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World Series of Poker -- Charles Sylvestre Wins $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Event

Sylvestre Picks Up First Gold Bracelet and $491,360 First-Place Prize


Charles SylvestreEvent no. 3 of the 2013 World Series of Poker drew a massive field of 3,164 players, creating a total prize pool of $2,847,600.

After four days of action, the last man standing in the $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament was Canadian real estate broker Charles Sylvestre, who earned his first gold bracelet and the $491,360 first-place prize.

Though he holds a full-time job outside of poker, Sylvestre is no stranger to the world of tournament poker, having done quite well for himself online. The 30-year-old poker enthusiast won $230,000 just two weeks ago in a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker event.

“I was planning to be here just ten days, but now I think I am going to play the whole series and see what happens,” Sylvestre said. “Maybe I will run good and go for another gold bracelet and then maybe a deep run in the main event.”

Sylvestre had one of the more impressive rails at the WSOP including 2010 main event champion Jonathan Duhamel.

“The Quebec poker community is very close,” said Sylvestre. “We are all friends. We all tend to support each other. We had an amazing experience together two years ago. We followed [Duhamel] through the entire series.”

Here’s a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Charles Sylvestre $491,360 1,200
2 Seth Berger $303,952 1,000
3 William Guerrero $215,107 800
4 Michael Cooper $155,706 600
5 Binh Ta $114,017 500
6 Ryan Olisar $84,459 400
7 Darren Rabinowitz $63,273 300
8 Ruben Ybarra $47,925 200
9 Ping Liu $36,705 100

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Photo Credit: Joe Giron/WSOP