Cliff Josephy became the first bracelet winner to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker by taking out the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.
Josephy overcame a field of 477 players as well as a strong final table to win his second WSOP bracelet and the $299,486 first place prize.
The former stockbroker won his first bracelet in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament during the 2005 World Series of Poker and was delighted to add another to his collection in what he considers to be his premier game.
“This is my biggest achievement as a poker player, I’ve always wanted a Hold’em gold bracelet,” Josephy said.
“It’s my best game. Some people told me the game passed me by, that the young kids are all better but obviously they are not all better, we have a few chips up our sleeve.”
The final table included bracelet winners David Baker, Max Steinberg and Ryan Hughes but Josephy believes his table on the second day of the tournament was one of the toughest he has ever faced.
“Yesterday was the toughest Shootout table I’ve ever been at by far,” Josephy said.
“I’ve been at a couple of tough ones, but (this table featured) Dan O’Brien, Kyle Julius, Brock Parker, Bryan Piccioli and Randy Dorfman.
“I ran pretty well and got a lot of starting hands that made it pretty easy for me.”
Josephy was one of the most feared online poker players before the events of Black Friday forced him to change his approach to poker.
“I used to really enjoy playing online,” Josephy said.
“I would go out and rush to get back home and miss meals. It’s really not the way someone in his forties should be living, but I loved it so much it was what I wanted to do.”
“So when the changes took place, I didn’t miss it right way and I was able to spend more time with my family, especially on Sundays.”
Josephy plans on returning home to be with his family today but will return to Las Vegas in time for the World Series of Poker Main Event.