Davidi Kitai Takes World Series of Poker Title for Third Time

The Belgian born pro poker player, Davidi Kitai, has won his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet in the 2014 WSOP. Kitai climbed to the top spot after the final event, the $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold ’em, beating 810 other entrants in the field. With this win Kitai has secured his place in Poker history as one of the game’s true talents.

Kitai took home $508,640 in addition to his golden bracelet. In his 2008 and 2013 WSOP victories he took home $244,583 and $224,560 respectively. He is one of only five poker players to have won the “triple crown”, having also won titles in the World Poker Tour in 2011 and the European Poker Tour in 2012.

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Davidi Kitai – Game Play

Davidi Kitai and Gordon Vayo went head to head in the 15th event of 2014’s WSOP. The latter began with a massive disadvantage in chips in the heads-up event which was scheduled to last three days. Vayo kept up a determined pace, taking the lead before the end of day three which meant going into extra time with a fourth day.

One of Poker’s most familiar faces, Phil Hellmouth, sometimes referred to as the “Poker Brat”, suffered frustration in the contest, falling painfully short of attaining his fourteenth bracelet. Hellmouth, however, remains the only player to have won both the WSOP and WSOPE main events.

However, there is some controversy regarding Kitai’s claim to the “triple crown.” Since his World Poker Tour win was a Celebrity Invitational event and not open to the public, meaning the field was considerably weaker. Regardless, Kitai can now boast a total of $4,900,000 in live tournament winnings and he has become one of only 29 players to have won three gold bracelets.

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen

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