The first three starting days of the 2013 44th Annual World Series of Poker finally ended after five complete levels of play and Day 1A, 1B and 1C were put on the records. The Main Event, a $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tourney, drew 6,352 anxious players, all with high expectations and dreams of reaching the Final Nine. Day 2 series A, B and C begin today and will continue tomorrow. And the number of dreamers sent to the rails will continue to grow and dwindle down the number of survivors in its unstoppable path to day seven and the confirmation of the Final Nine. And we will be there for that.
In the meantime, here is what else took place at this phenomenal contest of wits, perseverance, patience, skill and lest we forget, good luck:
Brian Yoon, a 23-year-old from Torrance, California, pushed his way through a field of 4,756 players in the Little One-for-One Drop tourney to win his first WSOP gold bracelet. He went heads-up against Cuong Nguyen of Houston, Texas, and quickly disposed of him in just a few hands to take home the prize of $663,727. Yoon went through the final table in just under three hours; now that is poker at its best.
This is definitely Loni Harwood’s year. This 23-year-old New Yorker was hard to stop and if you found yourself at a poker table with her during this WSOP series you were probably intimidated . . . and more than likely in trouble. Harwood made it to three final tables and ended her impressive, dare I say, history-making run by whipping a field of more than 2,500 players in the final $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event. For that she grabs her first WSOP gold bracelet plus $609,017 in prize money and her name will now be emblazoned in the WSOP records.
The number four should forever be Daniel Alaei’s lucky number because at the 44th WSOP he pulled down bracelet number four. Alaei took over Event 61, a $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tourney by plowing through the field of 383 wishful thinkers and ultimately going heads-up against Jared Bleznick. Alaei embraced his lovely wife and walked away with a big smile, his fourth gold bracelet and a big fat payday of $852,692.