February 28, 2012 -
Buck County’s Roman Valerstein enjoyed the biggest win of his poker career when he finished fourth in the World Series of Poker main event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida earlier this week.
Valerstein, from Newtown, won $76,692 at the Florida event for his fifth cash in a WSOP Circuit tournament this season. Valerstein, 25, also had a five-figure payday at the Borgata Winter Poker Open earlier this year for more than $12,000.
Valerstein was eliminated in the West Palm main event by eventual winner Canadian Jim Harnden. Valerstein went all-in with 5-5 against Harnden’s A-K. A King fell on the flop and Valerstein never improved although he had outs for an inside straight and a set on the river. Harnden won more than $226,00 for first place in the $1,600 buy-in no-limit hold’em event that drew 778 entrants.
Prior to his successful showing in Florida, Valerstein’s biggest career tournament cash was for nearly $22,000 when he finished third in a WSOP Circuit event at Harrah’s Atlantic City late last year. He also won a Circuit event at Caesars Atlantic City two years ago for more than $17,500.
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