Athanasios Polychronopoulos

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Athanasios Polychronopoulos
Nickname(s) Athanasios 9 (Full Tilt)
Residence Springs, New York, U.S.
Born 1984 (age 30–31)
Southampton, New York, U.S.
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Final table(s) 3
Money finish(es) 13
World Poker Tour
Money finish(es) 6
Information accurate as of July 15, 2014.

Athanasios Polychronopoulos (born 1984) is a Greek-American professional poker player who won World Series of Poker bracelets at the 2011 and 2013 World Series of Poker.

Career highlights[edit]

When he won his first bracelet at the 2,713-entrant $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2011 World Series of Poker Event 48, he defeated a final table that included Yevgeniy Timoshenko and Pius Heinz.[1] When he won the 2,105-entrant $1,500 No Limit Hold'em 2013 World Series of Poker Event 17, he defeated a final table that included Joe Cada and David "Bakes" Baker.[2] According to Poker News Daily, he is the first player to win two large field $1,500 or less buyin events (2,713 entrants in 2010 and 2,105 in 2013).[3] British pro Praz Bansi can make a similar claim over slightly smaller fields with victories over 1100 entrants in 2006 and 2092 in 2010.[4][5]

At the 2010 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Main Event – M, Polychronopoulos was among the final three players who brokered a chop yielding him $418,500 when he finished third.[6] In addition to his WSOP success, he has won some major online tournaments online at Full Tilt Poker. On September 13, 2010, he won the "Full Tilt 1K Monday" for a $98,750 prize in the $1,000+$60 buy-in event against a field of 395 contestants.[7] He had previously won the 560-person $500 + $35 January 29, 2010, Friday Night Fight No-limit Hold'em Bounty event on Full Tilt for a prize of $56,000.[8]


Polychronopoulos was born in Southampton, New York and resides in Springs, New York, but his parents come from Greece.[9] Polychronopoulos is a former restauranteur.[3] When he wins World Series of Poker bracelets, the Greek National Anthem is played.[9] Athanasios, which is Greek, translates to either "immortal" or "eternal life".[10] As of July 7, 2013, the twenty-six letters in his full name make it the longest of anyone to ever win a World Series of Poker bracelet.[11]

World Series of Poker[edit]

World Series of Poker results
Year Cashes Final Tables Bracelets
2011 2 1 1
2012 4 1 0
2013 3 1 1
2014 4 0 0
World Series of Poker bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2011 $1,500 No Limit Texas hold 'em $650,223
2013 $1,500 No Limit Texas hold 'em $518,755


  1. ^ Rodriguez, Julio (2011-07-02). "Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins World Series of Poker Event No. 48: Polychronopoulos Earns $650,223 For The Victory". Card Player. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  2. ^ Davis, Bethany (2013-06-11). "World Series Of Poker -- Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins Event No. 17 $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em: Polychronopoulos Wins Second Gold Bracelet". Card Player. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  3. ^ a b Katz, Dan (2013-06-11). "2013 World Series of Poker: Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins Second Career $1,500 NLH Bracelet". Poker Daily News. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  4. ^ "$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em". Hendon Mob. 2006-08-04. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  5. ^ "$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em". Hendon Mob. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  6. ^ Doft, Mickey (2010-05-18). "SCOOP Main Events: Ryan "toetagU" Fair Wins the SCOOP Main Event – H Title". Poker News. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  7. ^ Pempus, Brian (2010-09-16). "Online Poker -- Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins Full Tilt 1K Monday". Card Player. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  8. ^ "Full Tilt Poker Friday Night Fight Jan 29, '10". Card Player. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  9. ^ a b Mathers, Kevin (2011-07-02). "WSOP Bracelet Winner Profile: Athanasios Polychronopoulos". Bluff. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  10. ^ Ferrara, Dave (2013-06-11). "Polychronopoulos ‘Blessed’ to Capture Second Bracelet". Bluff. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  11. ^ Mathers, Kevin (2013-06-11). "By The Numbers: Ivey, Kelly and the Long and Short of It". Bluff. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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