2013 WSOP Event Recaps 1-15
June 11, 2013
By Jeremy Olson
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The world's most prestigious poker event is back for another year with some new changes to the schedule. First off, the 2013 World Series of Poker will feature 62 events, which is one more than last year. And the most interesting addition to the schedule is the Event #58 "Little One for One Drop" tournament. A sister tourney to last year's $1 million buy-in "Big One for One Drop," the Little One has a much smaller $1,111 buy-in and is expected to be a huge draw.
One more interesting 2013 WSOP change worth mentioning is the Event #6 "Millionaire Maker" tournament. As the name implies, this tourney guaranteed the winner a $1 million payout, which drew a record number of players. Let's discuss how the Millionaire Maker turned out along with the first 15 events of the 2013 WSOP.
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Hold'em - 898 players turned out for the Casino Employees tournament, which created a $404,100 prize pool. PokerNews writer and reporter Chad Holloway won this event and $84,915 after beating Bay 101 Casino prop player Allan Kwong ($52,318) heads-up. Holloway didn't have much time to celebrate his win because he had to get back to work by interviewing players and reporting on tournaments.
Event #2: $5,000 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold'em - With his dog Revis cheering from the rail, Trevor Pope claimed victory in this 481-player tourney. After winning, Pope collected $553,906 of the available $2,260,700 prize pool. As for Revis, this is his second time cheering a player on to WSOP victory. The dog was at the Rio Casino last year to cheer on Pope's good friend, Joey Weissman, as he won the 2012 WSOP Event #46 $2,500 NL Hold'em tournament.
Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry - Event #3's relatively low $1k buy-in attracted a very large field of 3,164 players, which created a $2,847,600 prize pool. Canada's Chad Sylvestre was able to navigate through this huge field and grab the $491,360 top prize. 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel was on the rail cheering for his countryman.
Event #4: $1,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em - 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada made a strong run at winning this tournament; however, he fell just short after busting out in fourth place ($83,558). This opened the door for John Beauprez to win Event #4 along with a $324,764 first place payout.
Event #5: $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo - 374 players turned out for this tourney and there was an $850,850 prize pool on the line. St. Louis native Mike Gorodinsky was the biggest beneficiary of the prize pool after he won Event #5 and collected $216,988.
Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em - The Millionaire Maker turned out to be an even bigger success than WSOP organizers expected. The $1 million guaranteed first place prize attracted 6,343 players, which is an attendance record for a non-Main Event tournament. All of these players helped create a massive $8,563,050 prize pool. In the end, Canadian restaurant manager Benny Chen saw his poker dreams come true after he won the Millionaire Maker along with $1,199,104.
Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em - This tournament featured a marquee heads-up battle to determine the Event #7 winner. WPT Grand Prix de Paris champion Matt Waxman outlasted noted pro Eric Baldwin in a grueling heads-up match, which ran for seven hours. Waxman collected a well-earned $305,952 top prize while Baldwin received $189,220 for second place.
Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix - Former professional hockey player and two-time WSOP champion Greg Mueller was gunning for his third gold bracelet in Event #8. However, he busted out in third place ($89,673) and would watch fellow Canadian Michael Malm win his first bracelet along with $225,104.
Event #9: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout - Online poker legend Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy won his second career gold bracelet and $299,486 after outlasting a 477-player field. Josephy is best known for his run as the world's top-ranked online poker tournament player for several straight years.
Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em - 645 players turned out for this tourney, which created an $870,750 prize pool. Brent Wheeler defeated Mark Mierkains heads-up to claim victory and a $191,605 top prize; Mierkains collected $118,300 for a runner-up finish.
Event #11: $2,500 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em - Scott Clements was going after his third career WSOP gold bracelet when he met Levi Berger heads-up. However, it was the little known Berger who prevailed in this matchup to win the bracelet and $473,019. Clements settled for $292,339 and the agony of just missing out on furthering his spot in WSOP history.
Event #12: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em - Much like Event #11, this tournament also featured something of a David vs. Goliath matchup. Five-time WSOP champ Allen Cunningham was looking to add another bracelet to his impressive career. But Lev Rofman stopped him just short after winning their heads-up match along with $166,136. Cunningham collected $102,819 for second place, but remains stuck on bracelet number five yet again.
Event #13: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo - In what's been the best story of the 2013 WSOP so far, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow took down Event #13 along with a $266,503 payout. For Matusow, this is his fourth career WSOP bracelet, and he had some choice words after winning. "When my heads is on straight, I really believe I'm the best in the world," he said. "Nobody can beat me when I'm playing my A-game. F-k the haters."
Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Less than a year ago, Jonathan Taylor left his boring 9-to-5 job to become a full-time poker pro. And the move is paying off already as he navigated through a 1,819-player field to win this tournament along with $454,424.
Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. - 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider reclaimed glory by winning his third career gold bracelet and $258,960. Schneider won his first two bracelets in '07, but had been in somewhat of a drought until now.