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Second bracelet for Mexico highlights WSOP June 17
Following up a second-place finish just one week ago, Angel Guillen can now put on his first WSOP gold bracelet, having won Event 32 and over $530,000.
Guillen is just the second Mexican bracelet winner in the history of the WSOP and, even more incredibly, he's only been playing live tournaments for six months.
"I always had the dream to become a professional poker player but I never had the opportunity or the chance," Guillen told PokerListings.com moments after the win.
"I will keep trying to improve my game, to become a well-known player and to win more big events in the future."
Guillen's victory shines a spotlight on a country poised to pick up the game.
"In Mexico, poker isn't legal so the growth in our country has been very slow," explained Guillen. "We're trying to develop that with a group of players like my friends here."
"We're trying to create a boom in Mexico."
J.C. Alvarado, a member of Team PokerStars Pro, is one of Guillen's closest poker friends and someone the new bracelet winner has learned from since picking up tournament poker.
"Angel has a great future ahead of him," emphasized Alvarado. "He's going to continue crushing tournaments."
PokerStars.net NHL Charity Shootout
An addendum to the NHL Awards happening tomorrow at the Palms, this Charity event saw professional hockey players and Team PokerStars pros square off to earn money for the Ronald McDonald House of Las Vegas and the NHL Players Association's Goals & Dreams fund.
Philadelphia Flyers left winger Scott Hartnell defeated Vancouver Canucks captain Roberto Luongo heads-up to claim the victory.
Event 33 - $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship
Today marked Greg Mueller's sixth WSOP final table in the last four years but his first time in the winner's circle with a gold bracelet on his wrist.
The Full Tilt pro defeated a stacked final table including recent bracelet winner Danny Alaei, Chad Brown and Matt "Hoss TBF" Hawrilenko.
Event 34 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Adding more low buy-in No-Limit Hold'em events was part of the WSOP's plan to increase attendance this year, and so far it's been a big success.
Over 2,000 runners entered this event and when play was suspended tonight, two days into the event, just 21 of them remained.
Denmark's Jonas Klausen is leading the field going into the playdown to a champion but fellow Euro-rounders Roland de Wolfe, Praz Bansi and Bertrand Grospellier aren't far behind.
Action resumes at 2 p.m.
Event 35 - $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Higher buy-in PLO events consistently draw pro-heavy fields and this one was no different.
Denmark's Jesper Hougaard held the chip lead for much of the day and managed to finish the night in the number one slot.
Canada's Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi is just inches behind, followed by Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy, Jeff Lisandro and David Ulliott.
PokerListings is providing comprehensive live coverage of this event as we continue the playdown to the final table, beginning at 2 p.m.