Commentary

Largest 2-7 event goes to Gelencser

Updated: June 4, 2010, 3:49 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

There have been only six 2-7 triple-draw lowball events in the history of the World Series of Poker, but with attendance reaching an all-time high, there might be more events of this type on future WSOP schedules. A field of 291 players created a 16-percent increase in attendance from 2009 and a prize pool of $669,300. The game isn't the simplest and is rarely featured in casino poker rooms, but an elite field paid $2,500 apiece to try to accumulate chips by getting as close to the best hand of 2-3-4-5-7 (of mixed suits). Hungarian pro Peter Gelencser proved to draw the best during the three-day event as he captured his first WSOP bracelet and $180,730.

Peter Gelencser
WSOPPhotos.comPeter Gelencser is the second Hungarian to win a WSOP bracelet

The 22-year-old Gelencser began playing poker six years ago with his friends and turned to the game full time when he was 18. Since then, he's earned over $500,000 in tournament winnings and has seen tremendous success on the poker scene in Austria. In 2009, Gelencser had two WSOP cashes totaling $33,805 including a final-table appearance in the split Omaha/seven-card stud event. Despite his success abroad, winning the bracelet was extremely important to him.

"I'm shocked," said Gelencser after the win. "My dream [was] to win a gold bracelet. This means everything to a poker player. It is the best accomplishment in poker."

The seven-handed final table began under the control of four-time WSOP bracelet winner David Chiu with Gelencser in second. Chiu's lead diminished rather quickly and eventually he would fall to Don McNamara holding an 8-7 low to McNamara's 8-6 low. Gelencser was the underdog when heads-up play began but hitting "Number One" (the best hand) shortly afterward propelled him to the chip lead and eventually, the bracelet.

Notable finishers from Event 7 include Farzad Bonyadi (ninth), David Baker (11th) and Ted Forrest (12th).

Below are the complete results of Event 7 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 7: limit deuce-to-seven triple draw lowball
Buy-in: $2,500
Entries: 291
Prize pool: $669,300
Players in the money: 30

1. Peter Gelencser ($180,730)
2. Raphael Zimmerman ($111,686)
3. Don Mcnamara ($73,803)
4. David Chiu ($50,157)
5. Jameson Painter ($34,843)
6. Leonard Martin ($24,723)
7. Shunjiro Uchida ($17,903)
8. Tad Jurgens ($17,903)
9. Farzad Bonyadi ($13,232)
10. Pat Poels ($13,232)
11. David Baker ($9,972)
12. Ted Forrest ($9,972)
13. Steven Mcloughlin ($7,663)
14. Christopher Fargis ($7,663)
15. Eli Elezra ($7,663)
16. Jordan Siegel ($7,663)
17. Allen Kessler ($7,663)
18. Alex Balandin ($7,663)
19. Christopher Mchugh ($6,063)
20. Greg Mueller ($6,063)
21. Alicia Spencer ($6,063)
22. Jesse Garfinkel ($6,063)
23. Hoyt Corkins ($6,063)
24. Ilya Bulychev ($6,063)
25. Daniel Fuhs ($4,798)
26. Raymond Davis ($4,798)
27. Jon Turner ($4,798)
28. Clayton Newman ($4,798)
29. Dallas Flowers ($4,798)
30. David Singer ($4,798)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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