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Andrew Badecker Wins World Series of Poker Event No. 13

Badecker Takes Home $369,371 and First Career Bracelet


Andrew BadeckerThe first shootout of the summer went to 23-year-old poker pro Andrew Badecker in WSOP event no. 13. Badecker beat a field of 1,440 to pick up his first career bracelet and the first place prize of $369,371 in the $1,500 event.

Badecker wound up winning three tournaments in one, defeating mini-fields of 10, 10 and 16 to close out the victory. On the final day, he had to contend with four former WSOP bracelet winners, including Erik Cajelais, Dan Kelly, Vitaly Lunkin and David Pham.

Badecker is originally from Connecticut, but dropped out of Southern Connecticut State University to play poker full time, moving to Las Vegas this summer. At first, he wasn’t sure if he made the right decision, but now his mind is certainly more at ease.

“Honestly, I came out pretty under bankrolled,” he admitted. “I was going to play three events and had to sell some action so I could get into all three. I was going to see how the first few events went and if I ran good play more, and I guess that happened. I drove out from Connecticut, five days, saw the country and was planningn on staying here in Vegas an indefinite amount of time.”

Here’s a look at the action according to Card Player’s live updates page:

David Pham Eliminated in 9th Place ($26,185)David Pham

Robbie Verspui opened the pot for 32,000, Erik Cajelais reraised to 75,000 from the button, David Pham shoved for 300,000, Verspui folded and Cajelais called.

Cajelais turned over QSpade Suit QHeart Suit for the lead while Pham showed AClub Suit KClub Suit for the draw.

The board came 10Spade Suit 6Club Suit 3Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit 2Spade Suit, no help for David Pham who was eliminated in 9th place ($26,185).

Joe WebberJoe Webber Eliminated in 8th Place ($33,864)

Jon Spinks raised to 33,000 from under the gun, Joe Webber shoved from the big blind for just over 600,000 and Spinks called.

Spinks turned over JSpade Suit JHeart Suit for the lead while Webber showed AHeart Suit KDiamond Suit for the draw.

The board came QHeart Suit JDiamond Suit 7Club Suit KSpade Suit 6Diamond Suit, giving Spinks middle set on the flop. Joe Webber was eliminated in 8th place ($33,864) while Spinks raked a huge pot, putting himself atop the leaderboard.

Vitaly LunkinVitaly Lunkin Eliminated in 7th Place ($44,362)

Andrew Badecker opened for a raise of 44,000, Vitaly Lunkin reraised to 106,000, Badecker four-bet to 230,000, Lunkin moved all in and Badecker called.

Lunkin turned over ADiamond Suit QDiamond Suit and was behind Badecker’s AClub Suit KSpade Suit.

The board came 8Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 2Club Suit KHeart Suit KClub Suit, giving Badecker top pair on the turn and trips on the river. Vitaly Lunkin was eliminated in 7th place ($44,362).

Daniel KellyDaniel Kelly Eliminated in 6th Place ($58,903)

Daniel Kelly opened the pot for 60,000, Daniel Makowsky reraised to 175,000 from the cutoff, Kelly four-bet to 500,000, Makowsky shoved and Kelly called all in.

Makowsky showed KSpade Suit KClub Suit for the lead while Kelly turned over AClub Suit KHeart Suit for the draw.

The board came KDiamond Suit 6Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 9Club Suit 4Heart Suit, giving Makowsky top set on the flop. Makowsky raked a huge pot this hand while Daniel Kelly was eliminated in 6th place ($58,903).

Erik CajelaisErik Cajelais Eliminated in 5th Place ($79,315)

Jon Spinks opened for 65,000 from under the gun, Andrew Badecker called from the button, Erik Cajelais called from the small blind and Daniel Makowsky called from the big blind.

The flop came QDiamond Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Diamond Suit, Badecker bet 175,000, Cajelais moved all in for about 400,000, everyone else folded and Badecker called.

Cajelais turned over 10Club Suit 9Club Suit for two pair while Badecker showed ADiamond Suit 5Heart Suit for the nut flush draw.

The turn and river were the 3Diamond Suit and the 3Heart Suit, giving Badecker his flush on the turn. Erik Cajelais was eliminated in 5th place ($79,315).

Jon SpinksJon Spinks Eliminated in 4th Place ($108,358)

Andrew Badecker opened for 65,000 from the button, Jon Spinks moved all in from the small blind and Badecker called.

Badecker turned over KClub Suit JHeart Suit for the lead against Spinks’ KSpade Suit 4Club Suit.

The board came JSpade Suit 8Club Suit 3Club Suit ADiamond Suit KDiamond Suit, giving Badecker two pair. Jon Spinks is eliminated in 4th place ($108,358).

Daniel MakowskyDaniel Makowsky Eliminated in 3rd Place ($151,379)

Andrew Badecker raised to 75,000 from the small blind, Daniel Makowsky reraised to 175,000 from the big blind and Badecker called.

The flop came 7Club Suit 5Club Suit 3Club Suit, Badecker checked, Makowsky bet 200,000, Badecker check-raised to 450,000 and Makowsky called.

The turn was the KDiamond Suit, Badecker bet 380,000, Makowsky moved all in for about 1,600,000 and Badecker called.

Makowsky turned over AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit for an overpair while Badecker showed QClub Suit JClub Suit for a flush. Makowsky was drawing dead on the turn and was eliminated in 3rd place ($151,379).

Robbie VerspuiRobbie Verspui Eliminated in 2nd Place ($228,334)

Andrew Badecker took the chip lead into heads up play, and in the final hand of the night he open-shoved the button and Robbie Verspui called all in for around 1,700,000 from the big blind.

Verspui turned over ASpade Suit JHeart Suit for the lead against Badecker’s KHeart Suit 2Heart Suit.

The board came 7Heart Suit 5Spade Suit 2Spade Suit KSpade Suit 5Diamond Suit, giving Badecker two pair. Robbie Verspui was eliminated in 2nd place ($228,334) while Andrew Badecker wins the gold bracelet in Event #13 and the grand prize of $369,371.