Most players are ready to spend a night partying in celebration of their first bracelet. Chris Dombrowski, on the other hand, in true grinder fashion, just wants to play another tournament.
“I’m going to play tomorrow’s event,” said Dombrowski when he was asked how he was going to celebrate his bracelet win.
The Tampa, FL native topped a massive field of 2,108 players to earn $346,332 in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 WSOP. The $346,332 was by far the largest score of his live career, but winning that amount of money is nothing new to Dombrowski, who has earned more than $1.6 million in online tournaments.
“I have a lot of bigger scores online,” said Dombrowski. “(The money) is not going to faze me, no.”
While the money didn’t faze the former University of South Carolina student and current poker professional, the atmosphere was completely new to him, having never played at a WSOP final table before.
“It’s a lot different,” said Dombrowski. ” There’s a lot more pressure on you here. At home you can do whatever you want, there are no tells or anything. Here, it’s a lot harder to master the game.”
It only took just over one orbit for the first player to hit the rail at the final table. John Thompson‘s final table experience was short lived when he got all his chips in the middle against Matthew Moore. Moore showed TT and was racing against Thompson’s AQ. The flop came JT4, giving Moore a commanding lead in the hand. Another jack on the turn sealed the deal for Moore and sent Thompson looking for the nearest cashier.
Mike Pickett was the next player to leave the ESPN main stage. Pickett moved all in from the button after Dimitar Yosifov raised under-the-gun. Yosifov called and had Pickett drawing to just three outs. Pickett showed KJ and was in trouble against Yosifov’s AJ. The dealer couldn’t find one of the three remaining kings in the deck and Pickett took home $33,191 for his eighth place effort.
Just two hands later, Matt Seer was on that same path to the rail. Seer and Dombrowski got into a preflop raising war that led to seer four-betting all in and getting called by Dombrowski. Seer was flipping against Dombrowski with his AK to Dombrowski’s JJ. The flop was good for Seer as the dealer burned and turned a KKQ flop, but the T on the turn gave Dombrowski a few more outs. The river was a nightmare for Seer, the J, giving Dombrowski a full house and the pot.
After the break, Chris Bolek was eliminated just a few orbits into the new level. Yosifov raised from the cutoff and Bolek three-bet all in. Yosifov called and the cards were turned on their back. Bolek didn’t like what he saw when Yosifov showed QQ and he tabled A4. The flop was 642, which gave Bolek some more outs, but the turn and river were the 7 and the 2, keeping Yosifov’s queens in the lead and giving him the pot.
Yosifov’s knockout of Bolek gave him the chip lead with five players left. Yosifov started to slide though, doubling up both Dombrowski and Moore five-handed. Yosifov then got a small double up through Carter Myers in order to stay around long enough to make another pay jump. Myers was eliminated in fourth place when he got all in against Dombrowski with A8 against Dombrowki’s AJ. Myers couldn’t find an eight in any of the five community cards to send him home in fifth place.
Three hands later, the one time chip leader Yosifov, was all in and behind against Jesse McEuen. McEuen tabled AT and was in the lead against Yosifov’s A2. The flop came Q85 which kept McEuen in the lead. The turn, however, brought the 2, which propelled Yosifov into the lead. The river brought the T which brought gasps from the crowd and gave McEuen the best hand. Yosifov shook hands with the table and left to go collect his $107,822 prize money.
When three handed play began, McEuen, Moore, and Dombrowski all had around 2 million in their stack. Chips were passed back and forth before Dombrowski began to pull away from the others. Moore had gotten shorter than the rest but scored two double ups, with the second coming from McEuen to leave McEuen on the shortest stack at the table.
Dombrowski finished off McEuen when they got all the chips into the middle preflop with Dombrowski having AT and McEuen tabling A7. The board ran out K83J7 which gave Dombrowski the nut flush and left him heads-up with almost a 2-to-1 chip advantage.
Moore took the advantage back though pretty quickly in heads-up play. Moore won a few pots without showdown and then check-called every street when he flopped top pair with an ace kicker to best Dombrowski’s top pair with a king kicker. After that pot, Moore had pretty much reversed the chip counts from the beginning of the match.
Dombrowski stayed patient, waited for a good spot and found one when he got the chip lead back for good. Dombrowski and Moore found all the chips in the middle on the turn with Dombrowski having a king-high flush and Moore just having an open ended straight draw. Moore was drawing dead going to the river and Dombrowski never relinquished the chip lead.
He finished Moore off when Dombrowski called an all in from Moore with A7 and was up against K6. The window card was the Ac and Moore never picked up any outs. Once again, Moore was dead on the turn and this time, he didn’t have any chips left. Dombrowski shook hands with Moore and went over to his friends to celebrate his accomplishment.
Here are a look at the final table results:
- Chris Dombrowski – $346,332
- Matthew Moore – $215,578
- Jesse McEuen – $149,850
- Dimitar Yosifov – $107,822
- Carter Myers – $78,876
- Chris Bolek – $58,348
- Matt Seer – $43,730
- Mike Pickett – $33,191
- John Thompson – $25,488
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