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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 30, 2016 to Saturday, July 02, 2016

Event #52: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $3,000
  • Prizepool: $3,071,250
  • Entries: 1,125
  • Remaining: 0
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07/03/16 03:22:43 PM PST
 
Andrew Lichtenberger Wins the $3K No-Limit Hold'em Event
 


 

Before today, if were to log into WSOP.com and check out the player profile page for Andrew Lichtenberger, you would have undoubtedly hit the “refresh” button a few times.

It couldn’t be true that Lichtenberger, one of poker’s most-talented tournament grinders who has been playing at the WSOP since 2009, didn’t yet have a World Series of Poker gold bracelet.  That simply couldn’t have been true.

Well, it was true – until this day.

Lichtenberger finally won the WSOP victory that probably should have been his much earlier, by virtue of five previous final table appearances at the series, plus a runner-up finish back in 2009.

The 28-year-old professional poker player won the $3,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over four days and three nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas. 

Lichtenberger collected $569,158 in prize money, making this one of the biggest wins of his career.  While the player popularly known as “Lucky Chewy” had previously won a World Poker Tour title, this marked a personal milestone.  Lichtenberger also won a WSOP Circuit championship at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, back in 2010.

“It feels amazing to win this,” Lichtenberger said.  “I’ve been playing the World Series since 2009 and I’ve been watching it since I was a kid when I saw Chris Moneymaker win is – so it feels amazing.”

The long-overdue poker pro won his victory by coming out on top at a final table which included several tough foes – no one more determined than Craig Blight, who took the heads-up fight into an unscheduled fourth day of play.  The final moment of triumph came when Lichtenberger scooped the final pot of the tournament against the Sydney, Australia-based poker player, who finished as the runner up.  Blight collected a nice consolation prize amounting to $351,721.

“It was a really interesting mix of players, including a lot of cash game players,” Lichtenberger said when asked about this final table and how it compared with previous experiences playing under considerably more pressure than normal.  “So, it was fascinating to see the dynamics of how the cash game pros mixed with the tournament pros that are used to this kind of experience.  But the cash game players did really well.”

Lichtenberger is originally from New York City.  He lived on Long Island for a time, before settling down in Las Vegas.  However, Lichtenberger’s real home is on the road most of the year, playing in tournaments around the country, and sometimes abroad.  Aside from lots of playing experience and a mastery of tournament strategy, Lichtenberger also credits his healthy lifestyle and adherence to nutrition to providing an edge, particularly in a game where outcomes are decided by thin margins.

“Nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive attitude were all integral factors in my victory today,” Lichtenberger said.  “Without adopting these choices, I wouldn’t be here. The human body is simple, but also very deep in its workings.  To sit (playing) for so many hours and not nourish it, you’re going give yourself more difficulty when the crucial moments come.  So, just by doing what I do, I was able to make good decisions that really mattered today.”

This tourney attracted 1,125 entrants which created a prize pool totaling more than $3 million.  The top 169 finishers collected prize money.

This was the 52nd official event on this year’s schedule.  This leaves 17 gold bracelet events still to go in what promises to be the biggest and most exciting WSOP ever.

Aside from the winner, here’s the list of top finishers who made the final table:

Second Place:  Craig Blight (Sydney, Australia) -- $351,721

Third Place: 
Chris Johnson (Las Vegas, NV) -- $249,336

Fourth Place:  Mac Sohrabi (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) -- $179,015

Fifth Place:  Linglin Zeng (Lincoln, NE) -- $130,191

Sixth Place:  Erhan Iscan (San Diego, CA) -- $95,925

Seventh Place:  Thomas Miller (E. Hampton, NY) -- $71,617

Eighth Place:  Roger Teska (New Carlisle, IN) -- $54,190

Ninth Place:  Daniel Wagner (West Hollywood, CA) -- $41,563

07/03/16 01:38:07 PM PST
 
Hand #178: Andrew Lichtenberger Wins the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em for His First Bracelet ($569,158)
 



Andrew Lichtenberger wins his first WSOP bracelet

Andrew Lichtenberger limps from the button and Craig Blight checks his option.

The flop is     and Blight checks. Lichtenberger bets 300,000, Blight check-raises to 800,000, and Lichtenberger calls.

The turn is the  . Blight checks, Lichtenberger bets 1,200,000, and Blight tanks for about two minutes before he calls.

The river is the   and Blight checks. Lichtenberger bets, effectively, 5,525,000, sending Blight into the tank. Blight stand up, sits down, and agonizes over the decision for about four minutes before he calls.


Craig Blight sees Lichtenberg's turned straight

Lichtenberger tables    for the nut straight and Blight groans, seeing he has been defeated. His hand is revealed,    for a defeated two pair, ending his tournament in second place for $351,721.

Andrew Lichtenberger wins his first World Series of Poker bracelet and a first-place prize of $569,158!

07/03/16 01:25:53 PM PST
 
Hand #177: Andrew Lichtenberger
 

Craig Blight raises to 450,000 from the button and Andrew Lictenberger calls from the big blind.

They check to the river of a       board where Lichtenberger bets 700,000. Blight folds.

07/03/16 01:16:50 PM PST
 
Hand #176: Craig Blight
 

Andrew Lichtenberger calls from the small blind and Craig Blight checks. 

The flop is     and both players check. The turn is the   and the two check again. The river is the  . Blight checks, Lichtenberger bets 240,000 and Blight calls. Lichtenberger announces "Seven," and Blight quickly shows    to win the pot.

07/03/16 01:15:51 PM PST
 
Hand #175: Andrew Lichtenberger
 

 

Andrew Lichtenberger

Craig Blight raises to 450,000 from the button and Andrew Lichtenberger calls from the big blind.

The flop is    . Lichtenberger checks, Blight bets 475,000 and Lichtenberger calls.

The two players check down the   turn and   river, and Lichtenberg shows    to win the pot.

07/03/16 01:14:53 PM PST
 
Hand #174: Craig Blight
 

Andrew Lichtenberger limps from the small blind and Craig Blight checks his option.

The flop is     and both players check.

The two players check again on the   turn. The river is the  . Lichtenberger checks and Blight bets 240,000. Lichtenberger calls and shows   . However, Blight shows    and wins the pot with trip threes. 

07/03/16 01:13:49 PM PST
 
Hand #173: Craig Blight
 

Craig Blight raises to 325,000. Andrew Lichtenberger calls. 

The flop is    . Lichtenberger checks, Blight bets 400,000, and Lichtenberger calls.

The turn is the  . Lichtenberger checks, Blight bets 650,000, and his opponent folds.

07/03/16 01:13:09 PM PST
 
Hand #172: Craig Blight
 

Andrew Lichtenberger raises to 375,000. Craig Blight calls.

The flop is     and both players check.

The turn is the   and Blight leads for 350,000. Lichtenberger calls. The river is the   and this time Blight bets 400,000, and Lichtenberger folds.

07/03/16 01:12:12 PM PST
 
Hand #171: Craig Blight
 

Craig Blight raises to 325,000. Andrew Lichtenberger calls. 

The flop is    . Lichtenberger checks, Blight bets 350,000 and Lichtenberger folds.

07/03/16 01:11:40 PM PST
 
Hand #170: Craig Blight
 
Craig Blight gets a walk in the big blind.
07/03/16 01:09:20 PM PST
 
Hand #169: Craig Blight
 

Craig Blight raises to 320,000 from the button and Andrew Lichtenberger calls from the big blind.

The flop is     and Lichtenberger checks. Blight bets 350,000 and Lichtenberger calls.

Both players check the   turn and   river.

Lichtenberger shows    for a pair of fives, but Blight tables    for a pair of jacks to win the pot.

Craig Blight - 6,515,000 (40 bb)
Andrew Lichtenberger - 10,350,000 (65 bb)

07/03/16 01:07:16 PM PST
 
Hand #168: Andrew Lichtenberger
 

Andrew Lichtenberger limps from the button and Craig Blight checks his option.

They check to the turn of an      board where Blight checks. Lichtenberger bets 240,000 and Blight folds.

07/03/16 01:06:27 PM PST
 
Hand #167: Andrew Lichtenberger
 

Craig Blight raises to 400,000 from the button and Andrew Lichtenberger calls from the big blind.

The flop is    . Lichtenberger checks, Blight bets 400,000, and Lichtenberger calls.

The turn is the   and both players check.

The river is the   and Lichtenberger bets 800,000. Blight folds.

07/03/16 01:05:03 PM PST
 
Hand #166: Andrew Lichtenberger
 

Andrew Lichtenberger limps from the button and Craig Blight checks his option.

They check to the turn of a      board where Blight bets 225,000. Lichtenberger calls.

The river is the  . Blight checks, Lichtenberger bets 400,000, and Blight folds.

07/03/16 01:02:17 PM PST
 
Hand #165: Craig Blight
 

Craig Blight raises to 400,000 from the button and Andrew Lichtenberger calls from the big blind.

The flop is     and Lichtenberger checks. Blight bets 400,000 and Lichtenberger calls.

Both players check the   turn and   river.

Blight shows    for a pair of eights and wins the pot.

07/03/16 01:00:50 PM PST
 
Hand #164: Andrew Lichtenberger
 
Andrew Lichtenberger raises to 375,000 from the button and Craig Blight folds his big blind.
07/03/16 12:59:48 PM PST
 
Hand #163: Craig Blight
 

Craig Blight raises to 400,000 from the button and Andrew Lichtenberger calls.

The flop is     and Lichtenberger checks to Blight, who bets 300,000. Lichtenberger folds.

07/03/16 12:50:28 PM PST
 
Hand #162: Craig Blight
 

 
Craig Blight after rivering Broadway

Andrew Lichtenberger limps and Craig Blight checks his big blind.

The flop is    . Blight checks, Lichtenberger bets 160,000 and Blight calls. The turn is the  . Blight checks again and Lichtenberger bets 480,000. Blight calls.

The river is the   and Blight leads for 1,000,000. Lichtenberger calls and Blight shows    for a rivered straight.

Craig Blight - 6,165,000 (38 bb)
Andrew Lichtenberger - 10,700,000 (67 bb)

07/03/16 12:48:30 PM PST
 
Hand #161: Craig Blight
 
Craig Blight raises to 400,000 and Andrew Lichtenberger calls. The flop is    . Lichtenberg checks, Blight bets 350,000, and Lichtenberger folds.
07/03/16 12:47:56 PM PST
 
Hand #160: Craig Blight
 
Andrew Lichtenberger limps and Craig Blight raises to 510,000. Lichtenberger folds.
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