The $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship at the 2013 World Series of Poker drew the largest field for the tournament since 2008, as 132 players registered for what is considered one of the Crown Jewels on the tournament calendar. After four days of play the field has been pared-down to the official final table of eight players, all vying for the $1.7 million first-place prize and the coveted Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.
The Poker Players Championship always draws an all-star field (considering the $50,000 buy-in and the mixed-game format) so it’s not surprising that the final table is a murderer’s row of poker talent:
- Don Nguyen – 5,068,000
- Matthew Ashton – 2,996,000
- George Danzer – 2,868,000
- David Benyamine – 2,709,000
- Minh Ly – 2,307,000
- Jonathan Duhamel – 1,627,000
- John Hennigan – 1,412,000
- Mike Wattel – 810,000
Interestingly, the Poker Players Championship has an good mix of online era players like Don Nguyen, Mike Wattel, Matt Ashton, George Danzer and Jonathan Duhamel alongside some older, more experienced poker pros like Minh Ly, David Benyamine, and John Hennigan.
The massive chip-leader heading into Thursday’s final table will be Don Nguyen, who is relatively unknown to the casual poker fan, but who has an impressive resume in online poke where he played under the screen-name “SoCalQuest” (if I have the right Don Nguyen of course!) and was a former BlueFire Poker coach alongside Phil Galfond. Nguyen already has a huge cash at the 2013 WSOP, finishing as the runner-up in the $10k NLHE Heads-Up Championship; a win or strong finish in the Poker Players Championship would really allow him to leave his mark on the 2013 WSOP. Join the latest tournament at Titan Poker at our Titan Poker game schedule.
Another big story at the final table will be Jonathan Duhamel, whose poker resume would be greatly enhanced if he could add a Poker Players Championship to his 2010 WSOP Main Event victory. Duhamel is considered to be one of the better Main Event champions during the Internet era, but he just hasn’t been able to put together the resume to prove that at this point.
Danzer is looking to win Germany’s first bracelet at the 2013 WSOP, a stunning statistic considering the utter dominance German players have displayed over the past two years in poker tournaments. This is Danzer’s sixth WSOP final table and he is hoping to improve on a 2nd and two 3rd place finishes.
This will mark the second Poker players Championship in three years for Minh Ly, who finished 3rd in this event back in 2011. Minh will have to pick-up his aggression this time around if he wants to improve on that showing.
For Benyamine and Hennigan this tournament is right in their wheel-house, as both players are considered excellent all-around players. And for Wattel and Ashton a win in the Poker players Championship could propel them up to the top tier of young poker players.
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