Young Gun Hinrichsen Becomes Sixth Aussie Bracelet Winner Ever

Andrew Hinrichsen
Andrew Hinrichsen builds on a 23rd-place finish in the 2011 WSOP Main Event with his first gold bracelet.

23-year-old poker pro Andrew Hinrchsen defeated the largest field in WSOPE history Tuesday to become just the sixth Australian gold bracelet winner in the history of the World Series of Poker.

Hinrichsen joins Joe Hachem, Mark Vos, Jeff Lisandro, Mel Judah and Gary Benson as the only Australians with a WSOP win on their poker résumé.

Having begun his poker career just three years ago, Hinrichsen has already enjoyed immense success playing poker both live and online. And despite a very deep run in the 2011 Main Event, one that earned him more money than last night’s victory, Hinrichsen said that this win means so much more.

“I play completely for the win,” Hinrchsen told in Cannes.

“The Main Event this year is a perfect example because I went in with no real expectations, and even though 23rd is an unbelievable result I was shattered for weeks because I came so close.

“Whereas here, it’s such a surreal, amazing feeling to come here and actually get the win,” he said.

Hinrichsen bested a field of 771 in the €1k No-Limit Hold’em event, the biggest tournament field ever assembled at the World Series of Poker history. He pocketed €148,030, roughly $200,000 USD, for the victory.

The young Australian entered the heads-up match at a significant chip disadvantage against Italian Gianluca Speranza but won a big flip early and proceeded to make short work of his opponent.

Speranza pocketed €91,262 for his runner-up finish. Click here for a full rundown of the €1k No-Limit Hold'em results.

Hinrichsen got his start playing pub league poker with mates in his hometown of Melbourne and says he knew right away it was something that he was interested in taking more seriously.

Studying, participating in the Two Plus Two strategy forums and taking his first steps into the world of online poker followed.

But despite considerable success playing online poker where he specializes in high-stakes MTTs and in live poker, where he’s made close to three quarters of a million dollars, his life as a poker pro still mystified those around him.

“I’ve definitely felt like a lot of my extended friends and family didn’t really understand poker or what I was doing,” he said.

“But going deep in the Main Event, with the live stream online and the ESPN broadcast, I was getting messages from all sorts of people telling me how awesome it was to see me on TV, which is a pretty weird feeling for me.”

And while there’s no shortage of success in poker at the moment for Hinrichsen, he said that he does hope to return to the academic world to complete his studies.

He previously attended Monash University, the largest post-secondary school in Australia, and says he’s always been passionate about business.

“I’ve always been really interested in economics and business so I assume that’s the path I would have taken if not for poker,” he said.

The 2011 World Series of Poker continues in Cannes with five more gold bracelets still to be awarded. Follow all the action on’s WSOP Europe 2011 Live Coverage page.

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