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.