Trevor Pope Takes WSOP Event #2 Bracelet

June 5, 2013

When a player takes the chip lead into a final table, sometimes it turns out to be a curse. It is expected that you will do great but when this doesn’t happen, it becomes one huge disappointment. Today, though, there was nothing cursed about Trevor Pope’s chip lead.

Pope took a large chip lead into the Event 2’s final table and in this $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament, the Wisconsin-born poker pro emerged with a $553,906 payday and his first gold bracelet.

Pope’s tablemates suffered heavy punishment in a dominant wire-to-wire action at an eight-handed final table that had not a single soft spot. The pro came into the table with nearly half of the chips in play and about six times the number of chips his closest competitors had, giving him quite an unreal chip advantage. He maintained his big stack position throughout the play without being at any risk. The last standing player between him and the title was EPT winner David Vamplew, but not even doubling up the one time could help Vamplew slow down the Trevor Pope Express.

There was something else working in Pope’s favor other than the chips. The Las Vegas-based pro had a number of his friends on the rail, most notable being his four-legged canine friend Revis. Revis is a dog remembered as a lucky charm last year on Joey Weissman’s rail, and he has once again proved to be a lucky charm. It seems that the presence of canines translates into six-figure paydays and massive wins, and at this rate it won’t be surprising to see more canine companions in the dog-friendly Rio hallway.

The results of the final table for Event 2, the $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em Event are as follows:

  1. Trevor Pope – $553,906
  2. David Vamplew – $342,450
  3. Darryll Fish – $215,286
  4. Jared Hamby – $154,518
  5. Jamie Armstrong – $112,695
  6. Dan Kelly – $83,532
  7. Brandon Meyers – $62,915
  8. David Peters – $48,130

These are all accomplished poker pros with millions in career tournament earnings but only Dan Kelly, who came in 6th, has a bracelet in his resume. Others have made the final tables at the WSOP before, like Darryll Fish (3rd) and Jamie Armstrong (5th), but they couldn’t come in the way of Trevor Pope getting the coveted gold piece this time round.


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