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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2013

Athanasios Polychronopoulos - Event 17 $1,500 NLH WSOP 2013

Athanasios Polychronopoulos - Event 17 $1,500 NLH WSOP 2013
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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

1Athanasios Polychronopoulos$518,755
2Manuel Mutke$322,908
3Everett Carlton$224,455
4Joe Cada$161,642
5Samuel Taylor$118,145
6Michael Kurth$87,398
7Joe Ward$65,502
8David "Bakes" Baker$49,716
9Thomas Nicotera$38,178

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.

Polychronopoulos: {Q-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}
Mutke: {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}

The flop fell {J-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Diamonds}, keeping Mutke's ace kicker in the lead. The {2-Clubs} on the turn was a blank; Mutke was in excellent shape to take a massive chip lead. The {Q-Clubs} 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.

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