Staying away from poker for more than five years, Chris Ferguson made a terrific comeback last year, when he cashed in 10 WSOP events. This year, the player bettered his accomplishment by finishing in the money in 17 tournaments on the schedule of the summer series.
Ferguson’s run in Las Vegas put him in a leading position in the WSOP Player of the Year race and he traveled all the way to the Czech Republic to scoop a little more points for the ranking. Last night, the player further cemented his position and he did it in a particularly impressive manner. Ferguson bested the field of the WSOP Europe €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better for his sixth WSOP gold bracelet and the amount of €39,289.
The event took place over two days and attracted 92 entries. By the end of Day 1, there were only 18 players left at the tables of King’s Casino Rozvadov. The finalists were led by Dario Alioto, known to be one of the first players to have scooped a piece of WSOP jewelry on European soil a decade ago.
The official eight-handed final table was set with Poland’s Artur Sojka leading the eight finalistsinto that final stage of play. The player had massive chip lead over his remaining opponents with 1.032 million. Stanislav Wright with 508,000 was second in chips at the time. As for Ferguson, he had the fifth biggest stack at the beginning of the final table.
However, the player quickly improved his position and built a solid chip stack that made him unbeatable. Ferguson was responsible for the final four eliminations of the tournament, which gave him the momentum he needed to capture the gold bracelet.
The eventual winner entered heads-up with a massive chip lead over Wright. The duel lasted only several minutes. The moment of victory occurred with Ferguson raising to 90,000 pre-flop and Wright calling. The [10h][7c][8s] appeared on the flop and the Polish player shoved for his last 185,000 with [Qh][4d][3d][2c]. Ferguson called with [Kh][Kd][7h][2h]. The [Jh] appeared on the turn and the river brought the [Jc] to lock the victory for Ferguson. Wright collected €24,283 for his runner-up finish.
Ferguson’s Hiatus and His Comeback
Many know Ferguson as one of the founders of the Full Tilt Poker brand. In 2011, he was one of the individuals indicted by the US Department of Justice for running a Ponzi scheme and unlawfully providing US players with real-money poker services.
Following his indictment, Ferguson disappeared from the poker scene for more than five years. It can be said that he made his comeback in 2016 during the WSOP festival in Las Vegas.
Commenting on his time away from poker, the poker pro said that he wanted to clear his mind and he did not think a lot about poker while he was away from the circuit. The player further noted that his hiatus may have helped him improve. He explained that oftentimes when you break from something that had been a big part of your life and then you return to it, you find that you have become better at it.
As mentioned above, Ferguson had previously won five WSOP gold bracelets, including one from the 2000 Main Event. Following last night’s triumph, he now ranks ninth on the all-time bracelet list.
Ferguson actually said that he entered the Pot-Limit Omaha tournament to collect more pointsfor his WSOP Player of the Year score and that it was really more about the points than the bracelet.