After years of striving, Makarios Avramidis made his dreams come true. The Greek native secured his first World Series of Poker Europe win and WSOP bracelet in Berlin this weekend. His prize for winning the €2,200 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event included the coveted gold bracelet and €105,000 (roughly US$119,274.75).
Avramidis, a restaurant owner in Darmstadt, Germany, is a big poker hobbyist.
“Poker is my passion,” he told PokerNews. “I know that this is a big achievement, but I don’t want to brag. It takes a lot of luck to win in poker. I have seen both sides of it.”
Avramidis beat some elite competition on his way to the title, including German powerplayer Marvin Rettenmaier, 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Paul Michaelis, and ten-time WSOP final table participant Stephen Chidwick.
Frederic Schwarzer of Germany was the chip leader heading into the final table but was ultimately forced to settle for second.
“I thought [Schwarzer] seem[ed] a little scared and he was waiting for big hands, so I decided to be more aggressive heads-up,” Avramidis said. “I was really putting a lot of pressure on him because I could see he really wanted to win and might be a little scared to lose.”
Despite his big win, Avramidis said he has no immediate plans to make any major life changes .
“I know it means more freedom in terms of money and happiness for me and my family,” he said. “Right now I just want to get some sleep for sure. I don’t drink, but I will have one beer, have a good sleep and think about it all tomorrow. I’ll get a good night of sleep and we will see what the future brings.”
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