Jack Straus created poker history when he won the 1982 World Series of Poker Main Event after being down to only one chip earlier in the tournament. The classic poker phrase "a chip and a chair" was born. There have been several incredible comebacks ever since the 1982 Main Event. In fact, one occurred only this weekend!
Austrian Josip Simunic entered the final day of the EPT Deauville Main Event with only three big blinds. Simunic didn't give though, and, after several hours of play, he stood tall as the winner. Simply amazing, huh? He was rewarded the EPT High Roller crown, a first prize of €309,170, and a SLYDE watch.
"That was the most incredible run of my life," said Simunic. "I don't know how it happened. I cannot realise it. I don't know."
Event #33, €10,000 EPT High Roller
Prize pool: €1,228,800
Places paid: 17
1. Josip Simunic (Austria) €309,170
2. Jean-Noel Thorel (France) €208,900
3. Fady Kamar (Lebanon) €135,780
4. Robin Ylitalo (Sweden) €112,440
5. Ivan Luca (Argentina) €90,690
6. Eric Sfez (France) €71,520
7. Joao Ribeiro (Portugal) €54,680
8. Thomas Butzhammer (Germany) €41,160