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Bari Bucks Monkey, Wins First WSOP Bracelet
It’s been a long time coming but Allen Bari can finally call himself a WSOP bracelet winner.
Bari dominated the final table of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event in Las Vegas over the last two days, entering the final nine among the chip leaders and persevering until just him, the bracelet and $874,116 were left at the table.
Bari defeated poker pro and Amazing Race contestant Maria Ho heads-up.
Bari has been playing live tournaments since 2004 but, despite more than $1.7 million in earnings, a major title had thus far eluded him.
Bari is a realist, and understands that the difference between a bracelet and finishing runner-up is razor-thin.
“A bracelet means a lot but I don’t think a bracelet should validate you as a player,” he explained to the media moments after his win.
“For example Eugene Katchalov just won his first bracelet but he should probably have four, because he’s the illest,” he said.
“And I should have four, because I’m the illest,” he continued. “But I only have one. And stinkers like Phil Hellmuth have eleven.”
Besides good results and a solid game, Bari is best known for the verbal assaults he throws around like chips at the poker table.
“I do have a swagger but I don’t think it’s undeserved. I’ve been playing poker a long time,” he said. “But I’m not arrogant in terms of everything, just in poker because I’m really good at poker.”
“I don’t lie. I’m just better than most people at poker.”
Allen Bari isn’t the only person that believes in Allen Bari, however. Long time friend and backer Jason Mercier has been telling the poker world about him for years.
“I think Allen’s been one of the best players in the world for the last couple of years and I think this proves that,” Mercier told PokerListings.com as Bari was posing for his winner pictures.
“He took down a really tough field of almost 900 players and I think this is just the beginning as far as big wins.”
That certainly means something coming from someone who has won $5.6 million playing live poker tournaments.
Allen Bari graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in Economics and Finance. He worked in Finance in Manhattan before turning to poker full time in 2007.
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