The 2014 World Series of Poker officially begins tomorrow, but the first bracelet has already been awarded to Dominik Nitsche.
The National Circuit Championship brought the German player $352,800 in cash, as well as his second WSOP bracelet. The event took place at an American poker room in Atlantic City, where Nitsche had to make his way through a 126-player field to get to first place.
WSOP offered a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million for the event. According to local gambling news, 100 participants qualified via the website, and the other 26 paid a $10,000 buy-in to join the competition. Nitsche paid the fee and the investment was worth it.
2014 WSOP promises to be bigger than ever
With 2013 WSOP $50,000 Players Championship winner Matt Ashton in the final day, it was a tough battle. The British player came in third after Nitsche hit running spades for a flush to beat his pocket 3s. After another 31 hands, the German pro won the title, beating Athanasios Polychronopoulos.
The 2014 WSOP begins tomorrow, with the Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em Event and promises to be the biggest poker tour ever to be held.
Here are the final results of the National Circuit Championship:
1. Dominic Nitsche – $352,800
2. Athanasios Polychronopoulos – $218,056
3. Matthew Ashton – $157,399
4. Christopher Bibb – $115,655
5. Tracy Doss – $86,461
6. Andrew Robinson – $65,734
7. Ylon Schwartz – $50,816
8. Jeffrey Gunnip – $39,917
9. Sean Lippel – $31,865