Ryan Eriquezzo fulfilled his life time dream of picking up a WSOP bracelet, his first and perhaps first of many. He quickly admitted that he thought it may never happen for him.
Ryan came out on top against a 147 player field to take home the winners prize of $416,051. He stated that he was extremely grateful for the opportunity, whilst even more grateful that he ran well. He won the bracelet by beating Nikolas Stone heads up to hit his biggest ever score.
He certainly didn’t have an easy ride on a tough final table that included the likes of Amanda Musumeci, David Baker and Matt Keikoan.
The Win That Gave Him Another!
What makes this all the more sweeter for Eriquezzo is that he didn’t have to pay a buy in for the tournament, in fact 2 thirds of the field didn’t. 100 of the players qualified for free due to their performances on the WSOP Circuit. Eriquezzo was offered his place due to his win in the WSOP Circuit Caesars Palace Atlantic City Main Event earlier in the year, he picked up $191,194.
So without that win he would not have been here, in more ways than one, too. Prior to that victory back in March he was seriously considering a different career path.
He claimed that it is amazing really; he had become disenchanted with poker over the years. He felt that he had worked the hardest he could to make this career work out for him, but it wasn’t. He had planned that the Caesars event was going to be one the last ones he entered…then he won it.
That win re-ignited his love for the game and he came into this one really fired up and ready to go. Though he had a new found confidence he admits that he was up against a world class final table, a table full of elite players as he put it.
When asked if he still planned to quit poker, his response was “No way, my heart is back in it”. This event is one of the more prestigious; every winner of a main event on the WSOP Circuit automatically qualifies for free, whilst there were also invites for the overall 84 top point’s earners on the circuit.
The remaining players that had to pay a $10,000 buy in were also invited, they were only limited to the top 100 WSOP points earners over the past two years.
Ryan expressed his delight at being able to play alongside such world class players, admitting that it was nice to see if he could hang with these guys or whether he really belonged on the same tables as them.
That is the beauty of poker…stories like this just add to the qualities poker brings…it literally changes lives!