Philadelphia physician wins big at WSOP
11 Jun 2012
David "Doc" Arsht, a 66-year-old physician from the Philadelphia area, stunned the poker world late Thursday night by winning his first WSOP gold bracelet. Doc's memorable moment took place at the Rio in Las Vegas. Arsht won the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold’em title, collecting a $211,921 in prize money.
The semi-retired urologist emptied out a poker bladder that initially contained 730 entrants, ultimately erecting poker’s most coveted prize late on the third and final day of competition. The runner up was Stephen Hung, who also enjoyed his deepest penetration ever in a WSOP tournament. The El Cerrito, Calif., part-time poker player collected second place prize money amounting to $130,903. The urologist's victory was streamed live on WSOP.com.
"I don’t think my friends think that I had the capacity to win a WSOP gold bracelet," said Arsht, referring to the young players that now dominate Hold'em fields. "They play this very fast and aggressive game. They think that my game is different from theirs. They think I’m sort of like -- slow."
The top 81 finishers collected prize money. One of the more notable in-the-money finishers included Roland Israelashvili, who is among the leaders in combined WSOP and WSOP Circuit cashes over the past five seasons. The Russian-born New Yorker, who took 10th in this tournament, now has 21 WSOP cashes to go along with 26 visits to the pay window in WSOP Circuit events.
Former gold bracelet winners that in-the-money include: Jennifer Harmon-Traniello (18th), Humberto Brenes (35th), Eric Buchman (42nd) Brett Jungblut (51st), and Men “the Master” Nguyen (74th). Nguyen, with 75 career cashes, is still a heavy underdog to draw even or surpass Hellmuth, now sitting comfortably on 87.