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by Bridget Wright | 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.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, April 12th, 2013
The stellar World Series of Poker Asia Pacific form of poker superstars Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey has continued in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event with the pair among the chip leaders after the opening day of the tournament.
Negreanu is currently the unofficial chip leader with 136,050 in chips while Ivey is sitting in sixth place with 123,300.
This comes just days after the two did battle at the final table of the $2,200 Mixed Event that saw Ivey win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet.
Other leading players sitting comfortably in the top 100 are Brandon Wong (11th), Sam Trickett (24th), Brandon Cantu (34th), Greg Merson (38th), Nam Le (48th), Barry Greenstein (63rd), Jake Balsiger (77th), Jeremy Ausmus (80th) and Jackie Glazier (97th).
Bertrand Grospellier was the most high profile player to be sent to the rail and was joined by 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia.
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event action continues today.
Hachem Finalizes Caesars Cup Team
2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem selected Shane Warne, Andrew Hinrichsen and Richard Yong to fill out Team Asia Pacific that will compete in the Caesars Cup.
Shane Warne may not be the most recognizable name in the poker world but is one of Australia’s most well-known athletes.
Warne finished his test cricket career as the leading wicket-taker of all-time and is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
Although he hasn’t quiet been able to repeat these heroics on the felt he did finish third in the 2010 Victorian Poker Championships $10,000 High Stakes Event.
Richard Yong is a high-stakes tournament specialist who finished eighth in the 2012 Big One For One Drop tournament and is reported to play in the ultra-high stakes poker games in Macau.
After competing at that level there is no doubt Yong can handle the pressure of the Caesars Cup.
Andrew Hinrichesen has been a consistent tournament performer for a number of years and took home a World Series of Poker bracelet for his victory in the 2011 WSOP Europe €1,000 No Limit Hold’em event.
Team Europe Captain Sam Trickett is yet to announce his team.
The Caesars Cup will take place this Sunday and we will keep you up to date with all the action at Poker.com.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Poker superstar Phil Ivey has claimed his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet after winning the $2,200 Mixed Event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
Ivey took home the first place prize of $51,840 but it is the bracelet that he will cherish which know puts him in equal forth with poker legend Johnny Moss on the list of all-time bracelet winners behind only Phil Hellmuth (13), Doyle Brunson (10) and Johnny Chan (10).
Ivey said he was happy to win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet especially after the heartbreak he suffered during the 2012 World Series of Poker when he final tabled on five occasions but failed to win an event.
“I definitely wanted to win this event especially when I got deep and I thought I had a chance,” Ivey said.
“My last six finishes at the last six final tables were very tough and it took a lot out of me so I’m happy that I had the chance to finish this one.”
Ivey was especially happy to win a World Series of Poker bracelet at the Crown Casino in Australia.
“This is my favorite place to play,” Ivey said.
“I love coming down here and I love the feeling that I have when I come here.”
Ivey is already considered by many to be the greatest poker player of all time but said he wants to add more bracelets to add to his poker legacy.
“As I have gotten older I’ve started to think about my history in Poker and where I am going to stand so it’s important for me to win these bracelets and I’m trying to catch Phil [Hellmuth],” Ivey said.
“It’s tough because he keeps winning them but I’m looking forward to the summer.”
The final table of the event was expected to lead to a heads-up battle between Ivey and fellow Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, who together held almost half the chips on the table, but Negreanu was eliminated in fourth position leaving Brandon Wong to face Ivey in heads-up competition.
Wong said it was a thrill to be able to play against Ivey.
“This place would be empty right now if it wasn’t Phil Ivey so it draws a lot of interest and its really fun,” Wong said.
“To win a bracelet is every poker players dream and to be able to win one against Phil Ivey would be great.”
The 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific continues today with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event beginning today.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
The poker action is flowing thick and fast at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific with all of the bracelet events before the Main Event now underway.
Ivey and Negreanu Dominate $2,200 Mixed Event Final Table
Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu head into the final table of the $2,200 Mixed Event at the WSOP Asia Pacific with almost half the chips currently remaining in play.
Ivey and Negreanu completely controlled day two of the event and both will be confident they can add to their collection of World Series of Poker bracelets.
Ivey currently has a slight chip lead with 144,300 while Negreanu (129,000) is well ahead of Brandon Wong who is in third place (86,100).
Yesterday’s event was highlighted by a running verbal battle between Ivey and Phil Hellmuth.
Negreanu couldn’t hide his delight at the banter being shared by the two poker legends.
“TV cameras are missing gold right now,” Negreanu posted on Twitter.
“Ivey needling Hellmuth is some solid material.”
The final table of the tournament will commence today and we keep you up to date with all the action.
Piccioli Wins First Ever WSOP Asia Pacific Bracelet
Bryan Piccioli became the first person to win a World Series of Poker bracelet in Australia when he claimed victory in the $1,100 “Accumulator” event yesterday.
Piccioli overcame a strong final table including 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel and 2012 ‘October Niner’ Jeremy Ausmus to take home the $211,575 first place prize.
The Accumulator was considered a successful format and may makes its debut in the Las Vegas version of the World Series of Poker in the next few years.
Collopy Wins $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Event
Jim Collopy defeated a strong final table including Dan Shak and Marvin Rettenmaier to win the $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
Shak and Rettenmaier were both aiming to win their first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet but fell short finishing in fifth and ninth respectively.
Collopy claimed his first World Series of Poker bracelet and his first tournament victory since his win in the $2,250 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2012 Aussie Millions.
Hachem Puts Together Caesars Cup Team
2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem selected Jeff Lisandro and Jackie Glazier as the first two members of Team Asia-Pacific for the 2013 Caesars Cup.
Lisandro has won five World Series of Poker bracelets, including an incredible run of three bracelets in 2009, while Jackie Glazier is considered the first lady of Australian Poker.
Hachem will name the final two members of his team over the next few days while captain of Team Europe, Sam Trickett, is waiting to the last possible minute to reveal his plans.
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