by Joseph Smith Sr.
Another World Series of Poker $10K championship played to a conclusion at the Rio in Las Vegas. With a who's who of poker final table the event proved to be a crowd pleaser. When winner, Paul Volpe, faced the ever popular KidPoker, Daniel Negreanu, the fans settled in for what would prove to be a play lesson in tournament poker.
The chip leader coming into the final table, Paul Volpe, was the only player of the seven at the table that had not won a WSOP bracelet. With the likes of Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Brian Rast, Abe Mosseri, John Monnette and Larry Wright taking a final table seat the man without a bracelet appeared to be facing some serious uphill odds even with the chip lead.
When the final heads-up hand played out the Paul Volpe's J-10 drew a 3 while Negreanu's J - nothing caught paint with a Q and the match was over. Paul Volpe joined his fellow final table players as a WSOP bracelet holder. He also collected $253,524 for the win and bragging rights for a WSOP Championship.
Event #13 with a $10,000 buy-in attracted 87 entrants vying for a prize pool of $817,800.
The following lists the final table player's order of finish and prize money collected.
Paul Volpe -------- $253,524
Daniel Negreanu - $156,675
Jason Mercier ----- $99,313
Brian Rast --------- $67,264
Larry Wright ------ $47,792
John Monnette ---- $35,549
Abe Mosseri ------ $27,633
Congratulations to Paul Volpe for his Championship win and first WSOP bracelet.