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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to Thursday, June 27, 2013

Event #45: Ante Only No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $915,300
  • Entries: 678
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6/28/2013 1:44:51 AM PST
 
Ben Volpe Wins Event #45 $1,500 Ante-Only No Limit Hold'em ($201,399)
 

2013 WSOP Event 45 Gold Bracelet Winner Ben Volpe

Ben Volpe has bested a starting field of 678 entrants to win Event #45 $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em, taking home $201,399 and the coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Volpe earned his third cash of this year's series as he conquered a 12-hour long final table, and an almost 100-hand heads-up battle.

The day started with everyone settling in and getting comfortable, before the short-stack Sam Panzica was the first to fall. After facing a raise from Paul Lieu, Panzica moved all in and was called, as his was behind to Lieu's . The board would bring no help to Panzica, as he was the first to hit the rail.

Daniel Johnson was the next to fall, as he moved all in with the on a flop of against Blair Hinkle's . Unfortunately for Johnson, the on the turn was not the spade he was looking for, as it gave Hinkle the full house, as he made his way to the rail in 8th place.

Eventual second place finisher Paul Lieu, had a tough time with seven remaining, as he was at the bottom of the chips counts, before two crucial hands brought him back to life. In the first, he committed the last of his chips with against Chris Moorman's on a flop of . He was able to spike the on the turn to double back up. Shortly after, he used his new earned wealth, to eliminated Adam Stone from the final table.

Stone had Lieu barely covered, and moved all in with the against Lieu's . Lieu was lucky enough to find the on the flop, as Stone was left with an ante heading into the next hand. He won that one, but lost to Blair Hinkle in the next, as we were left with six.

Shortly after, Horacio Chaves moved all in for his remaining chips with the and was called by Lieu, who had . The board was unable to assist Chaves, who finished the day collecting $33,371 for his efforts.

Chris Moorman started the day as one of the lowest chip stacks, and was able to make it to the final five, before the inform Lieu was on a mission to eliminate another player on his quest for victory, The remaining five players limped into the pot, and saw the flop come , before Moorman moved all and was called by Lieu. Moorman had the and was up against Lieu's . He wasn't able to improve with his bottom pair, as we were left with just four.

The next to go was the most coveted player at the final table, Blair Hinkle. He was hoping to win his second WSOP bracelet, after securing his first five years ago in the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event. Hinkle showed that starting with the second lowest chip stack at the beginning of the day was no problem, as he maneuvered his way to the chip lead before finally succumbing to the might of Lieu. Hinkle limped into the pot, and was met with a raise from Lieu, before he opted to moved all in, and was snap called. He tabled his , but was in bad shape against Lieu's . His fate was all but sealed, as the flop came queen high, giving Lieu a set, and he was unable to finding running cards, as his hopes of capturing a second bracelet, fell agonizingly close.

Which brings us to Louis Bonnecaze, who was also looking to add to his impressive resume, after capturing two WSOP bracelets, over 20 years ago. He put in a great effort, but had run into Ben Volpe, after both players flopped a pair. Volpe's top pair of queens led all the way against Bonnecaze's bottom pair of sixes, as he was eliminated in 3rd place.

Heads up started with Ben Volpe holding more than a 2:1 chip lead, and lasted almost 100 hands. The chips exchanged from one side of the table to the other, before Volpe had the chance to send Lieu home, much earlier then he eventually did. Lieu opened to 40,000, before being met with a raise to 140,000 in chips. He tanked for a minute, before moving all in, and was snap called. Volpe held and was in great shape against Lieu's . Everything went to plan, as the flop and turn were no help to Lieu, as he was one card from elimination. But the was able to spike on the river, sending one rail into hysterics, as another one was quickly silenced.

But Volpe didn't let the deficit affect him, as he clawed his way back, regained the lead, and 40 hand's later, sealed the victory. Lieu played extremely well, adding to his four cashes already obtained in this year's series, and winning almost more than all his previous cashes combined.

2013 WSOP Event #45 Final Table Results

Place Name Prize Money
1Ben Volpe201,399
2Paul Lieu124,352
3Louis Bonnecaze80,839
4Blair Hinkle59,375
5Chris Moorman44,227
6Horacio Chaves33,371
7Adam Stone25,472
8Danny Johnson19,660
9Samuel Panzica15,331

That concludes our coverage of Event #45. Keep your browsers locked to PokerNews.com for the rest of the World Series of Poker as we bring you all of the action, as it happens, from the 2013 WSOP.

6/28/2013 12:51:52 AM PST
 
Paul Lieu Eliminated in 2nd Place ($123,452)
 

Heads Up Paul Lieu

Hand #236

Both players limped into the pot. Lieu moved all in and Volpe mucked.

Hand #237

Both limped into the pot, as the flop came . Both checked as the fell on the turn, which was again checked. The completed the board. Volpe bet 55,000 which was good enough for pot, as Lieu mucked his hand.

Hand #238

Both players again limped into the pot, as the flop came . They quickly checked the on the turn, before both opting to check the on the river. Volpe showed for king-high, which was better than Lieu's ten-high that flew into the muck.

Hand #239

Both players limped into pot. The flop came the . Volpe bet out 35,000 which was enough to take it down.

Hand #240

Both players limped in for the final time, as the flop came . Lieu checked, as Volpe bet out 35,000. Lieu quickly moved all in and was snap called, as the cards were tabled.

Volpe:
Lieu:

Lieu was in front with the pair of aces, and was able to dodge the turn, as it came the turn, however the spiked on the river, giving Volpe the flush, as his rail erupted in cheers, swarming the main stage.

A fantastic effort for Lieu, who's second place finish see him walk away with $123,452 in prize money.

Ben Volpe3,055,0000
Paul Lieu00
6/28/2013 12:35:27 AM PST
 
Lots of Limping; Volpe Extends Lead
 

Hand #226- Paul Lieu limped in, then folded when Volpe raised.

Hand #227- Lieu gets a walk.

Hand #228- Both players limped, and the flop came down, and both players checked. Lieu fired 25,000 on the turn, and the came on the river Volpe fired out 55,000 this time, and that took down the hand.

Hand #229- Both players limped, and the flop came . Both checked, and the came on the turn, and Volpe's 50,000 bet took it down.

Hand #230- Lieu and Volpe limped, and the dealer fanned out a flop of , and Lieu took it down with a check raise to 75,000 after Volpe bet 30,000.

Hand #231- Both players limped in, and the flop was . A bet of 35,000 from Volpe got the job done.

Hand #232- Lieu limped in, and Volpe raised it up to 40,000. Lieu folded, and the pot went to Volpe.

Hand #233- Volpe gave Lieu a walk.

Hand #234- Lieu and Volpe limped in, and the flop came . Lieu check folded to a bet of 35,000.

Hand #235- Volpe limped in, and Lieu made it 35,000 to go. Volpe called, and the flop came . Volpe checked to Lieu, who fired out 50,000. Volpe check raised to 155,000, and Lieu made the call. The came on the turn, and Volpe moved all in. Lieu folded, and Volpe extended his lead.

6/28/2013 12:32:30 AM PST
 
Volpe Regains Lead
 

Hand #221

Volpe limped into the pot, before Lieu bumped it up to 50,000, which was called. The flop came down , as Volpe checked his option. Lieu bet out 70,000, and Volpe called. The fell on the turn, as Volpe again checked over to Lieu, who also checked. The completed the board, as Volpe checked. Lieu quickly reached for chips, and threw out 170,000, which was called.
Lieu tabled his for a rivered flush, winning the hand.

Hand #222

Both players limped into the pot, before the flop came down . Both players checked the on the turn as well as the on the river. Lieu tabled his for a pair of nines, which was good for the pot, after Volpe turned over his for king-high.

Hand #223

Volpe opened to 35,000 and was called, as the flop came down . Volpe placed out a continuation bet to 45,000, which was enough to take the pot.

Hand #224

Lieu limped in, as did Volpe, as the two saw the flop come . Lieu checked over to Volpe who bet 35,000, which was called. The fell on the turn, as Lieu checked. Volpe bet out 110,000, which was called, before the completed the board. Lieu checked for the final time, as Volpe thought for a moment, before finally betting out 235,000, and Lieu quickly called.
Volpe showed the for a straight, which was the winning hand against Lieu's which had made two-pair on the turn.

Hand #225

Volpe limped into the pot, before Lieu made it 60,000. He was called as both saw the flop come . Both players checked, as the fell on the turn. Another set of checks brought the on the river. Volpe bet 25,000, which was called as Volpe showed his for a pair of jacks, which was good to win hand.

Ben Volpe2,050,000600,000
Paul Lieu950,000-600,000
6/28/2013 12:14:19 AM PST
 
Volpe Check Raises the River
 

Hand #216- Paul Lieu limped in, and Ben Volpe made it 40,000 to go. Lieu folded.

Hand #217- Volpe limped in, and Lieu did the same. The flop came , and Volpe took it down with a bet of 35,000.

Hand #218- Both players limped, and the flop came . Both knuckled, and Lieu bet out 60,000 on the turn. Both checked on the river, and Volpe's was good enough to win the pot.

Hand #219- Volpe limped in, then called when Lieu raised to 50,000. The flop came , and Lieu bet 60,000. Volpe called, and the hit the turn. Both checked, and the came on the river. Volpe checked to Lieu, who bet 110,000. Volpe then tossed out a check raise to 385,000, and Lieu quickly folded his hand.

Hand #220- Lieu limped in, as did Volpe, and the flop came . Lieu check folded to a bet from Volpe.

Paul Lieu1,550,000-450,000
Ben Volpe1,450,000395,000
6/28/2013 12:11:02 AM PST
 
Lieu Extends Lead!
 

Hand #211

Volpe raised it up to 40,000, as Lieu made the call. The flop came down , as Volpe threw out a continuation bet for 45,000, which was called. The fell on the turn, as both players checked. The completed the board, as Volpe checked. Lieu bet out 60,000, which was enough to take down the pot.

Hand #212

Lieu limped into the pot, before Volpe raised to 45,000. Lieu thought for a moment, before raising to 155,000 in chips. Volpe looked down at his cards, before releasing his hand.

Hand #213

Volpe limped into the pot, before Lieu made it 55,000. Volpe snap folded, giving Lieu his third in a row.

Hand #214

Lieu limped into the pot, as did Volpe, as the two saw the fop come . Both checked to see the fall on the turn. Lieu checked, as Volpe made it 25,000, which was called. The completed the board, as Lieu checked once more, before Volpe bet out 80,000, which was enough to take down the pot.

Hand #215

Lieu received a walk.

Paul Lieu2,000,000305,000
Ben Volpe1,055,000-305,000
6/28/2013 12:01:36 AM PST
 
Back At It
 

The players are in their seats again, and the cards are in the air.

6/28/2013 12:01:04 AM PST
 
Level 27 started
 
Level: 27 Blinds: 0/0 Ante: 60000
6/27/2013 11:40:45 PM PST
 
Break Time
 

The two remaining players are heading off for a 20-minute break.

6/27/2013 11:40:41 PM PST
 
Volpe Coming Back
 

Hand #205- Paul Lieu gets a walk.

Hand #206- Lieu called, as did Ben Volpe, and both players checked a flop. The came on the turn, and Volpe fired out 25,000. Lieu called, and both players checked the on the river. It ended up being a split pot, as both players had a four in their hands.

Hand #207- Volpe made it 35,000 to go, and Lieu called from the button. The flop came down , and Volpe fired out 45,000. Lieu called, and the hit the turn. Volpe checked to Lieu, who fired out 75,000. Volpe made the call, and the river brought the . Both players checked, and Volpe showed , giving Volpe another pot.

Hand #208- Lieu limped in, as did Volpe, and the flop came down , and Volpe won the pot with a bet to 35,000.

Hand #209- Lieu gets a walk.

Hand #210- Lieu limped in, and Volpe raised to 35,000, taking the pot.

6/27/2013 11:37:08 PM PST
 
Final Table Reaches a Double Century of Hands!
 

Hand #200

Lieu limped into the pot, before Volpe raised it up to 35,000, which was called. The flop came down , as Lieu checked to Volpe, who bet out 45,000. Lieu looked down at his cards, before opting to fold.

Hand #201

Lieu received a rare walk.

Hand #202

Lieu limped into the pot, as Volpe made the call, to see the flop come . Lieu checked to Volpe who bet 30,000, which forced a fold from his opponent.

Hand #203

Volpe opened to 35,000, as Lieu made the call. The flop came down , which saw Volpe continue for 45,000, which was called. The fell on the turn, as Volpe checked over to Lieu, who bet out 50,000. Volpe made the call, as the completed the board. Both players chose to check on the river, before Volpe showed his which split the pot against Lieu's .

Hand #204

Both players limped into the pot, and watch as the flop came . A check from Lieu, saw Volpe bet out 30,000, before he was met with an instant raise to 65,000. Volpe made the call as the fell on the turn. Lieu checked again, as Volpe bet out 85,000, which was enough to take down the pot.

6/27/2013 11:27:11 PM PST
 
Volpe Takes Down a Good One
 

Hand #195- Ben Volpe made it 35,000 to go, and Paul Lieu folded.

Hand #196- Lieu limped in, and Volpe made it 40,000 to go. Lieu folded, and Volpe won the hand.

Hand #197- Volpe raised to 35,000, and Lieu made the call. The flop came down , and Volpe fired out 45,000. Lieu folded, and Volpe took down the pot.

Hand #198- Lieu limped in, and Volpe did the same. The flop came down , and both players checked. The came on the turn, and both knuckled again. on the river, and Lieu won with king high.

Hand #199- Volpe limped in, and Lieu raised to 40,000. Volpe called, and the flop ran down , and both players checked. The came on the turn, and Volpe bet out 55,000. Lieu called, and the river was the . Volpe fired out 75,000, and Lieu tanked for over two minutes before he called, and Volpe showed for top pair. Lieu folded, and Volpe got some much needed chips back.

6/27/2013 11:25:15 PM PST
 
Lieu Wins Majority of Hands
 

Hand #190

Lieu limped in, as did Volpe, before the flop came down . Both players checked to see the come on the turn. Lieu checked, as Volpe bet out 25,000, which was called, as the completed the board. Both players checked on the river, as Lieu tabled his to win the hand.

Hand #191

Volpe opened to 35,000 and was called, as the flop came down . Volpe threw out a continuation bet of 35,000 and was called, as the fell on the turn. Both players checked as the completed the board. Both checked, as Volpe had showed ace-high, before Lieu ended up taking down the pot with a pair of deuces.

Hand #192

Both players limped into the pot, as the flop came . Both players checked to see the fall on the turn. There, Lieu bet out 30,000 and received a snap fold, taking down the pot.

Hand #193

Volpe mucked, relinquishing the pot to Lieu.

Hand #194

Lieu opened to 40,000, as Volpe made the call, to see the flop come . Both checked the on turn, as Lieu checked to see Volpe bet out 35,000, which was called. The came on river as both players opted to check. Lieu showed the before Volpe tabled his for a better pair, as he took down the pot.

6/27/2013 11:14:24 PM PST
 
Lieu Spikes Two Outer To Double
 

Hand #189- Paul Lieu made it 40,000 to go on the button, and Ben Volpe reraised to 140,000. It was back to Lieu, and he tanked for a couple of minutes, all the while shuffling raising chips, before annoucing all in. Volpe snap called.

Lieu:
Volpe:

Volpe was well out in front, and the flop came down , keeping Volpe in the lead. The came on the turn, and it looked like Volpe was going to win the bracelet. That is until....

River:

Lieu's rail erupted, and one fan jumped the guard rail to lift Lieu up on his shouldars, while Volpe and his crew were left absolutely stunned with no words. The chips were counted down, and Volpe was left with 700,000, while Lieu jumped up to 2.3 million.

Paul Lieu2,300,000790,000
Ben Volpe700,000-840,000
6/27/2013 11:08:50 PM PST
 
Volpe Almost Wins Them All
 

Hand #184

Lieu limped in, before Volpe raised to 35,000, which was enough to take down the pot.

Hand #185

Volpe limped into the pot, as did Lieu, before both saw the flop come . Volpe bet out for 35,000, as Lieu's cards flew into the muck.

Hand #186

Lieu limped in, as Volpe bumped it up to 35,000, which was too much for Lieu to call.

Hand #187

Volpe opened for 35,000, as Lieu paused for a moment, before raising to 125,000. Volpe quickly mucked, as Lieu enjoyed taking down a pot.

Hand #188

Lieu limped into the pot, as did Volpe. The flop came down as Lieu checked, before Volpe threw in 25,000, which earned him the pot.

6/27/2013 11:01:58 PM PST
 
More Back-and-Forth
 

Hand #179- Paul Lieu raised to 40,000, and he took down the antes.

Hand #180- Lieu limped in, and Volpe made it 35,000 to go. Lieu then reraised to 120,000, and Volpe called. The flop came down , and both players checked. The came on the turn, and Lieu checked again. This time, Volpe fired out 130,000, and Lieu tanked for about a minute before folding.

Hand #181- Volpe made it 35,000 to go, and he took down the pot.

Hand #182- Both players limped, and the flop came down , and Lieu check called a bet of 25,000. THe hit the turn, and both players checked. The river was the , and after both players checked, Lieu showed for two pair. Volpe mucked, and Lieu won the pot.

Hand #183- Lieu made it 40,000 to go, and Volpe made the call. The flop came down , and Volpe checked to Lieu, who also checked. The came on the turn, and Volpe fired out 70,000 this time. Lieu called, and the river was the . Volpe bet out again, this time for 115,000, and Lieu folded, giving the pot to Volpe.

6/27/2013 10:55:42 PM PST
 
Lieu Wins Big Pot to Even Out the Stacks
 

Hand #174

Lieu limped in, as did Volpe, and both players saw the flop come down . Lieu checked, as Volpe threw in 35,000, which was enough to take down the pot.

Hand #175

Volpe opened for 35,000, which saw Lieu muck his cards instantly.

Hand #176

Both players limped in, as the flop came down . Lieu checked, as Volpe threw in 30,000, which was called. The turn came the , and Lieu checked again, as Volpe bet out 80,000. Lieu called, and the completed the board. Lieu checked for the last time, as Volpe thought about his decision, before betting out 155,000, sending Lieu into the tank. He made the call, as Volpe tabled for jacks-full, but it was no good, as Lieu showed his for a better full house.

Hand #177

Volpe limped in, before Lieu raised it up, forcing a fold from Volpe.

Hand #178

Lieu limped into the hand, before Volpe raised it up to 35,000, which was good for the pot.

6/27/2013 10:46:37 PM PST
 
Lieu Fighting Back
 

Hand #169- Ben Volpe raised to 30,000, and Paul Lieu made the call. The flop came down , and Volpe c-bet to 40,000. Lieu raised it up to 105,000, and Volpe called. Both players checked the on the turn, and the river was the . Volpe checked again, and Lieu bet out 85,000. Volpe folded, and Lieu took down the pot.

Hand #170- Volpe raised to 35,000, and Lieu folded.

Hand #171- Volpe called, and Lieu raised it up to 35,000. Volpe called, and the flop came down , and both players checked. The came on the turn, and Lieu fired out 35,000. Volpe called, and the came on the river, and Lieu's was good enough to take down the pot.

Hand #172- Lieu called, and Volpe made it 35,000 to go. Lieu called, and the dealer fanned out a flop of . Lieu checked to Volpe, who bet out 40,000. Lieu folded, and Volpe took in the chips.

Hand #173- Volpe took down the pot with a raise preflop.

6/27/2013 10:40:01 PM PST
 
Level 26 started
 
Level: 26 Blinds: 0/0 Ante: 40000
6/27/2013 10:39:09 PM PST
 
Cautious Play!
 

Hand #164

Lieu limped in, before Volpe raised it up to 35,000 in chips. The bet was too much for Lieu, who folded his hand.

Hand #165

Volpe limped in, as did Lieu, before the flop came down . Volpe threw out a bet of 25,000, which was called, as the fell on the turn. Both players opted to check, and did so again, when the fell on the river. Lieu showed his for a pair of tens, but it wasn't enough, as Volpe tabled his to take down the pot with top pair.

Hand #166

Lieu limped in, before Volpe bumped it up to 35,000. The bet was enough to take it down.

Hand #167

Volpe limped in, as did Lieu, before the flop came down . Volpe made it 30,000 and was called as the fell on the turn. Volpe checked his option, but mucked after Lieu bet out 80,000 in chips.

Hand #168

Both players limped into the pot, before the board came down . Both players then checked, as the appeared on the turn. Lieu checked as Volpe bet out 15,000, which was enough to take down the pot.

6/27/2013 10:31:40 PM PST
 
More Small Ball
 

Hand #159- Ben Volpe made it 30,000 to go, and Paul Lieu folded.

Hand #160- Volpe got a walk.

Hand #161- Both players limped, and the flop came down . They both checked, and the hit the turn. Both checked again, and the . Lieu made it 35,000 to go, and Volpe folded.

Hand #162- Volpe raised it up to 35,000, and Lieu called to see a flop of come down. Both players checked, and the hit the turn. Lieu started to bet, and Volpe folded before he could put any chips out.

Hand #163- Volpe limped, then raised when Lieu raised it up.

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