There was a distinct lack of big player names from the United Sates at the World Series of Poker this year. Phil Ivey was noticeably missing along with several other top poker pros from PokerStars and Full tilt Poker. A good portion of the US poker community had almost given up hope in regards to seeing a US player win a WSOP bracelet, but two unknowns broke through to the winning surface and took two titles.

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One lucky player was Sean Getzwiller, a poker player from Las Vegas, who beat a tough British online poker player and took the WSOP gold bracelet for the 1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Although this was no main event title, Getzwiller won a lot of applause from the US supporters in the audience and even a few Irish players.

“I feel amazing,” Getziller said. “I mean, I won a bracelet in a 4,000-player event. How much better can I feel? I ran really well. I won a great tournament. If you’re going to win a 4,000-player event you’ve got to feel really good and run really well. I’m just happy that I’m here!”

In the previous weeks, two British players took the titles but Getzwiller defeated Sadan Turker, an online British player and took home a pot of $611,185 in prize money. It remains to be seen whether Getzwiller will take his pot of gold and go back home or take it all the way to the WSOP main event.

Harrison Wilder was yet another US poker player who took a title at the WSOP recently. According to, the unique entity about Wilder is that this online poker player from America was a victim of the Black Friday events as reported by the Poker Players Alliance. Wilder, who was a 29 year old online poker professional, may have had to leave his online poker career behind indefinitely after the events of Black Friday unfolded. And, like many other poker professionals. Wilder took refuge in the casinos of Las Vegas to make his money.

Harrison Wilder ended up winning the $1,500 limit hold’em at the World Series of Poker 2011 and is grateful to his parents for their support and encouragement.

Both Wilder and Sean Getzwiller are based in Vegas and this may be why they were bale to participate in the events. Despite the events of Black Friday and the lack of online WSOP satellite events to help pay the way for US players to the big poker tourney held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, these 2 US poker players managed to make a name for themselves.

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