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Fuhs wins WSOP Omaha High-Low event, $277,519

16 June 2013

Danny Fuhs won the $5,000 Omaha High-Low tournament at the World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to claim $277,519 and his first WSOP bracelet early on Sunday morning.

"A bracelet is every poker player's dream," said Fuhs. "(Other tournaments) have all the television and lights, but this is old school. This is nice. I can't even explain my emotions right now. I am extremely happy."

While attending college at New Mexico State University, Fuhs began playing pool regularly, which led to betting on the games. He started playing 10 to 12 hours a day, often betting $2 to $5 per game. He got better and better and found he could make money playing the game.

That eventually led to playing poker, and the rest as they say is history. By the time he was 30, Fuhs was living in Albuquerque, N.M. and playing regularly at the new casino that had opened. Fuhs learned his trade playing $4-$8 almost every day.

While others were caught up in the glitz and glamour of tournaments, and suffered what in some cases were inevitable downfalls and disappointments, Fuhs continued to grind away in the games he knew he could beat. However, as he became more proficient and his bankroll grew, Fuhs realized he needed to continue testing himself. And that's what led to the WSOP.

Each and every year since 2003, Fuhs has attended the WSOP. He's witnessed the so-called “poker boom” first hand. Yet while other enjoyed success around him, the glory always seemed to pass him by. He cashed plenty of times – 15 coming into this event. There were also three previous final tales. Each and every time he left without a gold bracelet, until Sunday morning.

Fuhs defeated a field of 241 players, including Christopher George, who was second for $171,536, and Robert Mizrachi, who was third for $128,074. Other final table finishers included Brian Hastings (fourth), Viascheslav Zhukov (fifth), Arthur Kargen (sixth), Jeffrey Lisandro (seventh), Ryan Lenaghan (eighth), and Bart Hanson (ninth).

The top-27 players finished in the money. Other notable players who cashed but did not make the final table included Jonathan Duhamel (10th), Mike Matusow (11th), Shawn Buchanan (13th), George Danzer (14th), Maria Ho (19th), Dan Kelly (20th) and Huck Seed (23rd).

Tournament recap modified from a report by WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla, used by permission.

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