Michael Gathy has had incredible success ever since playing in his first WSOP in 2012. The Belgian won bracelets in 2012 and ’13, and now he’s added a third victory in the 2016 WSOP $5,000 Six-Handed NLHE event.
Gathy battled through a 541-player field and onto a tale full of international poker talent. Non-Americans who fared well in Event #35 include Australia’s Alexander Lynskey (8th, $54,966), Belgium’s Thomas Boivin (7th, $54,966), Vietnam’s Thi Nguyen (6th, $76,112), England’s Scott Margereson (5th, $107,723), Spain’s Manuel Núñez (3rd, $229,990), and France’s Adrien Allain (2nd, $346,632)
But in the end, it was Gathy emerging victorious from this heavy international field to win $560,843.
“What is next after this victory? Well, I’d really like to win an EPT event,” he said. “But anything I win is fine by me.”
Gathy got his start in poker while studying medicine at a university. He deposited $50 at an online poker site and became hooked on the game. His passion was only fueled more when he won a $1k NLHE event at the 2012 WSOP ($440,829). Gathy followed this up by winning a $1k NLHE Turbo event at the 2013 WSOP ($278,613).
Thanks to his third gold bracelet, Gathy ties countryman Davidi Kitai for the most wins in WSOP history. Gathy spoke about his connection to Kitai after the tournament.
“Davidi was very kind to me,” he said. “He came over and wished me good luck. But, I’d like to take the lead on him, because he has always been ahead of me. I am playing more events this year, maybe 25 in all, so we will see.”
Gathy now has over $1.9 million in live tournament winnings, and he has a great chance to add to this total with almost half the event left to go.
2016 WSOP Event #35 Six-Handed NLHE Final Table
1. Michael Gathy – $560,843
2. Adrien Allain – $346,632
3. Manuel Saavedra Nunez – $229,990
4. Blake Eastman – $155,762
5. Scott Margereson – $107,723
6. Thi Nguyen – $76,112
7. Thomas Boivin – $54,966
8. Alexander Lynskey – $54,966
9. Jason Koon – $40,592