ArticleA legend, a trail-blazer, Marcin Horecki becomes the first Pole with a WSOP bracelet!

A pro poker player, recognized as a pioneer of the game in his country, participates in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and achieves a historic feat. He emerges victorious, securing the first-ever gold bracelet for himself and garnering immense pride among avid poker enthusiasts from his homeland.

By Doro | 02 Jul 2023
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In the world of professional poker, there are few achievements as prestigious as winning a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. For Marcin Horecki, this dream recently became a reality, making him the first player from Poland to earn this coveted accolade.

We at the Poker Academy are extremely proud and delighted with the victory achieved by our fellow countryman. 

Marcin Horecki, once a member of the Polish national alpine skiing team, found his second passion in poker after a career-ending injury. His transition from the slopes to the poker table has been nothing short of remarkable, with Horecki quickly establishing himself as a formidable force on European poker scene.

Horecki, a prominent figure in the professional poker game in Poland, has served as a trailblazer for younger players. He remains an inspiration, having earned over $1,599,093 in live tournaments, including noteworthy third-place finishes in the EPT Main Events held in London (2008) and Prague (2010).

Marcin “Góral” Horecki © PokerStars

Although he has achieved numerous successes throughout his career, his long-awaited “magnum opus” came to fruition only during the 54th annual World Series of Poker.

A Groundbreaking Achievement

Horecki’s victory came in the #55 $1500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better event, where he faced off against some of the world’s most esteemed poker players. Among them was Mike Matusow, a legendary figure in the poker world, and the runner-up of this event. Despite the stiff competition, Horecki triumphed, cementing his place in poker history.

Horecki’s WSOP win is not just a personal achievement but a milestone for Polish poker. He is the first player from Poland to win a WSOP bracelet, thereby putting Poland firmly on the global poker map. His victory will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of Polish poker players to pursue their dreams.

The success of the Pole in popularizing the game in his country is not insignificant. Particularly important is raising awareness about modern poker and advocating for sensible legal regulation of the game. Unfortunately, the current law is highly flawed, if not terrible.

Looking Ahead

As we celebrate Marcin Horecki’s historic WSOP win, we can’t help but look forward to his future endeavors. With his determination, skill, and passion for the game, there’s no doubt that we’ll be seeing more of Horecki’s poker prowess in the years to come.

In the meantime, we raise our cards to Marcin Horecki, a trailblazer in the world of Polish poker and a source of inspiration for players in his country. Here’s to many more victories!

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