Binger Binks Last 2011 Prelim Bracelet

Nick Binger
Nick Binger and friends

Nick Binger finally came out of his brother’s shadow by winning his first WSOP bracelet earlier today.

He outlasted a field of 352 players to take down Event 57 $5,000 PLO Hi-Lo for a total of $397,073.

It was the final bracelet to be awarded at the 2011 WSOP, outside of the Main Event.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “I’m still in shock over the whole thing. I’m just so happy to be here.”

Nick’s brother Michael Binger famously made the final table of the richest Main Event ever in 2006 and finished third for over $4 million.

When asked if he could now unequivocally be considered the better poker player, Nick jokingly deadpanned, “Yes.”

Michael and about 20 other friends formed one of the most supportive rails at the 2011 WSOP and cheered Nick on to victory at the final table.

 “It really helped me a lot looking around and seeing so many wonderful people here to support me,” he said.

Nick had to face former $50k H.O.R.S.E. champion David Bach heads-up, which was no easy task.

“David Bach is a fantastic player and it was a very, very tough battle. He deserved to win just as much as I did.”

Winning the tournament also gave Nick a sense of redemption after what had previously been a forgettable summer.

“I had kind of a rough summer,” he explained. “I played almost every event and had only two small cashes.”

Nick busted out of the final $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event with just minutes left to register for Event 57. Thanks to his quick run across the Rio floor he’s now nearly $400k richer. 

When Michael got started in poker it was Nick that originally told him it was a bad investment. Five years later Nick has a WSOP bracelet and over $1.7 million in live tournament earnings.

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