Kristen Bicknell and Steve Sung are the latest bracelet winners at the 2013 World Series of Poker after triumphing in the $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship and $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed events respectively.
The 2013 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship featured a buy-in of $10,000 for men while all female participants received a 90% percent discount and could buy-in for $1,000, meaning for the first time, the entire field of 954 players was actually comprised of females.
Bicknell was able to outlast them all and take home the first place prize of $173,922 and win yet another WSOP bracelet for Canada – their tenth for the 2013 World Series.
The global popularity of poker with female players was evident by the array of nationalities featured on the final table with players from France, Australia, England, Canada and the United States all battling it out for the bracelet.
This is an excellent sign for the health of the poker world and continues the transformation of the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship into one of the most prestigious events on the World Series of Poker schedule.
Steve Sung is now a two-time gold bracelet winner after he added victory in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed to his previous triumph in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2009 World Series of Poker.
A number of top players like Marvin Rettenmaier, David Baker, David Benyamine and Jeff Gross made deep runs in the tournament but it was Sung who walked away with the bracelet and the first place prize of $1,205,324 – the largest in his tournament poker career.
Baker’s cash was his eighth at the 2013 World Series of Poker and he is now less than one point behind Daniel Negreanu in the battle for the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Award.
Sung wasted no time getting back on the tables and is currently taking part in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel is currently the chip leader in the event from Brian Rast and George Danzer.
Another six World Series of Poker bracelets were awarded this weekend as the action really starts to heat up!
McNeil Wins $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better
Calen McNeil outlasted a tough final table, which took an extra day to be decided, to win the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
All eyes were on Todd Brunson, John Monnette and Stephen Chidwick when the final table began but it was McNeill who survived the onslaught to win the first place prize of $277,274.
The victory was easily McNeill’s biggest score of his poker career but was looking for an even bigger payday when he jumped right into the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event.
Martin Finger Wins Shorthanded Event
The shorthanded events at the 2013 World Series of Poker have proven extremely popular and the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Six Handed) was no exception with Martin Finger outlasting an incredible field of 806 players to win his first WSOP bracelet.
Finger was the table captain for the majority of the final table and thoroughly deserved the first place prize of $506,764.
A number of notable players made deep runs in this event with Dan Kelly recording his sixth cash of the WSOP so far in tenth; poker legend Erik Seidel finishing ninth; Nick Schulman eighth and David Pham fourth.
Josh Pollock Wins $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
Josh Pollock cruelled the WSOP bracelet hopes of Noah Schwartz by winning the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
Schwartz is regarded as one of the best tournament poker players in the world and looked on track to win his maiden World Series of Poker success when he took a three to one chip lead into his heads-up battle with Pollock.
However, Pollock rode out his luck and after several close scares won his first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $279,431 while a clearly disappointed Schwartz was sent back to the drawing board.
Corey Harrison Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em
Corey Harrison outlasted a big field of 1730 other players to win the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The college professor took home his first WSOP bracelet as well as the first place prize of $432,411 in what was only his second ever WSOP cash.
Despite the life-changing cash prize the dedicated teacher said he loves his job and will not be pursuing a career as a professional poker player.
Fuhs Defeats Talented Field to win $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better
Danny Fuhs survived a titanic heads-up battle with Christopher George to win the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low 8-or-Better tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The tournament drew one of the most talented fields of the 2013 WSOP thus far with four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow; 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel; 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro and consistent tournament performer Robert Mizrachi all finishing in the money as did Dan Kelly – his seventh cash of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The heads-up battle was one for the ages with Fuhs and George trading the chip lead on several occasions before Fuhs was able to land the killer blow and claim the first place prize of $277,519.
The 2013 World Series of Poker continues with a star-studded field doing battle in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
Jonathan Hilton defeated a strong field to win the 2013 World Series of Poker National Championship and claim the first place prize of $355,599 as well as a World Series of Poker bracelet at Harrah’s New Orleans on Monday.
The WSOP National Championship drew a strong field of 127 players with WSOP Circuit Main Event winners, WSOP Circuit Casino Champions, WSOP Circuit qualifiers and 2012 WSOP Player of the Year Top 100 place getters making up the field in the invitation only event.
Hilton qualified for the National Championship after a string of impressive performances on the circuit this season that included eight cashes; five final table appearances and a gold ring victory at the Council Bluffs event.
While the cash prize wasn’t the biggest of Hilton’s poker career it was quiet clear he considered this his biggest win yet.
“This means a lot more to me now because I got second in a bracelet event last year,” Hilton said.
“It was right there in front of me and I really thought I was going to win, but didn’t.
“I think now it feels better than had I won it the first time, because I’ve been thinking about this all year.”
There is a great level of camaraderie between the players on the World Series of Poker Circuit and Hilton said he was delighted to win the event for the ‘grinders’ of the tour.
“While I was playing this event I started getting a lot of love on Twitter from people who really wanted a grinder to win it,” Hilton said.
“We don’t get a lot of credit, like it’s second level poker, like we’re grinding and putting in more time.
“I don’t think many of the players get credit for how good they are.”
The conclusion of the WSOP National Champion means the Circuit tour is in the books for another year and it’s time for the traditional World Series of Poker to begin.
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