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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2013

Brett Shaffer Took Home Gold in Event 53

Brett Shaffer Event 53 WSOP 2013
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Brett Shaffer defeated tough British pro David Vamplew in Event #53 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em when it got down to heads-up. Shaffer made it through a field of 2,816 runners to win the biggest $1,500 event of the summer so far; he collected his first WSOP bracelet and $665,397 in the process.

1Brett Shaffer$665,397
2David Vamplew$413,157
3Arttu Raekorpi$291,392
4Loni Harwood$210,456
5Mike Watson$153,850
6Deigo Zeiter$113,819
7Jonathan Cohen$85,193
8Darren Rabinowitz$64,513
9Matias Ruzzi$49,420

Only three players returned after action had been stopped due to time constraints. Arttu Raekorpi fell in third after only four hands when his queen-jack did not improve against Shaffer's king-queen.

David Vamplew took off with an early lead but Shaffer grabbed it back before extending it to a two-to-one advantage. After 23 hands of heads up play and 201 hands at the final table, Hand #201 brought the end of the deal. David Vamplew opened to 400,000 on the button and Brett Shaffer moved all-in for just over 8.3 million. Vamplew called with what he had left — 3,935,000 in chips.

Vamplew: {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}
Shaffer: {A-Spades}{9-Hearts}

The {A-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop put Shaffer ahead with top two pair. Vamplew's British and other European players rail had them coming to their feet, calling for the {Q-Spades} but the {7-Diamonds} fell on the turn.

"Queen of f**king spades one time!" screamed one of Vamplew's rail birds but the dealer put the {10-Spades} on the river. Vamplew was gone in second 2nd place to take home $413,157.

Brett Shaffer spends a moment with Sarah Grant after his win:

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