WSOP Event #2 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (8 handed)

All-time bracelet record holder Phil Hellmuth made many of the early headlines in this event. He nursed a short-stack heroically, but was unable to make it into the money - falling just three places short. This event that saw deep runs from Brandon Cantu, David Sands, Joe Serock, Angel Guillen, Kyle Julius, Antonio Esfandiaria and Brian Rast.

 

This event played down a final table featuring big names Dan Kelly, David Peters and David Vamplew. None of these could live with the force of Trevor Pope, who entered the final table with a dominant chip-lead and busted six of the seven final table eliminations.

In a heads-up battle with David Vamplew, Pope only needed six hands to gain the victory. A short-stacked Vamplew called-off for his tournament life with A6 against Pope's 55. Vamplew was unable to connect with the board, leaving Pope to claim the $553,906 first prize and bracelet. Nice work if you can get it!

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