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Honduran-Born David Diaz Notches First WSOP Bracelet
Honduran-born poker pro David Diaz won his first WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas Friday, defeating 1,340 players to earn $352,808.
Diaz, a cash-game player from Memphis, Tennessee won the $1,500 Triple Chance event, a format that imitates rebuy tournaments by allowing players to take their starting chips in three separate stacks or all at once during the early stages of the event.
Diaz got his start in low buy-in tournaments hosted at bars around Memphis, finding enough success to make the jump to cash games at the casinos in nearby Tunica, Mississipi.
Although there was an adjustment period that saw Diaz struggle in these bigger games, he eventually developed his strategy to the point where he was making a living playing live cash.
But despite being a cash-game specialist Diaz has had success in live tournaments as well, notching 30 cashes in major events including five here at the WSOP.
Previous to this score his biggest cash was $82,000 for a second-place finish at the WSOP Circuit main event in Biloxi, Mississippi last November.
Having played here at the World Series of Poker for the last three years, Diaz is thrilled to finally be standing in the winner’s circle.
“I play to make a living and this means the world to me,” he told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.
Diaz was brought to the United States at age four by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer.
St. Jude is a non-profit organization that focuses on catastrophic diseases in children. Located in Memphis, Tennessee the hospital was founded in 1962 by entertainer and philanthropist Danny Thomas.