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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
"Gboro" is back, wins first bracelet

By Andrew Feldman
ESPN.com

It was really only a matter of when, not if, Steve Gross would win his first bracelet. The online poker superstar that played under the handle "gboro780" was one of online's best before Black Friday. If you named an online major event, he probably had won it or at worst, made the final table. Earlier his week, Gross finally was able to shed the struggles on the WSOP felt and captured his first title in the $5,000 six-handed pot-limit Omaha Event 41.

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Steve "gboro780" Gross won his first bracelet in Event 41 of the 2013 WSOP.

"It's awesome," Gross said of his victory to the WSOP. "Before this tournament I was 0-for-15 for the summer. I was questioning all my moves, wondering if I was doing things right. I feel so great."

Across poker sites and magazines heading into the 2008 WSOP, Gross was the player to watch as he made his WSOP debut. He only managed one final table, a ninth-place finish, and hadn't sniffed a bracelet opportunity since then. Finally, after a drought so far this Series that would've sent most players off the edge, Gross finally found his way and earned $488,817 for his efforts.

"It's not about validation," he said. "I don't care what anyone else thinks of me. I care about my own results and I judge myself on that basis. I've been disappointed not to have a big live result up to now, so this feels great."

Given his stature within the game, Gross also handled Black Friday a little differently than most of this other online professional grinders. While many relocated immediately to continue playing, Gross left the online game behind and decided that he wanted to take steps in a new direction. His feelings changed shortly after the one year anniversary of the indictments and he's been back to grinding, and winning, the big online events once again (in May, he captured a SCOOP title and $145,201).

On the live felt, Gross' previous best result was a fifth-place finish at the WPT's L.A. Poker Classic in 2011. He now has $1.3 million in live tournament earnings to go along with his $6.2 from online play.

Notable finishers include Yevgeniy Timoshenko (seventh) and 2013 bracelet winners Trevor Pope (13th), Davidi Kitai (24th) and Daniel Negreanu (34th).

Below are the complete results of Event 35 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 41: Six-handed pot-limit Omaha
Buy-in: $5,000
Entries: 400
Prize pool: $1,880,000
Players in the money: 42

1. Steve Gross ($488,817)
2. Salman Behbehani ($301,965)
3. Timo Pfutzenreuter ($194,147)
4. Joseph Leung ($128,742)
5. Lee Goldman ($87,890)
6. Nader Arfai ($61,739)
7. Yevgeniy Timoshenko ($44,574)
8. Gary Bolden ($44,574)
9. Tony Gargano ($33,050)
10. Ville Mattila ($33,050)
11. Jesse Rockowitz ($25,154)
12. Alex Manzano ($25,154)
13. Trevor Pope ($19,646)
14. Lucas Vandenbelt ($19,646)
15. Viacheslav Zhukov ($19,646)
16. Sorel Mizzi ($19,646)
17. WeiKai Chang ($19,646)
18. Lasell King ($19,646)
19. Marko Neumann ($15,716)
20. Jonathan Poche ($15,716)
21. Roland Israelashvili ($15,716)
22. Ross Mallor ($15,716)
23. Stephen Wolfe ($15,716)
24. Davidi Kitai ($15,716)
25. Victor Shuchleis ($12,896)
26. Shaun Deeb ($12,896)
27. Freddy Deeb ($12,896)
28. Jamieson Pickering ($12,896)
29. Scott Bohlman ($12,896)
30. Manuel Bevand ($12,896)
31. Peter Charalambous ($10,960)
32. Jay Houston ($10,960)
33. Matt Giannetti ($10,960)
34. Daniel Negreanu ($10,960)
35. Rickie Vedhara ($10,960)
36. Juha Helppi ($10,960)
37. Tony Cousineau ($9,306)
38. Dan Smith ($9,306)
39. Chad Brown ($9,306)
40. Warwick Mirzikinian ($9,306)
41. Uzair Mulla ($9,306)
42. Eric Cloutier ($9,306)