‘Gladius’ is Latin for ‘sword’, and Alan ‘GladiusIII’ Goehring cut the 1,479-entrant field to ribbons to win Event #8: $500 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout, and his first gold bracelet on WSOP.com last night.
After dazzling the World Series of Poker (WSOP) since 1997, it’s of mythic measure that Goehring earned his first bracelet in less than 12-hours from the shuffle up and deal to a raised hand. His two previous WSOP final table appearances belong to the poker poetry of the Benny Binion days (including finishing second to Noel Furlong in the 1999 WSOP Main Event).
Goehring’s online exploits remain a mystery, but he has an impressive live tournament CV accumulating $5.3m in gross earnings. Included in that voluptuous and voluminous haul are two seven-figure scores. In 2003 Goehring won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship for $1m, navigating a final table that housed Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson. Three years later he won the WPT LA Poker Classic for $2.3m.
Yeah, I said, “$2.3m.”
Two other players are worthy of mention.
Randy ‘StayAlive’ Ohel did just that until exiting in third place. Ohel is a bracelet owner, after beating Benjamin Lazer to the $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball title in 2012, but has finished second three times and third once in live bracelet events sandwiched between that win and this third-place finish.
The other finish of note came courtesy of Robert Kuhn, who won Event #3: $400 No Limit Hold’em for $115,850 a few chrysanthemums shoots ago.
Here are the final table results.
- Alan ‘GladiusIII’ Goehring – $119,399
- Ross ‘BlueTang’ Gottlieb – $73,942
- Randy ‘StayAlive’ Ohel – $52,511
- Robert ‘bustinballs’ Kuhn – $37,803
- ‘Clembutt’ – $27,620
- ‘Dudeguydrew’ – $20,365
- ‘Aceviper’ – $15,307
- Scott ‘miamicane’ Davies – $11,580
- ‘XlLoUisex’ – $8,918