The 2013 World Series of Poker crowned John Beauprez champion in Event #4, $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Six-handed out of a field of 1,069. The prize pool grew to $1,443,150 with Beauprez claiming $324,764 of it. Oh, and don't forget the gold, he claimed that too!
This six-max event was fast and furious in the beginning with a lot of the field hitting the rail on the first day of play at the end of 10 levels. Day 2 found 117 players taking seats — just nine places from the money — to survive the money bubble and fight for the top. Rob Salaburu, Ting Ho, Bryan Piccioli, Jonathan Duhamel, Mark Smith, Shannon Shorr, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Matt Salsberg, and Grant Hinkle, made the money but didn't make it to the final table of seven players that evening.
Once the seven were seated, Zohar Spivack popped the final table bubble within thirteen hands. He five-bet all in holding and was called by Beauprez holding . The board ran out and the official final table was set.
Three hands at the official final table was all it took for Keven Stammen to go to war with Beauprez. At 6,000/12,000/2,000, Stammen opened with a raise to 27,000 from the cutoff. Beauprez tapped it up to 61,000 and Stammen went all-in for 308,000. Beauprez jumped out of his seat and announced a call.
Stammen was gone in sixth place for $39,325 when the board came .
Mike Mustafa was kind enough to double up Eric Blair. It happened again five hands later — Blair doubled up through Mustafa — and the next hand Mustafa was all-in for just a few blinds and got called by three players. The pot was checked down and it was Blair again, this time holding pocket sevens, that sent Mustafa to the rail.
Joe Cada was in the hunt for his second WSOP bracelet and after more than an hour of four-handed play Cada had all his chips in the middle pre-flop with . Manig Loeser showed the and when the flop came , Cada was drawing dead. The and finished out the board and Cada would have to hunt another day for today he was resigned to fourth place.
Blair was next to go bust. He raised the button to 60,000, and Beauprez three-bet from the small blind to 145,000. Blair called and the flop brought the . Beauprez sent out a 170,000-chip bet. Blair went all-in for 790,000 total.
Beauprez was out in front and Blair found no help in the turn and river and Blair hit the rail in third place for $127,300.
Beauprez and Loeser exchanged the lead numerous times, but Beauprez was able to put the German pro away by drawing out (it doesn't matter how you get there, right? The goal is to get there). Loeser min-raised on the button to 100,000, Beauprez raised to 230,000, and Loeser went all-in for 1.305 million. Beauprez made the call.
Loeser got out-flopped by the , and Beauprez picked up the lead with his pair of eights. The and sealed the deal and put $200,698 in Manig's pocket for his runner-up finish.
John Beauprez finished the final table with his first gold bracelet and $324,764 in cash. Congratulations John!
Lynn Gilmartin talks to John after his win.
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