2013 WSOP Event Recaps 31-45
June 29, 2013
By Jeremy Olson
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Earlier this year, famed poker pro Erick Lindgren was in rehab for an addiction to sports betting and fantasy sports. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, it looked as if his life was headed down the tubes. But the World Series of Poker has a funny way of changing players' fortunes around, which can definitely been seen with Lindgren's recent win. And he's just one of the great stories that took place between Events 31-45 of the 2013 WSOP. That said, let's check out these stories and discuss the big winners.
Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo - Australian-based cash games pro Jarred Graham took this tournament down along with a $255,942 top prize after besting 935 other players. And he had some major support on the rail from his countryman, 2005 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem. Three-time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein had a good showing in this tourney after finishing third and collecting $99,091.
Event #32: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em - Last month, Erick Lindgren started a comeback trail after finishing second in the $25k WPT Championship ($650,275). Now one could say that this comeback is complete after he recently won Event #32 along with $606,317. Following the win, Lindgren discussed his gambling problems by saying, "I took some things for granted and I've had to rebuild from the bottom. It was a lot of hard work, grinding very small games."
Event #33: $2,500 Seven Card Razz - Many eyes were focused on WSOP standout David Bach ($3.4 million in winnings), who was chasing his second career bracelet. However, he settled for second place ($110,098) while the little-known Bryan Campanello took first along with a $178,052 prize.
Event #34: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em - Former medical student Michael Gathy became the second Belgian to win at the 2013 WSOP. He bested a 1,629-player field to earn the $278,613 top prize in this tourney. He joined countryman Davidi Kitai in the winner's circle for Belgium.
Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Back in 2006, a 21-year-old named Jeff Madsen gained international poker fame after winning two gold bracelets. Unfortunately, he had to wait a while for number three, but it finally came in Event #35. Madsen beat out a 640-player field to win this tourney along with $384,420.
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout - Simeon Naydenov became Bulgaria's first winner at the 2013 WSOP when he topped 1,194 players to win this event along with $326,440. Two notable pros also made deep runs in this tournament, including Canada's Mike Watson (6th, $50,774) and Argentina's Nacho Barbero (5th, $67,732).
Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em - Limit Hold'em may not be the biggest game in poker, but this tournament did draw 170 players, which created a $799,000 prize pool. South Dakota native Michael Moore won the largest amount of this prize pool after taking first and collecting $211,743. Noted pros Greg Mueller (8th, $24,721) and Justin Bonomo (9th, $19,863) also made strong runs.
Event #38: $2,500 Four-Handed No-Limit Hold'em - Five-time bracelet winner John Juanda (5th, $54,770) and three-time bracelet winner David "The Dragon" Pham (4th, $89,736) came oh so close to tasting WSOP victory again. But they fell just short and gave way to Canada's Justin Oliver, who won Event #38 along with $309,071.
Event #39: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo - Daniel Idema gave Canada back-to-back wins after topping 557 players and winning $184,590 in this tourney. The Great White North has smashed their previous record of victories in a single WSOP (six) as they now have nine gold bracelets in 2013.
Event #40: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Elkhart, Indiana resident Jared Hamby made his mark on poker by becoming one of the pioneer online pros. But these days, he's doing a lot more in the live poker world after winning Event #40 along with $525,727. He now has over $2.2 million in live tournament earnings.
Event #41: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha - Going from one online poker legend in Hamby to another, Steve "gboro780" Gross finally earned his first career gold bracelet. The New Jersey native navigated through a 400-player field to win Event #41 along with $488,817. Of course, this pales in comparison to the $6.24 million that he's earned playing online poker tournaments. Not bad for a guy who spent his teenage years working in a bagel shop!
Event #42: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Norbert Szecsi became just the fourth Hungarian in history to win a WSOP gold bracelet. It wasn't easy either since he had to navigate through 2,100 players to win this event along with $345,037.
Event #43: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball - Jesse Martin was used to coming close to WSOP victory, yet falling just short. After all, the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts native had 30 WSOP cashes, but no wins to show for it. However, he changed all of this recently by winning the $10k 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship along with $253,524. Other top pros who finished well here included John Hennigan (7th, $27,633), Layne Flack (6th, $35,549), Jeff Lisandro (4th, $67,664) and David "Bakes" Baker (2nd, $156,674).
Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em - When Sandeep Pulsani faced Niall Farrell heads-up, any betting man would have wagered against Pulsani. After all, the Alabama native was facing a 7-to-1 chip deficit when heads-up play started. However, he survived all-in after all-in call to pull ahead of Farrell and eventually win this event along with $592,684; Farrell settled for a $266,815 payout.
Event #45: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em - Chicago-based CPA Paul Volpe's passion for numbers extend far beyond accounting. He's also quite good at poker math, which he proved by winning this tourney and with $201,399. Thanks to the win, Volpe now has $2.14 million in live tournament earnings, which is enough to make one consider leaving the accounting profession for good.