Ryan Messick Within two hours of winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet in an online event in Pennsylvania on July 18, Ryan Messick was headed to the airport after booking a last-minute flight to Las Vegas.
By winning the $500 buy-in tournament, advertised as the “Summer Saver,” Messick became one of the final players to qualify for the WSOP Tournament of Champions , a million-dollar freeroll exclusive to the 88 bracelet winners and hundreds of Circuit ring winners from the 2022 WSOP Circuit season.
“I won at 2:35 in the morning, had a glass of champaign, booked a flight, packed a bag, was to the airport at 4:30,” Messick recalled.
Playing without sleep after flying across the country, Messick managed to run deep in the final WSOP event and finished in third place for $100,000 — getting within arm’s length of winning his second bracelet in under 72 hours.
PokerNews chatted with the Pennsylvanian shortly after his elimination on July 20 about his exciting run that culminated with a career-best six-figure score. Summer Saved
Before playing the online event that brought him his first bracelet, Messick was in Vegas trying to satellite into the Main Event, to no prevail.
“I’d actually been running bad for a long time,” he said. “The trip out didn’t go well.”
But Messick quickly found success back in Pennsylvania and finished second in a $777 buy-in event on July 16 to win $12,679. The next day, Messick played the Summer Saver and found himself making another run for his first bracelet. And that’s when he remembered the Tournament of Champions.
“On Saturday I forgot about this (tournament). On Sunday with like seven people left I was like, ‘Oh wait, there’s that Tournament of Champions,’” said Messick.With the help of social media and the omniscient Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers , Messick confirmed that winning the online tournament would earn him a seat into the freeroll WSOP event. Global Poker PokerStars Play Lo and behold, Messick won the online event for $24,300 and his first bracelet. But there was little time for celebration and Messick shuffled to the airport with his […]
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