Athanasios Polychronopoulos was known simply as the player with the longest name in poker. It's amazing how much a win changes everything. Now he's known as the player with two World Series of Poker bracelets AND the longest name in poker. Polychronopoulos outlasted a field of 2,105 players and took home the victory in Event #17: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em. Polychronopoulos won his first bracelet in 2011 in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event and collected $650,223 in cash. Polychronopoulos won another bracelet — this time the cash prize was $518,755. Polychronopoulos brought his 2011 bracelet with him to the final table.
Final Table Results
|8||David "Bakes" Baker||$49,716|
When the field narrowed down to heads-up play, it was Athanasios Polychronopoulos and Manuel Mutke fighting for the bracelet. With blinds at 50,000/100,000, Polychronopoulos raised to 250,000 on the button and Mutke raised to 650,000 from the big blind. Polychronopoulos thought, and then went all-in for 4.13 million which would put Mutke's entire stack in the middle. Mutke snap called.
The flop fell , keeping Mutke's ace kicker in the lead. The on the turn was a blank; Mutke was in excellent shape to take a massive chip lead. The landed on the river, and Athanasios Polychronopoulos' rail stormed the stage to celebrate with the new champion — for his second WSOP bracelet in three years.
Lynn Gilmartin talks to Athanasios after his win:
The full tournament report can be viewed here.