Archive for June, 2013
by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Jesse Martin outplayed a star-studded final table to win the $10,000 No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Single Draw event at the 2013 World Series of Poker and his first gold bracelet.
The No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Single Draw tournament always draws a strong field and 2013 was no exception with eighty-seven of the world’s best poker players taking part.
The final table was always going to be tough but the talent that remained in the tournament on the final day was ridiculous with fifteen combined WSOP bracelets and millions of dollars of prizemoney spread across the table.
Six-time World Series of Poker winner Layne Flack was a clear chip leader heading into the final table but was eliminated in fifth place and was quickly followed to the rail by Jon Turner and 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro.
Both Konstantin Puchkov and David Bakes have already qualified for final tables during the 2013 World Series of Poker but both fell narrowly short of victory once again with Martin claiming the first place prize of $253,524.
Martin has recorded a number of consistent results at the World Series and his first bracelet victory was well deserved.
In other action on an exciting day at the World Series Sandeep Pulusani overcame a seven to one heads-up chip disadvantage to win his maiden WSOP bracelet.
Second place looked likely for Pulusani but he refused to concede the title to Niall Farrell and dodged several all-ins to produce a remarkable comeback.
The first place prize of $592,684 was easily the biggest prize of his career and easily justified his decision to move to Las Vegas to play professional poker.
Canadian players have been the big story of the 2013 World Series of Poker but Norbert Szecsi picked up a win for the Europeans by taking out the latest $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament.
The Hungarian online poker specialist wasted little time taking out the title with the final table lasting only a few hours.
At only twenty-two years of age Szecsi has a very big poker career in front of him and the first place prize of $345,037 is a major boost to his bankroll.
The second day of the $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em event is underway with the eighty remaining players battling it out for the massive prize pool of $17,891,148.
Brandon Steven is the current chip lead but there are plenty of talented players left in the event.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Online poker stars Jared ‘The Waco Kidd’ Hamby and Steve ‘gboro780’ Gross both scored the biggest victories of their live poker careers yesterday by winning gold bracelets at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Jared Hamby snuck onto the final table of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event as one of the short stacks and was playing catch-up for the majority of the final day of action.
Even as his heads-up battle with Peter Hengsakul started he was at a massive chip disadvantage but thanks to some solid play and a bit of luck was able to claim his first major poker title as well as the first place prize of $525,272.
Hamby has accumulated almost $2 million in live tournament winnings and was one of the world’s best online poker pros before the events of Black Friday but admitted to being overwhelmed after winning his first WSOP bracelet.
“I’m obviously elated, I’ve been through a lot to get here,” Hamby said.
“This has been a life goal of mine.
“When I saw that king (to win the final hand) it was like nirvana, it was like a bracelet for the first time in my life it was there for me and after that it was cloud nine.”
Only a few hours later Steve Gross was able to record his own breakthrough victory in the $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha event, dramatically turning around his fortunes at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Before the PLO event Gross had entered fifteen events at the 2013 WSOP and failed to cash in a single tournament but the first place prize of $488,817 and his maiden WSOP bracelet more than makes up for his previous heartbreak.
Gross was one of the players who were most affected by the events of Black Friday.
The twenty-seven-year-old made up to $6 million playing online poker and was a winner of the Card Player Magazine’s Online Poker Player of the Year award but wasn’t able to convert his success on the virtual felt to live tournaments.
An emotional Gross was clearly over-the-moon to record his first live tournament victory.
“I’ve been disappointed not to have a big live result up to now, so this feels great,” Gross said.
“I have envisioned this moment, but to actually be here is just awesome.”
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
The incredible run of Canadian players at the 2013 World Series of Poker has continued with Justin Oliver and Daniel Idema winning WSOP bracelets yesterday.
Canadian players have now win nine different events at the 2013 WSOP and have already smashed the record for the most tournaments wins for a non-United States country in a series.
Oliver staged a remarkable comeback to win the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Four-Handed event and claim his first WSOP bracelet.
The thirty-seven-year-old was short stacked for the majority of the final stages of the tournament but remained calm and continued to work his way through the event.
Oliver finally made it to the heads-up stage of the tournament and found himself at a massive chip disadvantage to Nick Schwarmann.
He was, once again, able to maintain his composure and took home a well-deserved payday of $309,071- the biggest of his poker career to date.
Only a few hours later the Maple Leaf Flag was flying at the World Series again when Daniel Idema claimed victory in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event.
The former hockey player receive his second WSOP bracelet, adding to his previous triumph in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2011 World Series Poker, and the first place prize of $184,590 took his total earnings at the series to over $1 million.
Idema has put together quiet the poker resume since retiring from Ice Hockey in 2006, recording nineteen cashes at the World Series of Poker and qualifying for final tables on five different occasions.
A number of leading players made deep runs in this tournament with Mike Sexton (56th), Phil Hellmuth (42nd), Jason Mercier (36th), Barry Greenstein (21st) and Layne Flack all finishing in the cash.
The action continues at the 2013 World Series of Poker today with one of the most star-studded fields of the event doing battle in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No-Limit) tournament.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 24th, 2013
Although the victories of Erick Lindgren and Jeff Madsen dominated the headlines at the 2013 World Series of Poker this weekend there were still several other tournaments decided.
Bryan Campanello recorded the biggest win of his poker career by outlasting a field of 301 players to win the $2,500 Seven Card Razz event.
The youngster completely dominated the final table and was a deserving winner of the only Razz event on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule.
In the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em tournament Michael Gathy defeated a strong final table to win his second WSOP bracelet.
Gathy was one of three former bracelet winners at the final table and was able to outlast Jason Duval and Jake Cody to claim the first place prize of $278,613 and become the second Belgian, after Davidi Kitai, to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Another European was successful in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout with Bulgarian Simeon Naydenov taking home the bracelet and the first place prize of $326,440.
Naydenov has proven to be a specialist in the Shootout format with his victory in this event adding to his tenth place finish in the $3,000 variation at the start of the World Series.
The final table of the tournament had a truly global feel with players representing Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Argentina, Great Britain and the United States taking part.
The $5,000 Limit Hold’em event drew a disappointing field of only 170 players but that didn’t bother Michael Moore who won his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet.
Moore is a WSOP veteran who finished tenth in the 1995 Main Event and required his many years of his experience to outplay a strong final table that included past bracelet winners Ronnie Bardah and Todd Witteles as well as rising poker stars Ben Yu and Justin Bonomo.
There is no rest for the wicked at the 2013 World Series of Poker with several more winners set to join Campanello, Gathy, Naydenov and Moore in the coming days.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 24th, 2013
It was a massive weekend at the 2013 World Series of Poker with leading professionals Jeff Madsen and Erick Lindgren both winning WSOP bracelets.
Madsen took home $384,420 for winning the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament while Lindgren continued his amazing return to the tournament poker circuit with his victory $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for a cash of $606,317.
Lindgren, who won the Player of the Year Award at the 2008 World Series of Poker, has had a couple of tough years battling a gambling addiction but is clearly back to his best after claiming his second six figure prize in as many months.
The thirty-six-year-old completely dominated most of the event but faced a tough heads-up battle against Lee Markholt who came back from a four to one chip deficit to briefly take the chip lead.
However, Lindgren was able to keep his cool and eventually recorded his second WSOP victory – five years after his maiden triumph in the $5,000 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) event at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
The wait between bracelets was even longer for Madsen who scored his first WSOP victory since his triumphs in the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em and $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Short Handed events at the 2006 World Series of Poker.
Madsen has recorded a number of consistent results at the WSOP in recent years and said he was never bothered by his bracelet drought but was clearly thrilled to finally win his WSOP event.
“I feel ecstatic, it’s been a long time and I feel I played a really good tournament,” Madsen said.
“I didn’t think it would take this long, but it did.
“I wanted to win, but I’ve been working to improve my game since thing and if anything, now I am a better player.”
Lindgren and Madsen are both in with a chance at becoming the first player in the history of the World Series to win the Player of the Year Award on two occasions but still have a great deal of work to do to catch pace-setters Daniel Negreanu and Tom Schneider.