Two US Bracelet Wins at the WSOP

June 11, 2011

Despite the fact that there have been some very big name US poker players absent from the World Series of Poker, namely Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, and Howard Lederer, there have been some US poker players to even win a couple bracelets. Because of the lack of online poker players satelliting to the WSOP and the lack of players who could afford to go to the WSOP because their money was seized by the government back in April, many speculated that the WSOP just wasn’t going to be the same, but that has all changed with two unknowns who have beat the odds and won bracelets in spite of everything.

One poker player from Las Vegas, Sean Getzwiller, took the gold bracelet for the WSOP $1,000 buy-in NLH Championship from a tough to beat British online poker player. Getzwiller earned a great deal of accolades and applause from fellow US supporters on the sidelines and a few Irish players as well.

Getzwiller said, “I feel amazing. 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!”

He took home a nice $611,185 prize purse that will remain in the US economy. Most likely some of it will go back into WSOP buy-ins.

Another US poker player who has won at the WSOP this year is Harrison Wilder, a 29-year-old online poker pro, who was a direct victim of Black Friday. Like other displaced US poker pros, Wilder took his game to the land-based casinos of Vegas to make his living after being booted out of his online poker account.

Wilder won the $1,500 buy-in LH event and is grateful for the support and encouragement of his parents.

Both winners are based in Vegas, which may be the reason they were able to make the tournament. Other US players though remain at home while the 2011 WSOP goes on without them.


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