David Kulchman has won the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event in Foxwoods after beating Michael Thibeau in heads-up action.
Image David Kulchman calls himself a ‘part-time poker player, and full-time Dad’, but if he keeps knocking these types of results out of the park, that might have to change.
The man, who learned to play Seven Card Stud and Five Card Draw for pennies, has walked away with the top prize of $124,370 in the $1,675 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Main Event at Foxwoods Connecticut.
Kulchman defeated 376 entrants on his way to victory, and even had to fire two bullets, after being eliminated early doors on Day 1A. The event created a prize pool of $565,315 and the final table contained a few heavyweights in the shape of Greg Himmelbrand and Will ‘The Thrill’ Failla.
The man from Lexington, Massachusetts, may say he is a ‘part time’ player, but don’t let that fool you. Kulchman has spent a lot of time researching this game, including working with members of the MIT Blackjack team, and members of BARGE (Big August Recreational Gambling Excursion) – experiences that Kulchman credits for his success.
He waltzed into the final table as the overwhelming chip leader. He held over a million chips more than anyone else, and wielded it to great effect knocking out every single player from David Grandieri (7th) to his eventual heads-up opponent Michael Thibeau.
Recent Mid Stakes Poker Tour (MSPT) Maryland winner, Himmelbrand, and World Poker Tour (WPT) Champions Club member Will Failla, were eliminated in fifth and tenth place respectively. Recent WSOPC gold ring winner Ryan Eriquezzo cashed in 31st place.
Kulchman’s victory means we will see him participate in the WSOPC National Championships at the end of July. He has now earned close to $400,000 in live tournament earnings. His best score to date was a 63rd place finish in the 2012 WSOP Main Event for $128,384.
Final Table Results
1st. David Kulchman – $124,370
2nd. Michael Thibeau – $76,883
3rd. Yasin Ahmady – $56,531
4th. Spencer Champlin – $41,777
5th. Greg Himmelbrand – $31,431
6th. Seunghwan Lee – $24,026
7th. David Grandieri – $18,656
8th. John Lyons – $14,698
9th. Aaron Smith – $11,775
10th. Will Failla – $9,497