Guess who’s the lucky winner of the highly-prestigious $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship?
It’s definitely a great achievement for any poker pro to win the most-coveted Poker Players Championship at the World Series of Poker.
The great feat was achieved by Mike Gorodinsky whose dream is to cap the poker’s most prestigious title. Well, the San Diego resident player has finally made it. He has not only bagged his second career bracelet but more so, he has earned the right to put his name on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy alongside some of the greatest players of the past decade. Surely, this is another feather on Gorodinsky’s cap!
After being declared as the winner, the 29-year-old player took home $1,270,086 and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy after defeating Las Vegas resident and former “Survivor: China” contestant Jean-Robert Bellande in a three-hour-heads-up duel at the Rio Convention Center, Friday morning.
Gorodinsky outsmarted a field of 84 top poker players to win the highly significant $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship tournament.
“This is literally something that I’ve gone to bed dreaming about, and it’s just cool to legitimately realize a dream. So, it’s just an amazing day. An amazing five days.” Gorodinsky said after his victory.
The road to victory isn’t easy. In Gorodinsky’s previous attempts, he had lost to Phil Hellmuth in heads-up play in the $10,000 Razz Championship and finished third in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event. But success would really come to those who wait. After a few days of waiting, the Russian-born player faced David Baker and Bellande, who sat in the first and third positions on the final table, respectively.
Gorodinsky then eliminated Baker in a No Limit Hold’em hand that left him with a 3-2 chip lead over Bellande heading into heads-up play. However, it would sometimes take a long time to determine a winner. Over the next 3.5 hours, the lead changed hands several times, and it wasn’t until midnight that Gorodinsky finally started to take firm control of the match.
As a final point, with nearly a 4-1 chip lead, Gorodinsky was able to claim the Pot Limit Omaha. Then, Bellande’s pile went in on the flop with a pair and a straight was drawn against Gorodinsky’s set.
Eventually, Gorodinsky managed to dodge the queens, jacks and nines that put Bellande into the second spot, and finally, the title was his. What a lucky day for him!
No doubt it’s Gorodinsky’s year. And obviously, the addition of a WSOP bracelet and prize money just made him happier and more determined to cap his next title. Well, congratulations and till next time, Gordo16!