Generally there are three types of winners at the World Series of Poker tournaments series:
- The established pro
- The rising star
- The semi-pro/amateur
In this column I’ll be focusing on the first and second category, and seeing how the established poker pros and young stars have done over the first 24 events of the 2013 World Series of Poker tournament series. For these purposes I have left off players who haven’t really broken through yet in live tournaments –players like Charles Sylvestre who simply don’t have a track-record in live events—instead focusing on the known pros and live tournament grinders who are making their first big score. Check out the other high ranked poker rooms here.
Of the first 24 winners at the 2013 WSOP I would say that at least 11 fall into the category of established or up-and-coming poker player under the parameters I set above. The biggest name of the bunch to capture a bracelet this year has to be Mike Matusow, who won bracelet #4 in Event #13. But several other players have also added to their bracelet tally, including Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy who now has two bracelets; 2007 WSOP Player of the Year Tom Schneider who picked-up bracelet #3; Triple Crown winner David Kitai who now has two WSOP bracelets; and David Chiu who now has an impressive five WSOP bracelets.
For players like Matusow, Kitai, and Chiu, there WSOP victories are legacy building, as all three will eventually be Hall of Fame nominees down the road (Chiu is already in the mix for this honor): And for players like Matt Waxman Trevor Pope, Taylor Paur, and Martin Finger, their WSOP wins could be the stepping stone they need to break into that upper tier of poker pros –the ones with the sponsorship deals and mainstream fan recognition.
Here is a look at the “name” poker players who have won bracelets at the 2013 WSOP:
- Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (Eight Handed) — Trevor Pope $553,906
- Event #7: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em — Matt Waxman $305,952
- Event #9: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout — Cliff Josephy $299,486
- Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better — Mike Matusow $266,503
- Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. — Tom Schneider $258,960
- Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em — Mark Radoja $331,190
- Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em — Athanasios Polychronopoulos $518,755
- Event #18: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em — Taylor Paur $340,260
- Event #19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em — Davidi Kitai $224,560
- Event #21: $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Max — Martin Finger $506,764
- Event #23: $2,500 Seven Card Stud — David Chiu $145,520
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