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2013 44th Annual World Series of PokerThe Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 to Friday, June 7, 2013

Event #13: Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $987,000
  • Entries: 210
  • Remaining: 0
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6/8/2013 3:13:17 AM PST
 
Mike Matusow Wins 4th WSOP Bracelet & $266,503 First-Place Prize in Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low
 

Mike “The Mouth” Matusow

After three days of intense play, the 2013 World Series of Poker Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better has come to an end. What started with 210 players on Wednesday ended in the early morning hours of Saturday with Mike "The Mouth" Matusow emerging victorious over a stacked final table to win his fourth gold bracelet and the accompanying $266,503 first-place prize.

Matusow, who won the NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $750,000 back in January, had an up-and-down day on his way to victory, which included beating Matthew Ashton in an concentrated heads-up battle.

Ashton, who finished third in Event #5 $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better for $86,437 less than a week ago, just missed out on another bracelet, but he had $164,700 in prize money to serve as consolation.

PlacePlayerPrize
1stMike Matusow$266,503
2ndMatthew Ashton$164,700
3rdMike Leah$108,412
4thDavid "Bakes" Baker$79,078
5thYuval Bronshtein$58,835
6thTony Cousineau$44,543
7thGavin Smith$34,268
8thVladimir Shchemelev$26,757

The third and final day saw the final 20 players return to battle down to a winner, and it didn't take long for the eliminations to mount. Within minutes of the day's start, Russia's Ognjen Sekularac departed in 20th place, and he was soon followed out the door by Will Thompson (19th - $9,583), Timothy Finne (18th - $9,583), Joe Tehan (17th - $9,583), Brian Hastings (16th - $11,528) and Eli Elezra (15th - $11,528), who were actually eliminated on the same hand. Ryan Miller also joined them on the rail in 14th place for $13,877, and that was all before the first break of the day! Ryan Miller also joined them on the rail in 14th place for $13,877, and that was all before the first break of the day!

Over the course of the next two levels, "Crazy" Marco Johnson (13th - $13,877), Richard Chiovari (12th - $17,025), Jose-Luis Velador (11th - $17,025) and Eric Rodawig (10th - $21,190).

In 2011, Rodawig won his first gold bracelet and $442,183 in this very event by defeating Phil Hellmuth in heads-up play. Despite not defending his title in 2012 due to a friend's wedding, Rodawig was intent on winning it for the second time in three years. Unfortunately that dream came to an end in Level 22 (12,000/24,000/3,000). Here's a look at his last hand:

Eric Rodawig: / /
Mike Leah: / /

Mike Leah completed showing the and Rodawig raised. Leah made the call and then bet when he paired that seven on fourth. Rodawig called off his last 17,000 and showed , which gave him a good shot at a low. Leah showed the . After the board ran out, Leah received the on seventh to make an eight-seven low to go with his pair of sevens, but it wasn't needed as Rodawig somehow missed everything and ended with king high after receiving the on seventh. Rodawig exited in tenth place for $21,190.

After Tuan Vo was eliminated in ninth place, the official final table was set with Yuval Bronshtein leading the way and Vladimir Shchemelev on the short stack. Not surprisingly, the Russian didn't last long, just four hands at the final table in fact. Twelve hands later, one of the fan favorites in Gavin Smith followed him out the door in seventh place.

Sixth-place "honors" went to none other than Tony Cousineau, who fell on Hand #61. Cousineau was down to just 2,000 in the first level of the day, which was barely enough to pay the antes, but managed to make a nice comeback. Nonetheless, he was surely disappointed to finish in sixth and add to his streak of most WSOP cashes, now at 55, without a WSOP bracelet.

Surprisingly, Bronshtein joined him on the rail two hands later and extended his own cashes without a bracelet to 22.

Four-handed play was an extended affair, 79 hands to be exact, but eventually two-time bracelet winner David "Bakes" Baker was eliminated. That brought about three-handed play, which lasted for two hours before Leah ducked out in third.

Heads-up play began with Matthew Ashton, who was celebrating his birthday, holding a 2-1 lead over Matusow, but "The Mouth" was soon able to even up the stacks. Before long he took the lead and there was no looking back.

Congratulations to Mike "The Mouth" Matusow on winning his forth gold bracelet! That does it for our coverage from Event #13: $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better, but there are still plenty of events to follow throughout the summer. See you then!

6/8/2013 3:08:37 AM PST
 
Matthew Ashton Eliminated in 2nd Place ($164,700)
 

Matthew Ashton - 2nd Place

Matthew Ashton: / /
Mike Matusow: / /

Hand #289: Matthew Ashton brought it in with the and then called when Mike Matusow completed with the . Matusow kept the pressure on with a bet on fourth street, Ashton raised and Matusow reraised. Ashton called off with a pair of deuces and was looking to overcome Matusow's pair of nines.

One by one the cards were given to each player, and neither improved until seventh. Matusow caught a king to improve to two pair, and while Ashton caught an eight to also improve to two pair, it wasn't enough to overcome "The Mouth's" kings and nines.

Mike Matusow3,150,000225,000
Matthew Ashton0-225,000
6/8/2013 2:51:38 AM PST
 
Victory Knocking for Matusow
 

Mike Matusow: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /

Hand #274: Mike Matusow brought it in with the and then raised when Matthew Ashton completed with the . Ashton check-called a bet on fourth before both players checked fifth. Matusow checked sixth and then raised when Ashton put out a bet. Ashton made the call and then called one final bet on seventh.

"Flush and six low," an excited Matusow said while tabling the . Ashton took one last look at his own cards and then sent them to the muck while Matusow stood from the table and raised his arms in celebration.

Mike Matusow2,925,000625,000
Matthew Ashton225,000-625,000
6/8/2013 2:40:15 AM PST
 
Matusow Within Striking Distance of Bracelet No. 4
 

Matthew Ashton: / /
Mike Matusow: / /

Hand #263: Matthew Ashton brought it in with the and then called when Mike Matusow completed with the . Ashton proceeded to call bets on the next three streets before both players checked on seventh. Matusow tabled the for a pair of kings, and it was good as Ashton sent his cards to the muck unseen.

Mike Matusow2,300,000450,000
Matthew Ashton850,000-450,000
6/8/2013 2:33:05 AM PST
 
Matusow Takes the Lead
 

Mike Matusow: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /

Hand #249: Mike Matusow brought it in with the up and then raised when Matthew Ashton completed with the . Ashton called and then check-called a bet on fourth.

When Ashton paired his ace on fifth, he led out and it was Matusow's turn to call. The came action occurred on sixth street and then both players checked seventh.

Matusow tabled the for ten and sixes, and Ashton simply mucked.

"I caught the ten on the end," Matusow said with a smile on his face.

Mike Matusow1,850,000350,000
Matthew Ashton1,300,000-350,000
6/8/2013 2:23:59 AM PST
 
Matusow Evens Up the Stacks
 

Mike Matusow: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /

Hand #244: Mike Matusow brought it in with the up and then raised when Matthew Ashton completed. Ashton called and then check-called bets on every street.

Matusow tabled the for a straight and a low, which was good enough to scoop the robust pot.

Matthew Ashton1,650,000-700,000
Mike Matusow1,500,000700,000
6/8/2013 2:20:22 AM PST
 
Mike Leah Eliminated in 3rd Place ($108,412)
 

Mike Leah - 3rd Place

Mike Matusow: / /
Mike Leah: / /

Hand #240: Mike Matusow brought it in with the showing and raised when Mike Leah completed. Leah called off the remainder of his stack and the cards were tabled. Fourth gave Leah a big lead for the high, but running fours on fourth, fifth and sixth streets gave Matusow trips.

Leah seemed to know his days were numbers and was gathering his things even before seventh street was dealt. Matusow showed that he didn't improve, which meant Leah could stay alive with an ace on seventh. He wasted little time in grabbing the card and turning over the , the last card he will see in Event #13 $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low Eight-or-Better.

Matthew Ashton2,350,000250,000
Mike Matusow800,00025,000
Mike Leah0-370,000
6/8/2013 2:13:01 AM PST
 
One for "The Mouth"
 

Mike Matusow: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /

Hand #237: Mike Matusow brought it in and then called when Matthew Ashton completed. From there, Ashton check-called a bet on fourth before both players checked fifth. Ashton checked for a third time on sixth and folded when Matusow bet.

Matthew Ashton2,100,000-390,000
Mike Matusow775,000285,000
6/8/2013 2:09:42 AM PST
 
Ashton Pulling Away
 

Mike Matusow: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /

Hand #235: Mike Matusow brought it in with the and then raised when Matthew Ashton completed. The Brit made the call and then bet when Matusow checked fourth. "The Mouth" called, both players checked fifth and then Ashton bet sixth. Matusow called and the action repeated itself on seventh.

Ashton tabled the for aces up and the win.

Matthew Ashton2,490,000520,000
Mike Matusow490,000-380,000
6/8/2013 2:05:05 AM PST
 
One More Level
 

The remaining three players all wanted to play one more level, and after pleading their case to the tournament officials, they were granted that request.

6/8/2013 2:03:50 AM PST
 
Leah Doubles
 

Matthew Ashton: / /
Mike Leah: / /

Hand #225: Matthew Ashton brought it in and then raised when Mike Leah completed. Leah made the call and then bet fourth. Ashton raise, Leah called off and the rest of the streets were run out. Leah didn't make much but his ace high and seven-four low was enough to scoop the pot and give him a double.

Matthew Ashton1,970,000-180,000
Mike Leah370,000180,000
6/8/2013 1:57:27 AM PST
 
Ashton Pulls Out to a Nice Lead
 

Mike Matusow: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /

Hand #224: Mike Matusow brought it in and then called when Matthew Ashton completed. Matusow check-called bets on fourth and fifth before both player checked sixth. Matusow led out with a bet on seventh and then called when Ashton raised.

Ashton tabled the for a flush and it was good as "The Mouth" sent his hand to the muck.

Matthew Ashton2,150,000500,000
Mike Matusow870,000-245,000
6/8/2013 1:53:19 AM PST
 
Aces Up for Ashton
 

Mike Leah: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /

Hand #223: After Mike Matusow brought it in, Mike Leah completed and Matthew Ashton called. Matusow got out of the way and Leah proceeded to call bets from Ashton on every street.

Leah:
Ashton:

Leah had queens up, but they were no good as Ashton had aces up to scoop the pot.

Matthew Ashton1,650,000240,000
Mike Leah190,000-450,000
6/8/2013 1:42:25 AM PST
 
Leah Slipping
 

Matthew Ashton: / /
Mike Leah: / /

Hand #216: Matthew Ashton brought it in and then called when Mike Leah completed. Both players checked fourth and then Leah check-called a bet on fifth.

Leah also check-called a bet on sixth before check-folding on seventh, but not before flashing the .

Matthew Ashton1,410,000360,000
Mike Leah640,000-315,000
6/8/2013 1:40:08 AM PST
 
Matusow Raises Seventh
 

Mike Matusow: /
Mike Leah: /

Hand #214: Mike Matusow brought it in and Mike Leah just called. Matusow then check-called a bet on fourth street before both players checked fifth. On seventh, Leah bet but then folded to a raise from Matusow

Mike Matusow1,115,000340,000
Mike Leah955,000-345,000
6/8/2013 1:34:14 AM PST
 
Chop Suey
 

There haven't been any pots of significance in the last ten minutes. Anything that gets to seventh, and there haven't been many, have resulted in chops.

If we maintain three players from another 26 minute, play will be halted for the night. If we get to heads-up play, the two player will have the option of playing one extra level before they are forced to bag and tag.

6/8/2013 1:20:21 AM PST
 
Updated Counts
 

Thanks to winning four fairly small hands in a row (Hands #202-205), Matthew Ashton has brought his tack up over one million.

Mike Leah1,300,000-300,000
Matthew Ashton1,050,000300,000
Mike Matusow775,000-75,000
6/8/2013 1:18:01 AM PST
 
The Mouth Spews a Bit More
 

Mike Matusow: / /
Mike Leah: / /

Hand #198: Mike Matusow brought it in with the and then called when Mike Leah completed. Leah proceeded to check-call a bet on fourth before both players checked fifth. Leah check-called bets on sixth and seventh and showed for two pair. Matusow had another look at his cards and then sent them to the muck.

Mike Leah1,600,000250,000
Mike Matusow850,000-250,000
6/8/2013 1:09:20 AM PST
 
The Mouth Spews a Bit
 

Mike Matusow: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /

Hand #191: Mike Matusow brought it in and then called when Matthew Ashton completed. Ashton then check-called a bet on fourth before betting fifth. Matusow called, as he did on sixth, and then both players checked seventh street.

Ashton tabled the for tens and nines, and it was good enough to win the pot as Matusow sent his cards to the muck.

Mike Matusow1,100,000-390,000
Matthew Ashton750,000335,000
6/8/2013 1:05:08 AM PST
 
Leah Knocks Ashton Back Down
 

Matthew Ashton: / /
Mike Leah: / /

Hand #188: Matthew Ashton brought it in and called when Mike Leah completed. The latter ended up calling bets from the former on both fourth and fifth streets before pairing his jack on sixth. Leah checked nonetheless, Ashton did the same, and then that action repeated on seventh.

Leah tabled the for the pair of jacks, and it was good as Ashton mucked his hand.

Mike Leah1,350,000425,000
Matthew Ashton415,000-265,000
6/8/2013 1:01:16 AM PST
 
Ashton Gets Some Back
 

Mike Leah: / /
Matthew Ashton: / /
Mike Matusow: / Fold

Hand #183: Mike Leah brought it in and Matthew Ashton completed. Mike Matusow called, as did Leah, and then all three players checked fourth street.

Matusow checked his paid of fours on fifth, Leah bet and Ashton called. Matusow got out of the way and then Leah check-called a bet on sixth. Leah checked for a second time on seventh and then mucked when Ashton put out a bet.

Mike Leah925,000-285,000
Matthew Ashton680,000250,000
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