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2014 WSOP Event #61 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

by Joseph Smith Sr.

They're playing stud poker over at the WSOP going on now at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  They're playing the world's Championship of Seven Card Stud poker.  The Championship event began with 102 players laying $10,000 each for a seat in this classic format poker event.

A prize pool of $958,800 scheduled for prorated distribution to the top 16 finishers and one World Series of Poker gold bracelet awaited the conclusion of the contest.  Although the field was small by WSOP standards the final table included some of tournament poker's brightest stars headed up by thirteen bracelet holder Phil Hellmuth plus Todd Brunson, the son of poker's most celebrated statesmen.

A further scan of the list of the sixteen players in the money revealed even more well known pros including John Cernuto (14th), Barry Greenstein (13th) and Nikolay Losev (12th).

Heads-up play between Todd Brunson and Matt Grapenthien began with Brunsoin holding a 2-to-1 chip advantage.  Following the first break Grapenthien cruised into a slight lead which was short lived as Brunson came right back and evened the chip count.  After 2 hours of heads-up play the chip stacks were close to even.   Matt Grapenthien began to steadily move Brunson's chips across the table and then all of the chips were in the pot and Brunson was against the wall.

Grapenthien showed the bigger pair and Brunson left in second place taking $165,891 for second place.   Matt Grapenthien joins the WSOP gold bracelet club and also takes away $268,473 in cash plus the title of World's best Seven Card Stud player.

The following lists the nine final table players' order of finish and the prize money awarded to each.

  1. Matt Grapenthien --- $268,473

  2. Todd Brunson-------- $165,891

  3. James Obst ----------- $103,895

  4. Ben Yu ---------------- $75,227

  5. Steve Landfish--------$58,793

  6. Phil Hellmuth -------- $46,885

  7. Henrik Hecklen ------ $38,073

  8. Henry Orenstein ------$31,419

  9. Jesse Martin -----------$26,299

Congratulations to Matt Grapenthien for winning his first WSOP gold bracelet plus the winner's share of $286,076 in cash in the 2014 WSOP Event #61 $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.

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