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Lucky Chewy Wins First Gold Bracelet; Mizrachi Bros Climb in $50k
Andrew "Lucky Chewy" Lichtenberger is finally a gold bracelet winner.
The long-time pro, who began his WSOP career back in 2009 as a fresh-faced, 21-year-old math whiz, added WSOP gold to his impressive resume yesterday with a win yesterday in Event #52, $3k No-Limit Hold'em.
Now 28 and a fervent believer in nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, the author of The Yoga of Poker outlasted 1,124 other players to win $569,158.
With a runner-up finish in 2009 and five more final-tables in between it was a long time coming for the affable and revered pro.
"It feels amazing to win this,” Lichtenberger said shortly after his win. “I’ve been playing the World Series since 2009 and I’ve been watching it since I was a kid when I saw Chris Moneymaker win it – so it feels amazing.”
Along with a WPT Alpha 8 title and a WSOPC title, Lichtenberger now lays claim to $8.3m in career earnings.
Health and Nutrition Made it Happen
Now 47th on the all-time money list for US players Lichtenberger has had a lot of success in his poker career but attributes his recent surge to a shift in lifestyle.
“Nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive attitude were all integral factors in my victory today,” Lichtenberger said.
“Without adopting these choices, I wouldn’t be here. The human body is simple, but also very deep in its workings.
"To sit (playing) for so many hours and not nourish it, you’re going give yourself more difficulty when the crucial moments come.
"So, just by doing what I do, I was able to make good decisions that really mattered today.”
Australian Craig Blight from Sydney, with a loud and supportive rail in his corner, finished second. PCA notable Roger Teska finished eighth.
Complete results and payouts:
- 1. Andrew Lichtenberger (Las Vegas, NV) -- $569,158
- 2. Craig Blight (Sydney, Australia) -- $351,721
- 3. Chris Johnson (Las Vegas, NV) -- $249,336
- 4. Mac Sohrabi (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) -- $179,015
- 5. Linglin Zeng (Lincoln, NE) -- $130,191
- 6. Erhan Iscan (San Diego, CA) -- $95,925
- 7. Thomas Miller (E. Hampton, NY) -- $71,617
- 8. Roger Teska (New Carlisle, IN) -- $54,190
- 9. Daniel Wagner (West Hollywood, CA) -- $41,563
Mizrachis Surge in $50k PPC
While the signature $10,000 Main Event is now just a few days away the de facto championship event for poker pros - the $50,000, 8-Game Poker Player's Championship - got underway over the weekend.
Ninety-one players bought in to the event with 42 remaining after two days of play. Two of the players happen to be brothers in Michael and Robert Mizrachi.
Michael, aka "The Grinder" has in fact won the PPC two times already and will going for his third win in six years. Brother Rob, who won another bracelet himself earlier in the series has also built a big stack.
The current chip leader with 1.2m in chips is Justin Bonomo. Todd Brunson is second with 1,050,000. Robert is fourth with 950,000 and Michael sixth with 775,000.
Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Howard Lederer and Phil Hellmuth are also all still alive in the event. Follow the WSOP live updates for all the action.