June Recap: WSOP Completes Most Eventsby Jennifer Newell
The month of June was filled with tournaments, from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas to a few other events around the world. It is the most hectic but fun time of year for poker players, so let's take a look at what happened in the world of live tournament poker.
Since the WSOP is on everyone's minds, we'll start with the other tournaments that took place in June. The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour was in full swing with a stop on its fifth season in Repechage. The AUD$1,100 Main Event at the Crown Casino in Melbourne attracted 366 players for an AUD$844K prize pool, and the top 37 players were paid. Anthony Hachem was one of the shorter stacks going into the final table, but Joe Hachem's son managed to chip up and win his first ANZPT title along with AUD$181,460.
Nearby, in Macau, the first ever GuangDong Asia Millions took place in the PokerStars City of Dreams. The buy-in of HK$1 million (approximately $130K) was the largest ever for the area, and a total of 71 original players entered. Along with 54 rebuys, the prize pool came to HK$119,375,000, or more than $15 million. The top eight players won money, and big names like Igor Kurganov took sixth place, Isaac Haxton fifth, and Sorel Mizzi third. Jeff Rossiter then lost heads-up to Niklas Heinecker, and the latter won more than $4.4 million for his victory.
A bit later in Macau, the seventh season of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour offered a lower HK$25K buy-in as its Main Event. The tournament drew 388 players for a prize pool that was large enough to pay out the top 48 players. The final table featured Jay Tan and Dinesh Alt, but the final battle pitted Alexandre Chieng against Kenneth Leong, and the former won HK$2,165,000 and the APPT title.
The latest Latin American Poker Tour stop on Season 6 was held in Medellin as part the LAPT Colombia National Poker Championship. Casino Allegre hosted the field of 629 players, and the final table ended up with players like Juan Manuel Pastor, who finished eighth, and Cristian de Leon, who took fourth. Weider Gutierrez ended up with the LAPT win and COP 165,244,000.
The 2013 WSOP got underway just a few days before June, and the action was fast and furious throughout the month. Starting with Event 1 and a win for PokerNews reporter Chad Holloway, the tournaments began and boasted of names like Trevor Pope winning Event 2. The second week saw Matt Maxman win a NLHE bracelet, Cliff Josephy take down a NLHE Shootout, Mike Matusow claim victory in a Seven-Stud Hi/Lo tournament, and Tom Schneider win the $1,500 HORSE.
Week 3 of the WSOP saw victories for more big names in poker, like Taylor Paur and Davidi Kitai, not to mention Martin Finger, David Chiu, and Danny Fuhs. But it was the win of Tom Schneider in the $5K HORSE tournament that caught the most attention, as he won his second bracelet as he had done several years prior when he won the WSOP Player of the Year. In the week that followed, Erick Lindgren picked up a bracelet, as did Jeff Madsen, Jarred Hamby, and Steve Gross.
There were several events that stood out from the rest on the schedule because of their unique features or large buy-ins. The Millionaire Maker was a $1,500 buy-in tournament but offered two starting flights and a $1 million guaranteed first place prize. There were a total of 6,343 entries to create a prize pool of $8,563,050, out of which the top 648 players were paid and nearly $1.2 million went to the winner, who was Benny Chen.
The first $10K buy-in of the Series was the $10K Heads-Up event, and that drew 162 players for a prize pool that exceeded $1.5 million. Mark Radoja beat Don Nguyen in the last round to win $336,190. The $10K 2-7 Lowball tournament attracted 87 competitors for a prize pool of more than $800K, and Jess Martin won that title and $253,524.
And the biggest of them all was the $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Rollers NLHE event, number 47 on the schedule. With a portion of the buy-ins going to charity, the field was full of big names in business and poker. The final tally was 166, which created a $17,891,148 prize pool. The top 24 players were paid, and the final table boasted of names like Nick Schulman, Martin Jacobson, and Bill Perkins. Antonio Esfandiari tried to defend his $1 Million One Drop title but fell in fourth place, while Anthony Gregg and Chris Klodnicki battled for the win. Gregg ultimately won it for $4,830,619, while Klodnicki took home $2,985,495 for second place.Previous WSOP 2013 Articles:
WSOP Event 47 Recap: Anthony Gregg Wins One Drop High Roller Event at WSOP
WSOP Event 43 Recap: Jess Martin Wins $10K 2-7 Lowball WSOP Title
WSOP Recap 4: Erick Lindgren and Jeff Madsen win in Events 30 through 41
WSOP Recap 3: Schneider Wins Second Bracelet in Events 18 through 29
WSOP Recap 2: Events 5 through 17 Feature Matusow and Schneider Winning Gold
WSOP Event 16 Recap: Mark Radoja Wins $10K Heads-Up WSOP Title
WSOP Event 6 Recap: Millionaire Maker Sets Record, Benny Chen Wins
WSOP Recap 1: Holloway and Pope Highlight First Five 2013 WSOP Events
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Jennifer Newell is a freelance writer, originally from St. Louis but now living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with poker while working at WPT and began writing about it in 2005.