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2014 WSOP Event #21 $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em

by Joseph Smith Sr.

WSOP Event #21, a scheduled 3 day No-Limit Hold'em  affair with a $1,000 buy-in, attracted 2,043 entrants, all with the singular goal of taking home the WSOP gold.  Of course, the $335,659 winner's share of the $1,838,700 prize pool also offered some motivation to be the last player with a chip stack and a chair.  The event paid the top 216 finishers a share of the cash.

Winner, Dominik Nitsche, fresh off a win in the World Series of Poker Circuit National Champinship apparently brought his good luck to Las Vegas.  During the heads-up match with second place finisher Dave D'Alesandro it seemed that Nitsche never missed a flop, or a turn or a river.  Whatever he needed he got to stay in the match.  The heads-up lasted almost one hundred hands before Nitsche made a river flush against D'Alesandro's small pair and smaller stack and it was finally over.

Dominik Nitsche had his third WSOP gold bracelet and $335,659 in cash.  Dave D'Alesandro had to settle for second place and $208,931.

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2014 WSOP Event #23 $1,000 buy-in Turbo No-Limit Hold'em

by Joseph Smith Sr.

This scheduled two-day rapid-fire style No-Limit Hold'em event began with 1473 hopefuls running and gunning for a share of the $1,325,700 prize pool and a shot at an elusive WSOP gold bracelet.  Within six hours of the start there were 171 players remaining and in the money.  Another six hours of play reached the final table nine when Amanda Baker bubbled out in tenth place.

Don't let the low buy-in lead you to believe this was a tournament filled with unlnowns, in fact, just the opposite.  Among the players were well known professionals Phil Laak, Allen Cunningham, Tony Gregg, Greg Raymer, Vanessa Selbst and many more.

Day two saw the nine returning final table players falling like lawyers quail hunting with VP Cheney.  Soon the group was down to the final two going heads-up for the bracelet and just over a quarter million in cash.  David Polk and Andy Philachack went heads-up until Philachack went all-in when the turn gave him a set of treys, but the final river card completed Polk's open end straight and he had won his first WSOP bracelet and $251,969.  Philachack left with $155,756 in compensation to console his disappointment at coming so close to the gold bracelet.

The following lists the final table order of finish and money received.

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2014 WSOP Event #20 $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Another first time bracelet winner at the 2014 WSOP happening now at the Rio in Las Vegas.  Kory Kilpatrick from Athens, Georgia walked away from the final table in Event #20 with $254,891 in cash and his first WSOP bracelet after sending second place finisher Eric Wasserman to the rail.

Kory Kilpatrick began the day of the final table in the middle of the pack which included three former WSOP bracelet winners.  None of the previous bracelet winners—Taylor Paur, Phil Gilford or Chris Bell---made it past 5th place.

This final table took more than six hours to eliminate two players.  The players traded chips for the first three hours before Narendra Banwari was eliminated in tenth place.  They played on nine-handed for more than three hours before Dylan Linde was out in the ninth spot.  Then the dominoes began to fall and players were rapidly eliminated until just one had chips and a chair, Kory Kilpatrick.

Event #20, a $3K buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Shootout contest attracted a crowd of 389 players and offered a prize pool totaling $1,061,970 split among the top 40 finishers.  

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2014 WSOP Event #19 $1.5K No-Limit Hold'em

by Joseph Smith Sr.

The best poker player I knew growing up was an uncle that never had a job but always had money.  He's the one that gave me a deck of cards for my 6th birthday and said they were my retirement account.  He called Houston home and told me there was two things all Texans did, play football and poker.

I don't know if Houstonian Ted Gillis plays football, but he certainly does play poker and proved his prowess for the game when he defeated a field of 2086 players in Event #19 at the 2014 WSOP.  Gillis collected the winner's share of $514,027 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

With only one WSOP cash, 2013 $1,500 Buy-In No Limit Hold'em event, and  all time earnings of just over $10K  the unlikely Texan faced one of the game's toughest players and the holder of 2 WSOP bracelets, John “Johnny World” Henningan.  Gillis came to the head-up match with a 2-1 chip advantage and apparently was not aware of or didn't worry much about Johnny Hennigan's reputation.  He played his game and in short order had Hennigan all in with second best.  Henningan received $319,993 for second place.

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WSOP Braclets Won Part 3


David Baker 2010 3 $10,000 NL 2–7 Draw Lowball Championship
David Baker 2012 3 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
David Baker 2012 3 $2,500 Eight Game Mix
David Sklansky 1982 3 $800 Mixed Doubles
David Sklansky 1982 3 $1,000 Draw High
David Sklansky 1983 3 $1,000 Limit Omaha
Dewey Tomko 1979 3 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Dewey Tomko 1984 3 $10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
Dewey Tomko 1984 3 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Don Williams 1982 3 $1,000 Seven Card Stud
Don Williams 1985 3 $1,000 Seven Card Stud
Don Williams 1988 3 $1,000 Seven Card Razz
Eli Balas 1992 3 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
Eli Balas 1999 3 $5,000 Limit Hold'em
Eli Balas 2004 3 $2,500 Limit Hold'Em
Farzad Bonyadi 1998 3 $2,000 Limit Hold'em
Farzad Bonyadi 2004 3 $1,000 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw
Farzad Bonyadi 2005 3 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em
Hamid Dastmalchi 1986 3 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Hamid Dastmalchi 1992 3 NLH MAIN EVENT
Hamid Dastmalchi 1993 3 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Hilbert Shirey 1987 3 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Hilbert Shirey 1995 3 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys
Hilbert Shirey 1995 3 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Jack Keller 1984 3 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
Jack Keller 1984 3 NLH MAIN EVENT
Jack Keller 1993 3 $1,500 Limit Omaha
Jeff Lisandro 2009 3 $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Jeff Lisandro 2009 3 $10,000 World Championship 7 Stud Hi-Low
Jeff Lisandro 2009 3 $2,500 Razz
Jeff Madsen 2006 3 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
Jeff Madsen 2006 3 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6/Table
Jeff Madsen 2013 3 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Jimmy Casella 1971 3 $1,000 Limit Razz
Jimmy Casella 1974 3 $1,000 Seven Card Razz
Jimmy Casella 1974 3 $10,000 Seven-Card Stud
John Bonetti 1990 3 $5,000 NL Deuce to Seven
John Bonetti 1993 3 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
John Bonetti 1995 3 $5,000 NL Deuce to Seven
John Cernuto 1996 3 $1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split
John Cernuto 1997 3 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
John Cernuto 2002 3 $1,500 Limit Omaha
Lyle Berman 1989 3 $1,500 Limit Omaha
Lyle Berman 1992 3 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em
Lyle Berman 1994 3 $5,000 NL Deuce to Seven
Matt Matros 2010 3 $1,500 Limit Hold'em
Matt Matros 2011 3 $2,500 Mixed Hold'em
Matt Matros 2012 3 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed
Max Stern 1995 3 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
Max Stern 1997 3 $2,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split
Max Stern 1997 3 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em
Nani Dollison 2000 3 $1,000 Ladies' LH/Seven Stud
Nani Dollison 2001 3 $2,000 Limit Hold'em
Nani Dollison 2001 3 $1,000 Ladies' LH/Seven Stud
O'Neil Longson 1994 3 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
O'Neil Longson 2003 3 $5,000 NL Deuce to Seven
O'Neil Longson 2005 3 $1,500 Seven-Card Razz
Paul Clark 1992 3 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
Paul Clark 1999 3 $1,500 Razz
Paul Clark 2002 3 $1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split
Perry Green 1976 3 $1,000 Ace to Five Draw
Perry Green 1977 3 $500 Ace to Five Draw
Perry Green 1979 3 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Sam Farha 1996 3 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Sam Farha 2006 3 $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or better)
Sam Farha 2010 3 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Championship
Sailor Roberts 1974 2 $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
Sailor Roberts 1975 2 NLH MAIN EVENT
A. J. Myers 1980 2 $600 Mixed Doubles
A. J. Myers 1981 2 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
Andy Frankenberger 2011 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Andy Frankenberger 2012 2 $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
Antonio Esfandiari 2004 2 $2,000 Pot Limit Hold 'Em
Antonio Esfandiari 2012 2 $1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop
Athanasios Polychronopoulos 2011 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Athanasios Polychronopoulos 2013 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Aubrey Day 1973 2 $3,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
Aubrey Day 1978 2 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Bill Chen 2006 2 $3,000 Limit Hold'em
Bill Chen 2006 2 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 6/Table
Brandon Cantu 2006 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Brandon Cantu 2009 2 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low
Brent Carter 1991 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Brent Carter 1994 2 $1,500 Limit Omaha
Brian Rast 2011 2 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Brian Rast 2011 2 $50,000 The Poker Player's Championship
Brock Parker 2009 2 $2,500 Limit Hold'em Short Handed
Brock Parker 2009 2 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Short Handed
Buddy Bonnecaze 1992 2 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em
Buddy Bonnecaze 1993 2 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Burt Boutin 2001 2 $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
Burt Boutin 2007 2 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys
Carter Phillips 2010 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed
Carter Phillips 2012 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Chris Bjorin 1997 2 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Chris Bjorin 2000 2 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em
Cliff Josephy 2005 2 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud
Cliff Josephy 2013 2 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout
Dan Harrington 1995 2 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em
Dan Harrington 1995 2 NLH MAIN EVENT
Daniel Idema 2011 2 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Daniel Idema 2013 2 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low
David Baxter 1983 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
David Baxter 1986 2 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
David Grey 1999 2 $2,500 Seven Card Stud
David Grey 2005 2 $5,000 No Limit 2 to 7 Draw Lowball
David Pham 2001 2 $2,000 S.H.O.E.
David Pham 2006 2 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout
David Warga 2002 2 $500 Employee's Limit Hold'em
David Warga 2010 2 $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better
Davidi Kitai 2008 2 $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
Davidi Kitai 2013 2 $5,000 Pot Limit Hold'em
Dody Roach 1981 2 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Dody Roach 1996 2 $1,500 Limit Omaha
Dutch Boyd 2006 2 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 6/Table
Dutch Boyd 2010 2 $2,500 Limit Hold'em Six Handed
Eddy Scharf 2001 2 $1,500 Limit Omaha
Eddy Scharf 2003 2 $1,500 Limit Omaha
Eli Elezra 2007 2 $3,000 World Championship 7 Stud Hi/Lo
Eli Elezra 2013 2 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
Eric Froehlich 2005 2 $1,500 Limit Hold-em
Eric Froehlich 2006 2 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys
Erick Lindgren 2008 2 $5,000 Mixed Hold'em
Erick Lindgren 2013 2 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed
Frank Kassela 2010 2 $10,000 7 Stud Hi-Low Championship
Frank Kassela 2010 2 $2,500 Seven Card Razz
Frankie O'Dell 2003 2 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
Frankie O'Dell 2007 2 $2,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split
Freddy Deeb 1996 2 $5,000 NL Deuce to Seven
Freddy Deeb 2007 2 $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E.
Gene Fisher 1980 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Gene Fisher 1993 2 $1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split
Greg Merson 2012 2 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Six Handed
Greg Merson 2012 2 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event
Greg Mueller 2009 2 $10,000 World Championship Limit Hold'em
Greg Mueller 2009 2 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
Hans "Tuna" Lund 1978 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Hans "Tuna" Lund 1996 2 $1,500 Ace to Five Draw
Howard Andrew 1976 2 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em
Howard Andrew 1976 2 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Howard Lederer 2000 2 $5,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
Howard Lederer 2001 2 $5,000 NL Deuce to Seven
Hoyt Corkins 1992 2 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Hoyt Corkins 2007 2 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Short Handed
Humberto Brenes 1993 2 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Humberto Brenes 1993 2 $2,500 Limit Hold'em
Jack Straus 1973 2 $3,000 Deuce to Seven Draw
Jack Straus 1982 2 NLH MAIN EVENT
James Richburg 2006 2 $1,500 Razz
James Richburg 2007 2 $2,500 H.O.R.S.E.
Jan Vang Sørensen 2002 2 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Jan Vang Sørensen 2005 2 $5,000 Seven-Card Stud
Jason Mercier 2009 2 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
Jason Mercier 2011 2 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six Handed
Jennifer Harman 2000 2 $5,000 NL Deuce to Seven
Jennifer Harman 2002 2 $5,000 Limit Hold'em
Jim Doman 1982 2 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Jim Doman 1983 2 $800 Mixed Doubles
John Hennigan 2002 2 $2,000 H.O.R.S.E.
John Hennigan 2004 2 $5,000 Limit Hold 'Em
John Lukas 1983 2 $1,000 Seven Card Razz
John Lukas 1985 2 $1,000 Seven Stud Hi-Lo
John Monnette 2011 2 $2,500 Eight Game Mix
John Monnette 2012 2 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
John Phan 2008 2 $3,000 No Limit Hold'em
John Phan 2008 2 $2,500 2-7 Limit Triple Draw Lowball
Josh Arieh 1999 2 $3,000 Limit Hold'em
Josh Arieh 2005 2 $2,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Juan Carlos Mortensen 2001 2 NLH MAIN EVENT
Juan Carlos Mortensen 2003 2 $5,000 Limit Hold'em
Luis Velador 2008 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Luis Velador 2010 2 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha
Mark Radoja 2011 2 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout
Mark Radoja 2013 2 $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em
Mark Seif 2005 2 $1,500 Limit Hold' Em Shootout
Mark Seif 2005 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Marty Sigel 1993 2 $2,500 Seven Card Stud
Marty Sigel 1996 2 $2,500 Seven Card Stud
Matt Graham 2008 2 $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
Matt Graham 2009 2 $10,000 World Championship PLO
Matt Keikoan 2008 2 $2,000 No Limit Hold'em
Matt Keikoan 2010 2 $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
Matt Perrins 2011 2 $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball
Matt Perrins 2013 2 $5,000 No Limit Hold'em
Max Pescatori 2006 2 $2,500 Limit Hold'em
Max Pescatori 2008 2 $2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em/Omaha
Mel Judah 1989 2 $1,500 Seven Card Stud
Mel Judah 1997 2 $5,000 Seven Card Stud
Michael Gathy 2012 2 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em
Michael Gathy 2013 2 $1,000 Turbo No Limit Hold'em
Michael Mizrachi 2010 2 $50,000 The Poker Players Championship
Michael Mizrachi 2012 2 $50,000 The Poker Players Championship
Mike Eise 2009 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Mike Ellis 2010 2 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
Minh Nguyen 2003 2 $1,500 Seven Stud Hi-Lo Split
Minh Nguyen 2004 2 $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'Em
Nick Schulman 2009 2 $10,000 World Championship 2-7 Lowball
Nick Schulman 2012 2 $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball (No Limit)

Next time see the standings of Thor Hansen, Chris Moneymaker, Scott Fischman, and more

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2014 WSOP Event #18 $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship


by Joseph Smith Sr.

George Danzer will be enjoying his journey back to Germany with at least one WSOP gold championship bracelet and $294,792 in his pocket.  After having made eight WSOP final tables and cashed in ten events Danzer finally has a WSOP bracelet and a championship.

WSOP event #18 was the first $10K buy-in razz tournament ever on the schedule and attracted a crowd of 112 entrants, mostly pros.  A prize pool of $1,052,800 was offered to the top 16 finishers which included well known professional poker players Daniel Negreanu, Hoyt Corkins, Nick Schulman, and David Bach.

When the final table was down to the final two head-up players it was George Danzer facing chip leader and 2014 WSOP event #3 champion, Brandon Shack-Harris.  The two traded the lead stack until  George Danzer begin to pull away and finally had an 8-1 chip advantage.  After that Danzer went on cruise control and within a few hands had all the chips and the championship.

Brandon Shack-Harris will be adding $182,155 to his previous winnings in event #3 after his runner-up finish in today's Seven Card Razz Championship

The following lists the final table order of finish and prize money paid out to each player.

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WSOP Branding Machine Part One: Players are the Stars

by Wendeen H. Eolis

Effel / Eolis / Stewart Confer at WSOPHours before the curtain rose on the 45th annual World Series of Poker, last minute wrangling amongst the collaborators was at a fever pitch. Behind the scenes, the organizers and the operator of the fabled tournament were still debating the planned theatrics to open the festivities. Time was running out to settle the latest tiff among the organizers. Players are rarely aware of the internal machinations, but they are often caught, unwittingly, in the cross hairs of the competing entities. In this case, a bit of free money was in the mix. The players were victorious!

Corporate Structure Creates Madness

Welcome to the world of complex corporate relationships that thrive on poker’s biggest stage. At the WSOP the customer is the buyer and the product.  The corporate maze of Caesars Entertainment (Caesars) and its related businesses is even more complicated. Here, you cannot tell the players without a scorecard.

A thumbnail sketch of the inter-connected cast of characters that impact on your experience at the WSOP follows: the WSOP is owned by Caesars Interactive Entertainment ("CIE"), which is a subsidiary of Caesars Growth Partners, LLC, ("Caesars Growth") which is a joint venture between Caesars Acquisition Company (“CAC”) and Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“Caesars”). The Rio All Suites Hotel which operates the WSOP is wholly owned by Caesars.

And—Caesars holds the controlling shares of Caesars Growth; 58%. 42% of the shares is owned by CAC. Mitch Garber is the CEO of Caesars Growth Partners, CAQ and CIE and has a notable equity interest in the businesses he oversees. Garber sums up for me a crucial point in these entangled connections: "The WSOP has no economic interest in the Rio, but the Rio has an economic interest in the WSOP."

For those who crave a more finite understanding of these relationships or further details that make more sense of the fancy structure, you are on your own! For the rest of us, suffice to say that the WSOP branding machine and the Rio operating team have natural reasons to lock horns as each seeks to pursue their own respective interests in the course of their collaborations.

Key Players on the WSOP Team: Stewart, Greenbaum, and Effel

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2014 WSOP Event #17 $1K Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship


by Joseph Smith Sr.

Las Vegas poker pro Dan Heimiller topped a record field of 4,425 players to win his second WSOP gold bracelet and $627,462 in cash.  He also gets to keep the Golden Eagle trophy until next year's Senior Event.  Heimiller's first gold bracelet came during the 2002 WSOP and he collected $108,300.  He has made 15 WSOP final tables and been in the money 40 times.  The largest purse collected prior to today's win was $300,000 for a seventh place finish in the European Poker Tour's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Dan Heimiller has now amassed live tournament winnings totaling close to $4 million.  The poker journeyman's best WSOP Main Event finish occurred in 2002 when he was eliminated in the 43rd spot.  He also has cashed in the Main Event three times, in 2002, 2006 and 2007.

Heimiller had to battle from behind with second place finisher Donald Mass for much of the final table play.  He finally took the chip lead going into the heads-up match and enjoyed an almost 3 – 1 chip advantage.   Donald Maas received $388,462 for his runner up finish.  The event offered a prizepool of $3,982,500 and the top 468 finishers received a share of the purse.  

The following lists the nine final table player's order of finish and prize money each received.

  1. Dan Heimiller ---- $627,462

  2. Donald Maas ----- $388,462

  3. David Smith ------ $279,412

  4. Anthony Wise ---- $206,492

  5. Dennis Phillips --- $153,883

  6. David Tran -------- $115,651

  7. Barry Schwartz --- $87,615

  8. David Vida -------- $66,945

  9. Jim Custer --------- $51,573

Congratulations to Dan Heimiller for earning his second WSOP gold bracelet and collecting first place money in the 2014 WSOP's Event #17 Seniors Championship.

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2014 WSOP Event #15 $3K No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Davidi Kitai

Event #14 filled with 810 entrants paying $3,000 for a seat and a stack of chips in the No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed tournament.  A prize pool of $2,211,300 scheduled to be paid out to the top 216 finishers and one WSOP gold bracelet going to the winner.

Scheduled to run three days the event required an extra day when the final table and heads-up played into the early Sunday morning.  The two heads-up players, Davidi Kitai and Gorden Vayo, finally ended the match after more than a hundred hands and numerous chip lead changesk  Davidi Katai, Belgium's first WSOP bracelet winner, takes home his thiord WSOP gold bracelet and $508,640 in cash.

Gorden Vayo showed plenty of poker moxie and demonstrated he could come from behind and take over the chip lead; but, this just wasn't destined to be his day and he settled for second place and $314,535 in prize money.

The following lists the final table six player's order of finish and prize money each collected.

  1. Davidi Kitai ---------  $508,640

  2. Gordon Vayo -------  $314,535

  3. Anthony Ruberto --- $200,476

  4. Mark Darner --------  $132,169

  5. John Andress -------- $89,734

  6. Zachary Korik ------  $62,690

Congratulations to Davidi Kitai for earning his third WSOP gold bracelet and collecting first place money in the 2014 WSOP's Event #14.

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2014 WSOP Event #16 $1,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball

by Joseph Smith Sr.

Todd BuiTodd Bui enjoyed a number of firsts in his life , all occurring within a few hours on Saturday at the WSOP being played at the Rio Las Vegas.  The Sacramento, California player, now relocated to Los Angeles where poker rooms are much more numerous and he can also be closer to his poker mentor, well respected J.C.Tran.

When Bui took his seat at the final table of WSOP event #16, Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, he had the second shortest chip stack.  Bui didn't see that as an impossible barrier but rather as a challenge to produce hands and stack chips.  And that's exactly what he did.  Most fans would never guess this was his first real poker tournament.  Todd Bui survived a field of 348 players to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and he collected his first tournament money, $124,510, from the prize purse totaling $469,800.

Heads-up he faced a poker veteran that has played many tournaments and enjoyed much success, Captain Tom Franklin.  Like we said, Todd Bui had a day of many firsts.

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