Commentary

Great call leads Steury to HORSE victory

Updated: June 13, 2011, 12:46 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Earning the victory in a World Series of Poker HORSE event requires a player to be more than just proficient at five games. Aaron Steury, the champion of the $1,500 HORSE event at the 2011 WSOP, proved to all non-believers that he was legit with one simple call. Three-handed and with all the pressure of a bracelet on the line, Steury called Adam Friedman with queen-high in hold 'em after Friedman had called all of Steury's bets through the turn and then fired out the river. When Friedman tabled nine-high for a busted draw, Steury had all the confidence he needed and was on the way to grabbing his first WSOP bracelet.

"I thought there was a pretty good chance I had the best hand," he said. "I was right and I was confident the rest of the tournament. I was spot on. That was the turning point."

Throughout the final table, Steury was making all kinds of hero calls with most of them being correct. The 24-year-old poker pro from Indiana finished 14th in the $3,000 HORSE event in 2009 and now has nine WSOP cashes. He earned $289,283 for the victory, the largest pay day of his career.

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WSOP Aaron Steury, 24, won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 HORSE event.

The field of 963 players in the HORSE event was one of the largest the WSOP has seen in this particular game. However, the champion didn't view the quantity as quality.

"This is one of the softest WSOP fields," he said after the win. "There are a lot of people who do not know what they are doing. As you would expect, Day 1 was easier, then Day 2 got a bit tougher, and then Day 3 was very tough."

Among his tough competition on Day 3 was "The Original" David Baker, Michael Chow, Friedman, Denis Ethier and Jonathan Tamayo, who all made the final table. Out of that group, only Chow and Ethier had WSOP bracelets to their name. Chow ended up as runner-up in the event for his second cash of the 2011 series. He previously finished 13th in the $10,000 Omaha high-low split event and was also 13th in the $10,000 HORSE event a year ago.

Baker, perhaps one of the best players without a bracelet, finished seventh. This was his 22nd WSOP cash and third in HORSE. He has five WSOP final tables and $947,587 in WSOP earnings. He also finished 17th in the 2010 WSOP main event. Tamayo, who finished 21st in the 2009 WSOP main event, was eliminated in fourth.

Other notable finishers included 2009 $50,000 HORSE champion David Bach, Victor Ramdin (ninth), Todd Brunson (19th), Eli Elezra (21st) and Pat Pezzin (28th).

Below are the complete results of Event 17 at the 2011 World Series of Poker:

Event 17: HORSE
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 963
Prize pool: $1,300,050
Players in the money: 96

1. Aaron Steury ($289,283)
2. Michael Chow ($178,691)
3. Adam Friedman ($121,437)
4. Jonathan Tamayo ($84,516)
5. Ron Ware ($60,036)
6. Denis Ethier ($43,512)
7. David Baker ($32,150)
8. Paolo Compagno ($24,219)
9. Victor Ramdin ($18,577)
10. Tristan Clemencon ($18,577)
11. David Arsht ($14,521)
12. Scott Lake ($14,521)
13. Drew Boyett ($11,557)
14. David Bach ($11,557)
15. Josh Schlein ($9,360)
16. Michael Horowitz ($9,360)
17. Kevin Marcus ($7,709)
18. Nicholas Kost ($7,709)
19. Todd Brunson ($7,709)
20. Ken Lennaard ($7,709)
21. Eli Elezra ($7,709)
22. Andrew Prock ($7,709)
23. Timothy Sullivan ($7,709)
24. Allen Green ($7,709)
25. Farzad Rouhani ($6,461)
26. Trai Dang ($6,461)
27. Yosh Nakano ($6,461)
28. Pat Pezzin ($6,461)
29. Julien Renard ($6,461)
30. Ken Aldridge ($6,461)
31. John D'Agostino ($6,461)
32. Ben Tang ($6,461)
33. Ylon Schwartz ($5,512)
34. Mikhail Savinov ($5,512)
35. Brett Jungblut ($5,512)
36. Kyle Loman ($5,512)
37. Justin Schwartz ($5,512)
38. William Adler ($5,512)
39. Owais Ahmed ($5,512)
40. Richard Tatalovich ($5,512)
41. Cody Munger ($4,771)
42. Eric Rodawig ($4,771)
43. Kerry Knoll ($4,771)
44. Alexander Schwartz ($4,771)
45. Andre Akkari ($4,771)
46. Yuval Bronshtein ($4,771)
47. Timothy Chappell ($4,771)
48. Layne Flack ($4,771)
49. Lyle Berman ($4,199)
50. Edward Espino ($4,199)
51. Alexander Kostritsyn ($4,199)
52. Max Pescatori ($4,199)
53. Keith Correll ($4,199)
54. Stephen Su ($4,199)
55. Cyndy Violette ($4,199)
56. Ian Hiaring ($4,199)
57. Aaron Duczak ($3,757)
58. Ryan Hughes ($3,757)
59. Matthew Stenger ($3,757)
60. Jason Mencher ($3,757)
61. Jeanne David ($3,757)
62. Kathryn Bohrer ($3,757)
63. Andrew Yeh ($3,757)
64. Parviz Razavian ($3,757)
65. Ronald Mcmillan ($3,419)
66. Daniel Colpoys ($3,419)
67. Andrew Barber ($3,419)
68. Bob Lauria ($3,419)
69. Svetlana Gromenkova ($3,419)
70. Danny Scott ($3,419)
71. Sebastien Sabic ($3,419)
72. Samuel Ngai ($3,419)
73. Dustin Leary ($3,146)
74. Jack Rosenfeldt ($3,146)
75. William Smith ($3,146)
76. Kyle Miaso ($3,146)
77. Austin Marks ($3,146)
78. Allen Bari ($3,146)
79. Steven Burkholder ($3,146)
80. Dennis Brent ($3,146)
81. David Miscikowski ($2,899)
82. Dale Phillips ($2,899)
83. Ivo Donev ($2,899)
84. Matthew Solberg ($2,899)
85. Jose Razocabrera ($2,899)
86. Roy Shimada ($2,899)
87. Jason Tackitt ($2,899)
88. Frank Remington ($2,899)
89. Zachary Bush ($2,899)
90. Russ Salzer ($2,899)
91. Marshia Shutt ($2,899)
92. Joseph Stanski ($2,899)
93. David Chiu ($2,899)
94. Sokchheka Philpott ($2,899)
95. I Alexander Freitez ($2,899)
96. Alexander Dovzhenko ($2,899)

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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