Gathy wins second bracelet in turbo

Debut of turbo structure at WSOP attracts field of 1,629

Updated: June 21, 2013, 2:37 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The rise of online poker and its fast-moving gameplay influenced the evolution of live tournament structures around the world. Short-handed events and heads-up tournaments have thrived over the past decade, with the World Series of Poker adjusting the schedule to include them as part of their yearly festival. Up until this year, one type of event had only been found elsewhere, but earlier this week the "turbo" event made its WSOP debut and offered a new structure that attracted the masses.

On Wednesday, 1,629 players spent the $1,000 buy-in to participate in a tournament that encouraged aggression and all-ins. There wasn't much patience around the Rio that day as the first four levels were played in 30-minute intervals and levels 5-17 going 40 minutes long. Only 35 players survived the first day and Belgian Michael Gathy rose above the rest on Day 2 to earn his second WSOP bracelet and $278,613. Gathy won Event 21 last year by defeating a field of 2,799.

[+] EnlargeMichael Gathy
WSOP.com For the second time in the two years, Michael Gathy poses behind a stack of chips with a new WSOP bracelet.

Daniel Bishop entered the final table with the chip lead ahead of three previous bracelet winners: Gathy, Jake Cody and Jason Duval. With the rails screaming loudly, Cody knocked out Crane (J-J over 8-8), but Cody's success stopped there as Gathy quickly became his worst nightmare. Gathy won two key races against the British triple crown winner with 10-10 (over A-K and A-J) and eliminated him in seventh to deny the pro his second WSOP title. These two key hands sparked Gathy's night and, from that point on, he truly coasted.

Looking to become the leader in the Player of the Year race with a second win this summer, Duval was knocked out by Benjamin Reason in sixth. The one-time chip leader Bishop couldn't fade a draw against Yueqi Zhu (A-9 over K-2) and was eliminated shortly after in fifth.

Gathy took out Sergey Rybachenko next (A-J over Q-10), then Zhu (K-5 over 10-9) and finally Reason after only 23 hands of heads-up play. From five players on, the final table truly appeared to be a clinic on how to play aggressively with a lead.

Gathy, 24, and Davidi Kitai are the only multiple bracelet winners in Belgian history. Both players won their second bracelets in 2013.

Notable finishers include Jennifer Tilly (13th), Simon Charette (18th), Aaron Massey (23rd) and Jim Collopy (48th) .

Below are the complete results of Event 34 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 34: Turbo no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,000
Entries: 1,629
Prize pool: $1,466,100
Players in the money: 171

1. Michael Gathy ($278,613)
2. Benjamin Reason ($172,252)
3. Yueqi Zhu ($113,358)
4. Sergey Rybachenko ($81,720)
5. Daniel Bishop ($59,816)
6. Jason Duval ($44,422)
7. Jake Cody ($33,456)
8. Noah Vaillancourt ($25,539)
9. Russell Crane ($19,748)
10. Victor Figueroa ($15,525)
11. Marc Macdonnell ($15,525)
12. Tom Alner ($15,525)
13. Jennifer Tilly ($12,373)
14. Aaron Dolgin ($12,373)
15. Sarah Tolagson ($12,373)
16. Joseph Tosaky ($9,984)
17. Samuel Greenwood ($9,984)
18. Simon Charette ($9,984)
19. Mikk Matiisen ($8,151)
20. Joe Ford ($8,151)
21. Alexandru Masek ($8,151)
22. Norbert Szecsi ($8,151)
23. Aaron Massey ($8,151)
24. Russ Krueger ($8,151)
25. Gianluca Escobar ($8,151)
26. Robert Bossert ($8,151)
27. Danny Tran ($8,151)
28. Todd Brenn ($6,729)
29. Philip Tzeng ($6,729)
30. Calogero Maltese ($6,729)
31. Jesse Johnston ($6,729)
32. Ognjen Sekularac ($6,729)
33. Jamie Rosen ($6,729)
34. Gordon Vayo ($6,729)
35. Peter Vitantonio ($6,729)
36. Steve Weiss ($6,729)
37. Brian Kennedy ($5,629)
38. Andrew Bulliard ($5,629)
39. Kevin Bortfeld ($5,629)
40. Vasil Medarov ($5,629)
41. Anthony Miller ($5,629)
42. Matthew Elsarelli ($5,629)
43. Rudolf Zintel ($5,629)
44. Keith Block ($5,629)
45. Matt Brady ($5,629)
46. Brian Pingel ($4,779)
47. Andrew Batkin ($4,779)
48. Jim Collopy ($4,779)
49. Gustavo Goto ($4,779)
50. Devvrat Himatsingka ($4,779)
51. Zoltan Purak ($4,779)
52. Goran Filipovic ($4,779)
53. Emil Patel ($4,779)
54. Jared Hemingway ($4,779)
55. Todd Bartlett ($4,105)
56. Benoit Jean ($4,105)
57. Daniel Makowsky ($4,105)
58. Joel Calcagno ($4,105)
59. Jason Lotridge ($4,105)
60. Syed Shah ($4,105)
61. Matthew Schulte ($4,105)
62. Kirk Jaspert ($4,105)
63. Glenn Traylor ($4,105)
64. Gregg Brandel ($3,577)
65. Jeffrey Rogers ($3,577)
66. Dimitar Danchev ($3,577)
67. Eduard Scharf ($3,577)
68. Timothy Sullivan ($3,577)
69. Gregory Fondacaro ($3,577)
70. Tim West ($3,577)
71. Mimi Roeder ($3,577)
72. Justin Oliver ($3,577)
73. Jayakrishnan Nair ($3,152)
74. Vanessa Feliciano ($3,152)
75. Branndon King ($3,152)
76. Kyle Julius ($3,152)
77. Iqbal Ahmed ($3,152)
78. Petr Zhmutskiy ($3,152)
79. John Gaudreault ($3,152)
80. Neal Friets ($3,152)
81. Ajay Gnanasambanthan ($3,152)
82. Jeremy Burleson ($2,800)
83. Stephen Kats ($2,800)
84. Ben Warrington ($2,800)
85. William Toh ($2,800)
86. Jesse Martin ($2,800)
87. Daniel Houlbrook ($2,800)
88. Jeremy Crawley ($2,800)
89. Dylan Wilkerson ($2,800)
90. Ronnie Bardah ($2,800)
91. DJ Mackinnon ($2,536)
92. Robert Engel ($2,536)
93. Melanie Weisner ($2,536)
94. Aaron Orourke ($2,536)
95. Shannon Shorr ($2,536)
96. Toby Lewis ($2,536)
97. Paul Schattauer ($2,536)
98. Eric Crain ($2,536)
99. Huy Nguyen ($2,536)
100. Marc-Andre Ladouceur ($2,287)
101. Christoph Lovett ($2,287)
102. Mark Fitzpatrick ($2,287)
103. Paul Dlugozima ($2,287)
104. Wajih Francis ($2,287)
105. Roberto Salvadori ($2,287)
106. James Lee ($2,287)
107. Charles Champlin ($2,287)
108. Osman Soubra ($2,287)
109. Denis Gnidash ($2,287)
110. Gary Tang ($2,287)
111. Jon Ries ($2,287)
112. Connie Kim ($2,287)
113. Keith Ferrera ($2,287)
114. Richard Tsai ($2,287)
115. Jay Glass ($2,287)
116. John Densing ($2,287)
117. Brasileiro Ogawa ($2,287)
118. Jeremiah Vinsant ($2,111)
119. Paul Goosby ($2,111)
120. Andrey Lobzhanidze ($2,111)
121. Patrick Mahoney ($2,111)
122. Patrick Karschamroon ($2,111)
123. Adan Hernandez ($2,111)
124. Stewart Yancik ($2,111)
125. Dimitry Amiryan ($2,111)
126. Beth Shak ($2,111)
127. Matthew Menes ($2,111)
128. Trevor Reardon ($2,111)
129. Peter Lockwood ($2,111)
130. Owen Crowe ($2,111)
131. Joshua Jimmerson ($2,111)
132. David Peters ($2,111)
133. John Eames ($2,111)
134. Jennifer Shahade ($2,111)
135. Gionni Demers ($2,111)
136. Daniel Corona ($2,111)
137. Jason Deutsch ($2,111)
138. Cameron Jewett ($2,111)
139. Antonio Esfandiari ($2,111)
140. Joseph Ohara ($2,111)
141. Oleg Shkapenko ($2,111)
142. Dominic Rossookh ($2,111)
143. David Wilhoit ($2,111)
144. Michael Katz ($2,111)
145. Stephane Bisson ($1,935)
146. Matthew Kipper ($1,935)
147. Eric Ihli ($1,935)
148. Jackson White ($1,935)
149. Stephen Cheski ($1,935)
150. John Episcopio ($1,935)
151. James Lee ($1,935)
152. Brandon Shane ($1,935)
153. Robert Lee ($1,935)
154. John Baker ($1,935)
155. Richard Capovilla ($1,935)
156. Jakub Oliva ($1,935)
157. Mitchell Foss ($1,935)
158. Zachary Donovan ($1,935)
159. Jarred Oliver ($1,935)
160. John Abbott-Brown ($1,935)
161. Gregorius Boer ($1,935)
162. Andrew Peragallo ($1,935)
163. Oleksii Kovalchuk ($1,935)
164. Stephen Kim ($1,935)
165. Colin Moffatt ($1,935)
166. Mike Ellis ($1,935)
167. Drask Boskovic ($1,935)
168. Masayuki Nagata ($1,935)
169. Frank Schuler ($1,935)
170. Thomas Lutz ($1,935)
171. David Bakos ($1,935)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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