Event 41 – the $5 000 buy-in No Limit Hold ‘Em Shootout, which offered a prize pool of $1 316 000 from an entry field of 280 has also been decided, with Hungarian player Peter Traply (22) winning against exceptionally aggressive competition to collect his first gold bracelet and the first prize of $348 728.
Traply, who is a young pro player from Budapest, took just under five hours of final table action to emerge the winner in a five-player thriller that had the railbirds cheering. At the death it was Traply vs. Andrew Lichtenberger in the heads up, with a recount proving necessary at one point when Traply thought he had won, but it transpired that Lichtenberger still had 250 000….and went on to briefly seize the chip lead.
Playing a masterly game, Traply fought off the attack and went on to win, claiming a first ever WSOP bracelet for his country and ending a WSOP run in which he had not yet cashed. Lichtenberg collected a well-earned check for $215 403 as the runner-up in great event.
"I feel amazing," said Traply. "This is one of my poker dreams and it came true." The Hungarian paid tribute to his final table opponents, Danny Wong, Nasr El Nasr, Maxim Lykov and Lichtenberger, saying it had been a tough table to beat.