Mike Gorodinsky is the winner of the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players' Championship, one of the most prestigious events of the 2015 World Series of Poker. It was Gorodinsky's 12th cash, 5th final table appearance and second gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker.
"I feel amazing," Gorodinsky said after his victory. "This is literally something that I've gone to bed dreaming about, and it's just cool to legitimately realize a dream. So it's just an amazing day. An amazing five days. "
The tournament saw 84 entries that generated a prize pool of $4,023,000. The top 12 players made the money and $1,270,086 was given to the winner. This was the 10th edition of the Poker Players' Championship, which began in 2006 as the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. In 2010, the tournament was changed to Eight-Game Mix, with the addition of Limit 2-7 Triple Draw, No-Limit Hold'em, and Pot-Limit Omaha. This year two more poker varieties were added to the mix: No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw, and Badugi. Gorodinsky gave his opinion on the change to WSOP reporters.
"I personally like it. I play all the games. Those are two games [Badugi and No-Limit 2-7] I've played a ton. Badugi is actually one of my favorite games. I actually think there should be a standalone Badugi event. I think it's a really complex, good game, so I like the change. Maybe it scared some people away, but I like it."
1 - Mike Gorodinsky - $1,270,086
2 - Jean-Robert Bellande - $784,828
3 - David "ODB" Baker - $514,926
4 - Ben Sulsky - $353,928
5 - Chris Klodnicki - $251,314
6 - Dan Kelly - $184,222
7 - Jason Mercier - $139,265
8 - Shawn Buchanan - $139,265
9 - Abe Mosseri - $110,073
10 - Justin Smith - $110,073
11 - John Racener - $87,010
12 - Matthew Ashton - $87,010