halil Tasyurek called.

The flop came J87 and Conniff bet 425,000. Tasyurek called.

Both players checked the 3 turn and Tasyurek also checked the 7 river.

Conniff checked back and Tasyurek took the pot with Q10 for queen-high as Conniff mucked 64.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Halil Tasyurek tr
Halil Tasyurek
15,950,000
1,725,000
1,725,000
Asher Conniff us
Asher Conniff
8,700,000
-1,725,000
-1,725,000
WSOP 1X Winner

Tags: Asher ConniffHalil Tasyurek