David Olson is the latest gold bracelet winner at the 2014 World Series of Poker. The 27-year-old professional poker player originally from Detroit topped an elite field of 122 players in the $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em championship event. He collected $303,909 in prize money in addition to his first gold bracelet.
"Yeah, this is what you play for as a poker pro," Olson said moments after winning. "This means a lot to me."
Olson wasn’t among the early favorites when final table play commenced on the third of three playing days. He ranked below average in chips, blending into a field crowded with talented opponents. However, Olson managed to seize the chip lead when play reached three handed and then steamrolled over his last two opponents on the way to his most satisfying career victory.
Olson’s best previous showing in a major tournament had been a second-place finish back in 2011 at the WSOP Circuit championship played at Bossier City, Louisiana. However, this triumph shattered all other finishes up to this point, catapulting Olson into the select club of gold bracelet winners. Oddly enough, Olson almost didn't enter this event.
"I actually flew in to play in the Monster [stack] tournament," Olson said. "I wasn't going to play this, but my friends talked me into it. I'm glad I did. It was a last minute thing."
The champion is originally from Michigan. He attended college and then moved to Dallas. Olson currently lives in the Denver area. He specializes in cash games and doesn't play many tournaments.
"With tournaments, you are bound to go deep if you play in enough of them," Olson explained. "But cash games are different. I think the best players usually are cash game players."
The runner up position went to Mikail Tulchinskiy, from Moscow, Russia. He hoped to become the second winner at this year’s series from Russia, following Alex Bilokur’s victory in the $10K Pot-Limit Hold’em event. However, Tulchinskiy played from behind throughout his stay at the final table and wasn’t able to break the 2 to 1 chip advantage enjoyed by Olson throughout the duel, which widened considerably as the match played to a conclusion.
The final table featured two players making their third final table appearances of the summer -- Gabriel Nassif (who finished 9th) and Bill Chen (who finished 6th). Chen was the only previous gold bracelet winner in the line-up, although both Brian Tate and Sam Golbuff also shared previous Limit Hold'em WSOP final table experience.
This year’s $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship drew 122 players and generated a prize pool of $1,146,800. The top 18 finishers in this event each earned a payday. Some of the notables who cashed include five-time champ David Chiu (17th) and recent gold bracelet winner Steven Wolansky (12th).
Here are the final table results from the $10,000 Limit Hold’em event:
1st: David Olson - $303.909
2nd: Mikail Tulchinskiy - $187,811
3rd: Greg DeBora - $136,056
4th: Samuel Golbuff - $100,425
5th: Paul Mannoni - $75,470
6th: Bill Chen - $57,706
7th: Brian Tate - $44,874
8th: Jan Sjavik - $35.481
9th: Gabriel Nassif - $28,509