WSOP DAILY – JUNE 2: Five Aussies join chase for million-dollar payday

Highlights from day 5 of the 2013 WSOP (June 2)

The poker records are littered with the names of players who took a huge chip lead into the final table only to fall short of victory. There were no such worries for Trevor Pope (pictured left), who used his massive stack to bulldoze the field to take out the $5000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament and a $553,906 payday.

Pope’s position as the big stack was never at risk as other players jockeyed for the right to get heads-up against him. Former EPT champion David Vamplew doubled once in the heads-up match, but that was close as anyone came to stopping Pope winning his first WSOP gold bracelet.

The chips weren’t the only thing working in Pope’s favour. The pro, who now resides in Las Vegas, had several friends on the rail, including a four-legged one named Revis, a dog many might remember from Joey Weissman’s rail last year. At this rate, the dog-friendly Rio hallway might be seeing more canine companions since their presence seems to translate into big wins and six-figure paydays.

Notables who cashed in this event included bracelet winner Bryan Piccioli (51st), Aussie Brendon Rubie (47th), Antonio Esfandiari (43rd), Brandon Cantu (38th), Jesse Sylvia (34th), Jeremy Ausmus (29th), David Sands (25th), Brian Rast (14th) and Tom Marchese (10th).

Event 2: $5000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-handed (481 players, 56 players paid, eight players remain, prizepool USD $2,260,700) final table results

1 Trevor Pope (USA) $553,906
2 David Vamplew (UK) $342,450
3 Darryll Fish (USA) $215,286
4 Jared Hamby (USA) $154,518
5 Jamie Armstrong (USA) $112,695
6 Dan Kelly (USA) $83,532
7 Brandon Meyers (USA) $62,915
8 David Peters (USA) $48,130

• Charles-Andrew Sylvestre joined Daniel Negreanu as the second player this year to win a bracelet after taking down the $1500 re-entry event to earn $491,360. Sylvestre had some impressive company on his rail, as 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel was on hand to cheer his friend and fellow countryman on at a final table that lasted less than four hours.

Kevin MacPhee (277th), Kyle Cartwright (275th), Kathy Liebert (257th), Erick Lindgren (219th), Jake Balsiger (201st), Eric Baldwin (109th), last year’s runner-up in this event, Amanda Musumeci (71st), Josh Arieh (66th), Scott Seiver (33rd) and Nam Le (17th) also cashed in this event.

Event 3: $1000 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry (3164 entries, 324 players paid, 38 players remain, prizepool USD $2,847,600) top 10 after day 2

1 Charles Sylvestre (Canada) $491,360
2 Seth Berger (USA) $303,952
3 William Guerrero (USA) $215,107
4 Michael Cooper (USA) $155,706
5 Binh Ta (USA) $114,017
6 Ryan Olisar (USA) $84,459
7 Darren Rabinowitz (USA) $63,273
8 Ruben Ybarra (USA) $47,925
9 Ping Liu (USA) $36,705

• In other events, Joe Cada headlines the final table line-up in the $1500 NLHE Six-handed event, with the 2009 WSOP Main Event winner chasing a second gold bracelet after finishing runner-up in a $1500 NLHE tournament last year.

All expectations have been surpassed in the first $1500 No Limit Hold’em ‘Millionaire Maker’ with a staggering 6343 buy-ins across two day one flights, with re-entry allowed for players KOed in the first flight. A USD $1 million prize was guaranteed for the winner, while the total prizepool smashed through USD $8.5 million. Five Aussies survived the first day – Brendon Rubie (78th overall), Nathan Kivi, John Corr, Paul Sharbanee and Sarah Beard.

Event 4: $1500 No Limit Hold’em Six-Handed (1069 players, 108 players paid, prizepool $1,443,150) final table chip counts

1 Mike Mustafa (USA) 1,208,000
2 Manig Loeser (Germany) 931,000
3 John Beauprez (USA) 796,000
4 Eric Blair (USA) 685,000
5 Joe Cada (USA) 671,000
6 Zohar Spivack (USA) 373,000
7 Keven Stammen (USA) 201,000

Event 5: $2500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or Better (374 players, 40 players paid, 19 players remain, prizepool $850,850) top 6 chip count

1 Mike Gorodinsky (USA) 330,800
2 Kristopher Tong (USA) 319,500
3 Dustin Leary (USA) 254,000
4 Alexander Lakhov (Russia) 218,000
5 George Danzer (Germany) 187,500
6 Roman Verenko (Ukraine) 158,500

Event 6: $1500 No Limit Hold’em ‘Millionaire Maker’ (6343 buy-ins, 1481 players remain, 648 players paid, total prizepool $8,563,050) end of day 1 chip count top 10

1 Jean Lapeyre (USA) 81,700
2 Harrison Beach (USA) 76,875
3 Russ Floyd (USA) 76,250
4 Teresa Hemingway (USA) 73,550
5 Kyle Allen (USA) 71,125
6 Vladimir Geshkenbein (Russia) 70,000
7 Brian Patrick (USA) 69,325
8 Teddy Djmal (USA) 68,800
9 Ryan Welch (USA) 68,450
10 Kenny Nguyen (USA 67,000

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