Posts Tagged ‘WSOP bracelet’
by Bridget Wright | 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.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
The roller coaster poker career of Mike Matusow took another turn yesterday with the forty-five-year-old winning his fourth WSOP bracelet in the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The always controversial Matusow defeated a strong field of 210 players to win the $266,503 first-place prize as well as his first WSOP bracelet since his victory in the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw tournament at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
Matusow has had a tough past couple of years and despite being delighted with the victory had a few choice words for his critics in his post-tournament interview.
“Yeah, I’m f—king washed up. Yeah, right. F—k the haters,” Matusow said.
Matusow turned around a poor run of form with victory in the $20,000 NBC Heads-Up Championship earlier this year and said he is happy with his current form.
“The last three tournaments have just been amazing,” Matusow said.
“I’m playing at a really high level again.
“I felt like I was the best player at the table the whole way.”
Matusow joined poker legends such as Amarillo Slim Preston and Bobby Baldwin as four-time WSOP bracelet winners and believes he deserves to join the pair in the Poker Hall of Fame.
“I really think I belong in the Poker Hall of Fame,” Matusow said.
“If you look at my record, I’m right up there.”
It is fairly clear Matusow hasn’t lost any of his trademark confidence and predicted he will continue to excel for the remainder of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
“When my heads-on straight, I really believe I’m the best in the world,” Matusow said.
“Nobody can beat me when I’m playing my A-game.
“My next goal is to win another.”
by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Brent Wheeler survived a torrid heads-up battle with Mark Mierkalns to win the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Wheeler took down the first place prize pool of $191,605 and is now the proud owner of a WSOP gold bracelet.
Wheeler was delighted to have claimed his first World Series title after coming twice on a couple of occasions during last year’s event.
“It’s a little surreal, it will probably kick in tomorrow,” Wheeler said.
“You go for the bracelet and then to have my friends here and my family back at home watching it’s awesome.
The 2013 World Series of Poker has already witnessed some epic heads-up contests and this was one of the best with Wheeler and Mierkalns battling it out for over three hours and well over 100 hands.
“Once we got heads-up, Mierkalns was the player I would have picked not to play heads-up against,” Wheeler said.
“When we got heads-up I knew it was going to be a long battle.
“He had a good feel for what I was doing, and I knew what he was doing.
“The blinds got up there and cards went my way and I got the victory.”
Wheeler has strung together some impressive results for a number of years and has been extremely successful playing Limit Hold’em after making the final table of the $2,500 Limit Hold’em Six Handed and $2,500 Mixed Hold’em at the 2012 World Series of Poker.
The Illinois native admitted that Limit Hold’em isn’t as popular as it once was but believes the game still has a future.
“It seems like it might be on the decline (Limit Hold’em), by the number of entrants and the cash games here in Las Vegas,” Wheeler said.
“Less and less Limit games are available but I don’t think it is ever going to go away.”
Wheeler had little time to celebrate as he is currently taking part in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event.