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World Series of Poker -- David Chiu Wins His Fifth Career Gold Bracelet

Chiu Bests Scott Seiver Heads-Up For $145,520 First-Place Prize


David ChiuEvent no. 23, the $2,500 seven card stud tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker, drew a small, but experienced field of 246 players, creating a total prize pool of $559,650.

After three days of action, it was 52-year-old poker veteran David Chiu who capture the title, the $145,520 first-place prize and his fifth career gold bracelet.

It wasn’t an easy task for Chiu, however. He had to battle his way past an exceptionally skilled final table that included six other WSOP bracelet winners in Adam Friedman, Gary Benson, Frank Kassela, Michael Mizrachi, Freddie Ellis and eventual runner-up Scott Seiver.

In fact, the only player at the final table without a bracelet was the U.K.’s Matthew Ashton, who was making his third final table appearance of the summer.

“This one means a lot,” said Chiu. “Everybody here was a great player, like Freddie (Ellis). I hope I can play like him when I am his age (79). I enjoyed this final table a lot, with Michael (Mizrachi), Scott (Seiver), and the rest. The whole table was good. All professionals.”

With five bracelets, Chiu is now in a tie for 12th place all time with players such as Berry Johnston, Chris Ferguson, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Allen Cunningham, Jeffrey Lisandro, Scotty Nguyen, Stu Ungar and Ted Forrest.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Payout POY Points
1 David Chiu $145,520 612
2 Scott Seiver $89,980 510
3 Freddie Ellis $59,127 408
4 Michael Mizrachi $43,188 306
5 Frank Kassela $31,978 255
6 Gary Benson $24,003 204
7 Matthew Ashton $18,266 153
8 Adam Friedman $14,086 102

For complete coverage of the summer poker festival, check out our WSOP landing page.

Photo Credit: WSOP/Joe Giron