WSOP 2013: John Beauprez Wins $1,500 Six-Handed NL For $324,764June 4, 2013 1:01 pm
US pro John Beauprez has won the WSOP $1,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament (event#4), after defeating a field of 1,069 players over three days to capture a prestigious gold bracelet, and collect the $324,764 first place prize.
With his victory in Las Vegas, the 28 year-old business owner now takes his live career earnings to $581,327, but even more so than the money, winning a WSOP bracelet has helped Beauprez realize his poker dream, and as he explains: “[The bracelet is] what every poker player grinds for. I’ve had this dream of playing heads-up for a gold bracelet a thousand times, but nothing matches the actual experience. It happens really fast and the whole time you are there, it really feels like a dream. You just don’t wake up. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
The $1,500 NL event attracted a whole slew of pros to the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Amongst the notable names securing a cash for themselves was Robert Salaburu in 100th ($2,871), Humberto Brenes in 70th ($3,391), Jonathan Duhamel in 44th ($4,892), Shannon Shorr in 40th ($5,599), Yevgeniy Timoshenko in 30th ($7,850), and Matt Salsberg in 21st ($9,640).
By the time the final table of six had been set, two previous WSOP bracelet winners were still in contention in the guise of Keven Stammen and Joe Cada. Also competing for the bracelet was notable pros Manig Loeser, Eric Blair and Mike Mustafa. Eventually, however, John Beauprez would defeat German pro Manig Loeser heads-up to claim the glory for himself.
Commenting later on what originally drew him to the game of poker, Beauprez explained: “Poker is something where you can get back what you deserve, which means what you put into it. That’s what I always liked about poker, that it’s the quintessential example of entrepreneurship. If you work harder and are better than your opponent, you are going to make money at it.”
The final table payouts were as follows:
1st: John Beauprez – $324,764
2nd: Manig Loeser – $200,698
3rd: Eric Blair – $127,300
4th: Joe Cada – $83,558
5th: Mike “Musa” Mustafa – $56,499
6th: Keven Stammen – $39,325