Steve Gross’ past record at the World Series of Poker didn’t matter heading into the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Handed event — and it’s a good thing, too. By his own estimate, the 27-year-old poker professional from Marlboro, N.J. was 0-for-15 in WSOP events thus far in 2013, but the fact of the matter is, he had lost count.
Fortunately, his dry spell got a jolt of life as he bested 400 entrants, earning $488,817 and his first gold bracelet in the prestigious $5,000 buy-in event. Gross is quite an accomplished player and those who followed him understood it was only a matter of time until he’d have a breakthrough WSOP victory. Gross’ WSOP resume boasts 14 cashes, four final tables and now a WSOP gold bracelet victory.
Event 41 was a $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Handed event. The tournament drew an even 400 entrants, generating a $1,880,000 prize pool. Each of the top 42 finishers earned a pay day with 42nd pocketing $9,306. Notable participants to finish in the money include Chad Brown (39th), five-time gold bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (34th), 2012 November Niner Matt Gianetti (33rd), two-time gold bracelet winner Freddie Deeb (27th) and Sorel Mizzi (16th).
The final table bubble boy, Yevginey Timoshenko, was one of the more experienced players around during the late stages of play. Timoshenko is a 15-time WSOP casher and four-time final tablist with more than $1 million in career earnings. He fell short of final table number five, finishing seventh.
With Timoshenko’s elimination, the official final table of six was decided. It included no gold bracelet winners. In fact, two of the final tablists, Nader Arfai (6th) and Joe Leung (4th), recorded their first WSOP-related cash. Salman Behbehani made his second final table appearance of 2013, finishing second.
Here’s a look a the final table results for the six-handed event:
1st: Steve Gross – $488,817
2nd: Salman Behbehani – $301,965
3rd: Tim Pfutzenreuter – $194,147
4th: Joe Leung – $128,742
5th: Lee Goldman – $87,890
6th: Nader Arfai – $61,739