Not many players can speak about having two World Series of Poker bracelets and with the competition being tighter than ever, the odds of winning even one are stacked against them. Davidi Kitai can brag about this performance after he recently outshined a field of only 195 entrants to prevail and win a quarter of $1 million. The Pot Limit hold’em event didn’t generate a lot of enthusiasm in Las Vegas but it was downright surprising to see that less than 200 players chose to pay the $2,000 buy-in.
Those who signed up didn’t mind though because they had to spend less time at the poker tables waiting for their opponents to be eliminated. The game could’ve easily ended in just two days, but it was scheduled to last three and that’s exactly what happened with 16 players surviving Day 2. Jesse Martin was the chip leader but this made no difference when he was eliminated in the 10th place, a couple of hands after Dan Kelly suffered the same fate.
The final table was packed with online poker professionals and Bertrand Grospellier came as close as it gets to winning his first ever World Series of poker. The former Starcraft player finished seventh after he lost most of his chips to Kitai who began the final table as chip leader and never lost his advantage over the pack. Eugene Katchalov and Dario Minieri also made a substantial although involuntary contribution to his stack when they were eliminated in the eighth and fifth place.
Davidi Kitai played brilliantly and very aggressively, raising from both early and late position and pushing his opponents around despite the fact that they were more experienced. Cary Katz was the one who lasted the longest and challenged him in heads-up play, but he had no chance with a much smaller stack. For a brief period of time he became the chip leader only to lose everything against Kitai’s Jacks. http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2013-world-series-of-poker/event-19-5-000-pot-limit-hold-em/ covers everything that happened at the 19th Event at the World Series of poker.