Deaf Poker Pro David Chiu Wins 5th Career Gold BraceletJune 16, 2013 2:37 pm
Deaf poker pro David Chiu, who suffered hearing impairment after a swimming accident in China, has just won WSOP $2,500 Seven Card Stud (Event #23), after besting a field of 246 players over three days to lift the title, and collect the $145,520 first place prize.
US pro David Chiu, who had previously won WSOP bracelets in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2005, now moves up to joint 12th on the list of overall WSOP bracelet winners, where he joins such poker talent as Stu Ungar, Chris Ferguson, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Allen Cunningham, Jeffrey Lisandro and Scotty Nguyen.
Amongst the notable names taking part and cashing in at WSOP #23 was Marco Traniello in 30th ($3,889), Daniel Negreanu in 26th ($3,889), and Mike Sexton in 13th ($6,990). David Chiu then had to overcome a tough final table of eight, which included Frank Kassela, Michael Mizrachi and Freddie Ellis, before beating Scott Seiver heads-up to claim the bracelet. Commenting later on his remarkable achievement, David Chiu said:
“This one means a lot. Everybody here was a great player, like Freddie (Ellis). I hope I can play like him when I am his age (79). I enjoyed this final table a lot, with Michael (Mizrachi), Scott (Seiver), and the rest. The whole table was good. All professionals.”
As well as 5 WSOP bracelets, David Chiu now also boasts $7,612,754 in live tournament earnings.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. David Chiu $145,520
2. Scott Seiver $89,980
3. Freddie Ellis $59,127
4. Michael Mizrachi $43,188
5. Frank Kassela $31,978
6. Gary Benson $24,003
7. Matthew Ashton $18,266
8. Adam Friedman $14,086