David Prociak is a popular face at his home state’s poker rooms and, to be more precise, a Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood regular. He tends to call himself a poker amateur, although he has accumulated quite a lot of experience over the years.
Last night, Prociak topped the field of the WSOP Circuit Seminole Hard Rock $365 Pot-Limit Omaha event to prove that he could easily be reclassified as an accomplished poker pro. The player collected $14,118 for his efforts as well as his first gold ring from the series.
However, here it is important to note that said gold ring was not his first piece of WSOP jewelry. Last summer, Prociak topped the field of a $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament for a gold bracelet and $156,546 in cash. Over the years, the player has also proved proficiency in other poker variants. Yet, he told interviewers last night that Pot-Limit Omaha was and still is his favorite poker game.
Prociak’s Road to Victory
The Pot-Limit Omaha attracted 181 entries keen to show their skills and love for the game. That created a prize pool of $54,300 and the opportunity for 21 skillful and lucky players to win a share of the money.
The tournament took place over two days. The original field was reduced to just 16 players by the end of Day 1. This means that the bubble was burst sometime towards the final stages of play for that day. Prociak was the player to emerge as the chip leader. He had accumulated 387,000 in chips by the time organizers called it a day on Tuesday.
Although Prociak was a player whose experience allowed him to feel comfortable upon returning for Day 2 play, some of the other remaining hopefuls were just as equally comfortable due to their previous accomplishments on the felt.
John Holley, a six-time gold ring winner, was among the Day 2 survivors. The player entered Day 2 action second in chips. However, he was denied the chance for a seventh gold piece after falling in third place for $6,297. Here it is interesting to note that the player had previously won a ring at that same venue.
Despite the tough competition from seasoned players, Prociak managed to retain his advantage by the time the unofficial ten-handed final table was set and throughout that final stage of play. The player was setting the pace of play until the very end. Jonathan Borenstein, a player with six WSOP Circuit cashes but with no gold pieces won, was his final opponent to defeat before scooping the ring himself. Borenstein ended ended up in second place with a $8,721 in prize money.
As for Prociak, he revealed his ambitions to win more WSOP trophies. The player returned to the world of poker back in 2015 after a six-year hiatus, during which he devoted his time and attention to establishing his online shoe/clothing business.