Gershon Distenfeld participated in theNo-Limit Hold’em Shootout (2,000 max) at this year’sWorld Series of Poker 2021 (WSOP). The tournament attracted 800 players who paid an entry fee of $1,500 and the cumulative prize pool totalled $1,068,000.
Gershon Distenfeld wins first WSOP bracelet
Gershon Distenfeld was crowned champion when he defeated Johan Schumacher after a back-and-forth head-to-head battle for $204,063. Here’s how he puts on his first World Series of Pokerbracelet. Distenfeld said: “I’ve always dreamed of winning one, and it’s one of those things you think will never happen. I just don’t know what to say. I even cried a little bit that doesn’t sound like me.
“I want to thank my family for showing up and surprising me. My brother and sister-in-law Sam and Jen Goldstein. They came and supported me, it was great. I wanted a rail, so last night I offered a bunch of my friends to fly them out today and no one could do it.”
“There is one person who always told me that he was going to make it to a final table and that he would come no matter what, and unfortunately he passed away. His name is Yonky Berger. I would like to dedicate my win to him. One of my biggest supporters, and I have a lot of supporters … ”
“There is no doubt that he would have flown this morning if he had been alive and well, so I want to dedicate my bracelet to him”.
Gershon Distenfeld: various organisations will receive part of the $204,063
Some of the beneficiary organisations are
Leket – Leket (Hebrew word for “gleaning”) rescues excess food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to the needy.
Yad Leah: collects and distributes donations of gently used clothing while preserving the dignity and privacy of the recipients.
Minds Matter: Minds Matter connects motivated and determined students from low-income families with the people, preparation and possibilities to succeed in college, create their futures and change the world.
Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society: offers a variety of services for cancer patients in need.
Iron Mike Youth Foundation – changing the lives of children and families through youth sports. The charity was recently started by the family of Distenfeld’s late friend Mike Snyder, who tragically passed away three years ago at the age of 57. Among others.
“Winning this bracelet would have brought him a lot of joy,” said Distenfeld. In a move similar to that made by Poker Hall of Famer Barry Greenstein during the height of the poker boom, Distenfeld told WSOP live reporters that he hopes the act will inspire other members of the poker community to donate the money they win.
It’s not the first time Gershon Distenfeld has donated money by winning in poker tournaments.
As he did with his Main Event national final table winnings last year, Distenfeld has pledged to donate all of his winnings to these charities and hopes to inspire other members of the poker community to be more philanthropic where possible.
“My wife Aviva and I have been blessed with financial means and it is a core value for us to give both our money and our time to help make the world a better place,” Distenfeld said earlier this week.
“I would love to offer a challenge to all bracelet winners to give 1% of their money to the charity of their choice. There is no shortage of needs. If I could have a lasting impact on the poker community, I would do just that,” he added today.
Final table results:
|1||Gershon Distenfeld||$ 204,063||912|
|2||Johan Schumacher||$ 126.133||760|
|3||Jonathan Betancur||$ 94,720||608|
|4||Orson Young||$ 71.142||456|
|5||David Tran||$ 54,217||380|
|6||Sohale Khalili||$ 41,728||304|
|7||Ari Engel||$ 32,439||228|
|8||Thomas Boivin||$ 25,473||152|
|9||AP Garza||$ 20,208||76|
|10||Craig Trost||$ 16.197|
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