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by Bridget Wright | 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.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Greek poker pro Athanasios Polychronopoulos won the second WSOP bracelet of his career after he outlasted a mammoth field to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Polychronopoulos outlasted 2104 other players to take home the first place prize of $518,755, in what was his biggest victory since he won the same event for a cash of $650,223 at the 2011 World Series of Poker.
Polychronopoulos didn’t do it without luck as he went into the final hand of the tournament as a massive underdog; holding Queen-Jack against the Ace-Jack of German Manuel Mutke.
With both players relatively even in chips the winner of this hand was almost guaranteed to win the title but Mutke’s dream of his first World Series of Poker victory was crushed when Polychronopoulos hit one of only three remaining queens in the deck on the river.
However, the slice of luck on the final hand should not take away from the strong performance of the Greek who was among the chip leaders for the majority of the three-day tournament.
Polychronopoulos has recorded both his live tournament victories at the World Series of Poker but has recorded a number of other strong results in big field No-Limit Hold’em tournaments at the European Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour.
The big field No-Limit Hold’em events have drawn a number of leading pros throughout the WSOP so far and this tournament was no exception with big names such as Layne Flack, Jake Cody, Jake Balsiger, Matt Matros and Barry Greenstein all finishing in the cash.
Joe Cada and David Baker continued their strong starts to the summer by making their second and third final tables of the 2013 WSOP but both fell narrowly short of adding to their WSOP bracelet collections.
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues today with big names Eugene Katchalov and Bertrand Grospellier doing battle on the final table of the $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em event.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, June 7th, 2013
Cliff Josephy became the first bracelet winner to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker by taking out the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.
Josephy overcame a field of 477 players as well as a strong final table to win his second WSOP bracelet and the $299,486 first place prize.
The former stockbroker won his first bracelet in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament during the 2005 World Series of Poker and was delighted to add another to his collection in what he considers to be his premier game.
“This is my biggest achievement as a poker player, I’ve always wanted a Hold’em gold bracelet,” Josephy said.
“It’s my best game. Some people told me the game passed me by, that the young kids are all better but obviously they are not all better, we have a few chips up our sleeve.”
The final table included bracelet winners David Baker, Max Steinberg and Ryan Hughes but Josephy believes his table on the second day of the tournament was one of the toughest he has ever faced.
“Yesterday was the toughest Shootout table I’ve ever been at by far,” Josephy said.
“I’ve been at a couple of tough ones, but (this table featured) Dan O’Brien, Kyle Julius, Brock Parker, Bryan Piccioli and Randy Dorfman.
“I ran pretty well and got a lot of starting hands that made it pretty easy for me.”
Josephy was one of the most feared online poker players before the events of Black Friday forced him to change his approach to poker.
“I used to really enjoy playing online,” Josephy said.
“I would go out and rush to get back home and miss meals. It’s really not the way someone in his forties should be living, but I loved it so much it was what I wanted to do.”
“So when the changes took place, I didn’t miss it right way and I was able to spend more time with my family, especially on Sundays.”
Josephy plans on returning home to be with his family today but will return to Las Vegas in time for the World Series of Poker Main Event.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Mike Gorodinsky produced a strong three-day performance to win the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The first non-Hold’em event of the 2013 World Series of Poker drew a strong field of 374 players but it was Gorodinsky who outlasted them all to win the $216,988 first place prize and a WSOP bracelet.
It was an impressive performance from Gorodinsky who was one of the chip leaders during all three days of the tournament but had to overcome a number of tricky situations during the final table.
Gorodinsky went into the heads-up battle narrowly trailing Kristopher Tong but after only a few hands was at a major disadvantage.
Despite playing with a small stack Gorodinsky felt as though he was always in control of the heads-up battle.
“I had a pretty good read on how my opponent was playing, so I just needed some momentum to swing my way,” Gorodinsky said in a post tournament interview
Gorodinsky has a strong record in mixed games at major poker championships but doesn’t necessarily believe they are his strongest games.
He was victorious in the $5,000 8 Game Championship during both the 2010 and 2012 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure and cashed in the $2,500 10 Game Six Handed event during the 2012 World Series of Poker.
“I do play a lot of mixed games, I’m not going to say these are my best games, but I play them well enough,” Gorodinsky said.
A number of World Series of Poker bracelet winners made deep runs in the tournament but fell just short of qualifying for the final table.
2012 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. winner David Baker finished in nineteenth while three-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow finished in fourteenth.
The in-form Daniel Negreanu continued his incredible string of strong tournament results with a twelfth place finish that increased his lead in the 2013 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.
The action continues at the 2013 World Series of Poker with only forty-three players, including Dan Kelly, in the hunt for the inaugural “Millionaire Maker” title.