Tuesday, June 14, 2011 : Aaron Steury, a 24-year-old poker pro from Fort Wayne, Indiana, demonstrated his mastery of Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, and Stud Eight or Better over the three tough days of the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. mixed game event during three intense days of poker action at the World Series of Poker this week.
The young pro bested a field of 963 that included most of the big names in the international game as he fought through the quality field and ultimately a final table to claim his first WSOP bracelet and a prize worth $289,283 in Event 17.
The third and last day of the event saw 17 survivors taking their seats, with Adam Friedman holding the lead and the field still carrying significant opposition in players such as David Chiu, Allen Bari, Svetlana Gromenkova, David Bach, Ryan Hughes, Victor Ramdin, Cyndy Violette, Max Pescatori, Brett Jungblut, and Todd Brunson.
By midnight Vegas time Sunday night it was down to the wire at level 29 with three players left in the hunt for the bracelet: Aaron Steury (2,400,000); Michael Chow (1,400,000) and Adam Friedman (500 000).
The culmination of the five hour final table was a heads up between Steury and Michael Chow, which the Indiana pro managed to carry by leveraging an almost 3 million chip advantage, leaving his opponent with a $178,691 take-home.