(JTA) — A native Israeli won first place in an event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Tomer Berda, who now lives in Menlo Park, Calif., where he owns a software research and development company, took the gold bracelet in the no-limit hold ’em event. Berda defeated 197 others to take the $825,976 first prize.
Ynet reported that Berda was the first Israeli to win a World Series of Poker event.
According to the World Series of Poker website, Berda started playing poker in 2003, and enjoys playing online, but has started playing more live tournaments in the last year.
Berda previously had two final table appearances and four cash wins at the World Series.