For the first time in history, Israel has won first place in the World Series of Poker. Israeli-born Tomer Berda proudly took home the first place gold bracelet, along with a considerable $825,976.
Berda began playing online poker as a hobby to keep him challenged. When his hobby grew to a full-fledged passion, Berda decided to sign up for the Texas Hold'em tournaments in Las Vegas. After enduring defeat 12 times, Berda has finally emerged a top winner.
But, success didn’t come easily. The game was intense from start to finish, with both players holding the chip several times. The score swung like a pendulum until Berda won with a slight lead.
This wasn’t Berda’s first success; he has had two final table appearances, and four cash wins at the World Series, but nothing compares to taking the gold.
Berda currently resides in California, where he owns a successful tech company. Now he will be returning home with US $825,976 and even more pride.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life
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