Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? Here at the PokerStars Blog we think they’re great and the poker landscape is littered with remarkable feats that have made their way into poker folklore. Long before Chris Moneymaker wrote his name into poker history Jack Strauss penned his own chapter when he won the 1982 WSOP Main Event and famously came back from a single chip to win the lot.
Whilst there’s some dispute over whether Strauss knew he had a chip under his napkin, and was shooting an angle, there’s no debate that this incident is the root of the popular saying – some would say too popular -‘a chip and chair’. Jack Strauss is not the only player to have won a big tournament from a single chip as Bill Edler won a $10,000 tournament in September 2007 from a single ante chip and a short time ago it looked as if we might be on for our own EPT piece of folklore.
At this juncture Philipp Gruissem wandered over from a nearby table and Tsoukernik repeated his line of questioning to the German high roller. “Yes,” was the succinct response from Gruissem. All the while the poker tournament was continuing and on closer inspection Tsoukernik had actually been left with four chips, but why let facts get in the way of a story.
The blinds at this point were 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante so after three hands of folding Tsoukernik really was down to one chip but to pay the ante he had to break it and as he was the table chip leader, Christoph Vogelsang did the needful. Turns out he could’ve just saved everyone some time – and Kaverman some chips – as Tsoukernik’s tournament came to an end on the next hand and it was Vogelsang who did for him.
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