Ian Gordon Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event 43
NEWS FLASH:  Ian Gordon Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event 43

Montana Poker Pro Gallops Away with H.O.R.S.E. Championship

Ian Gordon was the winner of the $10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. World Championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker.  This marked his first career WSOP gold bracelet victory, following several notable online wins and cashes.  Gordon earned a well-deserved, and some might say surprising breakthrough victory.  He collected $611,666 in prize money.

Gordon is a 24-year-old poker pro.  He attended Washington State University before starting to play poker full-time about two years ago.  Gordon, from the poker-centric town of Missoula, MT arrived at the final table of the H.O.R.S.E. championship with the thinnest resume among the final eight players.  But in the end, it was Gordon who ginned the win.

The runner up was Richard Ashby, who won his first gold bracelet just two weeks ago.  He was poised to become the sixth British victory at this year’s series, which would have padded the U.K.’s existing record for most wins by any country in a single year, other than the host nation.  The U.K. remains in a holding pattern with five wins in 2010.  The second-place consolation prize in this tournament amounted to a very respectable $378,027 for Ashby.

The tournament's top 24 finishers collected prize money.  The final table included two former WSOP gold bracelet winners – Richard Ashby (1 win) and Nick Schulman (1 win).

Aside from those who made the final table, former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Scott Fischman (10th), Steve Billirakis (11th), Michael Chow (13th), Johnny “World” Hennigan (14th), Robert Mizrachi (17th), Todd Brunson (18th), Scotty Nguyen (19th), and Abe Mosseri (22nd).

Ten of the 24 players who cashed in this tournament were previous gold bracelet winners.

Former gold bracelet winner Johnny “World” Hennigan who finished in 14th place, won the 2008 Ante Up For Africa event.  

1998 World Poker Champion Scotty Nguyen cashed in 19th place.  Nguyen also won the $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. World Championship in 2008.  Had he won this tournament, he would have become the first two-time H.O.R.S.E. champion in WSOP history.

A full report of this event will be posted shortly.

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