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The name Larry Wright is not one that many poker followers would have heard of too much. For 37 years, Larry Wright has been attending the WSOP but mostly to sit down and play cash games rather than bouncing from tournament to tournament.

After a few recent close calls with final tables, Larry Wright entered the 30th event at the 2012 WSOP series the 2-7 draw Lowball, which has always been one of the lesser played events mostly because it hardly has any mainstream appeal. After two days of playing a game that even Larry admitted he was not fully confident about, he ended up against some of the biggest names in the Lowball game. In fact, on the final table Larry would tell you he was probably the least experienced player there, and that makes his win more impressive.

Larry Wright said in a post tournament interview that while the tournament was small, he recognised a large percentage of players in the tournament and had to fight off the nerves to stop intimidation when he sat down at a new table. The tournament, which demands a $1,500 entry fee saw a reasonable field of 285 players, which meant there was just under $385,000 in the prize pool with 35 spots for cash. After beating off 284 other players, Larry Wright earned $101.975 and, of course, the gold WSOP bracelet.

Of course, Larry was no first timer at major tournaments. He has been playing since the age of 22 and has made a WSOP (Omaha) final table and cashed ten times in various WSOP events, so he knows what he is doing, but compared to some of the other players in the field and his inexperience at Lowball this is a rather impressive victory.

As mentioned, this tournament was not short of a big name. Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harman and David Sklansky all finished in the money, but the plaudits will go to Larry Wright, who will now want to follow up his success in other events at this WSOP and future events.

At the final table Mr. Wright had plenty of support from both family and friends and quite how he won not even Larry will know. Entering the last table in sixth (out of seven) Mr. Wright was short stacked for a long time. However, he stuck it out, and a few players fell around him. When the long-time chip leader Mizrachi finished fourth, Larry picked his spots and doubled up in back to back hands. From there, Larry played out his well deserved win.

Larry said in the same post tournament interview that the majority of the money is going to one of his missionary friends who is helping people in Sudan, Africa. He plans to send his friend enough money so they can develop a few houses and source water properly. He also intends to do the same with any other tournament winnings he can find at the WSOP so good luck to him!

 

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