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 events, was among the top 10 in chips for much of the evening in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. As of end of play on Day 1, 120 players had entered, and registration remains open through 2 pm Monday.
“I never said I wasn’t going to play,” Brunson said during a break. “I just said I wasn’t going to play much.”
He was greeted in the halls and at the table by fans and fellow players alike. Along with Brunson, the field included Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Mike Sexton, and Mike Matusow, among many other well-known players.
Asked why he chose the event he did, Brunson said: “I prefer this one over any other tournament. It’s five days, it’s a lot of money. It’s good players. And it’s Chip Reese’s tournament.
Hellmuth made his typical late appearance into the event, arriving about five hours after play began. He first checked the tournament clock, which told him the players were on level three. Then he walked across the hall to register, found his seat at a table with Todd Brunson, Paul Volpe and Jason Lester and won his first hand.
Chan and Matt Glantz and did not survive the day.
$25,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max
Steve Sung captured his second bracelet in the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event, besting a field of 175 players and a decidedly tough final table.
Sung defeated Phil Galfond in a heads up battle where the chip lead swung back and forth before the final hand in which Galfond flopped top pair and a straight draw against Sung’s bottom two pair.
Galfond had moved all in preflop with K Q and Sung called with J T and the flop of K J T gave Galfond hope. But he cold not find any help on the turn 6 and river 5.
Final Table Results
- Steve Sung — $1,205,324
- Phil Galfond — $744,841
- Dani Stern — $509,473
- Stephen Chidwick — $353,780
- Max Lehmanski — $249,291
- Richard Lyndaker — $178,261
$10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship
Kristen Bicknell won the $10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship, capturing the 10th bracelet of the 2013 WSOP for a Candian.
The 26-year-old from Nepean, Ontario defeated Australian Leanne Haas in heads up play, outlasting a field of 954 women.
Final Table Results
- Kristen Bicknell — $173,922
- Leanne Haas — $107,616
- Julie Monsacre — $67331
- Shana Matthews — $48,871
- Connie Bruce — $36,078
- Eleanor Gudger — $27,045
- Amanda Baker — $20,572
- Chris Priday — $15,858
- Lindy Kerslake — $12,389
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em
$1,000 No Limit Hold’em
Players in Event 54, $1,000 No Limit Hold’em passed the money bubble late in the last level of the night on Day 1, with 239 of the 2,883 original field slated to return for Day 2.
Jesse Sylvia, Erik Seidel, Kathy Liebert, Amanda Musumeci and Nick Binger are still among those holding chips.
Notables who busted from the event include Matt Matros, Randy Lew, Melanie Weisner, Nam Le, Tony Dunst and Olivier Busquet.
The $50,000 Poker Players Championship resumes at 2pm Monday, with registration open until just before play begins.
The $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event is scheduled to start at noon Monday.
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