Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Year of Sean Getzwiller, Tucson Poker Professional [UPDATED]

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Sean Getzwiller is not a household name when it comes to professional poker.

But if the Tucsonan continues to run as good as he has in 2011, that’s not going to be the case for long.

Getzwiller placed 43rd at the World Series of Poker Europe’s Main Event, a 10,000-euro no-limit Texas Hold’Em tournament currently running in Cannes, France.

He was eliminated just after 2 p.m. Tucson time (11 p.m. in France) when he went all in with flush and straight draws but ultimately was beaten by an opponent who called with bottom pair.

Getzwiller earned 24,000 euros, or more than $30,000, for this tourney.

Tucson professional poker player Sean Getzwiller
  • Tucson professional poker player Sean Getzwiller

Getzwiller, 30, has had a breakout year on the poker tournament circuit, starting in June when he beat a field of more than 3,000 players to earn a World Series of Poker bracelet, not to mention about $611,000. It was one of three deep runs he made at the WSOP at the Rio in Las Vegas, and he followed that up by earning another $69,000 in the second event of the newly-formed Epic Poker League.

He also cashed in one of the six preliminary WSOPE events.

Now living in Las Vegas, Getzwiller is a former real estate broker who used to run some underground card rooms in Tucson before moving to Sin City last year. He also spends time in Toronto so as to be able to play online poker, a move that many professionals have taken since the U.S. government shut down the top poker sites on April 15.

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