Trevor Pope Wins Gold, Millionaire Maker Draws Record Numbers

With the support of a large crowd of friends on the rail, Trevor Pope won his first WSOP bracelet in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max.

With the support of a large crowd of friends on the rail, Trevor Pope won his first WSOP bracelet in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max.

The second bracelet of the 2013 WSOP was awarded in the early evening hours when Trevor Pope became the last player standing in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max. The third final table of the summer is drawing near in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em and fields are narrowing down in both the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max and the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo. Players turned out in record breaking numbers in hopes of becoming a new-found millionaire or adding on to their career earnings as the “Millionaire Maker” tournament made its debut.

$5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max

Trevor Pope became the second bracelet winner of the 2013 WSOP and the first to win an open event when he reigned supreme over the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max field. Pope outlasted a field of 481 players and picked up his first WSOP bracelet when he bested David Vamplew heads-up in the early evening hours.

$5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Max Final Table Results

  1. Trevor Pope – $553,906
  2. David Vamplew – $342,450
  3. Darryll Fish – $215,286
  4. Jared Hamby – $154,518
  5. Jamie Armstrong – $112,695
  6. Dan Kelly – $83,532
  7. Brandon Meyers – $62,195
  8. David Peters – $48,130

$1,000 No Limit Hold’em 

The final table of the first $1,000 tournament of the WSOP is quickly approaching with Seth Berger, who began the day with the chiplead, out in front of the 14-player field with 1,400,000. Ping Liu trailed close on Berger’s heels with 1,300,000 and Ryan Olisar, who began the day second in chips, was seated in third with 850,000.

The final table is expected to play out tonight and with it, the third bracelet winner of the summer will be named.

Ryan Tepen, Nam Le, Scott Seiver and Jonathan Tamayo were among the players to be eliminated shy of the final table.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max

Former main event winner Joe Cada led the final 46 players remaining in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max. Cada fell just shy of a second WSOP bracelet in 2012 when he finished runner-up to Carter Phillips in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em.

Other big names still alive included WSOP bracelet winner Grant Hinkle, WSOP Circuit gold ring winner Rex Clinkscales and Shannon Shorr. Craig McCorkell, 2010 main event champion Jonathan Duhamel,  Bryan Piccioli and Todd Terry were among the in the money eliminations of Day 2.

$2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

Tom Schneider led the 87 players who remained in the $2,5000 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo with 94,000. Schneider won the event back in 2007, the same year he was named WSOP Player of the Year, and should he win it a second time will join a short list of players to win the same event multiple times. But with nearly 90 players left in the field, among them Matt Glantz, Daniel Negreanu, David “Bakes” Baker and Scott Clements, anything can happen. George Danzer, the 2012 runner-up, was also still alive and near the top of the chip counts with 50,200.

When only 40 players remain, payouts from the $850,850 prize pool will begin. Players who last through the money bubble will leave with no less than $4,611. The eventual winner, which will  be determined Sunday, will take home $216,988.

Bryan Devonshire, Bill Chen, David Williams and Todd Brunson were among the players who saw their tournament come to an end on Day 2.

$1,500 No Limit Hold’em “Millionaire Maker” 

The player who survives one of the largest fields in live tournament poker history is guaranteed to leave the Rio a millionaire. The “Millionaire Maker” tournament, new to the WSOP this summer, guarantees a first place pay-out of no less than $1,000,0000 and players turned out in record-breaking numbers to make a run for the top prize.

With 5,482 entrants and counting the tournament became the largest $1,500 buy-in live tournament in history, smashing the previous record of 3,929. It also became the tenth largest live tournament ever, including WSOP Main Event fields and the second largest WSOP non-main event tournament ever. The tournament will also mark the first time a WSOP winner will take home at least $1 million from a tournament with less than a $5,000 buy-in.

“It’s a good day here,” Seth Palansky, WSOP and Caesars Interactive Entertainment Communications Director, said of the record breaking numbers. “We had set a number of 5,000 but you never know.”

Registration closed for the first flight but the numbers for the tournament will grow throughout the night as registration for the 5 pm flight remained open.

Looking Ahead

A third bracelet winner will be named as the final table in the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em plays to completion. Check back at for a re-cap of the rest of the evening’s action.

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