Online Prodigy Greg “DuckU” Hobson Wins WSOP Bracelet

Online Prodigy Greg “DuckU” Hobson Wins WSOP BraceletGreg “DuckU” Hobson has won the inaugural $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold’em event, after defeating a field of 939 players over three days on his way to collecting a gold bracelet, and the $256,691 first place prize.
Although a relative unknown on the live circuit, the player known as “DuckU” amassed an incredible $4,511,423 online in the days before Black-Friday put paid to his lucrative online career. Now the 33 year old Anchorage, Alaska resident has shown he’s equally adept playing at a bricks and mortar casino, and has a WSOP bracelet to show it.
The Ante Only NLHE Event is much more action oriented than the usual blinds format and multi-preflop limping or all-ins are a more common feature of the format. Highlighting another peculiarity of having just an ante, Greg Hobson commented:
“You can flop monsters with really bad cards in this game, because people have a hard time putting you on hand ranges, and hand values are way different than it is in a regular No Limit Hold’em.”
On his way to the final table, Hobson outlasted a whole slew of notable names, including John Racener in 69th ($3,549), Melanie Weisner in 57th ($4,044), Mens “The Master” Nguyen in 37th ($5,476), Jeff Madsen in 34th ($6,478), Barny Boatman in 33rd ($6,478) and Eric Lindgren in 11th ($14,477).
At the nine man final table, Greg Hobson (A-A) then knocked out Justin Schwartz in 9th ($18,292), before being dealt A-Q and dispatching Sameer Aljanedi (A-9) in 8th ($32,413). with Greg Hobson’s next victim being Eugene Du Plessis in 5th ($53,267).
At this stage, Las Vegas pro Mike Sowers eliminated Harrison Gimbel in 4th ($72,155), and John Hayes in 3rd ($99,409) to go heads-up against Greg Hobson, practically even in chips. An hour later, the final hand was then played with Sowers (A-7) all-in and up against the pocket sevens of Hobson. With no help from the board, Mike Sowers finished the runner-up for a $158,887 payday, while Hobson carved himself out a piece of WSOP history.
Commenting on remarkable live victory, Greg “DuckU” Hobson said: “Now there’s a face to put to the name. With a few tables left, people were walking around and they know all their buddies, but I don’t really hang around the poker circles. All of a sudden they’re like, ‘You’re DuckU?’ They had no idea. ‘I just thought you were some random guy.’ That was kind of funny to me.”

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