Online poker superstar Taylor Paur won the 2013 World Series of Poker Event #18 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Paur eliminated Phil Ivey on the final day of action while Ivey was in the hunt for his 10th bracelet. A field of 2,017 runners took to the tables over three days of play and Taylor Paur was crowned the champion when he defeated Roy Weiss in a very unusual heads-up match to take home $340,260 in first-place prize money and his first WSOP bracelet.
The official nine-handed final table found Paur starting with the chip lead and he used those chips as a weapon on the way to the gold bracelet.
When heads-up play began, Paur had a 4-to-1 chip lead over Roy Weiss and kept it except for a short run where Weiss picked up some cards and chips to take the lead.
The dinner break found Paur with 4,250,000 of the 6,000,000 chips in play. Weiss turned it around briefly after the break when he started moving all in on every hand instead of calling Paur's preflop bets. Paur ended up all in at one point when Weiss took control of the chips but Paur escaped and five hands later it was over.
Paur was in the lead preflop and stayed ahead when the flop came . Paur's rail erupted when they knew he paired his ace. The turn produced the to give Paur trips and his rail went nuts! Once the realization that Weiss had picked up a club flush draw hit Paur's rail, things slowed down. The river gave Paur his first bracelet and the rail almost blew the roof off of the Rio.
Roy Weiss collected $211,794 for second place.
Taylor talked with Lynn Gilmartin before escaping to enjoy his win with his friends, the gold bracelet, and the $340,260 first-place prize money:
The full tournament report can be found here.