It was a massive weekend at the 2013 World Series of Poker with leading professionals Jeff Madsen and Erick Lindgren both winning WSOP bracelets.
Madsen took home $384,420 for winning the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament while Lindgren continued his amazing return to the tournament poker circuit with his victory $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for a cash of $606,317.
Lindgren, who won the Player of the Year Award at the 2008 World Series of Poker, has had a couple of tough years battling a gambling addiction but is clearly back to his best after claiming his second six figure prize in as many months.
The thirty-six-year-old completely dominated most of the event but faced a tough heads-up battle against Lee Markholt who came back from a four to one chip deficit to briefly take the chip lead.
However, Lindgren was able to keep his cool and eventually recorded his second WSOP victory – five years after his maiden triumph in the $5,000 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) event at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
The wait between bracelets was even longer for Madsen who scored his first WSOP victory since his triumphs in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em and $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Short Handed events at the 2006 World Series of Poker.
Madsen has recorded a number of consistent results at the WSOP in recent years and said he was never bothered by his bracelet drought but was clearly thrilled to finally win his WSOP event.
“I feel ecstatic, it’s been a long time and I feel I played a really good tournament,” Madsen said.
“I didn’t think it would take this long, but it did.
“I wanted to win, but I’ve been working to improve my game since thing and if anything, now I am a better player.”
Lindgren and Madsen are both in with a chance at becoming the first player in the history of the World Series to win the Player of the Year Award on two occasions but still have a great deal of work to do to catch pace-setters Daniel Negreanu and Tom Schneider.