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WSOP: Charania, Silver navigate tough fields for first bracelets

The stars shone Thursday at the World Series of Poker, where a pair of poker prodigies pushed their way through tough fields to take the bracelet stage for the first time.

In Event #52: $1,500 NLHE, it was Mohsin Charania who emerged victorious, adding his first gold bracelet to a long lineup of poker accolades. In fact, Charania claimed poker’s prestigious “Triple Crown” with the win, adding a WSOP title to his trophies from the World Poker Tour (WPT) and European Poker Tour (EPT).

To claim the $364,438 first-prize payout, Charania had to navigate his way through a field of 1,580 players – just to reach a final table where two experienced opponents laid in wait.

Andy Frankenberger is a two-time bracelet winner with over $3 million in lifetime tournament earnings, but he was ousted in fourth place ($117,611) at the hands of Cary Katz.

Poker fans know Katz as a wealthy businessman-turned-high-stakes tournament player, but on the felt, pros like Charania know he’s just another sharp, savvy opponent who knows how to approach the endgame. After all, the billionaire student loan mogul has no less than 16 tournament wins to his credit – not to mention more than $11 million in earnings.

So it was no surprise to see Katz square off with Charania, each looking to finish off their bracelet quest once and for all.

Per the live updates provided by PokerNews, Charania started out with a nearly 3:1 chip lead, and within 30 minutes he had Katz all-in and dominated. Katz couldn’t catch up with K-Q vs. A-Q, however, and he was forced to settle for his second runner-up finish on the WSOP stage – along with $225,181 in prize money.

In Event #53: $3,000 Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, it was Max Silver who pocketed $172,645 for the win – but the biggest prize of all was surely the Brit’s first gold bracelet.

Like Charania, Silver has been a staple on the live circuit for years now, but he had yet to grab the gold at the WSOP.

Putting on a dominant show at unofficial seven-handed final table, Silver’s sizzling play allowed him to eliminate David Olson (seventh place - $16,760), Lena Wang (fifth place - $32,345), and Guowei Zhang     (second place - $106,694).

Silver is no stranger to winning major poker tournaments, with victories on the WPT, EPT and UKIPT to his credit – but there’s nothing quite like bringing home that first WSOP bracelet.

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