Steve gboro780 Gross adds a WSOP bracelet to his resume

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jun 25, 2013 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

wsop bracelet2The name Steve Gross may not resonate with casual poker fans, but the man known as “gboro780” online is one of the most feared tournament players in the game, and someone virtually every poker players would rather not see at their tournament table. Despite his online success (some $6 million in career winnings) successes had been few and far between for Gross on the live tournament trail… up until last night, when he won his first major tournament, and his first WSOP bracelet.

Gross’s victory came in the $5k PLO Six-Max tournament, and earned him the largest cash of his poker career, a $488,817 payday, and his career live tournament earnings have now hit seven-figures as he approaches $1.4 million in career live tournament earnings.

Day 3 of Event #41 seemed like a battle of attrition, as the 22 players who began the day battled for eight hours before the final table of six was decided. It would be roughly another five hours before a winner was crowned, with the players flip-flopping up and down the leader-board as is wont to happen in a PLO tournament. Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:

1. Steve Gross – $488,817

2. Salman Behbehani – $301,965

3. Timo Pfutzenreuter – $194,147

4. Joseph Leung – $128,742

5. Lee Goldman – $87,890

6. Nader Arfai – $61,739

For Gross the journey to a WSOP bracelet was a long road. Now in his sixth WSOP tournament series, his previous best showing in a WSOP event was a 9th place showing back in 2008. Considered one of the best tournament players during the online poker boom, Gross is no longer a young gun in the poker world, and without a WSOP bracelet or other major tournament victory poker pros can quickly find themselves thrust onto the scrap-heap of second- and third-tier players. But now Gross’s resume will be examined in a new light, and his close calls and deep runs will now be seen as successes instead of victories, because at the top of the resume will be WSOP bracelet winner.

* In 2010 Gross won a $5k NLHE event at the PokerStars PCA for just over $100,000

* In 2011 Gross made the final table of the WPT LA Poker Classic, finishing in 5th place for just over $300k

Add in his online successes and you can see why many feel Gross could be one of the top players in the game:

* $6.2 million in career earnings

* 8-time #1 ranked player by

* 2-time Triple Crown winner

* Cardplayer Magazine Online Player of the Year in 2009

* Runner-up for the Cardplayer Magazines Online Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2010


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