Papola Tops $1 Million in One Week

Jeff Papola
Million-Dollar Man.

What a week it's been for 25-year-old American Jeffrey Papola.

Papola, who's known online as jpapola, broke through Saturday night with his first WSOP bracelet win, taking down the win in the $5k Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event for $667,433.

That result comes on the heels of a second-place finish for Papola in the $2.5k Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event earlier this week, in which Papola took home a runner-up prize of $391,068.

"It feels really good," he said. "It's exactly the story I was writing in my head."

In a span of seven days, Papola has banked over $1 million in WSOP earnings and emerged as a Player of the Year contender.

It's been a wild rollercoaster ride for Papola, who arrived in Vegas a week ago, just hours before the start of the $2.5k event.

"I ended up getting second in that tournament," Papola said. 

"Within 10 hours, I was playing in this tournament.  So, I have been playing for six straight days.  I have not had more than 12 hours of rest at a time"

Papola's story is even more impressive considering the competition he overcame at the final table for the bracelet win.

Erick Lindgren posted his best finish of the 2010 WSOP, finishing sixth. But a more imposing challenge awaited Papola when the tournament went heads-up, with Papola against Men "The Master" Nguyen.

It was the online specialist Papola coming out the victor after a lengthy heads-up battle against the seven-time bracelet winner Nguyen, who was looking for his second WSOP 2010 bracelet and eighth overall.

"To come back and get here with a win feels amazing," Papola said. 

"I was the early chip leader and then I lost it when I was heads up against Men. Then I came back and even though I doubled Men up twice, I still managed to win.  So, it feels amazing to come out with a win after that."

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