The $3k Six-handed NL Hold’em tournament, held as a part of the World Series of Poker (WSOP), required an additional day to conclude. Ultimate, it was Davidi Kitai, a professional poker player from Belgium, who emerged as the champion of the event, winning the third WSOP gold bracelet of his career and becoming the first non-US player to win a WSOP championship title this summer.
Expressing his feelings, he said that his victory is not only good for Belgium, but also for France. He said: “I have hundreds of followers and everyone was texting me and posting nice things. It is nice when you know the people back home are watching.” Kitai is among the five poker players who have won the Triple Crown, comprising a World Poker Tour (WPT), a European Poker Tour (EPT), and a WSOP title. He won a large prize of $508,640 for becoming the winner of the Six-handed NL Hold’em event.
Kitai won the first WSOP gold bracelet of his career in 2008 when he emerged victorious in the $2000 PL Hold’em tournament and grabbed a first place prize of $244,583. He won his second gold bracelet in 2013 after becoming the last man standing in a $5k PL Hold’em tournament and grabbing the top prize of $22,560. His total tournament winnings have now reached the $4.7 million mark.
Having won his third WSOP gold bracelet, the Belgian poker pro has obtained 1,368 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) Points, which gives him a total of 2,588 POY points and places him in the fifth position on the POY leader board.
Interestingly, Kitai had to play against poker pro Phil Hellmuth, who was trying for the 14th gold bracelet of his career. Unfortunately for Hellmuth, he was eliminated in the 8th place and took home a prize of $45,022. A furious Hellmuth is reported to have said: “Crazy Frenchman is going to cost me my 14th bracelet. You have no chance to win, sir. Of course, he’s never won a tournament before.”
The runner-up of the event Gordon Vayo took home a prize of $314,535, and the player who busted in the third place Tony Ruberto won $200,476. The players who finished fourth, fifth, and sixth were Mark Darner ($132,169), John Andress ($89,734), and Zachary Korik ($62,690).
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