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World Series of Poker -- Simeon Naydenov Wins $1,500 Shootout Event

Naydenov Earns $326,440 For The Victory and Bulgaria's Second Ever Bracelet

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Simeon NaydenovEvent no. 36, the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker, attracted 1,194 players, creating a total prize pool of $1,611,900. After three days of action, it was 25-year-old Simeon Naydenov who emerged victorious, earning $326,440 and Bulgaria’s second ever bracelet.

Naydenov, who plays poker professionally and travels the European tournament circuit, made the final table of the $3,000 shootout earlier in the summer, busting in tenth place.

“Maybe back home they will start calling me Simeon the Shootout,” Naydenov joked. “Actually, I like the Shootout, the way they are formatted. But I play many events at the series. I think it just happened. Sit and Gos are not really my specialty. It’s a good tournament if you know how to switch gears. I also had to do better this time.”

Other notables who made the final day included Kevin Vandersmissen, Noah Bronstein, Mike Watson, Jose “Nacho” Barbero and eventual runner-up Jake Schwartz.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Simeon Naydenov $326,440 960
2 Jake Schwartz $202,035 800
3 Andrew Kloc $126,250 640
4 Tobias Wenker $91,749 480
5 Jose Barbero $67,732 400
6 Mike Watson $50,774 320
7 Jan Kropacek $38,621 240
8 Salman Behbehani $29,771 160
9 Noah Bronstein $23,259 80

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Photo credit: Joe Giron/WSOP