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Chris Vitch Wins 2017 World Series of Poker $10,000 Stud Eight-Or-Better Championship

Vitch Earns His Second Bracelet and $320,103 First-Place Prize


Card Player’s 2017 WSOP coverage is sponsored by BetOnline Poker.

In 2016, Christopher Vitch earned his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet, taking down the $2,500 mixed triple draw event and the $136,854 first-place prize. This year, he one-upped himself by topping an elite field in the $10,000 stud eight-or-better championship to take home bracelet no. 2 and the $320,103 payday.

The 34-year-old former computer engineer has made a name for himself in the poker world as a limit and mixed-games specialist and now resides in Phoenix, Arizona. To secure his second title, he had to overcome a stacked final table that included four other bracelet winners in Brock Parker (7th), Jonathan Duhamel (5th), Abe Mosseri (3rd) and Benny Glaser (2nd).

Mosseri is coming off of a win the $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better event earlier this summer. Glaser won two bracelets in 2016, in the $1,500 Omaha eight-or-better and the $10,000 Omaha eight-or-better events.

“I knew it was going to be a battle," Vitch said. "Benny’s a great player. He told me that he’s never lost one of these (heads-up) at the World Series. I’m glad to say I’m the first one to be able to defeat him. Either one of us could have won, especially as the levels got high at the end.”

Phil Hellmuth, who was gunning for his record 15th WSOP bracelet, just missed out on the official final table, busting in ninth place for $26,938.

With his 18th-place finish, Daniel Negreanu officially became just the third player to reach the 100-cash mark at the WSOP. He trails Erik Seidel, who notched his 100th cash earlier this summer, by just one. Hellmuth continues to lead the way, now with 124.

Other notables to make the money included Brett Richey (18th), John Monnette (17th), Richard Ashby (15th), Todd Brunson (14th), Chris Ferguson (12th), Randy Ohel (11th), Dan Shak (10th), Alex Luneau (8th), Andrew Kelsall (6th) and Jameson Painter (4th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Christopher Vitch $320,103 660
2 Benny Glaser $197,838 550
3 Abe Mosseri $138,608 440
4 Jameson Painter $99,342 330
5 Jonathan Duhamel $72,876 275
6 Andrew Kelsall $54,748 220
7 Brock Parker $42,146 165
8 Alex Luneau $33,265 110

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2017 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.

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