Day 4 of the 2013 World Series of Poker saw the climactic finish of Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Eight Handed crown Trevor Pope for outlasting a field of 481 players that grew a $2,260,700 prize pool.
Pope started the final table of Event #2 with close to half the chips in play and he had all of them about four hours later by dominating a talented eight-handed final table. Once it got down to heads-up play, Pope took out David Vamplew in just six hands. Pope won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet and took home $553,906 which is the biggest score of his career.
Final Table Results
It's easy to envision Pope using his massive chip stack (starting Day 3 at the final table with almost half the chips in play) to bust six of the seven players at the final table. He started with David Peters, who open-shoved for six big blinds from early position with . Pope looked down to pocket queens from the hijack position and called; the flop brought a queen and when the turn hit, Peters was drawing dead. The rail had eighth place written on it for Peters which was good for $48,130.
Brandon Meyers was Pope's next victim and hit the rail in seventh place. Pope didn't slow down — it's possible he hit the accelerator to eliminate 2010 WSOP bracelet winner Dan Kelly in sixth place. Pope three-bet preflop and Kelly called with aces and then shoved all-in on the turn with on board. Pope called and turned over queen-seven. The hit the river and Kelly was out in sixth place.
Jamie Armstrong was crippled when his pocket queens were run down by the pocket sevens of Darryll Fish. He was eliminated shortly after when he moved all-in from first position. Vamplew called from the big blind with to Armstrong's ace-three of spades. A three hit the flop but a queen did too and two bricks on the turn and river were no help. Armstrong received $112,695 for his fifth-place finish.
Jared Hamby managed to chip up to 1.2 million over the next few hours by using selective aggression but as always happens in a poker game, a sheriff is waiting to slow down a speeder. Pope filled the role of sheriff when he called one of Hamby's three-bet shoves with . Hamby's ace-king off suit dominated Pope. The flop brought two diamonds and the chase was on. The turn brought a diamond and Hamby was drawing dead. "TheWacoKidd" was bound for the cashier's cage to collect $154,518 for his fourth-place finish.
Three-handed play didn't last long. It took only seven hands. On Hand #117 Fish open-shoved with jack-eight off suit for seven-and-a-half big blinds. Two nines showed up in Pope's small blind pocket cards and held.
Seven hands later Pope was crowned the champion. Vamplew doubled on Hand #121, he turned a set of jacks against Pope's two pair, but he was still at a huge chip disadvantage with Pope holding a 6-to-1 chip lead. On the 124th and final hand, Vamplew called a three-bet shove with and Pope tabled . The flop hit with the. Vamplew was holding on for his tournament life when the hit the turn, followed by the on the river but had to settle for runner-up.
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Congratulations go out to Trevor Pope for his biggest win to date and his new gold bracelet.