Posts Tagged ‘2013 World Series of Poker’

Ryan Reiss Claims 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event

by | Published: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Ryan Riess has claimed the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event for $8,361,570 after defeating Jay Farber in heads up play.

Becoming only the 45th world champion in WSOP history, the twenty-three-year-old Detroit native also collected the platinum bracelet worth a cool $500,000 and Poker immortality.

“I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time. Ever since I was 14 and saw (Chris) Moneymaker win it. I just had a great feeling about it” Riess ecstatically claimed following the career-defining victory.

For his efforts, Farber was awarded the world’s biggest runner’s-up check of $5,174,357.

Upon resumption of the final table, all focus was on chip leader JC Tran; beginning the day with huge gap between himself and second place, but was only able to manage fifth.

At the beginning of heads up play, Farber held a handy chip lead over Reiss of around 20 million. Through a great run of smart maneuvers and timeless play however, Reiss was able to quickly move his way to a commanding lead.

Upon reaching hand number 261; what would be the final hand of the WSOP Main Event, Farber went all in with Queen-Five on suit, against Reiss’s Ace-King, also on suit. Despite looking up against it immediately, Farber held two winnable cards and a solid chance of doubling up.

After a flop that turned up nothing for either player (JD, 10D, 4C), Farber was left needing a five to stay alive – and when the river and turn produced no such luck, Riess’s entourage stormed the floor and immediately surrounded the new champion.

Fighting his way out of the pack to congratulate Farber on a truly memorable heads up match, Riess shared his elation and possible future plans with the waiting media immediately after the table’s conclusion.

“I’m extremely excited. I’m excited for what the future hold” Reiss said.

“I don’t know about any 100k’s unless I sell action.

“There’s going to be people like Scott Seiver who say I suck. I obviously don’t care”.

In July, 6,352 players took their seats in the opening round of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. Following seven grueling days and one memorable final table, Ryan Reiss has gone down in history as the 2013 World Series of Poker Champion.

Shaffer Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em at 2013 World Series of Poker

by | Published: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at the 2013 World Series of Poker have produced a number of first-time bracelet winners and event fifty-three was no exception with Brett Shaffer recording the biggest win of his poker career.

Shaffer outlasted the monster field of 2816 players to win his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $665,397.

There were a number of interesting storylines at the final table as Loni Harwood was aiming to become the first female player to win an open event at the 2013 World Series while David Vamplew was attempting to go one better than his second place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed tournament.

Harwood played exceptionally well throughout the event but was eliminated in fourth position by Vamplew who took a sizeable chip lead into the heads-up battle.

However, Vamplew wasn’t able to take advantage of his large stack and after a long and hard fought battle, which included an overnight break; Shaffer scored victory when his Ace-Nine outflopped Vamplew’s pocket queens.

Vamplew may have missed out on another opportunity to win his maiden WSOP bracelet but he is surely comforted by the fact that he has made over $750,000 thanks to his duel second place finishes.

While Shaffer celebrated his victory, the action was really starting to heat up on day three of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

With so many talented players in the field every single table is packed full of stars and the play is of the highest of standards.

The current chip leader is Jean Gaspard, who holds a narrow lead from Tommy Hang and David Benyamine, while former World Series of Poker Main Event Champions Jonathan Duhamel and Joe Hachem are also in the top ten.

The eliminations were flowing this evening with Nick Schulman, Jeremy Ausmus, Cary Katz, Chris Klodnicki, Brian Tate and David Singer all sent to the rail.

We will keep you up to date with all the action as the popular event reaches its climax.


Bicknell and Sung Triumph At 2013 World Series of Poker

by | Published: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Kristen Bicknell and Steve Sung are the latest bracelet winners at the 2013 World Series of Poker after triumphing in the $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship and $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed events respectively.

The 2013 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship featured a buy-in of $10,000 for men while all female participants received a 90% percent discount and could buy-in for $1,000, meaning for the first time, the entire field of 954 players was actually comprised of females.

Bicknell was able to outlast them all and take home the first place prize of $173,922 and win yet another WSOP bracelet for Canada – their tenth for the 2013 World Series.

The global popularity of poker with female players was evident by the array of nationalities featured on the final table with players from France, Australia, England, Canada and the United States all battling it out for the bracelet.

This is an excellent sign for the health of the poker world and continues the transformation of the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship into one of the most prestigious events on the World Series of Poker schedule.

Steve Sung is now a two-time gold bracelet winner after he added victory in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed to his previous triumph in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

A number of top players like Marvin Rettenmaier, David Baker, David Benyamine and Jeff Gross made deep runs in the tournament but it was Sung who walked away with the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,205,324 – the largest in his tournament poker career.

Baker’s cash was his eighth at the 2013 World Series of Poker and he is now less than one point behind Daniel Negreanu in the battle for the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Award.

Sung wasted no time getting back on the tables and is currently taking part in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel is currently the chip leader in the event from Brian Rast and George Danzer.


Boatman Wins Maiden World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

British poker legend Barny Boatman’s long wait for a World Series of Poker bracelet is finally over after he was victorious $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event.

Boatman has been coming to the World Series of Poker since 2000 and despite cashing on twenty-five occasions and appearing at four final tables had never broken through for a victory on poker’s biggest stage, until this weekend when he outlasted the monster field of 2247 players to claim an emotional victory.

The English poker pioneer has achieved a great deal of success in his poker career, both on and off the felt thanks to his achievements with the Hendon Mob, but it was very clear he was simply delighted to have won his first WSOP bracelet.

“I had no idea how much this would mean until it happened,” Boatman said.

“The feeling when I won it, because of all the wonderful people here around me, it’s something that really made me realize how special the moment is.

All the people in poker that I would have liked to be here were and that’s what made it special.”

There is no more popular figure with other English poker players than Boatman who can regularly be seen on the rails cheering on his fellow countryman.

Dozens of English players were happy to return the favor for Boatman and he was overwhelmed by their incredible support as he became the first British player to pick up a win at this year’s World Series.

“It wouldn’t mean a thing unless they were all here,” Boatman said of his fellow English players.

“We all got into poker and traveled the world together.

“They all won it for me.”

Boatman has recorded exceptional results in a wide range of tournaments held all over the world but the first place prize of $ 546,080 was the biggest score of his poker career.

2013 World Series of Poker Bracelets Awarded Over the Weekend

by | Published: Monday, July 1st, 2013

The $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em dominated the headlines at the 2013 World Series of Poker this weekend but there were several other tournaments decided with four more WSOP bracelets awarded.

Ben Volpe Wins $1,500 Ante-Only No Limit Hold’em

The $1,500 Ante-Only No Limit Hold’em has proven a popular addition to the World Series of Poker schedule with 678 players taking part in the 2013 edition of the event.

Ben Volpe was able to outlast them all to record his third cash at the World Series this year and win his first gold bracelet.

The first place prize of $201,399 was easily the biggest score of Volpe’s career and justified the decision of his employer to give him the summer off to head to Las Vegas.

Volpe hopes to make the transition to playing poker full-time and this win is sure to help.

Russia Beats Australia at the 2013 World Series of Poker

The final table of the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better at the World Series of Poker had a very international feel and in the end it was victory for Russia with Vladimir Shchmelev defeating Australian Mel Judah to win his first WSOP bracelet.

Schmelev was making his eighth final table appearance at the World Series of Poker and was clearly delighted to break through for his first victory at the prestigious event.

Schmelev’s success was the first win for Russia at this year’s World Series and the fifth victory for a European-based player.

Marco Johnson Wins $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed

Marco Johnson picked up his first World Series of Poker bracelet by winning the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed event on Saturday.

Before this triumph, Johnson was a three-time runner-up at the World Series and just last week finished second in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event.

Johnson was not to be denied on this occasion and survived a back-and-forth heads-up battle with Jeff Thompson to win his breakthrough bracelet.

The tournament was entered by a surprisingly large field of 343 players, which was the largest field for a Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Wong Beats Stacked Field To Win $2,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed

Mix Game specialist Brandon Wong defeated a strong field to win the $2,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Wong was denied his first WSOP bracelet earlier this year in Australia when he was defeated by Phil Ivey heads-up in the $2,200 Mixed event but was able to overcome that disappointment with his first major victory.

Wong already has more gold in his sight and has entered the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship that begins today.