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Montana poker pro wins WSOP H.O.R.S.E. title, $611,666

26 Jun 2010

Ian Gordon won the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship (Event #43) at the World Series of Poker on Saturday morning. Gordon, a 24-year-old poker pro, earned a well-deserved, and some might say surprising breakthrough victory, collecting $611,666 in prize money.

Gordon attended Washington State University before starting to play poker full-time two years ago. A resident of Missoula, Mont., Gordon arrived at the final table with the thinnest resume among the final eight players. But in the end, it was Gordon who ginned the win and surprised everyone.

"(Winning a bracelet) means a ton to me," said Gordon. "Especially the 10K H.O.R.S.E. It is a field full of pros who all know what they are doing. To be able to win that is special. You have to get a little lucky to win a tournament but this feels really good to be able to hold my own against all the top pros and come out on top."

Gordon says he loved to play sports, but was not good enough to compete at a collegiate level. He discovered poker and decided it was the best game for him to pursue as a means of exercising his competitive spirit. And while it's proven to be a profitable pastime for now, Gordon isn't sure he wants to be a professional player in the long run.

"I do not necessarily think poker is something I want to do my whole life," said Gordon. "I feel like right now it is a money-making opportunity. There is a lot of potential. After I get some decent capital, I think I would like to own a business someday. It's just in the back of my mind for sometime in the future."

Richard Ashby, who won his first WSOP gold bracelet just two weeks ago in the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud competition, was the runner-up. He was poised to become the sixth British victory holder at this year's series, which would have padded the U.K.'s existing record for most wins by any non-host country within a single year. For now, the U.K. remains in a holding pattern with five wins in 2010. The second-place consolation prize in this tournament amounted to $378,027.

Eugene Katchalov, from New York, N.Y., finished third to win $248,831, Marco Johnson, from Walnut Creek, Calif., was fourth for $181,503, Matt Glantz, from Philadelphia, Pa., was fifth for $135,040. Glantz finished fourth in the 2008 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship.

The 2001 Main Event champion, Carlos Mortensen, was sixth to win $102,237 in prize money.

Nick Schulman New York, N.Y., who won the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event last year, was seventh, and Marco Traniello, a poker pro from Las Vegas, Nev., was eighth.

The tournament's top 24 finishers collected prize money. In addition to Ashby, Mortensen, and Schulman, former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included: Scott Fischman (10th), Steve Billirakis (11th), Michael Chow (13th), Johnny "World" Hennigan (14th), Robert Mizrachi (17th), Todd Brunson (18th), Scotty Nguyen (19th), and Abe Mosseri (22nd).

Modified from notes provided by Nolan Dalla for
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