It is anything but easy to outshine 2100 players but that’s exactly what Norbert Szecsi did en route to conquering Event 42 at the World Series of Poker. For his achievements he was lavishly rewarded with $345,000 and the bracelet that eluded him for so long. It took three days for the final table to be set, but once the players go that far they didn’t lose any precious time and the winner was decided fairly quickly.
The Hungarian player began day three with a relatively healthy stack, but he was dealt only unplayable cards in the first stage. In this situation, he had nothing more to do than to patiently wait for his luck to change and he was on the verge of elimination when six players were left in the game. He was the short stacker at this point, but all of a sudden his luck changed and each time he went all in he improved his hand on the turn or river.
He won with pocket nines against aces by hitting quads on the river, then achieved something similar by improving his draw into a fully-fledged flush. Kirby Martin found himself on the wrong end of the all in and was eliminated in the fourth place, while Norbert Szecsi put all the weight of his deep stack behind his actions. His opponent for the heads up was Denis Gnidash and he was so short stacked that he had to go all-in relatively early in the game and that didn’t go too well for him.
Seven hands later the Hungarian player was crowned the winner of the tournament and this definitely represents the highlight of his relatively short career. On the bright side, he is young and has plenty to prove at both live and online tables and the future looks bright.
Over 2000 players tried to stop Chris Dombrowski in his track but the poker player was undeterred and in the end won the Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Given the fact that the buy-in was relatively low, the first prize didn’t exceed $350,000 but the check still got attached to a World Series of Poker bracelet. This is the impetus that drives poker players forward at the most important tournament in the world, and Chris was more than happy with his reward.
There were plenty of poker pros to be eliminated in the first two days of the competition, but some of them made it to Day 2. Andrew Lichtenberger, Antoine Saout, Eddie Sabat and Todd Terry made it relatively deep in the tournament, but none of them returned for Day 3. The 13 remaining players were competing for a place at the final table and much to their delight they were sat down after only a couple of hours. Once the field was reduced to nine, they shifted into a less aggressive gear and some waited for their peers to be eliminated by others so that they would improve their own position.
All it took was one elimination for the feeding frenzy to begin and immediately after Jonathan Thompson was eliminated, several others followed. Mike Pickett and Matt Seer survive just a couple of hands more and both of them were sent to the rail increasing the stack of the chip leader. Speaking of which, Dimitar Yosifov who held this position at the end of the previous day was eliminated as well and Dombrowski was the one who benefited from him being sent to the rail.
When three handed play began, Chris, Jesse McEuen and Matthew Moore were evenly matched but Dombrowski got lucky in a hand against Jesse to win with the flush on the River. This not only trigger the beginning of heads-up play, but also made Chris the dominant player thanks to his commanding lead. For two and a half hours, his opponent attempted to claw his way back into the game and briefly took the lead but to no avail.
The final hand was decided when Dombrowski went all in with A-7 off suit but his hand held against Michael Moore’s weaker cards. His opponent cashed in a check worth 250,000 chips while Chris made the most of his first ever World Series of Poker final table to secure the bracelets. Other breathtaking encounters took place in Las Vegas at Rio casino and the most important events are presented in details at http://www.thepokergrind.net/.