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.
The 2013 World Series of Poker is well and truly underway with three gold bracelets awarded over the weekend.
Holloway Wins Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Poker writer Chad Holloway survived a ninety minute heads-up battle to win the opening event of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Holloway pocked $84,915 and his first ever World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet by outlasting a field of 898 players to win the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em event.
Holloway went into the heads-up battle with a slight lead but that quickly evaporated when Allan Kwong doubled through him to take the lead.
However, spurred on by a massive band of supporters Holloway was able to reclaim the lead and eventually seal his first major tournament victory.
Trevor Pope Wins $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed
Trevor Pope produced a dominant performance to win the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Pope went into the final table with half the chips in play and wasted no time using his massive stack to completely crush the table.
Pope eliminated six of the other seven players at the final table and required only six hands to defeat David Vamplew for his first live tournament victory.
The $ 553,906 payday was the biggest of Pope’s poker career and based on his performance he has a big future ahead of him.
Sylvestre Wins $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
Charles Sylvestre defeated a strong field to win the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry and his inaugural WSOP bracelet.
Ryan Olisar, Nam Le, Ryan Tepen, Jonathan Tamayo and Scott Seiver all made deep runs in this tournament but were outlasted by Sylvestre who took home the first place prize of $491,360.
The Canadian, who finished 465th in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, was clearly delighted at the biggest score of his career and promised big things for the remainder of the World Series of Poker.
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues today with Joe Cada attempting to become the first Main Event winner since Carlos Mortensen to win another bracelet in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em six-handed event.
Cada is one of only four players remaining and you can stay up to date with all the action here at Poker.com.