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Christopher Vitch Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball

33-Year-Old Poker Pro Tops Field of 236 To Win First Bracelet and $136,854


Christopher Vitch is the latest champion at the 2016 World Series of Poker. The 33-year-old triple draw lowball specialist topped a field of 236 players to win the $2,500 mixed triple draw lowball event, a new tournament that features three of the most popular triple draw lowball games in deuce-to-seven, ace-to-five and badugi. For the win Vitch captured his first gold bracelet and the top prize of $136,854.

“I’m a cash game player," Vitch told after the win. "I don’t play that many tournaments… but then when I came out last year, I got bitten by the bug. To me, it’s not about the money. I looked at the World Series and I wanted to win a bracelet. That was my focus.”

Vitch, a former computer engineer turned poker pro, has been specialized in lowball games for a decade now.

“I became one of the better players in triple draw before there was much information about the game,” said Vitch. “I feel like I had lots of experience in the game compared to most people who were just picking it up.”

Vitch came into the final table second chip position, but was able to take a lead and then began to run away with it. Vitch eliminated David Gee in third place to take a massive chip lead into heads-up play against Austria’s Sigi Stockinger, who had only a few big bets to start the final showdown. It didn’t take long before the ultimate hand of the tournament arose.

With limits of 40,000 – 80,000 Stockinger raised and Chris Vitch called. On the first draw Vitch took two and Stockinger took three. Vitch bet and Stockinger called. On the second draw Vitch drew one and Stockinger two. Vitch bet enough to put Stockinger all in and he made the call.

Vitch drew one and Stockinger two. Vitch had a 7-5-3-2 draw and peeled his last card, which ended up being an ace. Stockinger had only to make better than ace high to stay alive, but he ended up with a pair of fours to send the pot and the title to Vitch. Stockinger earned $84,572 for his deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Christopher Vitch $136,854 576
2 Siegfried Stockinger $84,572 480
3 David Gee $55,511 384
4 Damjan Radanov $37,375 288
5 Michael Schiffman $25,830 240
6 Gary Benson $18,336 192
7 Anthony Lazar $13,380 144
8 Christian Nolte $13,380 96

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.