When 14 of 2,017 players returned for the final day all eyes were on Phil Ivey, even as Taylor Paur held the chip lead. But Mr. Ivey didn't get many minutes in the spotlight as he was the first player to be eliminated (14th place ). Once Phil Ivey was out of the picture, all eyes were on Taylor Paur, who made it to the final table as the chip leader.
Thursday night concluded event #46, the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, and the winner was the firstime WSOP winner Joey Weissman. He left the final table with $694,609 in prize money and his first WSOP Gold Bracelet.
The 24 year old american has a WSOP record that shows two cashes from last year's No-Limit Hold’em #28 in which he earned $11,407 for finishing on the 44th place and event #20 where he ended up on the 74th place and won $4,572.
Event #46 had 1,607 entrants and the final table went on for more than nine hours. The runner up was the french player Jeremy Quehen who was chasing the first french WSOP win in 2012. It was the first time Quehen cashed in the WSOP, after the duel that took nearly three hours. His 2nd place gave him $429,535.
Even though the majority of notables in the poker world can be found in Las Vegas at the moment (or getting ready to go there), there are still a few that play in other tournaments around the globe. William Thorson, 27, the Swedish PokerStars Pro, is one of them. It turned out to be a wise decision of Thorson to go and play PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn, instead of playing some event in 2010 WSOP.
Thorson survived a field of 222 players and won over the Lithuanian poker pro Dominykas Karmazinas after 3 hours of heads-up. This is the first major No Limit Hold'em title for William Thorson. He has been very successful in different Omaha tournaments and also reached 4 final tables in the EPT, but he has never won a single major NLH tournament before.
A big congratulations to Steve Gee who took home event 13 early this morning. Gee survived a massive field of 3042 players and grabbed the first prize of almost half a million dollars and his very first WSOP Bracelet. This was the second $1,000 buy-in No Limit Holdem event held at this year's WSOP. However, there are plenty of events with $1,000 buy-in to go (like this one - Event 13), so we will probably see even larger fields of players in the upcoming events.
Final table results:
1. Steve Gee - $472,479 (USA) 2. Matthew Vance - $292,232 (USA) 3. David Baker - $206,813 (USA) 4. Nicholas Heather - $149,702 (Ireland) 5. Jeffrey Gross - $109,621 (USA) 6. Daniel Thomas - $81,203 (USA) 7. Kyung Han - $60,833 (USA) 8. Jared Hamaby - $46,077 (USA) 9. Mats Gavatin $35,290 (Sweden)
The $1,000 No Limit Holdem event (Event 13) of 2010 WSOP attracted a huge field this time. Not less than 3042 players signed up for the tournament and created a huge prize pool - for being such a cheap event to enter. Anyhow, after a few days of poker, we have finally reached the final table. These are the 9 players who are going to battle for the first prize of $472,479.
1. David Baker, 2 553 000 2. Matthew Vance, 1 731 000 3. Steven Gee, 1 540 000 4. Nicholas Heather, 993 000 5. Kyung Han, 613 000 6. Daniel Thomas, 423 000 7. Jared Hamby, 423 000 8. Mats Gavatin, 393 000 9. Jeffrey Gross, 281 00
The payout structure is quite steep, so we can probably expect the final table to go on for long time. Good luck to the remaining 9 players!
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