1st | Dan O’Brien is Grand Challenge champ

1620 Vanessa Selbst and Dan OBrien

It was a Grand day for American poker pro Dan O’Brien on this day in 2011 … O’Brien outlasted 70 opponents en route to his first-ever victory on the live tournament poker circuit in the Main Event at the Grand Challenge Tournament Series in Las Vegas.

O’Brien would defeat legendary Norwegian star Thor Hansen heads-up in the finale.

Top 5 | 2011 Grand Challenge Series Main Event
1. Daniel O’Brien (USA), $53,250
2. Thor Hansen (NOR), $36,715
3. Terry Fleischer (USA), $34,000
4. Jon Eaton (USA), $17,218
5. Claude Gunraj (USA), $13,774

*Photo credit: The Hendon Mob