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Andrew Lichtenberger Wins 2016 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event

'Lucky Chewy' Tops Field of 1,125 to Win His First Bracelet and $569,158


Andrew Lichtenberger has finally crossed his name of the ‘best players without a bracelet’ list. The man known by many in the poker world as ‘Lucky Chewy’ topped a field of 1,125 players to win the 2016 World Series of Poker $3,000 no-limit hold’em event, capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $569,158 first-place prize.

“It feels amazing. I’ve been playing the World Series of Poker since 2009 and watching it on TV since I was a kid with the Chris Moneymaker phenomenon, so to be here today and win just feels amazing,” said Lichtenberger after it was all over.

This was the 28-year-old poker pro’s eighth final table at the WSOP, with his prior best finish being a runner-up finish in a 2009 $5,000 no-limit hold’em shootout event. He has won big titles on the World Poker Tour, the Epic Poker League and a WSOP Circuit championship, so it seemed like it was likely just a matter of time until he broke through at the series.

This event was scheduled to run over three days, but an extra day was needed after play was halted after the elimination of Christopher Johnson in third place ($249,336). Lichtenberger came into heads-up play holding more than a 3-to-1 chip lead over Australia’s Craig Blight.

“I felt really comfortable coming in. I had no fears or doubts,” said Lichtenberger. “I kind of thought he would be in the mentality of ’I’ve gotten this far’ and he would be kind of fearless as a result, just trying to go for it.”

Craig BlightBlight was able to hang around and mount a small comeback, but Lichtenberger kept hold of the lead heading into what would be the final hand of the tournament. With blinds of 80,000 – 160,000 with an ante of 20,000 Lichtenberger limped in from the button and Blight checked his option.

The flop came down 7Spade Suit4Heart Suit2Club Suit and Blight checked. Lichtenberger bet 300,000 and Blight check-raised to 800,000. Lichtenberger made the call and the 3Heart Suit hit the turn.

Blight checked and Lichtenberger fired out a bet of 1.2 million. Blight made the call and the KSpade Suit completed the board. Blight checked again and Lichtenberger moved all in, having Blight’s 5.5 million covered. After some time in the tank Blight made the call with the 7Heart Suit4Club Suit for two pair only to see Lichtenberger turn over the 6Club Suit5Diamond Suit for a turned straight. With that Blight was eliminated in second place, earning $351,721 for his deep run and Lichtenberger finally secured his first gold bracelet.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Andrew Lichtenberger $569,158 1440
2 Craig Blight $351,721 1200
3 Christopher Johnson $249,336 960
4 Mac Sohrabi $179,015 720
5 Linglin Zeng $130,191 600
6 Erhan Iscan $95,925 480
7 Thomas Miller $71,617 360
8 Roger Teska $54,190 240
9 Daniel Wagner $41,563 120

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