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Gregg, Boatman, Brunson Star as 2013 WSOP Main Event Looms - Poker Junkie

2 July 2013, By:
The 2013 World Series of Poker is in the home stretch with the Main Event just a week away.
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The 2013 World Series of Poker is in the home stretch with the Main Event just a week away.

This past weekend produced numerous bracelet winners that included a well-known English pro finally winning his first major title.

As an added bonus the Godfather of Poker just couldn't stay away and took his seat in his first WSOP event of the year.

One Drop High Roller Largest in Poker History

Last year's Big One for One Drop Event proved so popular that the event returned this year to the WSOP with a $111,111 version that was guaranteed to produce a multi-million cash prize.

By the time registration for the event closed a total of 166 players entered the event to make a prize pool of $17.8 million with $4.83 million going to first. The 166 runners produced the largest high roller field in poker history.

The event would produce five poker millionaires and, like last year's One Drop Event, Antonio Esfandiari was in the mix at the final table. Esfandiari would eventually finish the event in 4th place, adding $1.43 million to his all-time money lead.

In the end Anthony "End Boss" Gregg took down the title and the $4.8 million prize. This is the 2nd seven-figure score of his career and brings his career earnings up to $8.6 million, good for 28th on the all-time money list.

Doyle Takes His Seat in Poker Player's Championship

Prior to the start of the 2013 WSOP Doyle Brunson announced that he was skipping the event due to his advanced age and inability to play long hours anymore.

Some felt he might make an appearance at the Main Event but the allure of capturing the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy was too much for him to pass up and Doyle took his seat Sunday in the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship.

While Doyle will be the first to admit that he's not as good as he once was, a well-rested Brunson could possibly make a deep run in this event. Joining him at the tables were a who's who of the poker world that included Phil Hellmuth, Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi and Mike Matusow.

Registration for the event will continue through level 5 on Monday but at the time of this writing there are around 120 runners.

Kristen Bicknell Wins WSOP Ladies Event

The story early on in the 2013 WSOP Ladies Event was the lack of male participation. WSOP officials devised a clever plan that made the event a $10,000 buy-in but gave female players a $9,000 discount.

With the "added value" now gone from the event, the men kept out of the event for the first time in years.

By the time the event reached the final table most eyes were on pro player Amanda Baker who was looking for her first WSOP bracelet. Baker was unable to build any momentum early on and had to settle for a 7th-place finish.

Heads-up saw a battle between Canada and Australia with Kristen Bicknell and Leanne Haas nearly dead even in chips. Just seven hands into heads-up play and Bicknell holding the chip lead, the largest hand of the event unfolded and would ultimately decide the winner.

With the board reading 3h-8c-Kh-Jc-7h, Haas shoved all-in with Kd-9c. Bicknell would make the call and showed Ac-Kc to outpip Haas and take down her first bracelet.

Barny Boatman Finally Wins First Bracelet

Barny Boatman is one of the most well-known English poker players in the world but amazingly has never won a major poker title.

That all changed Saturday when Boatman took down Event #49, a $1,500 NL Hold'em event.

Boatman didn't have an easy task getting this bracelet. First, he had to navigate through a field of 2,247 players before reaching the final table and then played over 100 hands just to get to heads-up play with Brian O'Donoghue.

Boatman then started heads-up play with a slight chip disadvantage and had to watch as O'Donoghue built a 2-1 chip lead. Pace of play slowed a bit and Boatman worked his way back up to even before turning up the aggression to take and extend his own chip lead.

In the final hand O'Donoghue would flip for his tournament life after five-bet shoving with As-Kh and Boatman made the call with pocket tens.

The flop produced a ten for Boatman, but also a queen to give O'Donoghue outs to a straight. The turn and river bricked out and Barny Boatman wins his first bracelet and $546,080 -- the largest payday in his long career.

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