Friday June 28, 2013 : Two more World Series of Poker bracelets have been claimed in Las Vegas, with Ben Volpe and Vladimir Shchmelev besting large and talented entry fields to claim gold and hefty first prizes.
Event 45: $1,500 buy-in Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em attracted a field of 678 players that included many top professional aces like Blair Hinkle and Chris Moorman.
Ben Volpe, who eventually won the event, had an up-and-down sort of day but survived through to the heads up with Paul Lieu to start the heads up with an almost 1.2 million chip lead.
It was the start of a hard-fought, 100-hand battle in which Lieu turned in a strong performance, at one point holding a 4 to 1 lead on Volpe. But it was not to last, as Volpe fought his way back into the game to eventually claim the bracelet and the $201,399 main prize, leaving Lieu with second place prize money of $124,352.
The rest of the table finished up like this:
3. Louis Boniface $80,839
4. Blair Hinkle $59,375
5. Chris Moorman $44,227
6. Horacio Chaves $33,371
7. Adam Stone $25,472
8. Daniel Johnson $19,660
9. Samuel Panzica $19,660