Articles by: Dave Ferrara

How and Why Amir Lehavot was Eliminated in Third Place

Dave Ferrara | November 5, 2013

Amir Lehavot arrived at the final table second in chips, and though he took a slight chip lead very early on at the final table and held on for a third place finish, he never seemed to gain any momentum. Lehavot lost two key pots that ultimately lead to a crippled stack. He took the […]

How and Why Michiel Brummelhuis was Eliminated in Seventh Place

Dave Ferrara | November 5, 2013

Michiel Brummelhuis was eliminated in seventh place of the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table. He entered the final table seventh in chips, and found himself scraping to hang on to the spot. About an hour after  play began, Brummelhuis found a spot to four-bet shove more than 10 million against a raise […]

Breaking Down The Sign-Up Process

Dave Ferrara | September 20, 2013

Tuesday saw the long-anticipated launch of, the second legal real-money online poker site to launch in the United States. At 9:19 am PT, Nevada residents and visitors to the state were finally able to register to play a wide variety of games for real money on the World Series of Poker’s newest expansion of […]

With Bracelet Win, Loni Harwood Leaps Into Female Rankings

Dave Ferrara | July 8, 2013

In winning the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event Sunday, Loni Harwood did a lot more than win her first WSOP gold bracelet. She collected the largest payout for a woman in Las Vegas during the Series. She propelled herself into third in the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year race, which would be the highest finish […]

Brian Yoon Wins Little One for One Drop, First Gold Bracelet

Dave Ferrara | July 7, 2013

At the final table of the $1,111 No Limit Hold’em Little One for One Drop, it seemed as if Brian Yoon could not miss. The 23-year-old came from behind a couple times in all-in pots and held when he was ahead, ultimately outlasting a field of 4,756 players at the 2013 WSOP and taking home his first […]

Eli Elezra Wins Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, Second Bracelet

Dave Ferrara | July 6, 2013

They sweated the final card together. Eli Elezra and Daniel Negreanu, heads up for a bracelet in the $2,500 Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event at the 2013 WSOP, leaned in as Negreanu peeled his last card. The betting was complete and Elezra had already turned up his hand: 9 8 6 5 2, and against […]

Esfandiari Thinks Big in Little One Drop, Negreanu Loses POY Lead

Dave Ferrara | July 5, 2013

Antonio Esfandiari is looking to alleviate the lingering pain he felt after a fourth place finish in the Big One For One Drop, bagging up as one of the top 10 players on Day 1 of the Little One For One Drop at the 2013 WSOP. Daniel Negreanu, meanwhile, added to his lead in the WSOP […]

Don Nguyen Leads $50K Championship, Waitress Wins Bracelet

Dave Ferrara | July 3, 2013

A California cocktail waitress was crowned the first woman champion in an open event at the 2013 WSOP, while the star-studded $50,000 Poker Players Championship played down to the final four tables. In two other events, the fields are getting closer to the last seven bracelets before the Main Event. $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Dana […]

David Vamplew Leads Final 3 in $1,500, Benyamine Atop $50K

Dave Ferrara | July 2, 2013

A $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event stopped just short of a bracelet at the 2013 WSOP, with three players still battling. Meanwhile, the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, filled with elite players, saw some big names sent to the rail. Event 55: $50,000 Poker Players Championship David Benyamine, with 729,000 chips, lead the remaining 78 players […]

Brunson Makes First 2013 WSOP Appearance, Sung Wins 2nd Bracelet

Dave Ferrara | July 1, 2013

Doyle Brunson made his first appearance at the Rio for the 2013 WSOP, entering the prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship, while the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em event and the Ladies Championship both crowned winners. $50,000 Poker Players Championship Brunson, who had announced in May that he would take a break from many of the WSOP […]

Barny Boatman Wins $1,500 No Limit Hold’em, First Bracelet

Dave Ferrara | June 30, 2013

With a continuously chanting and beer-drinking rail of fellow countrymen behind him, Barny Boatman, an original member of the the British poker foursome The Hendon Mob, won his first gold bracelet, taking down Event 49, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em. Immediately, his brother Ross Boatman, with whom he has traveled the world playing poker, climbed onto […]

Ladies Cash, Two Final Tables Start at Busy Day for 2013 WSOP

Dave Ferrara | June 29, 2013

With only a week to go before the 2013 WSOP Main Event, the Rio was packed Saturday afternoon, so much so that some players were forced to grind in the hallway.  The final 117 women crossed the money bubble in the $10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship, and Anthony Gregg was crowned the biggest winner […]

Vladimir Shchemelev Wins $3K Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Dave Ferrara | June 28, 2013

After a slow, guarded round of three-handed play, Vladimir Shchemelev took only about 15 minutes to defeat Mel Judah in heads up action for the bracelet in Event 46, $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo at the 2013 WSOP. The 40-year-old Russian jumped to more than $1.6 million in live tournament earnings with the win. The event marked his eighth […]

Sandeep Pulusani Mounts Massive Rally, Wins $3K NL Bracelet

Dave Ferrara | June 27, 2013

At one point, even Sandeep Pulusani figured that he would probably finish second. His heads-up opponent, Niall Farrell, held a nearly nine-to-one chip lead in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Event 44 of the 2013 WSOP. “I jokingly asked the guy for a chop,” Pulusani said, “because I knew he would never agree to it.” At his […]