2013 WSOP Event Recaps 46-61
July 9, 2013
By Jeremy Olson
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Seeing as how men make up 96-97% of WSOP tournament fields, it’s no surprise that guys won the first 50 events of the 2013 WSOP. However, girl power has been the story of the past couple weeks as Kristen Bicknell, Dana Castaneda and Loni Harwood all captured gold bracelets. In Harwood’s case, she actually set a major record and joined some elite company.
Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo – Three years ago, Vladimir Shchmelev was one of the breakout stars of the 2010 WSOP after making four final tables. And he returned to glory after winning this $3k PLO event and a $279,094 top prize. The Russian beat out a 435-player field to win this tournament along with his first gold bracelet.
Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Roller NL Hold’em – Up until the Main Event started, this was definitely the featured tournament of the 2013 WSOP. 166 players anted up the $111,111 buy-in, which created a giant $17,891,148 prize pool. The big story throughout this event was 2012 Big One for One Drop champ Antonio Esfandiari trying to win his second One Drop tourney in a row. However, he was stopped just short in fourth place ($1.43 million), and Anthony Gregg emerged victorious, collecting a massive $4,830,619 payday in the process.
Event #48: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha – Poker pro Marco Johnson seemed cursed coming into Event #48. Not only had he finished runner-up in Event #31 this year, but he also finished second place two other times. That said, it’s no wonder why Johnson told a friend that he’d cry if he lost a heads-up match this time around. Luckily there were no tears shed since he beat his final opponent, Jeff Thompson, to win the tourney along with $206,796.
Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Barney Boatman was one of the driving forces behind making poker more popular in Europe. Part of the famed Hendon Mob, he traveled throughout the continent playing in tournaments and serving as an ambassador for the game. Taking all of this into account, it’s nice to see that Boatman won his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #49. The Brit outlasted a field of 2,247 players to win the $546,080 top prize.
Event #50: $2,500 Six-Handed 10-Game – Two and a half months after finishing second in a WSOP APAC mixed tournament ($32,039), Brandon Wong grabbed his first bracelet by winning this 10-Game event. He beat out 371 players to earn the $220,061 first place payout.
Event #51: $10,000 Ladies NL Hold’em Championship – In an effort to keep guys out of the Ladies Championship, the WSOP charged a $10k buy-in, but gave women a 90% discount. The move worked, and for the first time in a while, all 954 players were females. Online poker pro Kristen Bicknell reigned supreme over the women after winning this tournament along with $179,922.
Event #52: $25,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – This tournament featured a pretty high-profile heads-up match as noted tourney pro Steve Sung faced online poker standout Phil “OMGClayAiken.” With the chip counts close to even, Sung played very well and was able to pull out the victory here. The Californian collected a huge $1,205,324 prize for his efforts.
Event #53: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Event #53 was definitely one of the largest tournaments of the 2013 WSOP, as 2,816 runners paid the $1,500 buy-in. This helped create a $3,801,600 prize pool, which Brett Shaffer was the biggest beneficiary of. He earned a $665,397 payout after beating Scotland’s David Vamplew ($413,157) heads-up.
Event #54: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – One week before the start of this tournament, Dana Castaneda visited her dying grandmother. Just before her death, Castaneda’s grandma prophesized that her granddaughter would be winning a WSOP event. And this prediction came true when Castaneda beat out 2,882 players to win Event #54 and $454,207. In the processes, she became the first woman to take down an open event at the 2013 WSOP.
Event #55: $50,000 Players Championship – Matthew Ashton accomplished two major things through the $50k Players Championship: 1) he won his first gold bracelet along with $1,774,089 million, and 2) he grabbed the Player of the Year lead from Daniel Negreanu. Ashton has made four final tables so far, including first, second and third place finishes.
Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Germany’s Nikolaus Teichert was the champ here as he battled through 1,736 players to win the $730,756 top prize. Two-time gold bracelet winner Josh Arieh also fared well in this tournament after finishing fifth and earning $164,768.
Event #57: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Matt Perrins grabbed another bracelet for the UK by outlasting 783 grinders to win Event #57 and $792,275. Perrins is an interesting story here because he learned how to play poker at a pub with famed British poker pro Jake Cody.
Event #58: $1,111 Little One for One Drop NL Hold’em – This tournament turned out to be just as big as advertised since 4,756 players paid the $1,111 buy-in. UCLA student Brian Yoon was the lucky winner as he grabbed a $663,727 prize.
Event #59: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball – Plenty of notable players made deep runs in Event #59, including Mike Watson (10th, $12,683), Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi (9th, $12,683), Scott Seiver (6th, $23,698), David “ODB” Baker (5th, $33,399) and David Chiu (4th, $48,077). Heads-up play was no less notable as five-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu battled high stakes pro Eli Elezra for the win. Negreanu ($107,055) failed to get many good cards and Elezra walked away with his second career gold bracelet and $173,236.
Event #60: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Loni Harwood was quietly having an excellent 2013 WSOP after she made final tables in Event #31 and Event #53. Then she truly stepped into the spotlight by winning this tournament and $609,017. Her $609k prize was the largest by a woman in a Las Vegas WSOP tournament, and second overall to Annette Obrestad’s 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event win (£1,000,000). Harwood is also just the fourth lady to make three final tables in a single WSOP.
Event #61: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship – If people didn’t think Daniel Alaei was a good Omaha player after his 2010 WSOP $10k PLO Championship victory, they’ll definitely think so now. He won this prestigious tournament again after beating an elite 386-player field to capture his fourth WSOP bracelet and $852,692. In winning Event #61, Alaei ran is career tournament winnings to a very impressive $6,354,445.