WSOP ‘Gladiator’ Attracts 20,647 while an ICU Nurse Wins $25,000 High-Roller Event

Attracting 20,647 players to its “Gladiator” Event at WSOP: ICU Nurse Wins $25,000 High Roller Event

Brek Schutten and Stephen Winters celebrated winning World Series of Poker bracelets with pride after taking home hardware in two widely dissimilar events at this year’s series. While regulars Robert Mizrachi and Scott Seiver continue their collection, these two managed to find victory through two unique avenues.

Brek Schutten
Brek Schutten, an ICU nurse from Michigan, is a WSOP $25,000 high-roller champion. (Image: WSOP)

Nurse baller

Brek Schutten is an ICU nurse at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. When not on duty as an ICU nurse he battles some of the top high-stakes tournament players around on a global stage in high-stakes poker tournaments such as World Series of Poker ($25,000 Six-handed No Limit High Roller event this week for $1.405,641). Schutten recently set his career-best performance by winning this week at his career best at WSOPE winning this $15,000 Six-handed No Limit High Roller Event for $11,405,641.

Schutten bested 272 entries that generated a prize pool of $6,392,000 with Tyler Stafman as his runner-up; surpassing his tourney best by nearly $871,000 ($938,775) while Schutten finished fifth last year in this event.

Schutten is an accomplished tournament player who has amassed more than $5 Million in cashes through various tournaments over time. His most significant victory to date came at the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open when he captured World Poker Tour’s $3,500 Event for $1.261,095.

Last year he came close to winning his inaugural WSOP bracelet in the $50,000 high roller event, falling just short against Jake Schindler heads-up.

“I just love these fields; playing against some of the best in the world is such an enjoyable experience, and winning tournaments with this field makes my job that much sweeter,” he exclaimed to WSOP reporter after earning himself his bracelet, something he desperately desired. This allowed him to put in chips when they felt confident their hand had the best odds – something which helped ensure victory on this particular evening! ”

Schutten still works a few shifts each month as a nurse, yet is taking time off to focus on poker; which could prove fatal for other high stakes tournament pros.

“Gladiator” draws massive crowds.

Las Vegas poker enthusiasts flocked to Las Vegas this past month in pursuit of winning part of its $3 Million guaranteed prize pool at the $300 “Gladiators of Poker.” Composed of five flights where players could reenter twice for another shot at this prize pool, 206647 entries were recorded – fifth largest total ever seen at any WSOP tournament!

Stephen Winters
Stephen Winters Is the 2024 WSOP “Gladiator.” (Image: WSOP)

Stephen Winters became the last remaining player and claimed an unprecedented four-player prize pool of $5,079162 with $410210 as his share.

Winters from Lyon, Colorado is an avid recreational player who competes in several tournaments each year. Although he had cashes before in WSOP Circuit events but never made final tables – this cash in a bracelet event marked his inaugural cash in such an event!

Winters told a WSOP reporter after his win: “This tournament seems geared for the little guys like myself – just playing small tournaments every year has made this opportunity exciting and relevant!”

The top 2,763 finishers min-cashed for $600.

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