2016 WSOP: Belgium's Michael Gathy Wins $5k NLHE Six-Handed

Belgium’s Michael Gathy has just won WSOP Event #35: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed, after besting a field of 541 players over three days on his way to capturing a coveted gold bracelet, as well as a top prize of $560,843.
The 27-year-old pro is no stranger to WSOP success, though, having won two other bracelets on previous occasions, including in 2012 at the $1,000 NLHE event for $440,829, and again in 2013 at the $1,000 NLHE Turbo for $278,613. Furthermore, at this year’s WSOP Gathy has already booked a runner-up finish at the $1,500 Seven Card Razz for $88,146, and following his latest victory in Las Vegas now boasts $1,950,684 in live career earnings, of which $1,463,269 comes from playing WSOP tournaments.
The $5k NLHE Six-Handed event featured a prize pool worth $2,542,700, and amongst the notable pros seeing a return on their buy-ins was Pierre Neuville in 57th ($7,960), Joe Hachem in 44th ($9,523), Jake Cody in 34th ($12,705), Sylvain Loosli in 31st ($12,705), Martin Finger in 16th ($23,722), and Jonathan Little in 13th ($23,722).
At the final table, Michael Gathy then progressed all the way through to heads-up play where he eventually defeated Frenchman Adrien Allain to claim the prestigious gold bracelet.
Michael Gathy now moves up to number 3 on Belgium’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $1,950,684 in winnings, behind Davidi Kitai ($6,983,150), and Pierre Neuville ($3,775,555). Belgium players have now also won a total of 6 WSOP bracelets overall, with Kitai and Gathy having won three a piece.
Final Table Results:
1: Michael Gathy $560,843
2: Adrien Allain $346,632
3: Manuel Núñez $229,990
4: Blake Eastman $155,762
5: Scott Margereson $107,723
6: Thi Nguyen $76,112
7: Thomas Boivin $54,966
8: Alexander Lynskey $54,966
9: Jason Koon $40,592
At this year’s World Series of Poker, 36 out of 69 events have been concluded so far with the host country, USA, having won 28 bracelets, or 77% of the tournaments played. Other countries notching up wins include Russia (2), UK (2), Spain (1), Sweden (1), and of course Belgium (1). USA players have now cashed 7,045 times for $49,945,871, followed by Canada with 368 cashes worth $2,399,148, and the UK with 234 cashes worth $2,382,760.

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