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World Series Of Poker -- Brett Shaffer Wins $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em

David Vamplew Finishes Runner-Up For The Second Time At The 2013 WSOP


Brett ShafferEvent no. 53 at the World Series of Poker, a $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament, drew in 2,816 players and created a massive $3,801,600 prize pool. The winner was Brett Shaffer, a poker pro currently living in Beloit, Kansas. He banked $665,397, his largest career cash and his first gold bracelet.

“I am just happy to have my first win, and I am glad it is a bracelet,” Shaffer said. “You know, I always kind of knew I would eventually have a six-figure cash and that was always my end goal for playing tournaments.”

The 30-year-old bested David Vamplew heads-up, who finished runner-up for the second time so far in the 2013 World Series of Poker. As a result of his two finishes at the WSOP, Vamplew moved into 7th place in the Card Player Player of the Year race. He has now cashed for over $760,000 this summer.

Other notables who made the final table included Mike Watson and Loni Harwood. Watson, who has made eight final tables this year, jumped into fifth place in the POY rankings and has earned over $1.3 million in 2013.

Instead of being intimidated by his opponents Shaffer stayed confident.

“I don’t know, you can’t get intimidated by guys you know are going to be making really good decisions,” Shaffer explained. “You just have to get in there, do the best you can do, and do the exact same.”

Take a look at the final table results:

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Brett Shaffer $665,397 1,200
2 David Vamplew $413,157 1,000
3 Arttu Raikorpi $291,392 800
4 Loni Harwood $210,456 600
5 Michael Watson $153,850 500
6 Diego Zeiter $113,819 400
7 Jonathan Cohen $85,193 300
8 Darren Rabinowitz $65,413 200
9 Matias Ruzzi $49,429 100

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

Photo Credit: Eddie Malluk/WSOP