Two more first-time bracelet winners were crowned on Day 5 of the 2013 World Series of Poker. John Beauprez bested a tough final table to win Event #4: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed), and highly respected mixed games player Mike Gorodinsky won Event #5: $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better.
Meanwhile, the record-setting Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em played through the money bubble, and two more events got underway: Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix.
Day 3 of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) event began with seven players at the "unofficial" final table. The talented group included chip leader Mike Moustafa, Keven Stammen, Manig Loeser, and 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada, who was eying his second bracelet after falling just shy last year.
But it was the lesser-known John Beauprez who captured the title and $324,764 in prize money. Beauprez had a handful of former bracelet winner on his rail, including Ben Lamb and Chance Kornuth, and he joined the exclusive club after defeating Loeser in a long heads-up battle.
The final table bubble boy was Zohar Spivack, who five-bet shoved his into Beauprez's pocket jacks to secure the official final table. Keven Stammen, who like Cada was seeking his second WSOP bracelet, then picked a poor spot to four-bet shove with pocket twos. Beauprez called with pocket aces, and the rockets held up to send Stammen to the rail in sixth place.
Mustafa was next to see his tournament end. After entering the final day with the lead, Mustafa doubled up Eric Blair twice before being sent home by Blair in his final stand.
All eyes were on Cada heading into the day, but he remained fairly quiet at the final table. After more than an hour of four-handed play, Cada finally saw all his chip in the middle before the flop while holding . Unfortunately for the world champion, he was up against Loeser's . The flop came and Cada was drawing completely dead against the nut flush. The meaningless and finished off the board and Cada was gone in fourth.
Not long after Cada's elimination, Blair saw his tournament come to an end. At 15,000/30,000/5,000, Blair raised the button to 60,000, and Beauprez three-bet from the small blind to 145,000. Blair flat-called to see the flop come down . Beauprez continued his aggression with a 170,000-chip bet. Blair announced that he was all in for 790,000 total, and Beauprez snapped him off.
Beauprez was out in front and Blair needed a lot of help to stay alive, but the turn and river were blanks, and Blair exited in third place for $127,300.
The match between Beauprez and Loeser went back and forth as the two exchanged the lead, but Beauprez was able to put the German pro away with a timely suckout on the final hand. Loeser min-raised his button to 100,000, Beauprez three-bet to 230,000, and Loeser four-bet all in for 1.305 million. Beauprez tossed in a call, and the cards went on their backs.
Loeser had his opponent dominated, but the flop came down , giving Beauprez the lead with his pair of eights. Loeser needed to improve to stay alive, but the and completed the board, sending Beauprez and his rail into a loud celebration at the ESPN Feature Table.
The first mixed games tournament of the summer came to a close early Monday morning with Mike Gorodinsky topping a 374-player field to win the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better event. Gorodinsky, who won the 8-Game Championship at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in both 2008 and 2010, added a WSOP bracelet to his résumé along with the top prize of $216,958.
Day 3 began with Gorodinsky atop the chip counts, but several top pros were still in contention. Daniel Negreanu and Mike Matusow remained in the field, but both fell short of the final table. Matusow exited in 14th place after losing a painful three-way pot against Owais Ahmed and George Danzer, and Negreanu fell when he was rivered by Gorodinsky in the Omaha-8 round.
Despite losing those two superstars, the final table was still loaded with feared mixed-games minds like Gorodinsky, Danzer, Matthew Ashton, and Ahmed, who won this event in 2011.
After the eliminations of Dennis Leary, Julie Schneider and Mack Lee, respectively, Danzer was sent packing in sixth place. Danzer, last year's runner-up in this event, was eliminated by Matthew Ashton's trip fives during the Stud-8 round.
George Fotiadis was knocked out in fifth place, and he was followed by Ahmed in fourth . Kristopher Tong was the massive chip leader with three remaining, and he added to his lead by eliminating Ashton in third place during Omaha-8.
That left Tong and Gorodinsky heads-up for a bracelet, and Gorodinsky was able to overcome a huge deficit to emerge as the champion. He was facing a 3-to-1 disadvantage when the match began, and two hours later he had all of the chips. In the final hand of the tournament during the Stud-8 round, Kong got his last chips in on fourth street with a pair of nines and Gorodinsky had a straight draw. The draw filled up for Gorodinsky on sixth street, and Kong was drawing dead. With the victory, Gorodinsky collected his first WSOP gold bracelet and nearly $217,000.
Day 2 of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold'em event began with 1,481 of the original 6,343 players, and after 10 levels there were only 134 players still in contention for the bracelet and the $1.1 million payday. Andy Hwang, who recently captured the 2013 World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open championship for a score of over $700,000, became the unofficial chip leader late in the night, building a massive stack of 912,000 chips, good for more than four times the average stack.
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements (294,000), who topped the chip counts after Day 1b, will be among those returning for Day 3, along with Australian pro Brendon Rubie (487,000), Ryan Welch (346,000), and circuit grinder Mike Carroll (78,000).
The surviving players will return to the Amazon Room at 1:00 p.m. PST for a chance to reach the final table of this historic tournament. The final table payouts are listed below:
Event #6 was a tough act to follow for Event #7 on Sunday, but the $1,000 buy-in tournament still attracted 1,837 players. The eventual winner will take home 305,952, and two-time bracelet winner Eric Baldwin is in excellent shape to make a run after ending Day 1 as the chip leader.
Baldwin is sitting pretty with 121,000 in chips and leads a slew of notable big stacks such as Adam Geyer (118,200), Annette Obrestad (98,000) and Nick Abou Risk (87,000). Only 148 advanced to Day 2, which will begin at 1 p.m. PST inside the Amazon Room.
Event #8 drew 388 players on Sunday evening, and after eight levels around half the field remained with Eric Crain leading the way with 69,925 in chips. Joining Crain on Day 2 will be Marco Johnson (46,825), Kai Chang (44,150), Andy Bloch (36,525), Kyle Bowker (36,000), Scott Seiver (35,275), Erick Lindgren (34,825), Paul Volpe (28,400) and Phil Ivey (18,550), among others.
The remaining players will return for Day 2 action on Monday at 2 p.m. PST. They’ll be playing in the Amazon Room, and of course the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there to bring you all the action straight from the tournament floor.
There won't be a bracelet awarded on Monday, but the Rio will be jam-packed with five tournaments taking place throughout the day. All eyes will be on the Millionaire Maker event as it progresses toward a champion, and final tables are scheduled to be reached in Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #8: $2,500 Eight-Game Mix. Two more tournaments will get underway on Monday: Event #9: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em.
With a rail that included some of poker's most elite players, John Beauprez finally captured a bracelet of his own. Sarah Grant was there to capture the moment as all the chips were pushed his way.
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