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WSOP 2014 Updates: Events 1-5 Crown Champions, Vanessa Selbst Wins Record Third Bracelet
June 1, 2014, 14:13:21
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WSOP 2014 opens to a flying start with Vanessa Selbst equaling Barbara Enright’s 3-bracelet record and wins $871,148!

WSOP 2014 is off to a great start with all the big names hitting the tables. However, a controversy that has taken some sheen off the excitement are reports of a break-in and theft in some rooms of the Rio All Suite Hotel. A few poker players took to twitter and two+two forums to report the break-in and alleged that belongings such as laptops, cash and other valuables were stolen from their rooms at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. Authorities have begun investigating the matter and we hope the same will be resolved shortly.

The biggest news at the series so far has been Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst`s 3rd WSOP bracelet win. Selbst won Event #2 and joins ranks with the legendary Barbara Enright in winning her third bracelet and a take home of $871,148.

Amongst the Indian challengers, Aditya Sushant, who makes his debut at the WSOP, announced on Twitter that he is all set to mount his challenge playing the Millionaire Maker event (Event #8). 


Aditya Sushant makes his WSOP debut by Tweeting "Time to run it Up" along with an image of his stack in the Millionaire Maker Event

The other player making his WSOP debut is Amit Ajwani, who announced his participation on Facebook by uploading the picture of his WSOP Event #4 buy-in receipt.


                  Amit Ajwani posts his Event #4 buy-in receipt on Facebook

Here is the recap on the latest from WSOP, where the mood has been electric so far. We bring to you the highlights of all action and excitement through the entire WSOP schedule.

Event 1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em

The first event of the WSOP 2014 was a closed event restricted to employees of the casino. The game saw Roland Reparejo win the first bracelet of the tournament. It took him just six hands to bust Corey Emery heads-up to pick up his first bracelet and $82,835.

No of entrants: 876

Prize Pool: $394,200

                                  Ronald Reparejo

Event 1 Top Ten Results

          Player                   Prize

1. Roland Reparejo     $82,835

2. Corey Emery            $51,037

3. Charles Nguyen       $33,073

4. Olivier Doremus       $24,203

5. John Taylor              $17,975

6. Brian Wong              $13,528

7. Marcin Sobczak       $10,308

8. David Luttbeg            $7,947

9. Kevin Chiem              $6,192

10. Cameron Tullis        $4,888


Event 2: $25,000 Mixed-Max No Limit Hold’em

Trust Vanessa Selbst to pull out the rabbit from her hat at the right moment, to win her third WSOP Bracelet playing the third most expensive buy-in game in this year’s schedule and collecting $871,148. Despite being down seven-to-one on the chip count in the penultimate round, she bounced back with some gutsy play against Jason Mo.

After going head-up with Jason for 52 hands, Vanessa was a five-to-one underdog when she took advantage of the 20-minute break and worked it around to her advantage. She came back strongly and the decisive moment for her came in Hand #63 when she grabbed a big pot and took a massive chip lead. There was no looking back and she closed the game with the bracelet.

Vanessa now holds the same number of bracelets as Barbara Enright and with several events still to go, we might well see Vanessa break the record for maximum bracelets by a woman at WSOP.

No of entrants: 131

Prize Pool: $3,111,250

                                    Vanessa Selbst

Event 2 Top Ten Results

         Name                     Prize

1. Vanessa Selbst      $8,71,148

2. Jason Mo                 $5,38,308

3. Alfredo Decarolis     $2,90,622

4. JC Tran                    $2,90,622

5. Matthew Giannetti    $1,71,461

6. Robert Tepper         $1,71,461

7. Ryan Fee                 $1,12,752

8. Aaron Jones             $1,12,752

9. Darren Elias               $85,342

10. Brian Green             $85,342


Event 3: $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha

Even Brandon Shack-Harris would not have wagered his chances against the two time bracelet holder Steve “Mr Smokey1” Billirakis and the ANZ Player of the Year winner, Iori Yogo, but this cool pro was riding high on luck when he outplayed 1,128 players to the final table. The final day saw a six man short-handed sit-and-go game with Billirakis making an early exit at 4th followed by Yogo who finished his session at 3rd. It was now left to Morgan Popham to take the challenge to Shack-Harris. But with luck on his side, it was Shack-Harris who emerged the winner for $205,634.  

No of Entrants: 1,128

Prize Pool: $1,015,200

                              Brandon Shack-Harris

Event 3 Top Ten Results

         Name                             Prize

1. Brandon Shack-Harris   $2,05,634

2. Morgan Popham               $1,27,245

3. Iori Yogo                           $79,611

4. Steve Billirakis                  $57,785

5. Matthew Ryan                   $42,658

6. Robert Paddock                $31,978

7. Patrick Arena                    $24,324

8. Loren Klien                       $18,750

9. Nick Guagenti                   $14,649

10. Stephen Chidwick           $11,593


Event 4: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

It was left to Kyle Cartwright to make his debut for the gold bracelet beating 2,223 to claim his $360,278 payday. Once Ylon Schwartz made the exit from the final table at 3rd spot, it was Kyle who held the chip lead with 4,605,000 against Jason Paster holding 2,025,000 when they resumed play after dinner. It didn’t take long thereafter for Cartwright to end up winning the title and the WSOP bracelet.

No of entrants: 2223

Prize Pool: $2,000,700

                                       Kyle Cartwright

Event 4 Top Ten Results

         Name                              Prize

1. Kyle Cartwright               $3,60,278

2. Jason Paster                     $2,23,418

3. Ylon Schwartz                   $1,57,855

4. Daniel Dizenzo                  $1,13,499

5. Matthew O'Donnell            $82,688

6. Jeremy Dresch                  $61,041

7. Robert Kuhn                      $45,635

8. Ken Weinstein                   $34,552

9. Michael Sortino                  $26,489

10. Steve  Chanthabouasy    $20,547


Event 5: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship

Tuan Le will tell you that one of the sweetest moments in a poker player’s life is to win a WSOP bracelet and when that coincides with the fact that it also happens to be the players first WSOP bracelet, it’s pure heaven.  Well he did just that by getting past 120 top players that included Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo who has career earnings of $7.2 million plus. Tuan Le is going to cherish his $355,324 well earned paycheck.

Tuan Le must have felt the heat from the final twelve that included names like two time bracelet winner, Nick Schulman, online champion Phil Galfond, and Jason Mercier (14th on the US All Time list). The day started with the chip lead changing hands rapidly but so did the exits. Jason Mercier got busted at 9th and was followed by Phil Galfond who ended the event in 6th. Nick Shulman saw his luck run out exiting at 4th and with Eli Elezra finishing his run at 3rd. It was heads up between Bonomo and Tuan Le, with Le holding a slight chip advantage. Playing aggressively both players were in a skirmish till the second draw in the end when both pulled one each. Bonomo was in the lead, Le raised and Bonomo quickly responded with an all in for 210,000. With both players standing pat, it took Le to show the better hand and he was the last man standing for his $355,324.

No of entrants: 120

Prize Money: $1,128,000

                          Tuan Le

Event 5 Top ten Results

         Name                            Prize

1. Tuan Le                            $355,324

2. Justin Bonomo                  $219,565

3. Eli Elezra                           $1,44,056

4. Nick Schulman                  $99,015

5. Georg Danzer                   $70,308

6. Phil Galfond                      $51,538

7. Sergey Rybachenko         $38,961

8. Alexandre Luneau            $38,961

9. Jason Mercier                   $30,794

10. Michael Chow                 $30,794

WSOP 2014 has certainly lived up to its reputation of being the world`s biggest sporting spectacle and this is just the start. With 5 events in the books and another 3 (Events # 6-8) presently ongoing, there is still plenty on action left to be seen at the 45th edition of the WSOP. 

That’s all in today’s round up. Keep watching this space as we bring you all the action from WSOP 2014.

Discuss this article on the PokerGuru WSOP 2014 Official Discussion Thread.

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