At every World Series of Poker a few players indelibly leave their mark on the summer poker series, and this year was no exception. Out of all the competitors and the entire list of WSOP bracelet winners, the following five people were in my opinion the best of the best:
- Dan Kelly
- David “Bakes” Baker
- Tom Schneider
- Marco Johnson
- Matthew Ashton
In this series I will give a little back-story to each of these players and detail their accomplishments during the 2013 WSOP, with Mathew Ashton being our final player on this list.
UK poker pro Matthew Ashton is no stranger to World Series of Poker success (he came into the 2013 WSOP, his third, with four cashes including three Top 10 finishes), but few people even dream about having a WSOP like Ashton put together in 2013. Of all the players profiled Ashton has the least number of cashes, but the most final tables, with four each.
The highlight of Ashton’s 2013 WSOP was easily his win in the $50k Poker Players Championship where he became the first non-American to win the event, as well as the youngest to claim the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. Ashton’s win also cemented him as one of the best young mixed game players in the world considering all of his WSOP cashes are in non-Holdem tournaments. Download your free software at Titan Poker Downloads.
Here is a look at the winners of the Poker Players Championship since the tournament’s inception in 2007:
- 2007 Poker Players Championship winner: David “Chip” Reese
- 2008 Poker Players Championship winner: Scotty Nguyen
- 2009 Poker Players Championship winner: David Bach
- 2010 Poker Players Championship winner: Mike Mizrachi
- 2011 Poker Players Championship winner: Brian Rast
- 2012 Poker Players Championship winner: Mike Mizrachi
- 2013 Poker Players Championship winner: Matthew Ashton
The $1.7 million in prize-money shot his career live tournament earnings up to over $2.3 million, and with his three other final tables he took a solid lead in the 2013 World Series of Poker Player of the Year race.
During the 2013 WSOP Matthew earned over $2 million, captured his first WSOP bracelet, and is in a great position to win the 2013 WSOP POY award. Here is a look at his four cashes/final tables at the 2013 WSOP:
- Event #55 $50,000 The Poker Players Championship: 1st place for $1,774,089
- Event #23 $2,500 Seven Card Stud: 7th place for $18,266
- Event #13 $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo: 2nd place for $164,700
- Event #5 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo: 3rd place for $86,437
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