Doctor Prescribes $1.5k Six-Max Victory


Geffrey Klein comes out to the WSOP every summer and usually walks away with a small cash or two. This year he took home $544k and a WSOP bracelet.

“It’s awesome,” said Klein. “It’s probably a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t imagine I’ll get a chance to play for another bracelet.”

Klein, a 44-year-old gynecologist from Houston Texas, outlasted 1,919 players and then pulled off a stunning heads-up comeback against Eddie Blumenthal to claim the ultimate prize in the $1.5k Six-Max event at the 2011 WSOP last night.

It was a surprising turn of events for Klein, who only comes to the WSOP for a week or so every year and, outside of a smaller win at Borgata, has never won a major tournament.

“The fields are so big that my expectations were never really that high,” said Klein.

Klein attended the University of Texas in Austin and then graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1992. Klein also did his residency in Houston and stated practicing in 1996.

It was while he was working as a doctor that Klein was introduced to the game of poker. He attended a home with several of his co-workers.

“They would beat me up terribly,” said Klein. “I decided I would read, learn the game and practice or they would just keep taking my money.”

Klein did get better although, unlike many players, he was never much of an online poker player. It was somewhat of a surprise he decided to play the online pro-heavy six-max tournament.

“I was just here this specific week so I decided to play it,” explained Klein.

Despite winning a life-changing amount of money, Klein still plans to leave this week and has no plans to become a full-time poker pro. He does, however, plan to be back next year for another edition of the WSOP.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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