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World Poker Tour commentator grabs first career WSOP victory

11 July 2016

Tony Dunst

Tony Dunst (photo by WSOP)

Meet the latest WSOP gold bracelet champion
Name: Tony Dunst
Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI
Age: 31
Current Residence: Las Vegas, NV
Marital Status: Single
Children: None
Profession: Professional Poker Player / Television Commentator
Number of WSOP Cashes: 25
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 2
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories (with this tournament): 1
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 8th (2008)
Total WSOP Earnings: $718,268
Personal Facts: Appears regularly on World Poker Tour segments

Tony Dunst is the newest member of poker's gold bracelet club.

The 31-year-old poker pro based in Las Vegas, well known for his regular appearances as a popular commentator on the World Poker Tour television series, thundered his way to his first career victory in a World Series of Poker event.

The always immaculately dressed poker maven won the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The closing stages of the tournament took place as the 2016 WSOP Main Event was underway within the same venue.

Dunst collected $339,254 in prize money, making this one of the biggest wins of his career. This was his 25th time to cash in a series event. Surprisingly, Dunst had never finished higher than 8th in a gold bracelet event, which was in 2008. Nonetheless, Dunst had more than paid his dues on the tournament trail and in cash games to reach this pinnacle. His contributions to the game through television appearances, writings, commentary, charity events and special engagements have been immeasurable to the growth of the game.

Dunst won this victory by coming out on top at a final table that included a formidable lineup of foes. What was most interesting was the diversity of nations represented at the final table. Players came from the United States, Argentina, Great Britain, Spain and Italy.

After Joshua Field busted out in third place, the crowning moment for Dunst came when he scooped the final pot of the tournament holding two pair against Jason Rivkin, who finished as the runner up. His consolation prize amounted to $209,596.

As for the winner, Dunst is originally from Milwaukee. He's been playing poker seriously since his teens. He burst upon the poker scene about 10 years ago. He was instantly noticeable in a sea of shorts and hoodies as the player who almost always came dressed in a suit and tie while playing in public. Dunst parlayed his charm and talent for the game into a recurring role as commentator for the WPT. Always unpredictable as well as entertaining, Dunst tackles issues from poker controversies to strategy discussion. He's become one of the game's most recognizable television personalities.

Moreover, it appears he can also play poker pretty well.

This exciting tourney attracted 2,452 entrants, creating a prize pool totaling $2,206,800. The top 368 finishers collected prize money.

Aside from the winner, here's a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:
Second Place: Jason Rivkin, a 29-year-old graduate student from Cliffside Park, NJ, finished as the runner up. He put up a tough fight, but wasn't able to overcome Dunst's pronounced chip lead over the course of the hour-long heads-up battle. Rivkin now has eight cashes in WSOP events. He received $209,586 for this deep run.

Third Place: Joshua Field, a 26-year-old poker pro from Villa Park, CA, finished in third place. This was his sixth cash in '16 and 24th in-the-money finish overall at the series. He received $153,015. This was his fourth final table appearance.

Fourth Place: Francisco Araujo, a 24-year-old poker pro from Buenos Aires, posted the highest finish of any player from Argentina so far with his fourth place showing. Araujo, who cashed in a WSOP event for the first time, collected $112,724. This was his third straight year to play in an event at the WSOP.

Fifth Place: Matas Cimbolas, a 23-year-old poker pro from London, U.K., cashed for the fifth time at the '16 series and seventh time overall. Fifth place paid $83,804. This was his first time to make it all the way to the final table.

Sixth Place: Sergio Cabrera, a 27-year-old poker pro from Granada, Spain, ended up as the sixth-place finisher, which paid $62,880. Cabrera has now cashed 10 times dating back to the 2012 WSOP.

Seventh Place: Levon Torosyan, a business owner from Los Angeles, CA came in seventh place. This was his third time to make it to a final table after coming in 3rd in an event in 2008 and 4th in 2014. Torosyan received $47,622.

Eighth Place: Raffaele Castro, from Lugano, Italy took eighth place. This was his first time to cash in a Las Vegas event. However, Castro did finish fourth in a WSOP Circuit event played earlier this year at Casino De Campione (Campione, Italy). Castro pocketed $36,406.

Ninth Place: David Sciacqua, from Naples, FL, is a business owner of a company called Interiors by Agostino. His grand design to redecorate the final table and renovate the chip stacks of his opponents failed to materialize. However, Sciacqua did collect $28,097 in what was his first cash ever at the WSOP.

This was the 63rd official event on this year's schedule. This leaves six gold bracelet events still to go at the 2016 WSOP.

Other notable in-the money finishers:
Phillip Tom, a gold bracelet winner, came in 44th place.

Chris Bjorin, a two-time gold bracelet winner, took 62nd place.

Mark Radoja, a two-time gold bracelet winner, finished in 64th place.

Eric Baldwin, a gold bracelet winner, finished 85th. This was his 47th career cash at the series.

Matt Jarvis, a gold bracelet winner, came in 91st.

Other notable players who cashed included – Faraz Jaka, Jonathan Tamayo, Upeshka De Silva, Matt Glantz, Elio Fox, Doug "Rico" Carli, Sean Getzwiller, Brain Hastings and Valentin Vornicu.

Fun facts:
The ages of participants ranged from 21 to 83. The eldest player in the field was Joseph Warlen.

The average age of participants was 39.

The breakdown of player nationalities for this event was 1,715 Americans and 737 players from elsewhere. The top five nations represented were the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Brazil.

The breakdown of participants by gender was 96.9% male and 3.1% female.

(Article courtesy of World Series of Poker)

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