A watershed moment in the US-based poker player Andrew Gurley’s career came yesterday, after he topped a field of 138 other players and got his biggest cash of $11,676 along with a trophy. The player managed to finish off all his opponents and give a strong push forward to his young poker career. Event #7 was played as part of the 2017/ 2018 WSOP Circuit live poker festival in southern Indiana. The event attracted 139 enthusiasts, generating a juicy prize pool of $41,691. But it was Andrew Gurley, who was crowned champion.
Even though the event was scheduled to spread over 2 days, Gurley needed just 1 day to eliminate all of his opponents and claim the throne. By the time all the scheduled levels were already played, there were only a handful of survivors, who decided to continue playing down to a champion. Up to now, the story sounds very much alike to the story from the previous evening, when Mark Smith added a 6th gold ring to his collection of trophies. But the end was completely different, as all the remaining players did not give up without a fight. The poker battle continued until 3 am local time, when Gurley finished off his heads-up opponent David Ross, who appeared a hard nut to crack. The top 15 players collected a money prize from the tournament.
Gurley’s Sprint to Victory
In a game of poker, things can change in a second. There are many stories about a young and not that experienced poker player, who manages to climb the ladder of success and emerge victor among some of the most renown poker heavyweights. Well, the current story is yet another proof that poker is a game, which is highly-dependent on skills, but luck also has its fair share. The 27-year-old Andrew Gurley entered the official final with a hefty chip advantage over his opponents. After the field was narrowed to only 2 players, the heads-up match between Gurley and David Ross began. It is interesting to note that unlike the eventual winner, who has recorded his premier WSOP cash, David Ross cashed 8 times. However, this did not stop Gurley to defeat Ross, who needed to settle for the runner-up finish and $7,216 payout.
In a post-victory interview, Gurley told the reporters that he tried to throw as much pressure on his opponents as possible and find their weak spots. It was reported that the player’s profession is Medical Machinist. When asked about how poker attracted his attention, the winner explained that some of his friends are interested in the game and they like to travel. It seems that Gurley’s young career started to proliferate at its very beginning.