The third time was a charm for Matt Matros.

Matros defied the odds last week, winning the 1,604-player, $1,500 no-limit hold ‘em Event 16.

It was his third World Series of poker bracelet in as many years, becoming one of the most formidable forces in US poker.

To put it in perspective, in the history of the World Series of poker, only 160 have won multiple bracelets. And only 57 have won three.

Now his goal is to become the 33rd player to win four or more.

“It’s almost ironic that I have three, because I very deliberately do not chase bracelets at WSOP,” Matros told ESPN.com. “I very much play where the edge is, which means a ton of players and little shot at the bracelet. The fields I won in are big. You don’t expect wins in them. I’m never going to set goals for bracelets because it’s too hard to win them. My only goal is to make money and I set that goal in a reasonable way. My secondary goal is to be known as a good player, but I think I achieved that with the first bracelet. I didn’t have much else to prove, so it’s really shocking that I won two more.”

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