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Athanasios Polychronopoulos Wins Second Career WSOP Bracelet

by | 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.

John Beauprez Wins 2013 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed

by | Published: Monday, June 3rd, 2013

John Beauprez outlasted a tough final table to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Beauprez, the creator of poker training site PLO Quick Pro, has had previous success at the World Series of Poker but the $324,764 payday was by far the largest of his career.

The tournament was one of only few Six Handed events on the 2013 WSOP schedule and drew a very strong field with World Poker Tour Player of the Year Matt Salsberg, 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel and 2013 WSOP APAC bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli all finishing in the cash.

Heading into the final table all attention was on 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada who was aiming to become the first Main Event winner since Carlos Mortensen to win another bracelet.

Cada was playing at his second WSOP final table since his Main Event victory but was unable to end ‘the curse of the Main Event winner’ when he was eliminated in fourth position by Maing Loeser.

Eric Blair quickly followed Cada to the rail and after a lengthy back and forth heads-up battle with Loeser Beauprez was finally victorious.

Beauprez said winning his first WSOP Gold bracelet meant everything to him.

“I’ve had this dream of playing heads-up for a gold bracelet a thousand times, but nothing matches the actual experience,” Beauprez said in a post tournament interview.

“It happens really fast and the whole time you are there, it really feels like a dream.”

Although Beauprez said he doesn’t play poker for the money he has some very noble plans on how to spend his winnings.

“I’m going to start a college fund for some family,” Beauprez said.

“I have some nieces I’m very close to and when I was in bed last night thinking about what I was going to do with all the money, I decided I’ll start a college fund for my nieces.”

The 2013 World Series of Poker continues today with only sixty players left in the inaugural Millionaire Maker Event.


October 9 Spotlight: Jake Balsiger

by | Published: Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Arizona State University Senior Jake Balsiger is living the dream. At just 21 years of age and at his first ever World Series of Poker he has made the final table of the Main Event. He now has an opportunity to become the youngest Main Event Champion in the history of poker.

Balsiger has already achieved way beyond the modest expectations he had entering the Main Event.

“I entered the Main Event expecting to hopefully get some kind of cash. I end up at the final table. Unbelievable,” Balsiger said in an interview with WSOP shortly after securing his place at the final table.

The American youngster has only been playing poker seriously for a short time but has harvested ambitions to play in the Main Event since childhood.

“I’ve wanted to play since I was 13 years old, watching it on TV. This is my first one and it’s totally surreal,” Balsiger said.

The early stages of Balsiger’s poker career were a long way away from the glitz and glamour of the World Series.

“I started out grinding low stakes online, eking out a very meager living, but I was happy to not have a real job. Then when I started playing live, which I really liked because I could take as long as I wanted and other things which suited me a lot better,” Balsiger said.

With Balsiger guaranteed a payday of at least $754,798 he doesn’t have to worry about getting a ‘real job’ anytime soon.

“I won’t have to worry about money for a long time I would say, hopefully for the rest of my life.  I guess I can do whatever I want. This is pretty nice,” Balsiger said.

Balsiger will overtake Joe Cada as the youngest Main Event Champion in the history of the World Series if he can outlast Jesse Sylvia,Greg Merson and six others to win the title.

But the prospect of this has not even sunk in for Balsiger; who is astonished by his achievement thus far.

“The only way I can describe it is that it’s like a dream, I don’t feel like it’s really happening. I feel like I’m going to wake up tomorrow and… you know it’s just hard to believe that I’m standing here as one of the October Nine.” Balsiger said.

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