2014 WSOP Event Recaps 31-45
June 25, 2014
By Jeremy Olson
While the 2014 World Series of Poker has been pretty entertaining all along, the last 15 tournaments have really featured some incredible stories. Events 31 through 45 have seen everything from Joe Cada ending a long dry spell for WSOP Main Event champions to flat-broke Dutch Boyd winning his third gold bracelet. And this is just the beginning because there is plenty more to discuss in the recaps of events 31-45.
Event #31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Last year, Brett Shaffer defeated a 2,816-player field to win a $1,500 NL Hold'em event along with $665,397. So what did Shaffer do for an encore this year? He went out and won another $1.5k NLHE tourney by beating out a field of 1,631 players. Shaffer collected his second-career gold bracelet and a $418,435 prize.
Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed NL Hold'em - While several recent WSOP Main Event winners have gone on to continued poker success, it'd been a while since an ME champ had won another gold bracelet. In fact, 2001 ME winner Carlos Mortensen was the last to accomplish this feat when he took down a 2003 WSOP tournament. Joe Cada ended the drought, though, as he won this $10k six-handed tourney along with $670,041. Cada, who famously won the 2009 Main Event and $8.55 million, had previously finished 2nd and 4th (twice) in WSOP tournaments over the past two years.
Event #33: $1,000 NL Hold'em - Infamous poker pro Dutch Boyd hasn't been too tight-lipped about his money - or lack thereof - over the past couple of years. He's been broke and recently wrote a book called Poker Tilt to try and generate some cash. Perhaps Boyd can rest a little easier now because he won a $1k NLHE tournament and $288,744. This is Boyd's third gold bracelet and his first in the last four years.
Event #34: $1,500 Seven Card Stud - Just like Cada, Eric Buchman was on the 2009 ME final table too, ultimately taking fourth place and earning $2.5 million. And much like Cada, Buchman can now boast of having won his second bracelet after beating 344 opponents to win this Stud event and $118,785. The 2009 November Niner won his first WSOP tournament in 2010, when he captured a $2k Limit Hold'em title ($203,607).
Event #35: $5,000 Six-Handed NLHE - Brian Yoon gained some poker fame last year after winning the $1,111 Little One for One Drop tourney and $663,727. He had to beat 4,756 other players to win this event, so it was a little easier topping a 550-player $5k NLHE field this time around. Yoon's prize for winning Event #35 was $633,341 and the satisfaction of collecting two gold bracelets in back-to-back years.
Event #36: $1,500 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball - There wasn't a 2013 WSOP runner-up who was more disappointed that Steven Wolansky last year. After all, he held nearly a 30:1 chip advantage over his heads-up opponent, Michael Malm, before Malm came roaring back to beat him. Luckily for Wolansky, he didn't have to wait long for another chance to win a WSOP event. And this time, the Cleveland native finished off his heads-up opponent, 2010 November Niner Joseph Cheong, to win the $89,493 top payout.
Event #37: $1,500 PL Omaha - When poker pro Brandon Paster beat out a 967-player field to win this tournament and $264,400, he wasn't talking about playing in more 2014 WSOP tourneys or the Main Event. No, Paster was talking about going to the Electric Daisy Carnival, taking a long road trip across the United States and living in Amsterdam for a month. His quarter million-plus prize should go a long ways towards making all of this happen.
Event #38: $10,000 7 Card Stud Hi-Low - Already a champion in the 2014 WSOP $10k Razz Championship ($294,792), George Danzer tasted victory again this summer by winning the $10k Stud Hi-Low Championship and $352,696. Thanks to two other final table appearances, Danzer has now jumped out to a big lead in the 2014 WSOP Player of the Year race.
Event #39: $3,000 NLHE - Little-known Sean Dempsey should have some more fame in the poker world since he beat out 991 opponents to win this $3k NLHE tourney and $548,460. The victory is especially sweet because Dempsey says that he's been coming to the WSOP for 10 straight years in hopes of winning a bracelet.
Event #40: $10,000 Heads-Up NLHE - Davide Suriano became the first Italian to win at this year's WSOP by surviving a 136-player field in the $10k HU event. Suriano definitely earned his victory and the $335,553 top prize by defeating skilled pro and WSOP champ Sam Stein heads-up.
Event #41: $1,500 Six-Handed Dealer's Choice - Many players loved this event, which gave each person at the table a chance to select the poker variation in play. As many players said, the first-ever WSOP Dealer's Choice tournament had a home-game feel. And Robert Mizrachi definitely felt right at home as he went on to win this tourney along with $147,092. Mizrachi now has over $5 million in career tournament earnings.
Event #42: $5,000 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha - Michael Drummond says that he loves PLO because it's more about the cards, meaning players have a better opportunity to socialize since they're not always reading each other. Drummond now has another reason to love PLO after beating a 452-player field to win this tournament along with $541,747.
Event #43: $1,500 Limit Hold'em - Dan Kelly had an excellent 2013 WSOP as he made two final tables and cashed in eight events overall. But he'll probably appreciate this year's edition more since he won a $1,500 Limit Hold'em event and $195,167. One interesting fact about his recent victory is that Kelly had never even played a live Limit Hold'em tournament before this one.
Event #44: $1,500 NLHE - The story of this tournament involved a six-hour heads-up battle between Jordan Morgan and Evan McNiff. WSOP officials didn't anticipate such a long HU duel, so they had to extend the tourney another day. This worked out in Morgan's favor since he beat McNiff to win the $478,102 top prize.
Event #45: $1,000 NLHE - Just two weeks ago, Will Givens finished fourth in the Event #33 $1k NLHE event. Rarely do poker players get a second opportunity to correct their mistakes from a previous narrow miss. But that's exactly what happened to Givens as he won the Event #45 $1k NLHE tournament. The Colorado poker pro explained afterward that he looked back at what he did wrong in Event #33 and adjusted to win this tourney along with $306,634.
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