Tuesday July 7,2015 : ONLINE POKER PRO WINS LUCKY SEVENS EVENT AT W.S.O.P.
$487,784 bonanza for New Jersey professional.
Connor Berkowitz, a 25-year-old online poker professional who plays under the handles connisaurusrex and nyr9414, has won the inaugural Event 66: $777 buy-in Lucky Sevens No Limit Hold'em, the last of the preliminary World Series of Poker tournaments to produce a result Monday.
The 4 day event attracted 4,422 entries, creating a prize pool of $3.09 million which allowed 468 players to cash; Berkowitz's share of the pool was $487,784…and his first World Series of Poker winner's bracelet. It was only the second WSOP event the young New Jersey professional had played in, and his first major win since going professional in January this year.
“This is like a dream for me,” he said of the victory. “I’m speechless. I literally don’t know what to say other than this is a dream come true. It’s every poker player’s dream.”
Much of the action in this event was led by David Yu, but late in the game he fell at third place on a bad run of cards, opening the heads up stage to Texas player John Armbrust and Berkowitz, with the latter holding a 4 to 1 chip advantage.
Berkowitz quickly leveraged that advantage into a convincing win, dispatching Armbrust in just half an hour with a second placing cash of $301,615
Other final table cashes were:
3. David Yu – $217,173
4. Jeffrey Dobrin – $160,496
5. Faraz Jaka – $119,606
6. John Gallaher – $89,890
7. John Zimmerman – $68,098
8. Matt Matros – $52,033
9. Massimo Mosele – $40,085