The $2,500 No Limit Hold ‘em event, which was one of the rowdiest crowds at this year’s WSOP, had 1,733 entrants and was eventually won by Mikhail Lakhitov, who took home $750K and a WSOP bracelet.
A bracelet was in the works for Lakhitov, as this was his fifth cash at this year’s WSOP.
He now has almost $1 million in career earnings, even though before his poker career started he was on active duty in the Red Army. He learned to play the game in the army and honed his skill during down time.
After getting out of the army, he decided to become a pro, and now that decision has paid off—he’s only thirty years old, his first WSOP was last year, and he didn’t even realize winners got gold bracelets.
After he realized bracelets were awarded, he vowed to win one for his wife.
As he said, “Last year in 2010, I finished near the top in one tournament and came in eighth place. I did not know there was such a thing as a gold bracelet. Later, I saw there were pictures with the winner and the bracelet. So, this year on my way to Las Vegas, I promised to my lovely wife that I would win a gold bracelet. That was my motivation.”