Michael Moore and Simeon Naydenov both scored their first WSOP bracelets while respected pros Sorel Mizzi and David Pham crushed their way to chip leads in two other events.
Moore picked up over $211k for winning the $5k Limit Hold'em event while Naydenov became just the second Bulgarian winner in WSOP history, coming out on top in the $1,500 Shootout for over $326k.
In ongoing tournament news Canadian Sorel Mizzi had a huge day in the $5k 6-Max PLO, while experienced veteran David Pham leads with eight left in the $2,500 4-Max No-Limit Hold'em event.
Keep reading for headlines and highlights from the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Naydenov Makes Two for Bulgaria at WSOP
It was just one year ago when Nick Jivkov became Bulgaria's first WSOP bracelet winner but now, one year later, the Eastern European country has two.
Simeon Naydenov came into this WSOP fresh from signing a sponsorship deal with PokerStars and already has a bracelet on his wrist.
The 25-year-old fought his way through three rounds of this Shootout format to face off against the likes of Nacho Barbero, Mike Watson and Salman Behbehani in the final.
Naydenov defeated Jake Schwartz heads-up to win his first bracelet and $326,440. This is the second cash and second final table for the Bulgarian at the 2013 WSOP, having finished 10th in the $3,000 Shootout earlier this month.
The final results and payouts:
- Simeon Naydenov – $326,440
- Jake Schwartz – $202,035
- Andrew Kloc – $126,250
- Tobias Wenker – $91,749
- Nacho Barbero – $67,732
- Mike Watson – $50,774
- Jan Kropacek – $38,621
- Salman Behbehani – $29,771
- Noah Bronstein – $23,259
Moore Overcomes Tough Final for First Bracelet
South Dakotan Michael Moore had a tough route to his first WSOP bracelet, overcoming players like Ronnie Bardah, Todd Witteles, Greg Mueller and Justin Bonomo at the final table of the $5k Limit Hold'em event.
MtG Hall of Famer Gabriel Nassif finished second.
Moore, who had cashed at the WSOP eight times previously, picked up $211,743 when he defeated former Magic: The Gathering champion Gabriel Nassif heads-up.
Moore entered heads-up play at a roughly 2 to 1 chip disadvantage but rallied back to eventually close out the competition.
The final table results and payouts:
- 1. Michael Moore - $211,743
- 2. Gabriel Nassif - $130,852
- 3. Ronnie Bardah - $94,793
- 4. Brian Aleksa - $69,968
- 5. Todd Witteles - $52,582
- 6. Dom Denotaristefani - $40,205
- 7. Ben Yu - $31,264
- 8. Greg Mueller - $24,721
- 9. Justin Bonomo - $19,863
Mizzi, Brown Lead $5k PLO Day 2
The $5k 6-Max PLO event is arguable one of the most competitive and most pro-heavy tournaments on the WSOP schedule and this year 400 players decided to take their shots.
After one day of play 117 remain with a leaderboard that looks like a list of poker's most elite players.
Sorel Mizzi is in the top spot with 146,400, followed closely by Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown, while familiar names like Matt Giannetti, Juha Helppi, Davidi Kitai, Shaun Deeb and Phil Galfond are all hovering above the 100k mark.
Plenty of big names came and fell, however, including Phil Ivey, Scotty Nguyen, Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier, Joe Hachem and many more.
The schedule calls for a final table to be reached tonight with over $488k waiting for the eventual champion, crowned tomorrow.
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The Dragon Flying High in $2,500 4-Max
David “The Dragon” Pham has over $8.7 million in live tournament earnings and two WSOP gold bracelets but the Vietnamese-born poker pro has been conspicuously quiet over the last couple years.
Pham, who has made seven WPT final tables but has yet to win a title on that tour, is leading the $2,500 4-Max event with just eight players remaining.
This is Pham's second final table of the 2013 WSOP, having finished 4th in the $3k 6-Max event barely over a week ago.
Pham is leading a final table that includes Jarred Jaffe and John Juanda as he attempts to snag his third career bracelet and the $309,071 waiting up top.
The final-table chip counts:
- 1. David Pham - 911,000
- 2. Nick Schwarmann - 789,000
- 3. Jared Jaffee - 617,000
- 4. Daniel Park - 480,000
- 5. John Juanda - 466,000
- 6. Jonathan D'Souza - 446,000
- 7. Justin Oliver - 300,000
- 8. Mike DeGilio - 253,000