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Sean Getzwiller Blockades The British Invasion

Las Vegas, NV (June 8, 2011) -- If American revolutionary war hero Paul Revere were still alive today, he might very likely relocate his famous midnight ride from the streets of Boston to the modern-day Las Vegas Strip, in light of what's happening at this year's World Series of Poker. But his message would be the same: “The British are coming! The British are coming!”

After two British players won WSOP gold bracelets the previous week, one American finally stepped forward and had one word to say.


Sean Getzwiller, from Las Vegas, NV won the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Championship, held at the Rio. In doing so, he blockaded Sadan Turker from joining his union-jacked mates, Jake Cody and Matt Perrins from joining the club of WSOP gold bracelet winners. Getzwiller won an epic heads-up match that lasted more than four hours.

Getzwiller earned every penny he won, and in doing so made a monster-sized score. He collected a whopping $611,185 in prize money, which represented more than 600 times his initial investment. He was also presented with the supreme symbol of achievement in the game of poker -- the WSOP gold bracelet. This marked his ninth time to cash at the WSOP. He cashed once in 2008, four times in 2009, and three occasions in 2010. His best previous showing was a tenth-place finish in an Omaha High-Low event, held two years ago.

The runner up was Turker, from London, UK. He is a 22-year-old student and semi-pro poker player who began playing about five years ago. Turker is primarily an online player, although he now expects to play more live-action poker in the days and months ahead. He barely missed winning his first WSOP title, but did manage to collect a nice consolation prize amounting to $377,411. This was his second time to cash at the Rio.

This was the eighth official tournament on this year’s WSOP SCHEDULE. The five-day event attracted 4,178 entries, which was expected to be one of the bigger field-sizes of the series. Through the first dozen events, overall WSOP attendance is up about four percent over last year.

A full official report with more details of this tournament will be available soon.

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