David Chiu defeated the most stacked final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker to win the $2,500 Seven-Card Stud Title and his fifth WSOP bracelet.
Chiu claimed the first place prize of $145,520 but, more importantly, joined the list of elite poker players to have won five gold bracelets.
The fifty-two-year-old needed all his skill and experience to negotiate a final table that included six other WSOP bracelet winners such as Freddie Ellis, Michael Mizrachi, Frank Kassela, Gary Benson and Adam Friedman.
Chiu said the victory was made even more special by the quality of the other players at the final table.
“This one means a lot, because there were so many tough players at the final table,” Chiu said.
“Everybody here was a great player and all professionals.”
Chiu is considered one of the nice guys of poker and lived up to that reputation by dedicating his victory to former Los Angeles Lakers owner and poker player Jerry Bruss who passed away earlier this year.
“I am dedicating this gold bracelet to Dr. Jerry Buss,” Chiu said.
“This is for him, because he had so much love for this game.
“We all miss him so much, I wanted to do this for him and it’s why I played so hard to win.”
Chiu had to wait eight years to win another WSOP bracelet but he doesn’t believe the game has passed him by, especially in games like stud.
“All the younger guys play No-Limit Hold’em, but the old-school guys still have Stud and all the mixed games,” Chiu said.
“If I did not think I have what it takes to play, I would not compete.”
With his fifth World Series victory Chiu joins some of the poker elite, like Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen, Jeff Lisandro, Allen Cunningham, Berry Johnston, Chris Ferguson and Gary Berland, as the holder of five World Series of Poker bracelets but said he will continue to maintain a low profile.
“I’m really low key, I’m not into being a celebrity,” Chiu said.
“I’m just a normal person who likes to play poker.”