Davidi Kitai defeated a strong final table to win the $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker to become the first player from Belgium to win two WSOP bracelets.
Although the Pot-Limit event only drew a small field of 195 players it was packed full of talent and Kitai thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $224,560 for his consistent play throughout the tournament.
The final table had a very European field with Kitai joined by Bulgarian Dimitar Danchev, Ukrainian Eugene Katchalov, Frenchmen Bertrand Grospellier and Italian Dario Minieri.
Minireri, Grospellier and Katchalov were all aiming to add to their World Series of Poker bracelet collections but were eliminated in eighth, seventh and fifth place respectively as Kitai cultivated his chip lead.
Kitai maintained his chip lead all the way to the heads-up battle but faced a tough challenge against Cary Katz who came up firing and stole the chip lead early into the contest.
The Belgian managed to battle back but received a great deal of luck to wrap up the victory when his Pocket Jacks outflopped the Pocket Kings of Katz.
Kitai was delighted with the victory but said it still couldn’t top his first World Series of Poker victory.
“The first one was so special and it changed my poker career but it is good to confirm that I can win again,” Kitai said.
The thirty-three-year-old is Belgium’s most successful tournament poker player in history and he said the game is becoming increasingly popular in his homeland.
“Poker became popular the last few years because it is now legal and some people recognize me,” Kitai said.
Kitai has now recorded $ 3,161,463 in tournament cashes overall and with this score has now won over $1 million at the World Series of Poker but he still has plenty he wants to achieve in his career.
“My dream is to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event,” Kitai said.
“I do have a lot of dreams and I am motivated to achieve even more.”
Bulgarian Dimitar Danchev has outlasted a field of 986 players to win the 2013 Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
The victory was easily the biggest of the twenty-seven year-old’s career as he took home the first place prize of $1,859,000 from the monster prize pool of $ 9,573,900.
The victory was the first ever European Poker Tour victory for a Bulgarian and puts Danchev well and truly on top of the all-time Bulgarian tournament winnings leaderboard.
Danchev was delighted to have achieved his first major tournament victory especially in front of a large group of friends and Bulgarian supporters.
“It feels amazing, really,” Danchev said.
“I really felt the support.
“This is for them, too.”
The star of Bulgarian Poker hopes that his success can lead to a boom period in Bulgarian poker and more players from his country scoring big tournament victories.
“This is a big thing for my country,” Danchev said.
“Bulgaria poker is developing really good and will be top level very soon.”
Danchev finished second in the 2011 European Poker Tour San Remo Main Event, after being a massive favorite to win the final hand, and said the disappointment of that loss motivated him to finish the job yesterday.
The 2013 Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure has had a major international flavor with Australian Grant Levy adding to the list of non-American players who have had won a bracelet in the event by capturing the $5,300 six-max title.
Levy has been one of the most consistent players on the Australian Poker circuit claiming victory in the Main Event of the 2007 APPT Sydney and the 2011 ANZPT Perth title.
The Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure tournament concludes with the stacked final table of the $25,000 High Roller.
Still remaining in the hunt to claim the bracelet is Vanessa Selbst who is guaranteed to become the all-time winningest female live tournament poker player no matter where she finishes at the final table.
The Caribbean Adventure event is sponsored by Poker Stars and you can prepare for next year’s event by joining all the leading players online!