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Michael Gathy Wins 3rd Bracelet in 2016 WSOP Event #35

Friday, June 24th, 2016

michael-gathy-2016-wsopMichael 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

Jonathan Duhamel wins 2015 WSOPE High Roller and Third Bracelet

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

jonathan-duhamel-wsope-high-rollerJust over five years ago, Jonathan Duhamel made his mark on the poker world by winning the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Now, he’s added his third gold bracelet by winning the 2015 WSOP Europe High Roller along with €554,395.

“It feels even better than the second one,” said Duhamel. “I don’t know why. Maybe because it’s two in the same year or maybe because this tournament was so tough. It was one of the toughest tournaments I’ve played in my life. To be able to make it a long way and win it, it means a lot. It means everything to me. I’ve said it before, but this never gets old. It’s such an amazing feeling. Let’s go for number four.”

The final table actually started with Italy’s Mustapha Kanit leading everybody in chips. However, Duhamel took a big step up early on by doubling up through Kanit. The latter would hang on for a while, ultimately exiting in third place when Duhamel busted him.

This pitted the Canadian against Belgium’s Davidi Kitai for the high roller title. Duhamel played very aggressively with the lead and was eventually able to whittle Kitai’s chip stack down to nothing.

Afterward, Duhamel spoke about his goal to add more bracelets to his collection in the near future.

“To be honest, when I won the Main Event I told myself I was going to win a bracelet every five years,” he said. “I won one this summer and that was great, and then this happened. I’ll be in Vegas this summer trying for number four, that’s for sure.

2015 WSOP Europe High Roller Final Table Results
1. Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) – €554,395
2. Davidi Kitai (Belgium) – €342,620
3. Mustapha Kanit (Italy) – €227,145
4. Sam Chartier (Canada) – €160,775
5. Christoph Vogelsang (Germany) – €121,020
6. Fedor Holtz (Germany) – €96,625