After a grueling three days of poker in Event #14 of the 2013 World Series of Poker, it was Jonathan Taylor who walked away as the champion. Taylor bested a field of 1,819 players to lock up a bracelet and $454,424.
Taylor started Day 3 second in chips, coming into the final 14 players just behind Hiren Patel. Taylor battled through the day and watched the eliminations of Benjamin Dobson, Chris Hunichen, Morgan Machina, Daniel Paska, and Russell Crane before making it to the official final table.
Once Taylor reached the final table he coasted under the radar. Joseph Pergola exited first when he found himself short stacked after doubling up Patrick Kubat. Eventually, he was all in against Patel and was eliminated in ninth place. Next to go was Dan Gannon, who had multiple tangles with Taylor. On his last hand, Gannon moved his short stack all in after seeing a flop against Taylor. Taylor had king-high and it was good enough to send Gannon to the rail in eighth place.
Leaving in seventh place was Jed Hoffman. Hoffman and Bohn decided to play a huge flip and Hoffman ended up on the losing end, sending him to the rail in. Going home in sixth was Patrick Kubat. Kubat doubled up Hunter Frey then ended up moving the last of his chips all in for a flip against Patel. Going in fifth was Tommy Vu. Vu found himself in a cooler spot with top two pair against Taylor's set eliminating him from the tournament.
Patel exited the tournament in fourth place. Taylor made a move all in from the big blind over Patel's open and was called quickly. Taylor was able to win the race though and scooped up another huge pot vaulting him into the chip lead. Frey came into the final three third in chips and he ended up leaving in third place. Frey shoved all in over Taylor's opening raise and was snap called by Taylor's . Taylor held up and it was off to heads up play.
Taylor started heads up play with a two-to-one advantage, and he never let off the gas pedal. He took pot after pot from Bohn, before Bohn was finally forced to call an all in shove with . Taylor was holding the and was able to spike a on the turn to secure the victory.
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