The $2000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship was snatched by Greg Hopkins, a 41 year old poker wiz who hails from Anchorage, AK. The 37th event was Hopkin’s first WSOP gold bracelet and is a fine achievement after 13 years of poker tournament play.
Hopkins was born in California and developed his love for poker at an early age. Much of his adult life was spent in cardrooms in Los Angeles. Hopkins has a true poker-swing story behind his play, having won big at some contests and falling really badly at others. Over the past 13 years, Hopkins has been diligently entering hundreds of poker contests and was finally victorious in his claiming of a WSOP gold bracelet.
Hopkins had previously managed to win some cash at the WSOP and this event was already is third final table. None of the other prizes, however, matched his first-place win of $269,274.
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Hopkins, who is known as an optimist in professional poker circles, humbly accepted praise and wishes following his win. He admitted that it felt great to finally secure the coveted gold bracelet and he was extremely satisfied at his play during the tournament.
Hopkins overcame another up and coming player, 23 year old Jason Newburger. The grad student was in a two-hour long heads-up battle with Hopkins, but finally gained second place. Newburger is a baseball coach for college students at Bradley University. Third place went to Yuval Bronshtein from Atlanta, GA, who was hopeful when he arrived at the final table as a chip leader.