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2011 WSOP: Former US Marine and Iraqi Veteran wins $455,356

Tags: 2011 wsop, Antonio Esfandiari, Kenneth Griffin.
Posted on 30 June 2011 by "T".

Kenneth Griffin started day of Event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em second in chips out of 21 players (Antonio Esfandiari, David Baker, Andrew Teng etc). Griffin played extremely well and his aggressive style of playing poker really worked against his opponents since he ended up taking down the whole tournament for $455,356 and received his first gold bracelet.

This was his first WSOP cash and by far the biggest win in his poker career. The money will come in handy for 34-year-old Ken Griffin whose mother recently was diagnosed with a very serious illness.

"I'm going to take care of her and be closer to home," Griffin said in a post-tournament interview.  "I'm going to be transferring money into her account as soon as I get it.  You know, she's a senior, working-class, she's going through some chemotherapy and medicine is expensive.  She lives paycheck to paycheck, so I'm really looking forward to helping her out."

 


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5 comments for "2011 WSOP: Former US Marine and Iraqi Veteran wins $455,356"

 Fakiry30/06/2011 10:37:55 GMT
This prize will be very well applied. And he ended the tourney with AA? Never happened to me, and i don't remember seeing it, it must be a great sensation!

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This prize will be very well applied. And he ended the tourney with AA? Never happened to me, and i don't remember seeing it, it must be a great sensation!
 SuperNoob30/06/2011 19:15:36 GMT
getting sick in US is a crime if you dont have an insurance but luckily for his mother, Griffin won money enough to help her in treatment. congrats to both of them
 shoveandtilt01/07/2011 15:07:36 GMT
Nice outcome, seems like a nice dude. GG
 Talabi20/11/2011 14:05:41 GMT
Nice to know that money came in handy in a pretty serious situation.
 mahdrof22/11/2011 11:46:58 GMT
Nice to hear a good story about poker money being used to help somebody out. See folks? Poker ain't that bad after all. Just don't pay attention to the drunk Fin passed out in the corner there... :-/

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