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.
It feels as though we are only just crowned Greg Merson as the 2012 World Series of Poker World Champion but the 2013 World Series of Poker is already here. With sixty-two WSOP bracelets being given away over the one and a half months of the event there is a great deal of poker action taking place every single day. Today, we analyse all the tournaments taking place in the first week of the event.
Event Number 1 $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em
The Casino Employees Championship is one of the few closed tournaments that will take place during the 2013 World Series of Poker. The tournament has been held since 2000 and rewards casino dealers and employees, who work tirelessly over the course of the event, with the opportunity to play for a WSOP bracelet with a buy-in of only $500. Although the Casino Employees Championship generally draws very little attention it is still hotly contested by the players who take part.
Event Number 2 $5000 No-Limit Hold’em (Eight Handed)
The $5000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed event is the first open event of the 2013 World Series of Poker and is sure to attract a stacked field with a number of leading players looking to get their World Series started off on the right foot. Mike Sexton, Matt Salsberg, Chino Rheem, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Schulman and Barry Greenstein have all confirmed that they will be taking part in the event. This tournament is a new addition to the WSOP schedule and looks to have achieved its aim of getting the leading players involved in the action early.
Event Number 3 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry
This will be the only re-entry event in the 2013 World Series of Poker with players who bust in the opening flight eligible to rejoin the tournament when the second flight begins. The WSOP has cut down on re-entry tournaments in recent years and is using this event to analyse the popularity of the controversial format.
Event Number 4 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six Handed
This is the first of six Six Handed tournaments that will take place during the 2013 World Series of Poker. This tournament is a good opportunity for amateur players to get involved as the buy-in is low and it isn’t expected to draw many of the leading professionals. The 2012 edition of this tournament was won by three time WSOP winner Matt Matros.
Event Number 5 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better
The first non-hold’em event of the 2013 WSOP will take place on Friday. This is the first opportunity for Omaha and Stud specialists to get involved in the action and it is sure to draw a strong field. This tournament was won by Ukrainian youngster Oleskii Kovalcuk who claimed his second WSOP bracelet in as many years.
Event Number 6 $1,500 Millionaire Maker No Limit Hold’em
The Millionaire Maker was one of the events that stuck out when the official 2013 World Series of Poker schedule was released. This tournament offers a $1 million-guaranteed first-place prize and is expected to draw one of the biggest fields outside the Main Event. Tournament organizers are clearly hoping that the winner will be a low-level grinded or amateur player but a number of top pros are sure to have a crack at this event.
Event Number 7 $1,000 No Limit Hold’em
This year the World Series of Poker will feature a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament every single weekend. These tournaments have been added to support amateur players who may only have the opportunity to head to Las Vegas for a single weekend but want to live out their dream of playing for a WSOP bracelet. Don’t expect many top players to take part in these tournaments but there are sure to be a number of life-changing and inspiration stories.
Event Number 8 $2500 Eight-Game Mix (3 day event) NLH; LH; 7-Card Razz; 7-Card St; 7-Card St Hi-Lo; PLO; Omaha Hi-Lo; 2-7 TD Lowball
Mixed tournaments are become an increasingly popular feature on the tournament calendar and the WSOP has included five such events on the 2013 schedule. This is another event set to draw a strong field with WSOP Player of the Year leader Daniel Negreanu signaling his intentions to take part. The 2012 edition of this tournament was won by the consistent David Baker who claimed his first WSOP bracelet after twenty-five finishes in the money.
We will keep you to date with all the news and action from the 2013 World Series of Poker here at Poker.Com.