John Gorsuch managed to do the impossible - he got back from his knees and mere two big blinds to capture the WSOP Millionaire Maker few days ago, taking home a solid $1,344,930 first prize and a gold bracelet.
42-year old Virginian, finally sold his multi-million company this year and decided to move to Florida and an RV home. Yesterday’s huge win, however, is the first step into Gorsuchs ‘new career’, as he told.
“I’m a poker player for right now,” he told WSOP reporters afterwards. “Poker is awesome. I can play poker all day, all night long. This kind of helps figure out whether or not I want to keep doing it”.
Gorsuch battled his way through a record-breaking field of 8809 runners in the $1500 event..
When Japan’s Kazuki Ikeuchi finally met Gorsuch heads-up for the bracelet, Ikeuchi had already settled for the the largest-ever cash by a Japanese player and guaranteed a jump to fifth spot in his nation’s all-time tournament moneywinners list.
In the final hand Gorsuch hit two pair on the turn against Ikeuchi’s pocket rockets, the river bricking for a historic win.
“I’ve not won an outright tournament since maybe 2013, a small bar-type tournament," a delighted Gorsuch explained, adding that a cruise he had planned for his parents 50th wedding anniversary would now be that much better: “I think now I’m just going to pay for everything. I’m definitely upgrading on that trip!”
Final Table Results
1 John Gorsuch $1,344,930
2 Kazuki Ikeuchi $830,783
3 Lokesh Garg $619,017
4 Vincas Tamasauskas $464,375
5 Josh Thibodaux $350,758
6 Cory Albertson $266,771
7 Bob Shao $204,306
8 Fabian Gumz $157,565
9 Josh Reichard $122,37