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Polychronopoulos pockets WSOP gold

Updated: July 7, 2011, 12:48 AM ET
By Gary Wise | Special To ESPN.com

The good news is you're not the one announcing the winner's name anytime soon.

Players with all manner of names entered and were eliminated from Event 48, a $1,500 no-limit hold 'em event. When the dust settled though, it was the man with the longest name in the history of WSOP bracelet winners who stood tall. Athanasios Polychronopoulos of Southampton, NY is your champion.

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PokerNews/WSOP Athanasios Polychronopoulos won Event 48 of the 2011 World Series of Poker.

Polychronopoulos, 27, has been playing poker professionally since 2003, with over $2 million in online tournament winnings to his credit. With the revelations of Black Friday, he's been off his online diet for almost three months. Apparently, that's given him some time to hone his live game.

Sporting just one live cash before the 2011 WSOP, Polychronopoulos made his second cash of the Series count. Outlasting a field of 2,713, he won $650,223 for surviving the four-day event. With less than $10,000 in live tournament earnings coming in, it's safe to say this victory represents a step forward for Polychronopoulos' live efforts.

Second place went to Canada's Simon Charette, who was notching his fifth cash of the 2011 WSOP. Despite making the money so often, Charette had only earned a total $42,588 in four previous cashes, so it's the $404,235 earnings for second place that define his as one of the more successful WSOP ventures this year.

Without question, the biggest name at the final table was Yevgeniy Timoshenko. For Timoshenko, the $206,348 he received for his fourth-place finish represented his second six-figure score of the 2011 WSOP. He previously finished second in the $25,000 no-limit hold 'em heads-up world championship. Timoshenko has accomplished a lot throughout his career and it won't be long until he'll be the one holding a bracelet

Other notable names in the money included Michael Demichele (25th), Alex Bolotin (42nd), Sorel Mizzi (32nd) and Howard Andrew (151st).

Below are the complete results of Event 48 at the 2011 World Series of Poker:

Event 48: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,713
Prize pool: $3,662,550
Players in the money: 270

1. Athanasios Polychronopoulos ($650,223)
2. Simon Charette ($404,235)
3. Peter Ippolito ($286,118)
4. Yevgeniy Timoshenko ($206,348)
5. Sebastian Winkler ($150,667)
6. Alexander Queen ($111,341)
7. Pius Heinz ($83,286)
8. Matt Stout ($63,032)
9. Sven Niklas Heinecker ($48,272)
10. Corey Burbick ($37,394)
11. Bodo Sbrzesny ($37,394)
12. Nicholas Lanzi ($37,394)
13. Brandon Becker ($29,300)
14. Daniel Lobato ($29,300)
15. Park Yu Cheung ($29,300)
16. Ashton Berner ($23,220)
17. Eugene Castro ($23,220)
18. Alex Smith ($23,220)
19. Neil Maier ($18,605)
20. Timothy Gallegos ($18,605)
21. Tanner Millen ($18,605)
22. Francois Billard ($18,605)
23. Vladimir Kochelaevskiy ($18,605)
24. Mike DeMichele ($18,605)
25. Jarrod Lucero ($18,605)
26. Paul Botelho ($18,605)
27. Marcus Cates ($18,605)
28. Bryan Pena ($15,089)
29. Marcos Palermo ($15,089)
30. Peter Mendelsohn ($15,089)
31. Mark Dumonski ($15,089)
32. Sorel Mizzi ($15,089)
33. Teresa Duck ($15,089)
34. Thomas Miller ($15,089)
35. Jason Seitz ($15,089)
36. Andrea Ambroggi ($15,089)
37. Joseph Cappuccio ($12,379)
38. Federico Stivoli ($12,379)
39. Dmitry Vitkind ($12,379)
40. Edward Fitzgerald ($12,379)
41. Mackenzie Fulton ($12,379)
42. Alex Bolotin ($12,379)
43. Stacee Evans ($12,379)
44. Paul Loh ($12,379)
45. Ricco Quintana ($12,379)
46. Yuji Masaki ($10,255)
47. Ben Lefew ($10,255)
48. Jonathan Little ($10,255)
49. Everett Carlton ($10,255)
50. Christopher Kolla ($10,255)
51. Brian Powell ($10,255)
52. Kelly Mcgowen ($10,255)
53. James Mackey ($10,255)
54. Tyler Robbins ($10,255)
55. Jeff Sluzinski ($8,570)
56. Cameron Wiley ($8,570)
57. Justin Conley ($8,570)
58. Luke Staudenmaier ($8,570)
59. Michael Michnik ($8,570)
60. Samuel Greenwood ($8,570)
61. Christian Gligmann ($8,570)
62. Steven Miller ($8,570)
63. Mark Cochran ($8,570)
64. Paul Obrien ($7,251)
65. Ricky Crandell ($7,251)
66. Billy Huynh ($7,251)
67. Kyle Myers ($7,251)
68. Wlodzimierz Panasiuk ($7,251)
69. Josh Tharayil ($7,251)
70. Devin Porter ($7,251)
71. Tor Welo ($7,251)
72. Alex Manzano ($7,251)
73. Michael Patterson ($6,189)
74. Steven Brown ($6,189)
75. Douglas Collins ($6,189)
76. Francois Cardinal ($6,189)
77. Chino Rheem ($6,189)
78. Andras Stumpf ($6,189)
79. Santosh Vijayakumar ($6,189)
80. Edmond Barna ($6,189)
81. Meg Bertini ($6,189)
82. Harry Bienenfeld ($5,347)
83. Christopher Ellis ($5,347)
84. Dane Lomas ($5,347)
85. Arkadiy Tsinis ($5,347)
86. Antoine Guyetant ($5,347)
87. Matthew Batoon ($5,347)
88. Mattia Orlandi ($5,347)
89. Christopher Gonzales ($5,347)
90. Boyd Plowman ($5,347)
91. Marco Bianquin ($4,651)
92. Kakra Kyei ($4,651)
93. William Speir ($4,651)
94. Preston Derden ($4,651)
95. Jason Drysdale ($4,651)
96. Roland Suen ($4,651)
97. Aleksandr Mozhnyakov ($4,651)
98. John Lawson ($4,651)
99. Francis Boothby ($4,651)
100. Natale Albanese ($4,102)
101. Saeed Ghasemimehr ($4,102)
102. Adam Bitker ($4,102)
103. Adolfo Pereira De Souza ($4,102)
104. Ilkin Amirov ($4,102)
105. William Romaine ($4,102)
106. Douglas Winters ($4,102)
107. Milad Jorshari ($4,102)
108. Zhen Cai ($4,102)
109. Lewis Hunter ($4,102)
110. Tom Christopher ($4,102)
111. Frederick Marcell ($4,102)
112. John Russo ($4,102)
113. Anna Marcie ($4,102)
114. Bruce Lentz ($4,102)
115. Anthony Gregg ($4,102)
116. Thoes Rippis ($4,102)
117. Rasmus Sibast ($4,102)
118. Anders Taylor ($4,102)
119. Stewart Yancik ($4,102)
120. Michael Ruane ($4,102)
121. Scott O'Reilly ($4,102)
122. Joseph James ($4,102)
123. Andreas Klatt ($4,102)
124. Scott Shelley ($4,102)
125. Charles Mitchell ($4,102)
126. Rob Harris ($4,102)
127. Geroge King ($4,102)
128. David Pecaski ($4,102)
129. Vagner Casatti ($4,102)
130. Jacob Bazely ($4,102)
131. Aneris Adomkevicius ($4,102)
132. Chris Dombrowski ($4,102)
133. Tam Nguyen ($4,102)
134. Laurence Houghton ($4,102)
135. William Dorey ($4,102)
136. Wai C Cheng ($3,662)
137. Roy Carter ($3,662)
138. N/A Mount ($3,662)
139. John Yatrakos ($3,662)
140. Timothy Tuveson ($3,662)
141. William Kakon ($3,662)
142. Thomas Nicotera ($3,662)
143. Garry Gates ($3,662)
144. Gioi Luong ($3,662)
145. Greg Jacobson ($3,662)
146. George Saca ($3,662)
147. Brian Burney ($3,662)
148. Jamie Kerstetter ($3,662)
149. Alvin Staana ($3,662)
150. Celso Garcia ($3,662)
151. Howard Andrew ($3,662)
152. Albert Furst ($3,662)
153. Galen Peiskee ($3,662)
154. Raul Pino Arza ($3,662)
155. Barry Mcfadden ($3,662)
156. Derek Gomez ($3,662)
157. Peter Rho ($3,662)
158. Jason Clarke ($3,662)
159. Vincent Chahley ($3,662)
160. Victor Haynes ($3,662)
161. Ronald Crabtree ($3,662)
162. David Singer ($3,662)
163. Donys Angelli ($3,662)
164. Alexander Kuzmin ($3,662)
165. Nichoel Peppe ($3,662)
166. Michael Bisutti ($3,662)
167. Belley Philippe ($3,662)
168. Rafael Kalife ($3,662)
169. Marvin Glusac ($3,662)
170. Alfred Stempien ($3,662)
171. Michael Brown ($3,662)
172. Evgeniy Zaytsev ($3,662)
173. Tim Schenning ($3,662)
174. Kenny Nguyen ($3,662)
175. Michael Ryan ($3,662)
176. Michele Koerner ($3,662)
177. Carlos Sanchez-Vegas ($3,662)
178. Matthew Amen ($3,662)
179. Leonard Tannenbaum ($3,662)
180. Pedro Maia ($3,662)
181. Gregory Nolin ($3,296)
182. Christopher MacNeil ($3,296)
183. Partick Eskandar ($3,296)
184. Simeon Sundelius ($3,296)
185. Phung Ngo ($3,296)
186. David Quang ($3,296)
187. Denis Murphy ($3,296)
188. Marc Foggin ($3,296)
189. Blake Purvis ($3,296)
190. Jorge Ortuzar ($3,296)
191. David Plastik ($3,296)
192. Frank Jordan ($3,296)
193. Dragan Galic ($3,296)
194. Yakir Elkayam ($3,296)
195. Maxwell Fritz ($3,296)
196. Jeremie Guez ($3,296)
197. Larry Mchale ($3,296)
198. Jean Ferreira ($3,296)
199. Ronan Collet ($3,296)
200. Lauren Kling ($3,296)
201. Christopher Hatton ($3,296)
202. David Cline ($3,296)
203. John Roh ($3,296)
204. Juan Caridad ($3,296)
205. Robert Nordine ($3,296)
206. Robert Flowers ($3,296)
207. Eoghan Odea ($3,296)
208. Matt Brady ($3,296)
209. Joshua Pollock ($3,296)
210. Marek Blasko ($3,296)
211. Joe Gotlieb ($3,296)
212. Chritopher Valenzuela ($3,296)
213. Bastian Blum ($3,296)
214. Richard Craig ($3,296)
215. Timothy Koester ($3,296)
216. Stefan Kolossow ($3,296)
217. Matthew Smith ($3,296)
218. Cameron Jiggins ($3,296)
219. Richard Fuller ($3,296)
220. Jacob Toole ($3,296)
221. Shankar Pillai ($3,296)
222. Sean LeFort ($3,296)
223. Andrew Barber ($3,296)
224. Randolph Lanosga ($3,296)
225. Vineet Pahuja ($3,296)
226. Gaylin Schmidt ($2,966)
227. Kelsey Hendricks ($2,966)
228. Charlie Xu ($2,966)
229. Johannes Karlsson ($2,966)
230. Daniele Karisson ($2,966)
231. Zachary Humphrey ($2,966)
232. Enoch Nadler ($2,966)
233. Jean Stpierre ($2,966)
234. Patrick Madden ($2,966)
235. Raphael Rocher ($2,966)
236. Nghi Van Tran ($2,966)
237. Robert Rosengarten ($2,966)
238. Michael Minetti ($2,966)
239. Michael Linn ($2,966)
240. John Baca ($2,966)
241. Kyle Frey ($2,966)
242. Stephanie Musella ($2,966)
243. Jason Brice ($2,966)
244. Raffaele Bruno ($2,966)
245. James English ($2,966)
246. Stanislav Kriventsov ($2,966)
247. James King ($2,966)
248. Timothy Slater ($2,966)
249. Johnny D'Silva ($2,966)
250. Sherry Ryan ($2,966)
251. Randy Burstein ($2,966)
252. Eric Place ($2,966)
253. Edward Ross ($2,966)
254. Motoyuki Mabuchi ($2,966)
255. Justin Truesdell ($2,966)
256. Alex Luxenburg ($2,966)
257. Steven Wapenaar ($2,966)
258. Inesa Paberzs ($2,966)
259. Dror Michaelo ($2,966)
260. Minh Nguyen ($2,966)
261. Xavier Laszcz ($2,966)
262. Benjamin Palmer ($2,966)
263. Todd Sisley ($2,966)
264. Shane Martin ($2,966)
265. Mario Hudson ($2,966)
266. Kevin To ($2,966)
267. Kevin McBride ($2,966)
268. John Buglion ($2,966)
269. Sergio Grosso ($2,966)
270. Christoph Kwon ($2,966)

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