The ESPN Feature Table in the Amazon Room was busy on Saturday as two new bracelet winners were crowned on Day 4 of the 2013 World Series of Poker. After Trevor Pope steamrolled the final table of Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed, Charles Sylvestre took down Event #3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Day 4 also start of Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em, which shattered the single starting day attendance record and became one of the largest tournaments in World Series of Poker history.
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed
Trevor Pope began the final table of Event #2 with nearly half the chips in play, and roughly four hours later, he had all of them.
Pope dominated a talented eight-handed final table, eventually besting David Vamplew heads up in just six hands. It was Pope's first World Series of Poker gold bracelet, and the $553,906 score marks the largest of his career.
Final Table Results
Pope eliminated six of seven players at the final table, the first being David Peters, who open-shoved for six big blinds from early position with . Pope called with pocket queens in the hijack seat, and flopped a set. Peters was drawing dead on the turn, and hit the rail in eighth place, which was good for $48,130.
After Pope sent Brandon Meyers to the rail in seventh place, he used a cruel river card to eliminate 2010 WSOP bracelet winner Dan Kelly in sixth place. Kelly called a three-bet from Pope with two aces preflop, then moved all in on the turn of a board. Pope called and turned over queen-seven, and the landed on the river to send Kelly out in sixth place.
Jamie Armstrong was crippled when his pocket queens were run down by the pocket sevens of Darryll Fish, and he was eliminated a short while later. Armstrong was first to act and moved all in, and Vamplew called in the big blind with ace-queen of diamonds, which dominated Armstrong's ace-three of spades. There was a three in the window of the flop, but it was followed by a queen and two bricks on the turn and river. Armstrong received $112,695 for his fifth-place result.
Jared Hamby used selective aggression to chip up to 1.2 million over the next couple hours. Finally, Pope called one of his three-bet shoves with ace-jack of diamonds, only to find out that he was dominated by Hamby's ace-king off suit. Pope grimaced at the sight of the hand, but his agony was only short-lived as the flop produced two diamonds. The turn was a third diamond, leaving Hamby drawing dead, and "TheWacoKidd" was off to collect $154,518 for his fourth-place finish.
Three-handed play lasted seven hands. On Hand #117, Fish open-shoved for seven-and-a-half big blinds with jack-eight off suit. Pope woke up with two nines in the small blind, called, and held.
After seven more hands, Pope was crowned the champion. Vamplew doubled on Hand #121, turning a set of jacks against Pope's two pair, but he was still at a 6-to-1 chip disadvantage. On the 124th and final hand, Vamplew called a three-bet shove with ace-six off suit. Pope tabled two fives, and five community cards later he was the owner of a WSOP gold bracelet.
Day 3 of the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry event began with 38 players eyeing a trip to the winner's circle. Several top pros, including Scott Seiver and Nam Le, were still in the mix when the day began, but in the end it was Charles Sylvestre who claimed his first gold bracelet and $491,360.
Final Table Results
The field had plenty of big names when Day 3 began, but they dropped one by one as the day progressed. Seiver (33rd for $11,361) was among the first to go, and he was followed by Jonathan Tamayo (26th for $14,067), Ryan Tepen (18th for 17,598), and Nam Le (17th for $17,598). By the time the final table was reached, Ruben Ybarra was leading the way.
Sylvestre made his presence known at the final table when he eliminated Ryan Olisar in sixth place. Olisar, who finished fourth in this event last year, called all-in preflop after Sylvestre had three-bet shoved from the small blind. Sylvestre was flipping with against Olisar's , and the sent Olisar to the rail shy of a title for the second straight year.
Binh Ta, Michael Cooper and William Guerrero were eliminated in fifth through third place, respectively, setting up a heads-up match between Sylvestre and Seth Berger, who began Day 3 with the chip lead. In the last hand, Sylvestre raised to 150,000 from the button, and Berger called. The flop came , and Sylvestre's continuation bet of 225,000 was called by Berger. After Berger checked the turn, Sylvestre kept up the aggression with a bet of 500,000. Berger called once again and checked the river. "All in," Sylvestre said immediately. Berger thought briefly before deciding to call. Sylvestre tabled , and Berger only shook his head and flicked his cards face down toward the dealer.
With that, Sylvestre locked up his first WSOP bracelet and the $491,360 in prize money.
The $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em/Six Handed tournament was trimmed down to seven players late Saturday night, and a stacked field will return on Sunday to play down to a winner. Mike Mustafa will lead the way when the "unofficial" final table commences, and he'll be joined by pros Manig Loeser, Eric Blair, Keven Stammen, and 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada.
Chip Counts After Day 2
One-hundred seventeen players settled into the Amazon Room on Saturday, and only seven remained after 10 and a half levels. It didn't take long to burst the money bubble as Michael McDonald exited in 110th place early in the day, securing a payday for the remaining 109 in the field.
Among those who made the money but failed to survive the day were Rob Salaburu (100th - $2,871), Russell Thomas (96th - $2,871), Humberto Brenes (70th - $3,391); WSOP-APAC bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli (63rd - $3,680); 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Craig McCorkell (59th - $3,997), 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel (44th - $4,892), and reigning World Poker Tour Player of the Year Matt Salsberg (21st - $9,640).
The eliminations continued over the next three levels and included Ville Sissonen (18th - $12,122), Grant Hinkle (16th - $12,122), Aleksandr Gnatenko (14th - $12,122), Day 1 chip leader Greg Hobson (11th - $15,643), Rex Clinkscales (10th - $20,709), Fabien Marguerite (9th - $20,709) and Ami Alibay (8th - $28,155).
The remaining seven players will return at 3 p.m. PST to play down to a winner. Stay tuned in to the PokerNews Live Reporting Page as we provide live updates of the fourth bracelet event of the 2013 World Series of Poker!
Day 2 of Event #5 began with a star-studded field competing for a top prize of $216,958, and after 10 levels there are only 19 remaining. Mike Gorodinsky leads the way heading into Day 3, but Daniel Negreanu, Mike Matasow, George Danzer, David "Bakes" Baker, James Van Alstyne and Owais Ahmed are among those still alive for a chance at winning a bracelet on Sunday.
With 173 players returning on Day 2, and only 40 of them making the money, several hit the rail empty-handed. Among the casualties were David “ODB” Baker, Brian Rast, Brian Hastings, Chad Brown, Eli Elezra, Jennifer Harman, Allen Kessler, Scott Clements, Robert Mizrachi, and Norman Chad, just to name a few.
Once the money bubble burst, top pros like Blair Rodman (35th), Max Pescatori (32nd), Matt Glantz (29th), Amnon Filippi (28th), Tom Schneider (27th), Kevin MacPhee (25th), Chris Bjorin (23rd), and Jeremy Ausmus (20th) were eliminated short of the final table. Ausmus was eliminated in one of the final hands of the night by Ahmed.
Play will resume at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday, so be sure to tune in to the PokerNews Live Reporting page for up-to-the-minute coverage of Event #5.
The World Series of Poker set an attendance record for a non-Main Event on Saturday with the highly anticipated Millionaire Maker event. Two Day 1 flights saw a combined 6,343 players create a prize pool of more than $8.5 million, and $1.1 million of that will go to the eventual champion. All nine players who make the final table will earn six-figure payouts.
Players filtered into the Rio in droves all day and battled registration lines that lined the hallways of the Rio Convention Center. But when the day wrapped, everyone who intended to play had been given a seat, and 1,481 of them managed to advance to Sunday's Day 2.
The event continues Sunday at 1:00 p.m. PST, and is scheduled to play 10 levels. The event is then scheduled to conclude on Monday, although the enormous field size has already prompted speculation that the WSOP will extend the event onto a fourth day.
Stay tuned to the PokerNews Live Reporting page for updates throughout the massive event.
On Sunday, Event #4: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) and Event #5: $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better are scheduled to play down to a winner. Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em resumes in the afternoon and is expected to take up much of the Rio with more than 1,400 players still alive. Two more events will get underway: Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix.
Video of the Day
Trevor Pope entered the final table of WSOP Event #2 with almost half the chips in play. He used his stack well and closed it out for the win. Kristy Arnett caught up with Pope after his victory.