Christopher Vitch Wins 2017 WSOP Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship

Christopher Vitch, a player from Phoenix, Arizona, topped the tough final table of the WSOP Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship for a $320,103 portion of the prize pool and his second gold bracelet.

The tournament was played over three days, with the original field of 125 entries eventually being reduced to 11 players. Those final 11 returned for a final day of action to determine the big champion. As mentioned above, Vitch had to overcome competition from seasoned poker professionals on his road to victory.

The event’s nine-handed final table featured several multiple gold bracelet winners and even two former Main Event champions, with those being Jonathan Duhamel and Phil Hellmuth. The nine finalists had a combined of 26 gold bracelets, which is another proof of the challenges Vitch was faced with before ending up with the coveted gold piece.

Day 3 of the $10,000 buy-in tournament was a good day for the eventual champion. However, it was during three-handed play that he assumed control over action at the table. Vitch set the heads-up match by eliminating Abe Mosseri. The latter was going for his second bracelet for the summer after winning the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship several weeks ago. Eventually, Mosseri had to settle for a third-place finish and a payout of $138,608 in the Seven Card Stud.

By the time cards were thrown in the air for a final heads-up match, Vitch was holding a commanding chip lead over his last opponent – UK’s Benny Glaser. Glaser was eyeing his fourth WSOP gold bracelet, but despite being a tough opponent, the Seven Card Stud Championship gold piece was not meant to be his.

The heads-up battle lasted for quite a while. Glaser found himself all-in several times, but he survived all his opponent’s attempts to finish him off. To Vitch’s surprise, Glaser even took the lead at some point. His reign did not last long, though, and the player was eventually denied another gold piece and the accolades that go along a WSOP victory. He collected $197,838 for his runner-up finish, instead.

Of his final opponent, Vitch said that he was a great player and that he was prepared that anything could have happened during their match. Glaser had never lost a heads-up match in the WSOP prior to last night and Vitch said that he was glad to have been the one to have finally managed to defeat him.

As already noted, Vitch himself was well familiar with how it felt to capture a gold bracelet at the WSOP. The player won his first gold piece last summer for besting the field of the $2,500 Mixed Lowball Triple Draw.

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