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World Series of Poker -- Steve Gross Wins Event No. 41 $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha

Card Player's 2009 Online Player of the Year Wins First Bracelet

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Steve GrossFor years Steve Gross has been considered one of online poker’s greatest players, winning Card Player’s Online Player of the Year in 2009 and was runner-up in 2008 and 2010.

On Monday, Gross won the World Series of Poker event no. 41 ($5,000 six-handed Omaha). Gross banked $560,519 and his first career bracelet. Thought he’s come close in a number of live events, this was his first time taking down a major live tournament title.

Although this was the largest score of his career, he did not need it for confirmation of his skill.

“It’s not about validation,” Gross explained. “I don’t care what anyone else thinks of me. I care about my own results and I judge myself on that basis. I’ve been disappointed not to have a big live result up to now, so this feels great.”

Gross was 0 for 15 in the WSOP for the summer but kept his resiliency. Luckily he went from a short stack to chip lead at the final table and won heads up against his good friend Salman Behbehani.

Take a look at the final table results:

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Steve Gross $488,817 1440
2 Salman Behbehani $301,965 1200
3 Timo Pfutzenreuter $194,147 960
4 Josheph Leung $128,742 720
5 Lee Goldman $87,890 600
6 Nader Arfai $61,739 480

For complete coverage of the summer poker festival, check out our WSOP landing page.

Photo Credit: Eddie Malluk/WSOP