Taylor Paur overcame a late scare from heads-up opponent Roy Weiss to win the latest $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Paur was rewarded for his dominant performance with the first place prize of $340,260 and his first-ever WSOP bracelet.
Paur was the clear chip leader heading into the final day of the event and it looked as though it was going to be smooth sailing for the twenty-four-year-old when the always dangerous Phil Ivey was eliminated in fourteenth place.
The Professional Poker Player was in cruise control as he swept aside the final table and looked as though he had the tournament won when he entered the heads-up battle with a clear chip lead over Weiss.
However, Weiss wasn’t going to give up without a fight and, admitting that he couldn’t outplay Paur, decided to go all-in on every hand to really put the pressure on his more experienced opponent.
Although Paur ended up claiming the victory he was clearly shocked by the strategy and at one stage accursed Weiss of disrespecting the game.
“I have never seen anything like it,” Paur said.
“I can’t imagine anyone just going all in every single hand.
“You don’t get heads-up for a gold bracelet very often and I thought he was just taking away my chance, I was trying to play for the bracelet, not flip coins for it.
“I just feel it’s disrespectful to everyone who played this tournament.”
Despite the controversy surround the conclusion to the tournament Paur was still delighted to have won a World Series of Poker bracelet.
“As a poker player, this is it,” Paur said.
“The WSOP Main Event would be the dream but winning the gold bracelet is a dream too.”
Paur is sure to be one of the contenders when the Main Event begins next month and will be looking to improve on his finish of thirty-third in the 2012 edition of the tournament.