Online Poker Pro Wins First WSOP Gold BraceletThursday, June 13th, 2013 by Ryan
The World Series of Poker so far this year has featured a good mix of bracelet winners that we already know well, and others who have come out of the woodworks to win their first bracelet. This most recent bracelet winner that we are going to talk about is one that many online poker players have probably heard of before. While this is his first ever WSOP gold bracelet, he’s made more than a little bit of money in the game of poker throughout his career to this point. The name Taylor Paur is well-known in the online poker world, and he’s made some noise in the live tournament game, but nothing quite like the noise that he just made earlier this week.
Paur played in the 18th Event at the 2013 WSOP, which was a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event. While he’s made millions of dollars playing online poker throughout his career, one of his biggest accomplishments is going to be this first gold bracelet that he won. Obviously he had a tough group of competition to beat out in order to take down this bracelet, and one of the players who was left late in the field was probably the best player in the world today in Phil Ivey. When 14 players came back to see who would make it down to one, Paur had a very nice chip lead, but Ivey was left in the action, so the eyes were pretty much locked in on him.
Ivey recently won his 9th bracelet at the WSOP Asia Pacific, and was locked in on going for number ten. If he was able to win this gold bracelet he would have been the fourth player in history to win double digit gold bracelets, putting him in a tie with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, but leaving him three behind the current leader in Phil Hellmuth. It wasn’t Ivey’s day though, as Paur was able to best the field and take down the big win, the big pay day, and the hardware.
Ivey actually started the day close to the bottom of the leaderboard with only 285,000 chips, and he was actually the first player sent home. Paur eliminated him in 14th place, and Paur pretty much just grinded his way through the bulk of the day though. He started the day off with 1.318 million chips, which was around 500,000 more than the closest player to him. Alexander Barlow was in second place, but Paur started the final table as the chip leader and just continued to build. It was such an impressive performance to that point, Paur actually started three handed play in dominating position. He had 5 million chips, while Roy Weiss had 745,000 chips, and Tai Nguyen had 475,000 chips. Both the short stacks hung around for a good while though and kept fighting.
Nguyen was knocked out in third place finally, and Paur had a 4.8 million to 1.43 million chip lead over Weiss. Weiss actually grabbed the lead during heads up play at one point though, but when dinner break came, Paur was ahead again. After the break, Weiss started open shoving every single hand of the play. Paur was frustrated at this, as he was literally shoving every hand. Weiss was able to double up, but Paur then doubled up after that.
Finally, Paur called the random Weiss shove with the chip lead, and Weiss showed K-8 of clubs, while Paur had A-5 of diamonds. Paur was able to hold on throughout and grab the impressive win. A great win for Paur who won $340,260 and the gold bracelet, while Roy Weiss got second place and the pay day of $211,794. It was definitely one of the most interesting heads up matches that we’ve seen at the World Series of Poker in a very long time, but when all was said and done Taylor Paur was able to hold on to the huge chip lead that he started the day with. Paur will be a name to watch not only in the World Series of Poker for the remainder of the action, but also in the online poker world, which is obviously his biggest strength.