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Polychronopoulos The Great

Editor's note: A replay of this final table can be found on demand at ESPN3.com.

David "Bakes" Baker and 2009 WSOP main event champion Joe Cada were back at another final table, but neither of them could add more gold to their wrists as Athanasios Polychronopoulos earned his second career WSOP victory in Event 17 of the 2013 World Series of Poker. The 29-year-old won his first title in 2011, finished fifth in one of his four cashes in 2012 and found success again in 2013 as he topped the field of 2,105 to earn $518,755. In doing so, he's become the first player to win two 2,000-plus player no-limit hold 'em events at the WSOP.

"I feel like I have a solid game," said Polychronopoulos to the WSOP after his victory. "I feel like I am a good player. So winning the second makes me feel really good, but it doesn't define a player."

According to the WSOP, Polychronopoulos entered the final table as the chip leader primarily due to his elimination of Brian Ray in 13th (A-Q over 8-8). He started off strong and added to his stack when his K-K held against Thomas Nicotera's A-6 to eliminate him in ninth. Baker, making his third final table in his third event of the Series, ran his A-4 into Everett Carlton's A-A after a flop of Q-3-4 to finish in eighth. He now has fourth-, sixth- and eighth-place finishes this summer and is just outside of the top 10 in the WSOP Player of the Year race.

Joe Ward finished in seventh at his first career WSOP final table. With six players left, Cada began to make his move with hopes of improving on his fourth-place finish last week in Event 4. Cada doubled through Polychronopoulos (Q-Q over J-J) to boost Samuel Taylor into the lead, put himself in second and Polychronopoulos in third. Manuel Mutke moved his stack into the middle of that group with his knockout of Michael Kurth in sixth, and with five players remaining, only 19 blinds separated the top and bottom stacks.

With a new dynamic in place, Polychronopoulos took over the table. Heading into the dinner break, he held a massive 55-big blind lead over the other four. Cada was down to 18 big blinds before a double against Taylor on the fifth hand back (A-Q over 10-10). Taylor, left with just a few chips, was eliminated by Polychronopoulos on the next hand. As Mutke sat back, Cada got more involved and was momentarily able to chip away at Polychronopoulos' lead. His efforts were all for naught though as he found himself in a great spot to double against Polychronopoulos. The cards wouldn't oblige. Cada three-bet all-in with A-Q and had Polychronopoulos' A-J dominated. A jack hit the turn and sent the world champion to the rail in fourth for $161,642. Since 2009, Cada has 10 cashes, four top-four finishes and of course, one memorable bracelet win.

Back in complete control, Polychronopoulos kept the pressure on Carlton and Mutke. Carlton, a WSOP Circuit regular and champion, found himself all-in and dominated with A-6 to Polychronopoulos' A-J to exit in third. His best previous finish was a seventh-place result in Event 14 of the 2006 WSOP. This was his largest career cash worth $224,455.

The final table played quick and heads-up was no different. On the third hand, Polychronopoulos four-bet all-in with Q-J and was instantly called by Mutke's A-J.

"I had played a lot with [Mutke] the last few days and thought he wanted to set the tone as being aggressive," said Polychronopoulos. "I wanted to be aggressive, too. On the last hand, his three-bet sizing was a little big. I was worried that he might actually have a hand, but I also thought he was trying to be a bit aggressive and was trying to set the tone early on [in heads-up]. I had Q-J, it's heads-up poker. So, it's about aggression, and some luck."

In the moment that mattered, luck prevailed. Polychronopoulos spiked a queen on the river to earn the victory and deny the German his first WSOP bracelet in his first career WSOP cash.

Polychronopoulos celebrated with his boisterous rail and made the group of two-time bracelet winners 90 strong.

Other notable finishers include Barry Greenstein (11th), Matt Matros (27th), Matt Jarvis (37th) and Vanessa Selbst (60th). Polychronopoulos defeated Simon Charette heads-up to win his first bracelet and Charette cashed in this event as well (160th).

Below are the complete results of Event 17 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 17: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,105
Prize pool: $2,841,750
Players in the money: 216

1. Athanasios Polychronopoulos ($518,755)
2. Manuel Mutle ($322,908)
3. Everett Carlton ($225,455)
4. Joe Cada ($161,652)
5. Samuel Taylor ($118,145)
6. Michael Kurth ($87,398)
7. Joseph Ward ($65,502)
8. David Baker ($49,716)
9. Thomas Nicotera ($38,178)
10. Paul Tedeschi ($29,980)
11. Barry Greenstein ($29,980)
12. Yi Wang ($29,980)
13. Brian Ray ($23,700)
14. Chad Chavez ($23,700)
15. Joseph Michael ($23,700)
16. Byron Kaverman ($18,926)
17. Joshua Hillock ($18,926)
18. Amnon Filippi ($18,926)
19. Ian Frazer ($15,317)
20. Max Ovseyevitz ($15,317)
21. Fabricio Schaffrath ($15,317)
22. Kevin Boudreau ($15,317)
23. Charles Nelson Robinson ($15,317)
24. H. Michael Borovetz ($15,317)
25. Terence Mcgilly ($15,317)
26. Joe Kuether ($15,317)
27. Matt Matros ($15,317)
28. David Kirsh ($12,503)
29. Corey Harrison ($12,503)
30. Craig Gold ($12,503)
31. Jake Balsiger ($12,503)
32. Jacob Schindler ($12,503)
33. Evan Schwartz ($12,503)
34. Zane Palmer ($12,503)
35. Kenneth Stroud ($12,503)
36. Stephen Bartlett ($12,503)
37. Matt Jarvis ($10,343)
38. Spencer Uniss ($10,343)
39. Chad Layne ($10,343)
40. Jonas Wexler ($10,343)
41. Levon Khachatryan ($10,343)
42. Stephen Baldwin ($10,343)
43. Sameer Aljanedi ($10,343)
44. Scott Oreilly ($10,343)
45. Blake Kelso ($10,343)
46. Ralf Schafer ($8,582)
47. Levon Torosyan ($8,582)
48. Larry Wright ($8,582)
49. Michael Shelton ($8,582)
50. Robert Corcione ($8,582)
51. Michael Wynn ($8,582)
52. Andrew Moore ($8,582)
53. Thomas Campbell ($8,582)
54. Joseph Liberta ($8,582)
55. Darren Kennedy ($7,218)
56. Jason Rock ($7,218)
57. Kurt Jewell ($7,218)
58. Steven Mcnally ($7,218)
59. Blake Purvis ($7,218)
60. Vanessa Selbst ($7,218)
61. Jeffrey Finkelstein ($7,218)
62. David Peters ($7,218)
63. Mike Carson ($7,218)
64. Gabriel Andrade ($6,123)
65. Alex Bolotin ($6,123)
66. Casey Yontz ($6,123)
67. Dan Smith ($6,123)
68. Iakov Onuchin ($6,123)
69. Ronald Savageau ($6,123)
70. Howard Widman ($6,123)
71. Stephen Hesse ($6,123)
72. Jay Kaplan ($6,123)
73. Ashton Berner ($5,271)
74. Mario Trujillo ($5,271)
75. Jacob Bucher ($5,271)
76. Brandon Steven ($5,271)
77. Randy Haddox ($5,271)
78. Ari Engel ($5,271)
79. Michael Holm ($5,271)
80. Steven Tripp ($5,271)
81. Andrew Dick ($5,271)
82. Pedro Fernandez ($4,546)
83. William Coren ($4,546)
84. Matthew Vengrin ($4,546)
85. Scott Reaves ($4,546)
86. Filipp Khavin ($4,546)
87. Joon Yi ($4,546)
88. Joe Laming ($4,546)
89. Lorenzo Azzi ($4,546)
90. Nicholas Welu ($4,546)
91. Christopher Gonzales ($3,978)
92. Patrick Neering ($3,978)
93. Puneet Modha ($3,978)
94. Chad Bradbury ($3,978)
95. Jake Schwartz ($3,978)
96. Andrea Vezzani ($3,978)
97. Alan Colwell ($3,978)
98. William Fitzpatrick ($3,978)
99. Tracy Asmus ($3,978)
100. Ryan Welch ($3,537)
101. Yury Gulyy ($3,537)
102. Jeremiah Leon ($3,537)
103. Raymond Dehkharghani ($3,537)
104. Scott Cohen ($3,537)
105. John Bedford ($3,537)
106. Matthew Diehl ($3,537)
107. Kyle Branning ($3,537)
108. John Choi ($3,537)
109. John Hayes ($3,537)
110. Joe Tehan ($3,537)
111. Allyn Jaffrey Shulman ($3,537)
112. Peter Murphy ($3,537)
113. Lily Newhouse ($3,537)
114. Phillip Schechter ($3,537)
115. Joshua Skaggs ($3,537)
116. Matthew Shepsky ($3,537)
117. Jason Groves ($3,537)
118. Christopher Delgrande ($3,537)
119. Craig McCorkell ($3,537)
120. Alan Sugano ($3,537)
121. Fabrice Soulier ($3,537)
122. Eric Salinas ($3,537)
123. Jason Everett ($3,537)
124. Jean-Nicolas Fortin ($3,537)
125. Eric Nelson ($3,537)
126. Jake Cody ($3,537)
127. Wayne Keller ($3,537)
128. Martyn Frey ($3,537)
129. Chad Cox ($3,537)
130. Jerry Wong ($3,537)
131. Alexander Kim ($3,537)
132. David Sklansky ($3,537)
133. Connor Drinan ($3,537)
134. Steve O'Dwyer ($3,537)
135. Yossi Strasser ($3,537)
136. Thomas Fuller ($3,182)
137. David Warady ($3,182)
138. Richard Vasse ($3,182)
139. Calvin Ford ($3,182)
140. Kelly Holes ($3,182)
141. Valerie Leblanc ($3,182)
142. Justin Smith ($3,182)
143. Greg Hobson ($3,182)
144. Marcio Cid ($3,182)
145. Philip Tom ($3,182)
146. Jussi Jaatinen ($3,182)
147. Darren Elias ($3,182)
148. Christopher Roth ($3,182)
149. Shreeniwas Kelkar ($3,182)
150. James Dempsey ($3,182)
151. Dustin Graves ($3,182)
152. Ryan D'Angelo ($3,182)
153. Andrew Boccia ($3,182)
154. Kim Frederiksen ($3,182)
155. Brent Blackaby ($3,182)
156. Zachery Schneider ($3,182)
157. Jonathan Poche ($3,182)
158. Chris Birchby ($3,182)
159. Ryan Buckholtz ($3,182)
160. Simon Charette ($3,182)
161. Sheri Moores ($3,182)
162. Christopher Herrell ($3,182)
163. Hafiz Khan ($3,182)
164. Dani Stern ($3,182)
165. Wesley Yonda ($3,182)
166. Andrey Pateychuk ($3,182)
167. Douglas Redmann ($3,182)
168. Joseph Scimeca ($3,182)
169. Joshua Fussner ($3,182)
170. Ryan Olisar ($3,182)
171. Jason Potter ($3,182)
172. Jonathan Bakhshian ($2,898)
173. Travis Paecht ($2,898)
174. Jason Baer ($2,898)
175. Ronald Waxberg ($2,898)
176. Christopher Bolek ($2,898)
177. Karim Vegas ($2,898)
178. Kevin Zhang ($2,898)
179. Bart Hanson ($2,898)
180. James Fetzner ($2,898)
181. Christian Rudolph ($2,898)
182. Yudhishter Jaswal ($2,898)
183. Tuow Ting ($2,898)
184. Alan Snow ($2,898)
185. Jacin Steele ($2,898)
186. James Barger ($2,898)
187. Brandon Bailey ($2,898)
188. Raj Vohra ($2,898)
189. Evgeny Taranyuk ($2,898)
190. Jonah Rogers ($2,898)
191. Jefffrey Schlesinger ($2,898)
192. Brian Saltus ($2,898)
193. David Ritter ($2,898)
194. Ted Jivkov ($2,898)
195. Peter Rho ($2,898)
196. Casey Zejdlik ($2,898)
197. Zachary Humphrey ($2,898)
198. Brian Hartman ($2,898)
199. John Kugelman ($2,898)
200. Marvin Burkholder ($2,898)
201. Lee Medvec ($2,898)
202. Zal Irani ($2,898)
203. Phung Ngo ($2,898)
204. In Sun Geoum ($2,898)
205. Kevin Andriamahefa ($2,898)
206. Sean Getzwiller ($2,898)
207. Anthony Shearer ($2,898)
208. David Lin ($2,898)
209. Edward Robertson ($2,898)
210. Layne Flack ($2,898)
211. Chris Grigorian ($2,898)
212. Timothy Campbell ($2,898)
213. Mark Fink ($2,898)
214. Billy McBrayer ($2,898)
215. James Agate ($2,898)
216. Charles Cochran ($2,898)