Evan Dollinger, of
He earned $90,501.
The $440 buy-in event drew 944 entries.
Dollinger, 27, has been playing full-time since 2007, knocked out the fifth, sixth and 11th-place finisher, and almost had the No. 3 player with his KK vs. A-4 preflop. But he turned an ace to stay alive.
He said he started to lose the heads-up battle, but was lucky and got JJ vs TT all-in preflop to double up.
The final hand, I won with 66 vs 57 on a 5 6 J T board and my opponent check-raised all-in on the turn.
He says he ran to his wife, Rebecca, to celebrate, and credits her for bringing him "food, water, and whatever else I needed for almost two full days so that I could focus on playing poker."
"I don't know if I could have done it without her," he said. Sounds like a keeper...
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