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Cliff Josephy Doubles His WSOP Bracelet Collection

by | 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.


World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Update

by | Published: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event is always one of the most popular events of the poker calendar and this year’s event has been no exception.

The 635 players that have taken part in the opening day of the tournament have already made the 2013 event the largest in the history of the Bay 101 Shooting Star.

One reason for the increased popularity of the event might be the added number of bounties and prizes on offer.

The first Shooting Star event was held in 1997 with only ten bounties of $1000 each on offer.

This year the tournament is offering a $2500 bounty with an incredible fifty shooting stars in the field.

World Poker Tour tournament Director Matt Savage said his team puts in a lot of effort to select the shooting stars.

“There is a lot of thought that goes into choosing a shooting star,” Savage said.

“How popular they are, how well liked they are and if they have a lot of achievements in the industry comes into the decision making process.

“The choice is made by both me and the management at Bay 101 and I think we have done a pretty good job.”

Jason Koon said he was happy and humbled to have been selected as a shooting star.

“I think that there are a lot of guys out there that are a lot more deserving than me they just didn’t come to the tournament or weren’t selected for some reason,” Koon said.

“I’m happy to be one and I think that I’m a rising star of the game.”

After twelve levels of play there are currently twelve shooting stars left in the field of a total 146 players.

Kyle Julius (245,000) is currently the best placed shooting star but Scott Seiver (228,000), Antonio Esfandiari (224,000) and Erik Seidel (215,000) are hot on his heels.

Christian Harder has the chip lead with over 500,000 in chips followed by Brendon Ruble (495,000) and Isaac Baron (405,000).

You can stay up to date with all the latest action from the World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star Event here at Poker.Com.