Breaking Down the Big Show 2013

The Highlights of the 2013 WSOP

The 2013 WSOP provided many memorable moments and storylines. From the Circuit grinder who stole headlines in the final weeks to the dominance of the Canucks to the Italian businessman who freerolled his way into the Main event, here BLUFF gives you all the big moments from the seven week circus that was the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Loni Harwood

Loni HarwoodBefore the 2013 WSOP kicked off, Loni Harwood was known only to a small circle of people. She was a regular on the WSOP Circuit and had ground out a living in Florida since early 2012. But she was a quick study and in the first two months of playing tournaments, she won three.

After a year and a half of relative obscurity, her name now appears among some of the biggest names in the 2013 WSOP — Daniel Negreanu, David “Bakes” Baker and Matthew Ashton.

Her adaptability translated into massive WSOP success and a breakout year. She won an open bracelet event, made three final tables, earned $873,788 and cashed in six bracelet events. Prior to the 2013 WSOP, Harwood had $104,441 in career earnings and she walked away just a Honda Accord shy of $1 million.

Harwood finished in third place in the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year race and wasn’t even a contender until the last week of events. She was the second woman to win a bracelet in an open event since Vanessa Selbst in 2012 and made three final tables. She was also the top female earner of the series and made a final table in Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo — a discipline she had never cashed in before. The only other female that comes close to what she accomplished was Cyndy Violet’s three final tables in 2005.

She also rewrote the history books after her bracelet win by becoming eighth on the all-time WSOP earnings for a woman. “Honestly, it’s a dream come true,” she said after winning her bracelet. “I’m pretty much the happiest I’ve ever been.”

Harwood’s 2013 WSOP Results

  • Event 6: “Millionaire Maker” — 560th place for $3,083
  • 3 p.m. $235 Daily Deepstack — 117th place for $373
  • Event 18: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em — 43rd place for $6,784
  • Event 31: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo — Sixth place for $39,803
  • Event 36: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout — 86th for $5,556
  • 3 p.m. $235 Daily Deepstack — 68th place for $621
  • Event 53: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em — Fourth place for $210,456
  • Event 60: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em — First place for $609,017
August 2013