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World Series Of Poker -- Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins Event No. 17 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

Polychronopoulos Wins Second Gold Bracelet

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Athanasios PolychronopoulosAthanasios Polychronopoulos, a 29-year old professional poker player from Amagansett, New York topped a large field of 2,105 entrants in the World Series of Poker event no. 17 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em) on Monday night. Polychronopoulos banked $518,755 and his second gold bracelet from a prize pool of $2,841,750.

Polychronopoulos played mostly on-line from 2003 until 201. It wasn’t until Black Friday that he began playing in tournaments. This was his fourth time attending the festival and he is the first player to win two large field events with buy-ins of $1,500 or less in WSOP history.

This cash brings Polychronopoulos’ casino winnings to $1,385,299. However, the money doesn’t affect his game.

“Money is money. It doesn’t affect my play at all. I would play the same if I have two dollars in my poker or two million,” he said.

Manuel Mutke was runner up and took home $322,909. Everyone at the final table played aggressively including Mutke and that was part of the reason Polychronopoulos won.

“I though everyone at the final table played really well. It was a very aggressive. That was part of the reason why I four-bet jammed with queen-jack, because everyone had been so aggressive,” he said.

Another notable who made the final table was Joe Cada who took who took fourth place winning $161,652.

Take a look at the final table.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Athanasios Polychronopoulos $518,755 1080
2 Manuel Mutke $322,908 900
3 Everett Carlton $224,455 720
4 Joe Cada $161,652 540
5 Samuel Taylor $118,145 450
6 Michael Kurth $87,398 360
7 Joeseph Ward $65,502 270
8 David Bakes Baker $49,716 180
9 Thomas Nicotera $38,178 90

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Photo Credit: Eddie Malluk/WSOP