Sean Getzwiller Wins WSOP $1k No-Limit Event For $611,185June 9, 2011 8:19 am
US pro Sean Getzwiller has just won WSOP Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, after defeating a massive field of 4,177 players over five days to win a prestigious WSOP gold bracelet, and collect the $611,185 first place prize.
Following his remarkable victory, an ecstatic Getzwiller commented:
“I feel amazing. I won a bracelet in a 4,000 plus man event. How much better can I feel? I ran really well.”
This event was dubbed ‘The Donkament’ by media on account of the huge number of players entering the tournament. However, by the time the two opening Day 1’s were completed the field had been reduced to 624.
At the end of Day 2 the field had been further reduced to just 60 players with Day 3 then reaching the final table of nine, but pausing overnight three-handed to complete the following day.
By that stage, last woman standing Odette Tremblay had collected $49,258 for her 9th place finish, followed by Daniel Haglund in 8th ($64,186), Hunter Frey in 7th ($84,341), Lawrence Riley in 6th ($111,753), Stefan Raffey in 5th ($149,392), and Max Weinberg in 4th ($201,433).
As three-handed play got underway, the formidable US pro Jon Turner was still in contention, alongside UK pro Sadan Turker and, of course, eventual winner Sean Getzwiller.
However, Getzwiller said he wasn’t concerned about Jon Turner and commented: “I wasn’t worried about him at all. I had double his chips. A name doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about your chips when you’re at a final table, especially when you’re down to three people.”
Getzwiller’s words proved prophetic and within an hour a short-stacked Turner was sent to the rail in 3rd ($274,005) after calling Turker’s pre-flop shove (Qs-4d) holding pocket eights, with a Q then hitting on the turn.
Heads-up, Sean Getzwiller and Sadan Turker were fairly even in chips and it then took a marathon five hours of play before Getzwiller managed to overcome a one time 4 to 1 disadvantage by doubling up several times.
Eventually, it was Turker who was the short-stack and he was then eliminated after pushing with A-9 into his opponent’s pocket fives. With the board then falling J-5-4-8-K.
Brit Sadan Turker then picked-up $377,411 for his runner-up finish, while Sean Getzwiller captured his first WSOP bracelet. Commenting later on his victory, Getzwiller said:
“It’s life-changing. It’s going to change a lot of lives. It’s definitely going to change mine.”