Max Steinberg Wins $1k Event at 2012 WSOPThursday, June 21st, 2012 by Ryan
While we see a lot of hype around the massive buy-in tournaments like the $10k World Series of Poker Main Event, this tournament series features tournaments with buy-in’s for all types of players. One of the most popular tournaments in the series is the $1k No Limit Hold’em events, and this year, Event #33 was indeed that type of tournament with that level of buy-in. The tournament drew in a nice number of players at 2,795, and had a very good prize pool which featured a first place prize of more than $440k for the eventual winner who ended up being a player that some poker players knew pretty well.
Max Steinberg said that when he got into a heads up match at this $1k event, that he actually didn’t feel pressure to take it down. If you remember back two years ago, Steinberg actually finished in second place in a $1,500 event at the World Series of Poker. While he wasn’t able to get the win, the first place prize, and the gold bracelet two years back, Steinberg was able to get it all done this year in the $1k event. While he did admit to feeling some pressure to get to the final table of the event, he was in familiar territory from that point on, and felt like he was in a good spot to get the job done.
Day 3 of the event began with 14 players left in the action. When they players were down to the final nine, Steinberg found himself over the one million chip mark, with 1.012 million to leave him in fourth place and almost tied up with the third place player in Samuel Gerber. At this point, the chip leader at the table was Joseph Marzicola, who was holding a solid 1.783 chips, leaving the field with some work to do in order to catch up.
Things didn’t exactly go to plan for Steinberg to start it off, as he found himself under 600k in chips after about two hours of play, and just about an hour later he made a big time play to pick up some chips. He was holding Q-9 and the board showed K-K-9-5-10, and he made a huge call on the river to bump his chip stack up to 1.2 million. After that he won big hands off of Matt Stout, Gerber, Dylan Hortin, and the former chip leader in Marzicola to get up to 2.7 million. He then sent Hortin home in 4th place and found himself with 4.5 million chips and was holding the chip lead.
The dinner break then came and went and after some chip shuffling between the players, Steinberg sent Stout home in third place to set up a third place match between himself and Gerber for the title. He actually began the match down 4.4 million to 4 million in chips, but quickly took the chip lead and just went to the championship from there. The last hand featured a flop of 4-3-K, and after Steinberg bet, Gerber shoved the rest of his chip stack. He made the call with pocket ten’s and Gerber turned over 4-10 to be far behind with only two outs. He couldn’t hit either, and the $440,238 first place prize was awarded to Steinberg, as well as his gold bracelet.