Chris Dombrowski won the latest World Series of Poker event at the Rio in Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old poker pro topped the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament listed as Event 30.  He collected $346,332 in prize money.  Dombrowski also won is first career gold bracelet.

Dombrowski is certainly no stranger to success at the poker table, either in a live setting or online.  By 2009, he was already among the top performers and earners in the online world.  However, following the restrictions of so-called Black Friday, Dombrowski has been playing more live poker as well as going abroad to play online.  He calls Tampa, FL his home, but he's more likely to be found at a major tournament or linked to a computer somewhere in Canada.

This marked Dombrowski's 16th time to cash at the WSOP.  He's also cashed a few times on the WSOP Circuit, including a third-placing showing in an event held at Harvey's Lake Tahoe.

However, Dombrowksi is accustomed to playing for high stakes and making big scores online.  He's pocketed six-figure wins multiple times, a background he says helped him maintain focus while playing at a WSOP final table for the first time.

Prior to playing poker for a living full time, Dombrowski was a college student at the University of South Carolina.  He loves what he does and insists he's in the game to stay.  When asked if he plans to be playing poker for a living ten years from now, he replied “I hope so!”

No doubt, as long as he keeps booking $346K wins and winning gold bracelets, Dombrowski can enjoy living life on his own terms.


Name:  Chris Domrowski
Current Residence:  Tampa, FL (USA)
Birthplace:  Southington, CT (USA)
Age:  26
Marital Status:  Single
Children:  None
Occupation:  Professional Poker Player
Former Occupation:  College Student (University of South Carolina)
WSOP Cashes (including this event):  16
First WSOP Cash (year):  2008
WSOP Final Table Appearances:  1
WSOP Wins (with this victory):  1
WSOP Career Earnings:  $438,938


WSOP:  How does it feel to win your first WSOP gold bracelet?
Dombrowski:  It's surreal.  I've been dreaming about this since I first started coming out here six years ago.  To finally get it done is great.

WSOP:  Could you have imagined you would top a 2,108-player field?
Dombrowski:  No.  I've played a lot of these over the past five years.  I had never made a final table.  Every time I entered one of these it seemed like such a long shot.  But I finally got one.

WSOP:  How familiar were you with your opponents at this final table?
Dombrowski:  I came in middle of the pack.  I really was not familiar with the players that much, but I had played with about half of them during the tournament.  I had a big disadvantage because both of the chip leaders were on my left and both were really good players, but I ran pretty well.

WSOP:  How did the heads-up part go?
Dombrowski:   I've played a lot of heads up over the years.  We had a good battle but in the end I just caught some cards.

WSOP:  What was the key to winning for you?
Dombrowski:   I won a lot of coin flips.  It was nerve wracking, but it worked out well.

WSOP:  How do you plan to celebrate this win?  
Dombrowski:  Play some more tournaments.