Jose Garcia Claims First Bracelet at 2024 World Series of Poker

Jose Garcia from Albuquerque, New Mexico, won the first bracelet at the 2024 World Series of Poker. The poker dealer at Sandia Resort & Casino triumphed in the $500 buy-in Casino Employees no-limit hold’em event, defeating 1,189 other entrants to secure his first WSOP title and $79,134.

Garcia’s victory marks his biggest live tournament success to date. Previously, he had not recorded any WSOP cashes. The event saw a notable increase in participation from last year, with the prize pool reaching $499,380, up from 1,015 entries in 2023. The top 179 finishers received payouts, with the smallest cash worth $1,002.

Several notable players made deep runs, including Nikki Limo (18th), Michael Holtz (11th), and Lukas Robinson (9th). The tournament was scheduled for two days, but play was extended past 2:30 AM local time on Day 2 with four players still in contention.

Garcia led the final four players. He extended his lead by defeating Lang Anderson in a crucial hand. Garcia’s 10-9 suited overcame Anderson’s A-J, with Garcia making a king-high straight to eliminate Anderson in fourth place ($26,698).

Next, Alexander Green was knocked out in third place ($37,264). Green went all-in with J-10 suited but couldn’t beat Richard Rothmeier’s K-J. Despite a gutshot straight draw on the turn, Green failed to improve.

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In the final showdown, Garcia faced Rothmeier. Rothmeier was all-in with K♠9♣ against Garcia’s K♣Q♣. The board came Q♦8♦4♣6♣K♠, giving Garcia two pairs and the win. Rothmeier finished as the runner-up, earning $52,773.

Final Table Results

Result Player Prize
1 Jose Garcia $79,134
2 Richard Rothmeier $52,773
3 Alexander Green $37,264
4 Lang Anderson $26,698
5 Barry Goldberg $19,412
6 Bradley Wolfe $14,328
7 Joshua Sieverding $10,737
8 Christopher Keem $8,171
9 Lukas Robinson $6,317

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