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2013 World Series of Poker Bracelet Round-Up

by | Published: Monday, June 24th, 2013

Although the victories of Erick Lindgren and Jeff Madsen dominated the headlines at the 2013 World Series of Poker this weekend there were still several other tournaments decided.

Bryan Campanello recorded the biggest win of his poker career by outlasting a field of 301 players to win the $2,500 Seven Card Razz event.

The youngster completely dominated the final table and was a deserving winner of the only Razz event on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule.

In the $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em tournament Michael Gathy defeated a strong final table to win his second WSOP bracelet.

Gathy was one of three former bracelet winners at the final table and was able to outlast Jason Duval and Jake Cody to claim the first place prize of $278,613 and become the second Belgian, after Davidi Kitai, to win an event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Another European was successful in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout with Bulgarian Simeon Naydenov taking home the bracelet and the first place prize of $326,440.

Naydenov has proven to be a specialist in the Shootout format with his victory in this event adding to his tenth place finish in the $3,000 variation at the start of the World Series.

The final table of the tournament had a truly global feel with players representing Bulgaria, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Argentina, Great Britain and the United States taking part.

The $5,000 Limit Hold’em event drew a disappointing field of only 170 players but that didn’t bother Michael Moore who won his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet.

Moore is a WSOP veteran who finished tenth in the 1995 Main Event and required his many years of his experience to outplay a strong final table that included past bracelet winners Ronnie Bardah and Todd Witteles as well as rising poker stars Ben Yu and Justin Bonomo.

There is no rest for the wicked at the 2013 World Series of Poker with several more winners set to join Campanello, Gathy, Naydenov and Moore in the coming days.


Davidi Kitai Wins Second WSOP Bracelet

by | Published: Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Davidi Kitai defeated a strong final table to win the $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker to become the first player from Belgium to win two WSOP bracelets.

Although the Pot-Limit event only drew a small field of 195 players it was packed full of talent and Kitai thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $224,560 for his consistent play throughout the tournament.

The final table had a very European field with Kitai joined by Bulgarian Dimitar Danchev, Ukrainian  Eugene Katchalov, Frenchmen Bertrand Grospellier and Italian Dario Minieri.

Minireri, Grospellier and Katchalov were all aiming to add to their World Series of Poker bracelet collections but were eliminated in eighth, seventh and fifth place respectively as Kitai cultivated his chip lead.

Kitai maintained his chip lead all the way to the heads-up battle but faced a tough challenge against Cary Katz who came up firing and stole the chip lead early into the contest.

The Belgian managed to battle back but received a great deal of luck to wrap up the victory when his Pocket Jacks outflopped the Pocket Kings of Katz.

Kitai was delighted with the victory but said it still couldn’t top his first World Series of Poker victory.

“The first one was so special and it changed my poker career but it is good to confirm that I can win again,” Kitai said.

The thirty-three-year-old is Belgium’s most successful tournament poker player in history and he said the game is becoming increasingly popular in his homeland.

“Poker became popular the last few years because it is now legal and some people recognize me,” Kitai said.

Kitai has now recorded $ 3,161,463 in tournament cashes overall and with this score has now won over $1 million at the World Series of Poker but he still has plenty he wants to achieve in his career.

“My dream is to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event,” Kitai said.

“I do have a lot of dreams and I am motivated to achieve even more.”