Two-Bracelet Winning Swedish David Kitai

June 13, 2013

Belgian poker pro Davidi Kitai captured the $5,000 Buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em title and the $224,560 that came with it at the Rio on Tuesday night, becoming the first non-North American winner at the 2013 WSOP. At the time, gold bracelet winners comprised 13 Americans, 5 Canadians, and the now 1 Belgian.

With this win, the 33-year-old hit a number of both professional and personal milestones. It was his second WSOP gold bracelet, making him the first Belgian player in history to post two wins of that kind. He also joined the exclusive club of the few players holding multiple gold rings on top of wins on the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. What’s more, he became the 259th player in WSOP history to cross the one-million dollar mark in earnings with his current total wins of $1,041,745.

This victory was the first for the mild-mannered player from Brussels since 2008, when he also won in Pot-Limit Hold’em. It was quite a feat even though he selectively plays in the toughest poker events of the world and at the highest level- he was up against a rock-solid field of competitors.

Asked about his future goal, Kitai’s response was a rather cosmopolitan view of poker and of where he hopes to end up in its history.

“I want to become the first double Triple Crown winner,” Kitai said. ”My dream is to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event. But it will not be so easy. The fields are so big. I do have a lot of dreams. I am motivated to achieve even more.”

The tournament attracted 195 players and the top 27 finishers had a payday. The runner-up was Cary Katz from Las Vegas, who got a consolation prize of $138,794. So far, with players from the United States, Belgium, France, Italy, and France, it’s the most international final table of any event at the series.


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