Getzwiller Wins First $1k Event

Sean Getzwiller
Sean Getzwiller

Sean Getzwiller moved to Las Vegas with hopes of playing the WSOP and making it as a professional poker player.

There’s a good chance even he didn’t dream things would turn out this well. 

Getzwiller, who grew up on a ranch in Arizona, outlasted a field of 4,178 players to grab first place, a WSOP gold bracelet and $611k in cold hard cash late Wednesday night. 

“I feel amazing,” said the thrilled Getzwiller. “I mean, I won a bracelet in a 4,000-player event. How much better could I possibly feel? Best day of my life.”

It’s been an interesting journey for Getzwiller. After college he got into real estate but after the market crashed he picked up poker.

For most professional poker players the ultimate destination is Las Vegas and that rang true for Getzwiller.

“I ended up moving here a couple months ago for the [WSOP],” he said. “I guess I got fast tracked.”

Despite outlasting thousands of players, Getzwiller still had to get through a tough final table that included noted pro Jon “PearlJammer” Turner.

With four WSOP final tables to his name Turner is widely-regarded as one of the best players without a bracelet.

He did enter three-handed play with a significant chip disadvantage and Getzwiller mentioned he wasn’t worried in the slightest.

“I wasn’t worried about him at all,” said Getzwiller. “I had double his chips. A name doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about your chips when you’re at a final table, especially when you’re down to three people.” 

Turner eventually did bust in the first hour of three-handed play but Getzwiller’s heads-up opponent, Sadan Turker, proved to be a much more formidable opponent. 

Turker and Getzwiller would battle for more than four hours before Getzwiller finally landed the killing blow.

“I didn’t think it was going to be easy,” said Getzwiller. “We had a lot of chips in play and he’s a heck of a player.”

Getzwiller finally did prevail, however, and secured the $611k first-place prize while Turker had to settle for $377k.

“It’s life-changing,” said Getzwiller about the money. “It’s going to change a lot of lives. It’s definitely going to change mine.”

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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