David Vamplew came agonisingly close to adding a World Series of Poker bracelet to his European Poker Tour title when he finished second in Event #2 of the 2013 WSOP.
The $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Handed tournament attracted some of the best players from around the world, eight of who navigated their way to the grand finale of the hotly contested tournament.
As you can see from the final table seat draw, Trevor Pope started with a massive chip lead, a lead he maintained throughout proceedings thanks to eliminating six of his seven opponents!
Pope’s first victim was the Ivey Poker pro David Peters. On Hand #34 of the final table, Peters open-shoved for 175,000 from early position at the 15,000/30,000/5,000a level and Pope called in the cutoff. Peters showed and was trailing Pope’s . Pope flopped a set on the flop and the on the turn left Peters drawing dead.
Six hands later and Pope found another monster in the hole – pocket aces. Brandon Meyers moved all in for 415,000 in early position and Pope called, again, in the cutoff. Meyers flipped over and Pope the . An board flirted with helping Meyers but it ultimately didn’t and he headed to the rail in seventh place.
Dan Kelly was the next player to fall foul of the hot-running Pope. On Hand #44, Kelly opened to 60,000 in the cutoff and then called when Pope three-bet to 125,000 in the small blind. The flop saw Pope check-call a 65,000 bet from Kelly. The turn was the and Pope checked again. Kelly moved all in for 250,000 and Pope snap-called. Kelly held and Pope just , meaning Kelly was more than a 95% favourite in the hand to double up! That double up never happened because the river was the , improving Pope to trip sevens and leaving Kelly to wonder what could have been.
Vamplew then took over the role of executioner to send Jamie Armstrong to the rail. At the 20,000/40,000/5,000 level, Armstrong raised all in for 443,000 in total with and Vamplew called from the big blind with . Armstrong flopped a trey, but Vamplew paired his ace and when the turn and river blanked off it was game over for Armstrong.
There was a lull in eliminations until the 11th hand of the final table. This hand saw Pope min-raise to 100,000 from the small blind, Jared Hamby three-bet all in for 1,230,000 and Pope call. Pope turned the onto their backs and was trailing Hamby’s dominating . When the flop came down there was never any doubt Pope was going to get there. And as if by magic, the fell on the turn to complete Pope’s straight. The meaningless completed the board and confirmed Hamby’s demise.
Six hands passed before Pope sent Darryll Fish to the sidelines in third place. Fish chose the to commit his last 375,000 chips with and was unfortunate to run into Pope’s . The board sealed Fish’s fate and sent the tournament into the heads-up stage.
Heads-up was a rather one-sided affair, with Vamplew trailing Pope by 550,000 to 6,665,000 chips. Vamplew doubled up on the fourth hand of play, but it was too little too late and it was all over three hands later when Vamplew min-raised to 100,000 and then called when Pope set him all in. Vamplew held to the of Pope and by the river the board read . GG Mr Vamplew.
WSOP Event #2 Final Table Results
This latest impressive result from Scotland’s Vamplew means he has now won $2,539,059 in his career so far and we certainly would not bet against him adding plenty more by the end of the 2013 WSOP.