The suspense and uncertainty of the 4-day poker tournament finally came to an end with Nick Petrangelo emerging as victorious after trying out his skill and luck against some of the best poker players in the world. He competed in the fifth event of the 2018 World Series of Poker called $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. His final opponent was also an American – Elio Fox. After beating Fox, Petrangelo came out with a prize of $2,910,227. There were 105 competitors at the beginning of the competition, and Nick managed to defeat all of them.
However, Nick Petrangelo is already familiar with World Series of Poker titles, and this is actually his second gold bracelet, as he won the first in 2015 in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout. In fact, Nick got a reputation for being a fan of high-roller events, and he indeed has an outstanding professional history. In total, he has earned $11.7 million in his career of being a poker player. However, Nick admits that it is a difficult sport that can take its toll.
He said that he had played Super High Roller Bowl (where he finished at the sixth place) and immediately had to jump to this tournament the very next day. Petrangelo also stated that it is a great pressure to play so many tournaments in a row as usually the buy-in for them is really high and the other players are professionals who are difficult to play with. However, Petrangelo stated that it was always great fun to play the tournaments nevertheless.
The course of the tournament was in his favor all the time as he finished the second and the third day in the first place when it comes to the number of chips. Nick stated that this created additional pressure and compared it to sports where one has a minimal advantage, and it is minutes before the game ends. He stated that, as a chip leader, he wanted it all to end as soon as possible instead of enjoying the game and generally being happy to be a part of such tournament.
Although this was not his first time that he was at the final table, Petrangelo stated that poker players should always prepare for every situation and outcome possible. He said that he had to try, adjust and implement his strategies and that there were different dynamics on every final table that he had played. Also, Nick expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that the media had to cover the whole event and stated that he would have felt more comfortable if the final table was somewhere in the corner of the room with.
Apart from Petrangelo being 1st and Fox following him right behind($1,798,658), other names in the top 8 list include Aymon Hata ($1,247,230), Andreas Eiler ($886,793), Bryn Kenney ($646,927), Stephen Chidwick ($484,551), Jason Koon ($372,894), Adrian Mateos($295,066).