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Final Table Takedown -- Ryan ‘gutshtallin’ Welch

Online Star Ryan ‘gutshtallin’ Welch Takes Advantage of Strong Reads to Capture First Gold Bracelet

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Sep 03, 2010


Ryan Welch is a former corporate sales executive who left his job in 2008 to become a full-time high-stakes poker player. His largest online cash came in May 2010, when he finished second in a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker event for $238,000, following a heads-up chop. Along with this score, he has won six online Sunday majors, and is approaching $2.5 million in career online-tournament earnings. Event: World Series of Poker event No. 51, $3,000 triple-chance no-limit hold’em Players in the Event: 965 Buy-in: $3,000 First Prize: $559,371 Finish: First Hand No. 1 Stacks: Ryan Welch – 2,100,000 Jon Eaton – 2,248,000 Guillaume Darcourt – 1,460,000 Blinds: 15,000-30,000 Antes: 4,000 Players Remaining: 6 HAND NO. 1 Key Concepts: Patience; sticking to a strong read on an opponent Jon Eaton raises to 72,000 from under the gun. Ryan Welch: This was Jon’s standard raise size, and he was currently ...

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