Mohsin Charania wasn’t the only player to breakthrough after some close calls at the World Series of Poker yesterday, as another legend of the game claimed his first-career gold bracelet. Max Silver, who is arguably one of the best high stakes No Limit Hold’em players in the world, took down Event #53 $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed for a $172,000 score, after final tabling the unlimited variant of that event earlier this summer.

The Englishman came into the final table with the chip lead and seemingly never stumbled. Silver more or less went *wire-to-wire and eventually navigated his way to the WSOP winner’s circle for the first time.

“It’s always been a dream for me to win a bracelet. I’ve come third, sixth, ninth, whatever. It is nice to get the win. I haven’t had a big win in a while.” Silver said after his victory, before adding that this year’s bracelet win trumped a career-best summer at the WSOP where Silver cashed ten times.

“Last year was a summer of coming really close but not even that close.” Silver said about those ten cashes. “It was fun having those deep runs but just having one win is worth more than all that combined.”

Throughout his career, wins have not been foreign to Silver, who first burst onto the scene in 2010. Silver won a UKIPT event in Dublin for $91,000 and then a month later, added another UKIPT victory in London for $130,000. Since, Silver has been a staple in High Rollers around the world and has amassed nearly $3.5 million in career earnings but this event wasn’t about the prize pool.

“Until now, it has always been about the money but now that the bracelet is actually here, it feels more about the actual bracelet.” Silver said, before adding that the *smaller stakes, without what most in the poker world would consider life-changing money involved, made the actual win and the hardware it brought with it the most important thing.

Silver closed out by saying, “It has never really felt like my time and I guess this was it.”

This was it and while Silver will take some time off from the World Series over the next few days, he flew to New York to meet his wife just hours after winning his bracelet, Silver will be back next week for the final stretch of the summer.