Aaron Steury wins WSOP #17 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
The WSOP's Event #17, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. found its winner last night, as Aaron Steury overcame a field of 963 runners to claim his first golden bracelet. Steury collected $289,283 for the win.
The 42nd annual World Series of Poker continue to crown new world champions, with 24-year-old online pro Aaron Steury being the newest player to claim his career's first golden bracelet.
Steury entered Event #17, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Championship on Friday night, and went on to conquer a strong field of 963 runners before he could be celebrated as the series' latest winner on Sunday evening.
Before that, Steury had fought his way to the top by defeating a number of former bracelet winners in the starting line-up, including players such as Todd Brunson
, Eli Elezra, Layne Flack, Allen Bari, David Chiu and Max Pescatori.
When he finally reached heads-up play and the last levels of the tournament, he would face yet another bracelet holder, Michael Chow from Hawaii, who last year won the $1,500 Omaha High-Low Split event.
Chow would however be denied his second bracelet in the duel with Steury, who took home the win after a final hand of Stud-8, bringing the event to an end after five hours of final table play.
Steury was quick to comment on his achievement via his Twitter
following the win, saying "I am completely overjoyed, I can't thank you guys enough for the outpouring of support I received."
The young pro, who had made close to $100,000 in his career before entering the event, will now take home $289,283 for his biggest victory to date, whereas Chow bagged $178,691 for his runner-up finish.
Third place went to Adam Friedman, who earned $121,436, followed by Jonathan Tamayo in fourth for $84,516.
Team PokerStars pro Victor Ramdin
also made a decent cash, coming in in ninth place for $18,577, while Todd Brunson, Eli Elezra, Ylon Schwarz and Andre Akkari also all made in-the-money finishes.