Calvin Lee can now call himself a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, as the 28-year-old captured poker's most coveted prize when he won Event #21: $3,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em at the 2016 WSOP.
Lee earned $531,577 in first-place prize money for the victory, topping a field of 1,029 players.
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"It comes in waves," Lee told officials after the win. "The adrenaline rush is so sick. Even when I was losing, I was feeling amazing. What is it they say? 'The second best feeling in gambling is losing?' But I kept my eye on the prize and I never gave up."
Coming into the final day, five players remained. It was an additional day added to the schedule after a prolonged Day 3. Leading the final five was Will Givens, who was looking to ride his chip lead to his second gold bracelet.
After Martin Kozlov was bounced in fifth place on the final day, Givens' run ran out in fourth following some early setbacks. His ran into the of Lee, and that was all she wrote for Givens.
Mark Herm then busted in third place to set up a heads-up match with Lee and Steven Thompson. Going into the match, Thompson had the advantage with 8.82 million in chips to Lee's 6.625 million.
Lee battled his way back in the match, took the lead, and then finished the deal a long 55 hands later. On the final hand, Lee limped in on the button with the blinds at 150,000/300,000/50,000. Thompson checked from the big blind, and the flop came down . Thompson led with a min-bet of 300,000, Lee raised all in for effectively 3.5 million, and Thompson tank-called.
Thompson called it off with the for top pair, but Lee's was in front thanks to the better kicker. The turn card and river card kept Lee in front.
Thompson, a 36-year-old poker player from Costa Rica, was eliminated in second place for $328,487.