Hot Claims First Gold Bracelet Over Elite Field

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Hot Claims First Gold Bracelet Over Elite Field
31 Oct

For a professional poker, winning the Las Vegas WSOP Main Event title is the pinnacle of a poker career. Of course, that title is quite fleeting with only one title available each year with almost 8,000 entrants to beat. Short of claiming that title, winning a WSOP gold bracelet is a fine career consolation prize for most players.

Just this past week, the gold bracelet community welcomed in a new member when one of Switzerland’s best poker pros, Basim Hot laid down the nuts to win Event #10: €25,500 Mixed Games Championship at the World Series of Poker Europe tournament at the King's Resort in Rozvadov. In attendance was a large group of poker fans who took time out from playing on the in favour of watching the poker community’s best players compete for huge prizes.

Indeed, the line-up from one event to the next included the best poker players in the world. On his path to victory, Hot ended up face-to-ace with none other the 15-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth at the final table. It’s worth noting that current POY leader Daniel Negreanu, who used his 6th place finish in this event to takeover POY position, was also present. 

Event #10 drew a total of field of 45 entries, which amounted to a total prize pool of €1,068,750. For his victory, Hot received the top prize of €385,91i with Hellmuth taking down €238,509 for his 2nd place finish. It was actually the second big cash of the WSOPE tournament for Hellmuth, which included a 5th place finish in event #5.

About Basim Hot

Hot was born in Macedonia and later moved to Switzerland where he currently resides in the beautiful city of Zurich. In recent years, he has successfully established himself as one of the best players in Swiss poker playing history. With this victory, he now has $2.1 million in live tournament earnings. 

In regard to his strategy while taking on some of the best players in the world, Hot stated:

"I played my game from the start, like always, and kept building pots. I didn't play my cards but the opponents. Most of my hands were bluffs as you could see, especially in the big pots, and I forced my opponents to fold. It didn't really matter who was sitting at my table, I just play my game against Phil Ivey, Isildur, and all the others."

As for what winning his first gold bracelet means to his flourishing career, Hot mentioned:

"It is actually a long story. Some six or seven years I was one of the best Swiss players and went to Las Vegas to win a bracelet for Switzerland. But because of my stupidity, I lost my entire bankroll on the first night and had to fly back home. They were all laughing at me."

Given his experience in Las Vegas, Hot has no immediate plans of returning to "Sin City." However, he does expect to be a regular among European events in the coming months.

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