JONATHAN TAYLOR GOES FROM CIRCUIT STANDOUT TO GOLD BRACELET CHAMPION

JUNE 9, 2013 - 9:02:28 PM PST   |   Jessica Welman/Lukas M. Willems

JONATHAN TAYLOR GOES FROM CIRCUIT STANDOUT TO GOLD BRACELET CHAMPION
Prior to 2012, Jonathan Taylor's poker resume boasted a handful of small cashes and no major victories. He was a college graduate with a full-time job living a normal life, but it wasn't long before the 9-to-5 grind wore on Taylor. Eventually, he broke free from the chains of  the professional world and pursued his passion -- poker.
 
Hundreds of thousands of dollars later, it's clear he made the right choice.
 
Taylor perfected his game on the WSOP Circuit and from August of 2012 on, he amassed an impressive three victories as well as donning Casino Champion honors at Horseshoe Southern Indiana and a breakthrough win in The Lodge Casino Main Event for $138,938.

Fast forward to June 2013.
 
This summer marks Taylor's first time to a play a full schedule of events at the World Series of Poker, and, just like the Circuit, he started out hot.
 
Taylor won Event 14 Saturday night, adding $454,424 to his bankroll and a gold bracelet to his three Circuit rings. Some of the Circuit's best and brightest were on hand to congratulate their fellow grinder on his victory. If past performance is any indication of the future, don't be surprised if he adds another bracelet or two between now and August.
 
This $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event drew 1,819 players and generated a prize pool of $2,455,600. The top 198 players finished in the money, earning at least $2,774. Some of the notables who collected a payday were Dan Kelly (180th), Steve Zolotow (136th), Athanasios Polychronopoulos (112th), Nick Schulman (77th), Frank Kassela (49th), last year’s winner in this event, Brent Hanks (47th), Paul Wasicka (37th), and Erick Lindgren (19th). Chris Hunichen made a good run at a second 2013 WSOP final table, but came up short in 13th place.

The final table featured no bracelet winners, but did include several notables like noted infomercial star Tommy Vu (5th), Hiren Patel (4th), and Hunter Frey (3rd), who was making his third career WSOP final table appearance.

Here are the final table results for the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event 14:

1st: Jonathan Taylor - $454,424
2nd: Blake Bohn - $281,049
3rd: Hunter Frey - $194,315
4th: Hiren Patel - $140,143
5th: Tommy Vu - $102,449
6th: Patrick Kubat - $75,879
7th: Jed Hoffman - $56,946
8th: Dan Gannon - $43,293
9th: Joseph Pergola - $33,323

A profile and interview with our latest gold bracelet winner is available on WSOP.com.

 
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Jessica Welman – WSOP.com Managing Editor


About the author: Jessica Welman is an aspiring Hollywood mogul turned aspiring academic turned actual poker media member. A graduate of University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television with an MA in Communication and Culture from Indiana University at Bloomington, Welman first started in poker at the 2008 World Series of Poker as part of a grad school research project. That research project quickly turned into an unexpected career shift.
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Lukas Willems – WSOP.com Reporter/Contributor


About the author: Lukas Willems is a reporter and contributor for WSOP.com. He has been with the site since 2010. He graduated from UW–Green Bay cum laude with a degree in Communication and Public Relations. Upon graduation, Willems joined the WSOP.com staff full time covering WSOP Circuit events throughout the country.
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