Andrew Lichtenberger got the monkey off his back, winning his first World Series of Poker bracelet in te Event #52: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em on Sunday at the 2016 WSOP.
$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results
The now 28-year-old New Yorker exploded onto the WSOP stage back in 2009, finishing runner-up in a $5,000 Shootout and running deep in the Main Event, collecting $500,557 for an 18th-place finish.
Lichtenberger spent the next seven years building a impressive résumé with 33 total WSOP cashes and five final-table appearances coming into this event. He had also collected better than $7.5 million in live tournament earnings around the world, but a WSOP bracelet still eluded the young pro until Sunday.
"It feels amazing to win," Lichtenberger said. "I've been playing the World Series since 2009, and I've been watching it since I was a kid when I saw Chris Moneymaker win, so it feels amazing."
Over the years, Lichtenberger has morphed from a bright-eyed young gambler to a consummate professional with a dedication to living a healthy lifestyle and playing the game with a Zen-like mentality. In 2015, he released a book entitled Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger's Yoga of Poker, focused on his lifestyle choices and mental approaches.
On Sunday, Lichtenberger said his lifestyle and healthy eating habits have been key to his success in poker in general, and winning this bracelet.
"Nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive attitude were all integral factors in my victory today," Lichtenberger said. "Without adopting these choices, I wouldn't be here. The human body is simple, but also very deep in its workings. To sit for so many hours and not nourish it, you're going give yourself more difficulty when the crucial moments come. So, just by doing what I do, I was able to make good decisions that really mattered today."
Lichtenberger ultimately topped a field of 1,125 players to book the win, including beating Aussie Craig Blight heads up on a fourth day added to the event. He collected $569,158 for the victory, pushing his career earnings up to nearly $8.3 million, including nearly $2.9 million at the WSOP alone.