Mike Gorodinsky Wins First Non-Hold’em event of the 2013 World Series of Poker

by | Published: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Mike Gorodinsky produced a strong three-day performance to win the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

The first non-Hold’em event of the 2013 World Series of Poker drew a strong field of 374 players but it was Gorodinsky who outlasted them all to win the $216,988 first place prize and a WSOP bracelet.

It was an impressive performance from Gorodinsky who was one of the chip leaders during all three days of the tournament but had to overcome a number of tricky situations during the final table.

Gorodinsky went into the heads-up battle narrowly trailing Kristopher Tong but after only a few hands was at a major disadvantage.

Despite playing with a small stack Gorodinsky felt as though he was always in control of the heads-up battle.

“I had a pretty good read on how my opponent was playing, so I just needed some momentum to swing my way,” Gorodinsky said in a post tournament interview

Gorodinsky has a strong record in mixed games at major poker championships but doesn’t necessarily believe they are his strongest games.

He was victorious in the $5,000 8 Game Championship during both the 2010 and 2012 Pokerstars Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure and cashed in the $2,500 10 Game Six Handed event during the 2012 World Series of Poker.

“I do play a lot of mixed games, I’m not going to say these are my best games, but I play them well enough,” Gorodinsky said.

A number of World Series of Poker bracelet winners made deep runs in the tournament but fell just short of qualifying for the final table.

2012 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. winner David Baker finished in nineteenth while three-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow finished in fourteenth.

The in-form Daniel Negreanu continued his incredible string of strong tournament results with a twelfth place finish that increased his lead in the 2013 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.

The action continues at the 2013 World Series of Poker with only forty-three players, including Dan Kelly, in the hunt for the inaugural “Millionaire Maker” title.

 

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