NEWS FLASH:   David Warga Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event 27

Arizona Poker Pro Proves to be a Stud in Stud/8


David Warga was the winner of the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker.  This marked Warga’s first career WSOP gold bracelet victory in an open event.  He actually owns two gold bracelets now, having won the WSOP Casino Employees Championship in 2002.  This victory paid $208,682, which was his biggest poker payday ever.

Warga is a 41-year-old former real estate investor-turned poker pro.  He lives in Chandler, AZ.  

The runner up was Maxwell Troy, a professional poker player from Los Angeles, CA.  He plays daily at the Commerce Casino, mostly in Stud games.  Second place paid $129,253.
 
The third place finisher was longtime tournament veteran, David Levi -- and Israeli-born poker pro from Las Vegas, NV.  With his third-place cash, Levi crossed the half-million dollar mark in career WSOP winnings.

The top 64 finishers collected prize money.  Former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Andre Boyer, Vince Burgio, Brandon Cantu, Scott Clements, Phil Ivey, Chris Reslock, James Richburg, Blair Rodman, and David Varga.

Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split was the first "split" game ever to be played at the WSOP, when it was first introduced 32 years ago.  In 1976, Doc Green became the first Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split World Champion.  Interestingly, he won $12,750 for first place that year, which is less than half what the middle of the payout scale earned in this year's event.

Since 1976, the list of event winners reads like a "Who's Who" of poker.  Past winners include – Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese, Mickey Appleman, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Max Stern, Men "the Master" Nguyen, Mike Sexton, Artie Cobb, Vince Burgio, Cyndy Violette, Rich Korbin, Eli Elezra, and Jeffrey Lisandro.

In 1986, this game was inexplicably omitted from the WSOP schedule.  After some protest by Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split enthusiasts, it was reinstituted and has been included on the poker menu every year.  Since 1995, every WSOP has included at least two Eight-or-Better events. This year's WSOP schedule includes two Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split tournaments – the $10,000 buy-in World Championship completed earlier and this $1,500 buy-in event.

No player in WSOP history has ever won more than one gold bracelet in this game.

A full report of this event will be posted shortly.

For official tournament results and additional details, please CLICK HERE.