The 2013 World Series of Poker is well and truly underway with three gold bracelets awarded over the weekend.
Holloway Wins Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Poker writer Chad Holloway survived a ninety minute heads-up battle to win the opening event of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Holloway pocked $84,915 and his first ever World Series of Poker Gold Bracelet by outlasting a field of 898 players to win the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em event.
Holloway went into the heads-up battle with a slight lead but that quickly evaporated when Allan Kwong doubled through him to take the lead.
However, spurred on by a massive band of supporters Holloway was able to reclaim the lead and eventually seal his first major tournament victory.
Trevor Pope Wins $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed
Trevor Pope produced a dominant performance to win the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Pope went into the final table with half the chips in play and wasted no time using his massive stack to completely crush the table.
Pope eliminated six of the other seven players at the final table and required only six hands to defeat David Vamplew for his first live tournament victory.
The $ 553,906 payday was the biggest of Pope’s poker career and based on his performance he has a big future ahead of him.
Sylvestre Wins $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
Charles Sylvestre defeated a strong field to win the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry and his inaugural WSOP bracelet.
Ryan Olisar, Nam Le, Ryan Tepen, Jonathan Tamayo and Scott Seiver all made deep runs in this tournament but were outlasted by Sylvestre who took home the first place prize of $491,360.
The Canadian, who finished 465th in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, was clearly delighted at the biggest score of his career and promised big things for the remainder of the World Series of Poker.
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues today with Joe Cada attempting to become the first Main Event winner since Carlos Mortensen to win another bracelet in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em six-handed event.
Cada is one of only four players remaining and you can stay up to date with all the action here at Poker.com.
The stellar World Series of Poker Asia Pacific form of poker superstars Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey has continued in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event with the pair among the chip leaders after the opening day of the tournament.
Negreanu is currently the unofficial chip leader with 136,050 in chips while Ivey is sitting in sixth place with 123,300.
This comes just days after the two did battle at the final table of the $2,200 Mixed Event that saw Ivey win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet.
Other leading players sitting comfortably in the top 100 are Brandon Wong (11th), Sam Trickett (24th), Brandon Cantu (34th), Greg Merson (38th), Nam Le (48th), Barry Greenstein (63rd), Jake Balsiger (77th), Jeremy Ausmus (80th) and Jackie Glazier (97th).
Bertrand Grospellier was the most high profile player to be sent to the rail and was joined by 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia.
The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event action continues today.
Hachem Finalizes Caesars Cup Team
2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem selected Shane Warne, Andrew Hinrichsen and Richard Yong to fill out Team Asia Pacific that will compete in the Caesars Cup.
Shane Warne may not be the most recognizable name in the poker world but is one of Australia’s most well-known athletes.
Warne finished his test cricket career as the leading wicket-taker of all-time and is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
Although he hasn’t quiet been able to repeat these heroics on the felt he did finish third in the 2010 Victorian Poker Championships $10,000 High Stakes Event.
Richard Yong is a high-stakes tournament specialist who finished eighth in the 2012 Big One For One Drop tournament and is reported to play in the ultra-high stakes poker games in Macau.
After competing at that level there is no doubt Yong can handle the pressure of the Caesars Cup.
Andrew Hinrichesen has been a consistent tournament performer for a number of years and took home a World Series of Poker bracelet for his victory in the 2011 WSOP Europe €1,000 No Limit Hold’em event.
Team Europe Captain Sam Trickett is yet to announce his team.
The Caesars Cup will take place this Sunday and we will keep you up to date with all the action at Poker.com.