In 2006, 21-year-old Jeff Madsen burst onto the poker scene by winning two World Series of Poker bracelets and becoming the youngest player to win the WSOP Player of the Year, an honor he still holds. But over the past six years, despite numerous close calls, Madsen has fallen short of a third bracelet. Saturday morning, that changed.
Madsen won Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the ESPN Feature Table in the Amazon Room in front of dozens of friends and supporters. Madsen outlasted a field of 640 to earn his third career bracelet and a first prize of $384,420.
Four other events took place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Friday, but only Madsen landed in the winner's circle. Here's the full recap of Day 24 of the 2013 WSOP:
After three days of fast-paced pot-limit Omaha action, Jeff Madsen emerged victorious in the $3,000 buy-in PLO event. Madsen bested a tough final table that included two-time WSOP Omaha champion Scott Clements and fellow bracelet-winner Jason DeWitt.
The final day began with 19 returning from the starting field of 640, with Madsen owning the chip lead when play resumed. He carried that lead all the way to the final table as the field lost Steven Loube (19th), Christian Harder (18th), Jarred Solomon (17th), Mike Sexton (16th), and Ashton Griffin (13th) along the way.
Madsen remained out in front as the final nine whittled down, as well, watching as Douglas Corning took out Clements by hitting a nasty four-outer on the river.
Corning eventually found himself heads-up against Madsen, and for the first time, Madsen wasn't leading. But the lead didn't elude him long, and Madsen took it back on the first hand. After taking the lead back, he was en route to winning his first bracelet in seven years.
For more on Madsen's victory, check out our live reporting blog.
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
After two rounds of single-table action in Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout, only 12 players are still in contention for the bracelet and $326,440 prize.
Day 2 began with 12 10-handed tables filled with winners of Thursday's first-round tables, and each of Friday's winners advanced to Day 3, where the tournament will play out like a regular no-limit hold'em freezeout. Among the big names still alive: Mike Watson, Jose Nacho Barbero and Kevin Vandersmissen.
Here's a look at the remaining 12 players:
*Chip counts are varied due to action in previous rounds
Barbero made it through by controlling his table for most of the day. He took the chip lead early by eliminating Andreas Hoivold and Andrew Teng on the same hand when he rivered a full house with . That propelled him into a massive lead that he did not relinquish until three handed play, when Sebastion Saffari became the table captain and stole the lead. But Barbero won another massive three-way all in to regain the chip lead, and he eventually defeated Saffari heads-up to advance. He will play for his first WSOP bracelet on Saturday.
Vandersmissen was the last man standing from a tough second-round table that included Aaron Jones, Jesse Sylvia, Amanda Musumeci and Maxim Lykov. At one point, Vandersmissen held less than ten big blinds after running into the quad nines of Steve Hohn, but he was able to battle back and make it into heads-up play, coincidentally against Hohn. On the final hand, Vandersmissen and Hohn got it all in preflop with Vandersmissen holding against Hohn's . Vandersmissen flopped a ten and his set held up move him on to the next day.
Stay tuned to PokerNews.com on Saturday as we bring you live coverage of Event #36 until a champion is crowned.
Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em began with 170 players on Thursday evening, and when play concluded Friday night there were only 12 remaining. Todd "Dandruff" Witteles, who won a bracelet in the 2005 WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold'em event for $347,385, will lead a talented pack who will be chasing the bracelet and $211,743 first-place prize.
The third and final day will begin at 2 p.m. PST on Saturday, so join us then until a champion is crowned.
Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Four Handed)
After 10 levels of play on Day 1 of Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed, the 566 original runners were whittled to 64, with many notable names booking their seat for Day 2 on Saturday.
Among the pros able to weave their way through the Day 1 minefield were Ivan Demidov (149,500), John Hennigan (68,400), John Juanda (67,200), Jon Turner (58,600), Faraz Jaka (31,200), and Maria Ho (24,900). Each will return Saturday afternoon for a chance to reach a WSOP final table; each hopes to pocket $300,000 in cash on Sunday.
While the aforementioned pros prospered, many of their peers dropped from the field. Daniel Negreanu, David Williams, Michael Mizrachi, Jennifer Tilly, Eugene Katchalov, Dan Kelly, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari were among the notables to fall short on Day 1.
By the end of the evening, only a few eliminations stood between 64 fortunate players and a spot in the payout list, and after 30 minutes of hand-for-hand bubble play, Scott Baumstein knocked out the unfortunate bubble boy.
Nick Schwarmann will return as the Day 2 chip leader after bagging a massive stack of 193,500. Schwarmann, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, will be looking to add a WSOP title to a poker résumé that already includes a victory Heartland Poker Tour.
Check back with PokerNews at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday to follow all the action as the remaining 64 players attempt to reach the final table.
Day 1 of Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better came to a close Saturday morning with Raul Paez of Spain finishing as the chip leader with 58,400 in chips. Paez went fairly unnoticed throughout the day, accumulating his stack in the last two levels to place himself in the pole position entering Day 2. He’ll lead a returning field of 160 survivors, after 558 entered the event Friday evening.
Some of the big names who will be joining Paez on Day 2 include Phil Hellmuth (40,200), Issa Tadros (38,700), Matt Vengrin (31,600), Mike Leah (31,600), and Phil Ivey (28,500) as well as PokerStars Team Pros Jason Mercier (25,100), Dario Minieri (14,400), Barry Greenstein (9,000) and Alex Kravchenko (2,600).
Among the less fortunate who hit the rail were Team PokerStars Pros Marcel Luske, Vanessa Selbst, Daniel Negreanu, Jake Cody, Betrand Grospellier, George Danzer and Chad Brown, as well as David Bach, Dan Kelly, Brandon Cantu and Nick Schulman.
Be sure to join PokerNews at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday as we bring you all the action from Day 2 of Event #39.
Two events will play down to a winner on Saturday: Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout and Event #37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em. Meanwhile, Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Four Handed) and Event #39: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better are scheduled to reach a final table, and Event #40: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em and Event #41: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Six Handed) will get underway.
Video of the Day
After storming onto the poker scene by winning two bracelets seven years ago, Jeff Madsen secured his third in the 2013 World Series of Poker $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha. Lynn Gilmartin caught up with Madsen after his big win.