Ok, maybe we're overstating "things" in the headline there, but for well over 20 years, Chip Reese has been recognized by his peers as one of the--if not the--best poker player in the game.
While we'd be about as apt to play a hand in a cash game against Chip as we would be apt to wrestle a full-grown grizzly bear (ie, not very apt to), Reese has never really had that "signature" win or recognition point with John Q. Public, mostly because he doesn't play many tournaments.
But in a field of poker's elite, Reese came through, winning the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event after out-dueling Andy Bloch for a WSOP record breaking seven hour heads-up battle. For the win, Chip banks $1,716,000 and his third bracelet.
This one meant a lot to Reese, who told Card Player magazine, "It was important to me, cause all my friends wanted to win it too. We all talked about it for a long time."
The rest of the final table payouts were: 2) Andy Bloch - $1,029,600, 3) Phil Ivey- $617,760, 4) Jim Bechtel - $549,120, 5) T.J. Cloutier - $480,480, 6) David Singer - $411,840, 7) Dewey Tomko - $343,200, 8) Doyle Brunson - $274,560, 9) Patrik Antonius - $205,920.
* Image from Card Player.