Bradley Gafford makes big comeback to lock up WSOP victory

4 July 2023

Bradley Gafford wins at WSOP

Bradley Gafford wins at WSOP (photo by WSOP)

Start of the day low-stack Bradley Gafford has won Event #74 $1,000 Mini Main Event No Limit Hold'em for $549,555. Gafford from San Diego, California came into the day with only six big blinds and made the biggest comeback since Lazarus to take the top prize and the coveted World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet.

Gafford, who outlasted 5,257 players over three days of play, secured their biggest recorded cash despite coming into Day 3 with only six big blinds. In the first significant hand of the day, Gafford doubled up against Jennifer Abad when his pocket threes bested Abad's ace-king.

The power shift came when Gafford doubled through Josh Reichard twice in the space of three hands. Firstly, Gafford flopped quad threes, then shortly after his pair of aces beat Reichard's kings which spearheaded a chain of momentum that Gafford did not surrender.

The winning moment was when Gafford in the small blind forced Reichard all in with only three big blinds. Gafford hit a three on the turn to make two pair to knockout Reichard to win their first-ever bracelet.

PokerNews asked Gafford if he believed he could win the bracelet despite being short-stacked coming into the final day.

"I knew that there would be a possibility if I could win the first flip of the day,” said Gafford. “I just thought everything would go my way today and it did!"

Gafford was asked how it felt to win his first bracelet.
"It has come way earlier than I thought, and I haven't really processed it yet and I am sure there will be a lot of deeper thinking over the next couple of days,” said Gafford.

And finally, Gafford was asked if he was planning on jumping into the Main Event.

"Absolutely I was planning on playing tomorrow (Day 1c), but we will see what happens tonight and I might jump in the final flight (Day 1d).

It looked like Reichard would steamroll his opponents throughout the two hours of play. Starting the day fourth in chips Reichard soon amassed a huge chip lead thanks to an aggressive style of play. He knocked out Oliver Berens after flopping a set of tens against their ace-queen.

Jennifer Abad had the most eccentric rail at the final table, one member of her squad was giving out t-shirts with 'Jenny for the Mini' printed on them and tried to coax members of her rivals' rails to join them. Unfortunately, this exuberance didn't help Abad out who finished fourth after getting it in with king-jack and running into Reichard's ace-high which held.

The overnight chip leader Jeremy Oleon could not get going on the final day. The Frenchman struggled to make any hands and was knocked out in third place after Reichard made a flush against their pair of kings.

Despite knocking out Berens, Abad, and Oleon, Reichard could not find the knockout moment on Gafford, and the start-of-day short-stack was not going to be denied their first WSOP Gold Bracelet.

Final table results:
Place Winner Country Prize
1 Bradley Gafford United States $549,555
2 Josh Reichard United States $339,646
3 Jeremy Oleon France $255,215
4 Jennifer Abad United States $193,103
5 Oliver Berens United States $147,129

Related Links
Ranked Online Poker Rooms
World Series of Poker Gaming Vendor Information


(Article courtesy of World Series of Poker)
Featured Vendors
Sunkist Graphics, Inc.
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference
Sunkist Graphics, Inc.
Specializing in the creation of best-of-breed gaming graphics - slot glass, sign faces, and more
Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) Conference
The biggest little show in Indian gaming! Save the date: August 12-14, 2024 Oklahoma City
Indian Gaming Association's Mid-Year Conference & Expo
Top One Tech Limited
Indian Gaming Association's Mid-Year Conference & Expo
The perfect combination of learning, networking & sharing ideas on today's hottest topics in gaming
Top One Tech Limited
Global Touch solution partner of choice, 10+ years OEM manufacturing, 100,000+ units application
Global Gaming Expo (G2E)
Talisman Group Creators of EZ Baccarat
Global Gaming Expo (G2E)
The largest gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America.
Talisman Group Creators of EZ Baccarat
With over 800 tables in 150+ casinos, EZ Baccarat is the number one brand in baccarat.
Betson Imperial Parts & Service
TribalHub
Betson Imperial Parts & Service
Your one stop shop for all your gaming and OEM needs!
TribalHub
25th Annual TribalNet Conference Sept 16-19, 2024 Westgate Las Vegas
Imagine This
AmericanChecked
Imagine This
Imagine This #1 Source for Player Gifts. Over $50 million in stock ready to ship! Let us serve you!
AmericanChecked
Background checks for the gaming industry with key & non-key packages & fingerprinting solutions
Casino City Press
Shenzhen ZhengYuanTai Technology Co., Ltd.
Casino City Press
A leading publisher and distributor of casino and gaming business data and market research reports.
Shenzhen ZhengYuanTai Technology Co., Ltd.
14 years experienced gaming display manufacturer: open frame, curved, and halo monitors
Slot Machines Unlimited
Players Pal
Slot Machines Unlimited
Exporter of IGT, Williams, AVP, Trimline, Aristocrat, Konami, Bally, & parts over 20 yrs experience
Players Pal
Revolutionize the way you connect with your casino players with the Players Pal mobile app
Regulatory Management Counselors, PC
Dable Advisory & Consulting Services
Regulatory Management Counselors, PC
Over 45 years of experience serving the legal and regulatory needs of casino industry clients
Dable Advisory & Consulting Services
Advisory & consulting services services for Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses & organizations
Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.
Texas Slots & Gaming
Rymax Marketing Services, Inc.
Leader in creating award winning player & employee loyalty programs & events proven to increase ROI
Texas Slots & Gaming
Wholesale gaming reimagined. Texas Slots & Gaming is your sustainable gaming partner.
Casino Schedule Ease
Casino Schedule Ease
Full Featured & customizable for the complex scheduling needs of table games & other casino depts


Your Guide to 14,960 Gaming Industry Suppliers