2013 World Series of Poker Update

July 11, 2013

Day 2 of the World Series of Poker on Monday night saw, high-stakes cash game pro, David Benyamine grow his stack to over 729,000 in the memorial trophy for David Reese. The World Poker Series $50,000 championship for poker players is one of the most prestigious bracelets at the World Poker Series.

The World Poker Series is a 50-day event from May 29 to July 15 this year which has close to 250,000 player entries and in one of the most prestigious locations known to the poker community. This is the 44th edition of the World Series which has close to 500 poker tables. Any person aged 21 or older can enter in the games which start as low as $1. The World Series of Poker games are held annually in Las Vegas.

Winners of each event receive a bracelet and monetary prize. The championship for poker players started as a limit game tournament and the winner holds the title of the world’s poker player for a year. This is usually played at high stakes tables. ESPN is the telecast partner for the United States. The 2012 World Series had lesser turnout of close to 75,000 entries in bracelet events. The series officials hope that 2013 will see a better turnout than last year.

The World Series 2013 has different events over the course of the tournament. The important events among them are gold bracelet, carnival of poker series, and deep stacks on a daily basis. The World Series Player of the Year award, which includes Europe and Asia Pacific, awards winners with tickets for all main events at the 2014 World Series.

The rights to the World Series of Poker event are owned by Caesar’s Entertainment. Caesar’s Entertainment, formerly Harrah’s, is the largest casino company in the world. The World Poker Series rights were acquired by Caesar’s in 2004. The World Series allows players throughout the nation to take part in poker’s biggest tradition.

David Benyamine and Doyle Brunson

David Benyamine, 41, is a French professional poker player with one World Poker Series bracelet. A professional tennis player in his early years, David Benyamine gave up tennis due to a back injury. He was also a top ranked billiards player in France. He soon turned to a game he learned when he was 12 years from family members and has excelled in it. After a series of cash games and small buy-in games, he moved on to higher buy-in events in Paris. He won his first tournament in 1999 and then followed it up by taking a title at the 2000 Euro Finals of poker.

David Benyamine came to Las Vegas in 2002 and has felt at home since then. David Benyamine is famous for playing in some very high stakes games.

Monday night, at the championship for poker players, David Benyamine finished with 729,000 chips well ahead of Jonathan Duhamel (666,100), Matthew Ashton (635,000), Brian Rast (489,500), and Shaun Deeb (453,600). David Benyamine is at the 36th place in the Global Poker Index.

Doyle Brunson, 79, is an American who has been playing professional poker for nearly 50 years. He is known as the godfather of poker and has won the World Poker Series main event twice. He has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame for poker players. Doyle Brunson has 10 World Series bracelets to his name. An athlete and a basketball player in his younger days, Brunson had to end his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player due to a knee injury.

The Poker Players Championship, $50,000 buy-in event at the World Poker Series, was added in 2010 as a high-stakes mixed game event. The championship for poker players features an eight-game rotation format.

Other events and chip leaders

Among the other big names in the PPC, Michael Mizrachi and Matthew Ashton have garnered a lot of attention. Michael Mizrachi, 32, is an American who plays professional poker and is the winner of the 2010 World Series and 2012 World Series. He has 2 championship wins in just 7 years since the inaugural the tournament. Mizrachi has 3 brothers, and 2 of them play poker professionally, one of whom is his twin brother. On Monday, he entered the play at the lower half of the chips tally with 144,000 and did not get to day 3.

Matthew Ashton, the other name being talked about in the tournament, is a 25-year-old British player who plays professional poker. Ashton is from Liverpool, England. He plays under the nickname Mustafabet. He won the 2009 online poker championship in Omaha.

Jonathan Duhamel, 25, is a French-Canadian who plays professional poker. In 2010, he became the first Canadian to win a main event bracelet. Duhamel donated a major portion of his winnings to the Montreal Canadiens, the ice hockey team of which he is a big fan. He has won an event at the European Poker also. In 2013, he won the third place at a London Premier League Poker.

Doyle Brunson’s participation in the tournament came as a surprise to many, considering he had announced earlier in May that he will not take part in the World Poker Series. Doyle Brunson is still in contention after day 2, perhaps for one final shot at glory.

With David Benyamine leading at the top with 729,000 chips closely followed by Jonathan Duhamel (666,100) and Matthew Ashton (635,000), all eyes are fixed on Friday to see who wins the $50,000 Poker Players Championship here in Las Vegas.