It is amazing what a good night's rest can do for a person. In the case of Nikolaus Teichert, it could very well have been the difference of almost $300,000, not to mention a gold bracelet.
Late last night, Teichert and Vincent Maglio were tangled in a heads-up battle that extended beyond the scheduled ten levels of Day 3 play in the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event. When given the option to keep going, Teichert said he wanted to go home and come back fresh today. At the time, he held the chip lead over Maglio, but Maglio was picking up pots, cheered on by a supportive rail.
After a good night's sleep, Teichert and Maglio returned to the felt and , in a little less than an hour, Teichert managed to finish off his opponent, winning the bracelet as well as one of the biggest paydays of the summer, worth $730,736. Maglio collected an impressive $452,008 for his runner-up finish.
The win is the latest in the late rush of European players this summer trying to challenge the onslaught of North American winners that has been positively dominating this series.
Event 56, a $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, drew 1,736 players generating a hefty prize pool of $2,949,400. Each of the top 198 players finished in the money. Two of the most notable players to finish in the money were 2011 Main Event champion Pius Heinz (112th) and 2012 Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia (35th). For Heinz, this marks his third time to cash in a WSOP-related event since his victory. For Sylvia it marks the sixth time. Other notables to finish in the money but short of the final table include Lee Childs (190th), Erik Seidel (170th), Tripp Kirk (122nd), Nick Jivkov (120th), Blair Hinkle (117th), Amit Makhija (95th), Matt Stout (52nd) and Jonathan Tamayo (23rd).The final table included one gold bracelet holder in two-time winner Josh Arieh. Arieh's two WSOP victories combined with his third place run in the 2005 WSOP Main Event and more than $3.8 million in career earningsmade him easily the most experienced player at the final table. His run at bracelet number three came up short when he moved all-in holding on a board. Maglio quickly called with for the nuts straight. Arieh never improved and exited the tournament fifth for $164,768.
As we near the Main Event, the trend of international final table line-ups continued with Event 56, which had players from Britain, France, Russia, Germany, and the United States all in the line-up.Here's a look at the rest of the final table results from the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Event:1st: Nikolaus Teichert - $730,7362nd: Vincent Maglio - $452,0083rd: Dan Owen - $312,5164th: Sergey Lebedev - $225,3925th: Josh Arieh - $164,7686th: Kirill Rabtsov - $122,0367th: Nicolas Faure - $91,5868th: Sebastien Comel - $69,6279th: Nicolas Levi - $53,593
An in-depth profile and interview with the latest gold bracelet winner is available on WSOP.com.