After winning this event last year, Ronnie Bardah secured his first World Series of Poker bracelet, but more importantly he validated his place among poker's current crop of young phenoms.
Just one year later, Bardah very nearly earned his second piece of jewelry here at the WSOP, placing 3rd in the $5,000 Limit Hold'em Event less than a week ago.
With his proficiency in the game of Limit Hold'em indisputable at this point, there are plenty of reasons for Bardah to believe that defending his title is a good investment, but to hear him tell it, he had a difficult choice on his hands with the Big One for One Drop being played on the same day.
"Yeah, I was gonna play the Big One," Bardah told his tablemates, tongue planted firmly in cheek. "But you know, I thought defending this thing was kind of important, so I stuffed the $100K in my backpack and headed over here."
Despite having dangerous pro Jeff Shulman seated to his left, Bardah is thriving once again in the limit format, and he has already doubled his starting stack midway through the night.