WSOP 2011: Czech raising all the way for newlywed Hruby
For most a trip to Las Vegas is judged on a handful of parameters. The obvious one is the "money lost" category. Then there are things like the number of shows seen or days spent by the pool. For Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby it's been a bit of both.
While The World Series of Poker has been, up to know, a bit of a drag, with no results to speak of for the Czech pro, two things stand out. First he got married two days ago. Second, he just made the money in the main event.
Not the most conventional of men, Hruby opted to get married a few hundred feet above the Las Vegas strip on the rest day, in a helicopter, accommodating you, the bride to be and six guests, circling the Las Vegas strip with flowers and champagne depending on turbulence. Interestingly, if you want additional guests they have to fly in a separate helicopter, but the pilot's gratuity is covered in the cost of the wedding. Now, two days later, Hruby has even more to celebrate.
While it's been a tough World Series for Hruby, he is now in the money in the main event, his first WSOP score of the year which ought to put the shine back on an eventful summer.
It was in Vienna a few months ago where Hruby pinged the poker radar, reaching the final table of the European Poker Tour main event, alongside fellow Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. Hruby steered past Negreanu, who busted in fourth, and into second place, a runner-up spot worth a career best $655,793.
Now, Hruby carries the hopes of a country currently experiencing its own poker boom, witht eh Eureka Poker Tour already making a debut appearance in March and the EPT heading that way in December. The place would go nuts if it were welcoming back the first Czech world Champion. Wedding bells or victory bells - Hruby would be that man.
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