Friday June 1, 2012 : FLORIDA POKER PRO WINS FIRST WSOP BRACELET
 
Leif a Force to be reckoned with
 
Tallahassee, Florida poker pro Leif Force, a seasoned live tournament campaigner with 31 cashes – five of them first prizers – under his belt, claimed his first World Series of Poker bracelet this week when he bested an impressive list of top players in the $3,000 buy-in Heads Up NLHE-PLO event.
 
Force beat his last heads up opponent, Jason Koon to take his career earnings well over the $2 million mark with a first prize of $207,708. It wasn't his biggest career win, however – back in 2006 Force picked up $1.1 million when he ran deep in the WSOP main event that year.
 
With a quality field of 317 players vying for the top spot, Force had to work his way through 9 heads-up confrontations in his path to victory. The quality of the opposition can judged from names on the registration list like George Lind, Annette Obrestad, Andy Frankenberger, Julian Powell and Simeon Naydenov.
 
The final clash between Koon and Force was an exciting affair in both the NHLE and POL rounds, with the lead changing a number of times and Koon ahead at the changeover. But Force came back strongly in the POL round, playing his way aggressively into the lead and finally triumphing.