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2013 World Series of Poker Bracelets Awarded Over the Weekend

by | Published: Monday, July 1st, 2013

The $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em dominated the headlines at the 2013 World Series of Poker this weekend but there were several other tournaments decided with four more WSOP bracelets awarded.

Ben Volpe Wins $1,500 Ante-Only No Limit Hold’em

The $1,500 Ante-Only No Limit Hold’em has proven a popular addition to the World Series of Poker schedule with 678 players taking part in the 2013 edition of the event.

Ben Volpe was able to outlast them all to record his third cash at the World Series this year and win his first gold bracelet.

The first place prize of $201,399 was easily the biggest score of Volpe’s career and justified the decision of his employer to give him the summer off to head to Las Vegas.

Volpe hopes to make the transition to playing poker full-time and this win is sure to help.

Russia Beats Australia at the 2013 World Series of Poker

The final table of the $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better at the World Series of Poker had a very international feel and in the end it was victory for Russia with Vladimir Shchmelev defeating Australian Mel Judah to win his first WSOP bracelet.

Schmelev was making his eighth final table appearance at the World Series of Poker and was clearly delighted to break through for his first victory at the prestigious event.

Schmelev’s success was the first win for Russia at this year’s World Series and the fifth victory for a European-based player.

Marco Johnson Wins $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed

Marco Johnson picked up his first World Series of Poker bracelet by winning the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed event on Saturday.

Before this triumph, Johnson was a three-time runner-up at the World Series and just last week finished second in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event.

Johnson was not to be denied on this occasion and survived a back-and-forth heads-up battle with Jeff Thompson to win his breakthrough bracelet.

The tournament was entered by a surprisingly large field of 343 players, which was the largest field for a Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Wong Beats Stacked Field To Win $2,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed

Mix Game specialist Brandon Wong defeated a strong field to win the $2,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Wong was denied his first WSOP bracelet earlier this year in Australia when he was defeated by Phil Ivey heads-up in the $2,200 Mixed event but was able to overcome that disappointment with his first major victory.

Wong already has more gold in his sight and has entered the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship that begins today.


Aussie Wins Maiden World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Friday, June 21st, 2013

Australian Jarred Graham joined good-friend Joe Hachem as a WSOP bracelet winner by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Graham was the short stack with only fourteen players left in the tournament but staged a remarkable comeback to take down the first place prize of $255,942, in what was only his second ever WSOP tournament.

The semi-professional poker player was delighted to be the first Australian winner of a bracelet at this year’s World Series of Poker.

“It feels great to come here and win, this is my first World Series,” Graham said.

“It helps having everyone (fellow Australians) here supporting. It makes a big difference. The poker community is tight and I was happy to see them here with me.”

Graham played extremely well to claim victory with former bracelet winners Perry Green and Barry Greenstein as well as perennial WSOP runner-up Marco Johnson providing stiff competition at the final table.

At one stage it looked as though Greenstein was on his way to his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet but he was eliminated by Graham in third place while Johnson fell just short of tournament victory for the third time in his WSOP career.

“Playing with Barry Greenstein and Marco Johnson was great,” Graham said.

“We played for a while three-handed and they are really tough players, so I enjoyed winning.”

Australian poker players have achieved a number of excellent results at the World Series of Poker in recent years (highlighted by Hachem’s win in the 2005 WSOP Main Event) and Graham joins Joe Hachem, Gary Benson, Billy Argyos, Tony G, Mel Judah, Jeff Lisandro, Mark Vos and Marsha Waggoner as Australian winners at the World Series of Poker.

Graham said he is not happy with only one bracelet and will be entering the remaining Pot-Limit Omaha events at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

 


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