New Haven poker pro Ryan Eriquezzo wins $10,000 buy-in WSOP National Championship. New Haven poker pro Ryan Eriquezzo has his first bracelet and is $416,051 richer, after his televised victory in the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker National Championship Wednesday, besting a talented field of 157 mainly professional players.
It was the biggest career win yet for the 27-year-old professional, who earned a fee seat in the event through success on the World Series of Poker Circuit – he took down the Caesars Palace Atlantic City main event earlier this year for his previous biggest pay-day of $191,194.
After besting a final table that included Amanda Musumeci, Sam Stein, David Baker, Matt Keikoan, Andy Hwang and Huy Nguyen, Eriquezzo faced Nikolas Stone – the 2011/2012 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s St. Louis Casino Championship winner – in the heads up.
Stone had been a constant threat to Eriquezzo throughout the final table, busting out four of the other players, but he was unable to prevail against the New Haven pro despite the two starting out even in chip counts.
The heads up was over after just a few hands, with Stone having to be satisfied with the runner-up's prize of $257,119.