World Heads-Up Poker Championship
Number of Entries: 392
Total Prize Money: $1,842,400
Date of Tournament: June 19-21, 2007
WSOP GOLD BRACELET WINNER
EVENT # 31 – DAN SCHREIBER
The winner of the $5,000 buy-in World Heads-Up Poker Championship was Daniel Schreiber, a 21-year-old student from Seoul, South Korea.
The final match pitted Schreiber against Las Vegas poker pro Mark Muchnik. In the best two-out-of three series, Schreiber won both matches for the sweep. The first match took 79 hands. The second match was much shorter, lasting just 11 hands.
First place paid $425,594. Remarkably for Schreiber, this was his first tournament cash ever, at the WSOP or any other poker event.
With the win, Schreiber made poker history. He became the fifth-youngest WSOP gold bracelet winner in history. At the time of his win, he was just eight days short of his 22nd birthday.
The heads-up tournament was much different logistically than conventional poker events. With players sitting face to face with a dealer in-between them, the vast tournament arena more closely resembled a series of chess matches than poker games. This tournament attracted 392 entries, the largest heads-up hold’em event in history.