Israeli IT Manager Wins Top Prize at World Series of Poker Tournament

Idan Raviv, 24, becomes second Israeli to win gold bracelet at prestigious card game competition.

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An Israeli man won a gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, the second consecutive year in which an Israeli has won a top title in the prestigious card game event.

Idan Raviv, a 24-year-old IT manager from the city of Holon, beat 1,651 other players to win over $450,000, WSOP said in a statement.

Raviv's big win came after a tense five hour game in the final table in the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed tournament. Though his British opponent, Iaron Lightbourne, started with a chip advantage, Raviv managed to chip away at the Brit until finally cleaning the table.

Though losing the top prize, the runner-up still took home over $280,000.

According to, a website devoted to the game of poker, the Israeli winner declined to be interviewed, citing the language barrier and "stiff Israeli tax laws."

Though this is the first time Raviv has won a gold bracelet, he has cashed in before in WSOP tournaments, including the Main Event Championship and the Little One for One Drop, WSOP said.

In the 2014 competition, Israeli card player Avi Moshe also took first prize, winning a gold bracelet in the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event.