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World Series of Poker -- Justin Oliver Wins $2,500 Four-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Event

Oliver Banks $309,071 For The Victory


Justin OliverA total of 566 players entered event no. 38, the $2,500 four-handed no-limit hold’em tournament at the 2013 World Series of Poker, creating a prize pool of $1,287,650. After three days of action, it was 37-yard-old Toronto native Justin Oliver who emerged with the title and the $309,071 first-place prize.

Oliver, who is the record eighth Canadian player to win a WSOP event this summer, is somewhat ironically, a jeweler. On Sunday, he earned poker’s most coveted jewelry, a WSOP bracelet.

“It’s like I’m in a daze,” Oliver said. “It’s a dream. I don’t know just what happened. I was having a talk with a very well-known player. I’m not going to say who it was. We were talking about, would you rather have the money or the gold bracelet. Right away, he said I would rather have the money, but this bracelet means everything to me. I would rather have this bracelet than anything. How hard I worked to accomplish this, I can’t even begin to put it into words.”

Oliver also commented on how aggressive a player had to be in order to survive the four-handed format.

“This is the first time I had ever played four-max. I looked at it on the schedule and it looked like something I wanted to try. I realized it would be a crazy event, an insane field, talented players – casual players don’t come in and play this. So, I came in and adapted on the fly. I’m am aggressive player. I learned as I went and gained some experience.”

David Pham, who finished fourth in the $3,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event earlier this summer, also took fourth place in this event.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Justin Oliver $309,071 1,260
2 Nick Schwarmann $191,434 1,050
3 Jared Jaffee $129,447 840
4 David Pham $89,736 630

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Photo credit: Joe Giron/WSOP