His claim to fame up until now was that he is a neighbor of Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman.
The event was a $5,000 buy-in, no-limit Texas hold ‘em shootout tournament that had 360 entrants and a total prize pool of about $1.7 million.
For his big win, which was his first in a WSOP tourney, Tom will receive his first WSOP championship gold bracelet, a piece of pricey hardware that all WSOP winners get.
Tom also picks up a huge cash prize for the huge win: $477,990.
Now Mayor Goodman will be bragging that Tom is HIS neighbor.
Coming in second in the event was Greg Mueller of White Rock, British Columbia, Canada, who earned $298,638.
Third was Leo Wolpert of Fairfax, Virginia, USA, who earned $187,812.
Fourth was Sirous Jameshidi of Broomall, Pennsyvania, USA, who earned $118,440.
Fifth was Tim West of Los Altos, California, USA, who earned $63,450.
Sixth was Tom “Smokey” Roupe of Houston, Texas, USA, who earned $38,070.
Seventh was well-known poker pro John Juanda, a native Indonesian who now lives in Marina Del Rey, California, USA, and who earned $16,920.
Eighth was John Murphy of Walnut Creek, California, USA, who earned $16,920.
Ninth was Elton Beebe of Austin, Texas, USA, who earned $16,920.
Tenth was Eugene Katchalov of New York City, New York, USA, who earned $16,920.
For those who keep track of such things, that’s two Toms and a Tim finishing in the Top 10.
In addition, top poker pro Erik Seidel, who was won eight WSOP bracelets in his storied career, finished in 24th place.
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