Monday June 23,2014 : 25-year-old Davide Suriano claimed a first prize of $335,553 and his first bracelet in event 40, a $10,000 buy-in NLHE championship contest in which 136 players registered, generating a prize pool of $1,198,400.
The structure of the event saw several rounds before the finale was reached, with the first round a bye for the young Italian, and the remaining rounds won as follows:
Round 1 (136 players): Bye
Round 2 (128 players): Scott Seiver
Round 3 (64 players) : Daniel Cates
Round 4 (32 players) : Shane Moran
Round 5 (16 players) : Serkan Kurnaz
Round 6 (8 players) : Ankush Mandavia
Round 7 (4 players) : Daniel Colman
Round 8 (2 players) : Sam Stein
That brought Sam Stein and Suriano to the heads up stage virtually even on chip stacks – a remarkable achievement for the Italian, who won through in seven matches against some truly daunting opponents that included aces like Scott Seiver and Dan Cates.
The heads up was a short 36-hand affair and took merely an hour to complete, with Suriano in almost complete control and emerging victorious after lengthening an early lead to a 6 to 1 chip advantage to claim the $335,553 main prize and his first WSOP bracelet.
Stein scored a well-earned runner up prize of $207,347, whilst semi-finalists Daniel Colman and Scott Davies won $111,942 apiece for their time and trouble.