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Hamby, Gross Snag Bracelets, Flack Attacks $10k 2-7
Online MTT crushers Jared “TheWacoKidd” Hamby and Steve “gboro780” each picked up their first WSOP gold bracelet while old-schooler Layne Flack Leads a stacked $10k 2-7 Championship final table.
Action is also ongoing in two other events as Scotland's Rory Mathews leads the final 11 in the most recent $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event, and Dan Kelly continues his hot streak by finishing Day 1 of Event 44 just shy of the chip lead.
Keep reading for headlines and highlights from the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Online Legend Steve Gross Scores Breakout Live Win
Steve Gross is one of the most successful online poker players in the history of the game. Under the screenname gboro780 he's earned more than $6.2 million playing tournaments on the internet.
Last night in Las Vegas the 27-year-old from New Jersey crossed over into the live world in a big way, taking down his biggest score to date and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Gross came out on top in the tough $5k 6-Max PLO event, pocketing over $488k for defeating up-and-comer Salman Behbehani heads-up.
Bubbling the final table was top tournament player Yevgeniy Timoshenko who received just over $44k for seventh.
2013 WSOP Player of the Year race leader Daniel Negreanu finished in 34th-place to add a few more points to his POY total.
The final table results:
- 1. Steve Gross - $488,817
- 2. Salman Behbehani - $301,965
- 3. Timo Pfutzenreuter - $194,147
- 4. Joseph Leung - $128,742
- 5. Lee Goldman - $87,890
- 6. Nader Arfai - $61,739
Hamby Takes First Bracelet, Second Final Table of 2013
Jared Hamby has been close to a WSOP bracelet before but last night he was able to close out a tournament and take home his first World Series title.
Hamby hammered his way through 2,160 players to win the latest $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event, earning himself over $525k in the process.
This is Hamby's fifth cash at the 2013 WSOP and by far his biggest. At the beginning of June he made the final table of the $5k 8-Max event but hit a wall in fourth place for $154k.
Hamby had a tough route to his first WSOP victory, overcoming a final table that included Fred Berger, David Nicholson and Matt Berkey.
Allen Cunningham had another close call, going out on the final-table bubble. The final-table results:
- 1. Jared Hamby - $525,272
- 2. Peter Hengsakul - $325,780
- 3. Allen Vrooman - $230,178
- 4. Nicolas Fierro - $165,501
- 5. Joao Dorneles Neto - $120,574
- 6. Matt Berkey - $89,008
- 7. Richard Dubini - $66,544
- 8. Fred Berger - $50,382
- 9. David Nicholson - $38,625
Layne Flack Leads Lisandro, Hennigan at $10k 2-7 Final Table
$10,000 events are few and far between at this year's WSOP and Layne Flack is making this one count as he heads into the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship final table as chip leader.
Flack is the owner of six WSOP gold bracelets, the last one coming in a PLO event in 2008.
Today Flack squares off against the likes of Jeff Lisandro (five bracelets), John Hennigan (two bracelets) and David “Bakes” Baker (one bracelet).
Paul Volpe bubbled the final table when he was eliminated by Russia's Konstantin Puchkov, who has also won a WSOP bracelet.
$253k is waiting for the eventual winner with the final-table payouts starting at $27,633. The final-table chip counts:
- 1. Layne Flack - 574,000
- 2. Jesse Martin - 536,500
- 3. David Bakes Baker - 379,500
- 4. Jeff Lisandro - 361,000
- 5. John Hennigan - 317,000
- 6. Jon Turner - 246,000
- 7. Konstantin Puchkov - 196,000
Scotland's Rory Mathews Leads $1k No-Limit
With just a handful of bracelets so far t's been a dry summer for non-North Americans at the World Series of Poker.
Scotland's Rory Mathews is trying to change that today.
Mathews leads the final 11 players in the latest $1k donkament and he's got his sights set on the $345k up top and his first WSOP bracelet.
The final 11 isn't long on big names but Mathews will have some competition from American pro Chris DeMaci who currently sits in fifth. The chip counts going into Day 3:
- Rory Mathews - 898000
- Denis Gnidash - 815000
- Norbert Szecsi - 738000
- Dana Buck - 663000
- Chris DeMaci - 591000
- Kirby Martin - 560000
- Bryce Landier - 480000
- Jonathan Bennett - 453000
- Ariel Celestino - 50000
- Dan Murariu - 404000
- Daniel Neilson – 243000
Kelly, Mizzi Among Leaders in $3k No-Limit
The 44th event of this 44th annual WSOP has begun and after one day of play a handful of big names sit near the top of the chip counts.
American Dan Kelly is set to make yet another deep run with the second-biggest stack, trailing end-of-day chip leader Zohir Karim.
Kelly has already cashed eight times this summer, including two final table appearances.
Also in the top ten heading into Day 2 are Canadians Sorel Mizzi and Jon Duhamel, as well as Lauren Kling, Jason Mercier and Germany's Dominik Nitsche.
Over $592k waits for the winner with the final table scheduled to play out Wednesday.
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