Last year Chris Klodnicki beat a 1,956-strong field to bag the top spot taking home $428,423 in prize money and winning his first bracelet at the same time.
After placing as runner-up in three bracelet events leading up this one, it turned out to be fourth time lucky for the American, who emerged victorious on an unquestioningly tough final table line-up that included Ben Zamani, Darren Elias and Kenny Hallaert. Time will tell whether Klodnicki will be able to defend his title or if there will be a new champion crowned in three day's time.
The tournament starts at 3p.m. local time, here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, in the Brasilia Room. Players start with 7,500 chips and will play 10 60-minute levels today. There will be 15-minute breaks every two levels. Late registration is open for the first eight levels (12a.m.) so there is plenty of time for challengers to take their seat.
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