05/24/14 02:45:14 PM PST
Dominik Nitsche Wins National Championship, $352,800 and 2014's First Bracelet
It took Dominik Nitsche just five hours to best the final six players in the 2014 WSOP National Championship Saturday on Atlantic City's famed Boardwalk. The victory earns Nitsche his second career gold bracelet along with a $352,800 first prize.
On top of these accolades, Nitsche, who hails from Germany, became not only the first European to make the National Championship final table, but the first $10,000 WSOP Player of the Year qualifier to claim the bracelet.
Nitsche outlasted a tough final table that included fellow gold bracelet winners Matthew Ashton and the eventual runner-up Athanasios Polychronopoulos. Representing the Circuit at the six-handed ESPN finale were Christopher Bibb, who finished 15th in this event last year, and two-time ring winner Andrew Robinson. One of the most colorful characters among the final six was WSOP.com online qualifer Tracy Doss. Doss earned his berth in an online freeroll and parlayed it into an $86,461 score.
Final table results:
1st: Dominic Nitsche - $352,800
2nd: Athanasios Polychronopoulos - $218,056
3rd: Matthew Ashton - $157,399
4th: Christopher Bibb - $115,655
5th: Tracy Doss - $86,461
6th: Andrew Robinson - $65,734
7th: Ylon Schwartz - $50,816
8th: Jeffrey Gunnip - $39,917
9th: Sean Lippel - $31,865
Full results available under the Results tab.
The 2014 WSOP National Championship began with 126 players jockeying for WSOP glory. The elite player pool was comprised of the Circuit’s top performers and WSOP.com online qualifiers who were all freerolled in the event. Additionally, each of the top 100 WSOP POY point leaders were permitted to buy in for $10,000. Notables to exercise their option to buy-in included Loni Harwood, Ryan Riess and Greg Merson, the latter of whom went on to finish 15th.
The six-handed final table played out on Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk under the Jersey sun and the action was filmed by ESPN set to air later this summer. Stay tuned for full broadcast announcements. With its conclusion, our time at Bally’s Atlantic City is done, but WSOP action starts up again Tuesday with the first of 65 gold bracelet events set for the 2014 Las Vegas series.
Congratulations, Dom and see you next week!
05/24/14 02:35:24 PM PST
Hand #113 Dominik Nitsche Wins the WSOP National Championship
Dominik Nitsche raises to 70,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos reraises to 190,000. Dominik Nitsche announces he is all-in and Polychronopoulos gives a nod and calls.
Polychronopoulos has the best of it with to Nitsche's , that is, until the flop comes , giving Nitsche a pair of eights and the advantage in the hand.
Nitsche stays out front as the turn brings the . The river comes and the pair of eights hold to give Nitsche his second career gold bracelet and the title of WSOP National Champion.
05/24/14 02:31:15 PM PST
Hand #111: Dominik Nitsche
Dominik Nitsche raises to 70,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos calls. The flop comes . Polychronopoulos checks, Nitsche bets 70,000, and Polychronopoulos calls.
The turn is the and both players check.
The river brings the and Polychronopoulos checks again. Nitsche bets 250,000 and Polychronopoulos takes some time before folding.
Dominik Nitsche - 2,640,000
Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 1,140,000
05/24/14 02:27:41 PM PST
Hand #110: Dominik Nitsche Takes Back the Chip Lead
Athanasios Polychronopoulos raises to 70,000 and Dominik Nitsche calls.
The flop comes and Nitsche checks. Polychronopoulos bets 100,000 and Nitsche calls.
The turn brings the and Nitsche bets 185,000. Polychronopoulos raises, making it 420,000 to play. Nietsche calls.
The river comes and Nitsche checks. Polychronopoulos bets 300,000. Nitsche calls.
Polychronopoulos shows for a bluff and Nitsche takes the pot with for two pair, sevens and fives.
Dominik Nitsche - 2,595,000
Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 1,185,000
05/24/14 02:21:48 PM PST
Hand #107: Athanasios Polychronopoulos Double Thru Dominik Nietsche
Dominik Nietsche raises to 70,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos calls. The flop comes and Polychronopoulos checks. Nietsche bets 70,000, then Polychronopoulos check-raises to 180,000. Nietsche announces he is all-in and Polychronopoulos calls.
Nietsche holds for a flush draw, while Polychronopoulos holds for top pair.
The turn brings the , keeping Polychronopoulos out front. The river seals the deal for Polychronopoulos, who has doubled his way into the chip lead.
Athansios Polychronopoulos - 2,080,000
Dominik Nietsche - 1,700,000
05/24/14 02:17:48 PM PST
Hand #106: Dominik Nietsche
Athanasios Polychronopoulos raises to 70,000 and Dominik Nietsche calls. The flop comes and both players check. The turn brings the , Nietsche bets 100,000, and Polychronopoulos calls. The river is the and both players check.
Nietsche shows for the nut flush and takes the pot.
Dominik Nietsche - 2,780,000
Athanasios Polychronopoulos - 1,000,000
05/24/14 02:14:43 PM PST
Hand #103: Athanasios Polychronopoulos
Dominik Nietsche raises to 70,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos reraises to 190,000. Nietsche folds and Polychronopoulos takes the pot.
05/24/14 02:13:38 PM PST
Hand #102: Athanasios Polychronopoulos
Dominik Nietsche raises to 70,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos calls. The flop comes J-8-3, Polychronopoulos bets, Nietsche folds, and Polychronopoulos takes the pot.
05/24/14 02:11:03 PM PST
Hand #98: Athanasios Polychronopoulos
Dominik Nietsche raises to 70,000 and Athanasios Polychronopoulos calls. The flop comes and both players check. The turn brings the and Polychronopoulos checks again. Nietsche bets 75,000, Polychronopoulos folds, and Nietsche takes the pot.