Belgium Online Poker Pro Michael Gathy Wins WSOP Gold
Posted by Tyler "pureonyx" Hancock 47 weeks, 1 day ago
Event 21 of the WSOP drew the second-largest field of the series to-date with 2,799 players registering for a chance at poker immortality. Michael Gathy, a 23-year professional poker player from Brussels, Belgium was among those ponying up the $1,000 buy-in as he prepared to take his seat for what was sure to be a long battle.
Three days later, after more than 36 hours of play, Gathy was the last man standing with all of the chips stacked in neat piles in front of him, a gold bracelet on his wrist, and $440,829 in prize money waiting for him at the cage.
Gathy is only the second Belgium player to win a WSOP event, the first being Davidi Katai, who won the $2,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold'em event back in 2008. Gathy’s win came in only his second WSOP event ever, with this year marking the first time he has ever traveled to Las Vegas to play.
Gathy faced a tough final table that included well-known poker pro Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin, whom Gathy doubled up early on at the final table in a hand that left him crippled. Despite losing the big pot to a tough opponent, Gathy never gave up hope.
“I don’t worry too much about getting low in chips,” says Gathy, “I thought I was going to win it when I was three-handed and I got up and started playing evenly for the final three. I thought I was going to win it.”