Charles-Alexandre Sylvestre, a 30-year old Real Estate broker, of St-Bruno, Quebec wins the first large field event of this year’s WSOP. A total of 3,164 entrants in the $1,000 Re-Entry Event created a prize pool of $2,847,600. Sylvestre wins Canada’s first 2013 WSOP bracelet in Vegas and a tidy sum of $491,360 with other notables from Quebec cheering him on such as Jonathan Duhamel, Jonathan Roy, Philippe Plouffe, Miguel Proulx. It took Sylvestre just three and a half hours to play from a full nine-handed final table to a victory.
This event featured two starting sessions and, in a relatively unusual move for the WSOP, both played out on the same starting day. The opening day of this event began with Flight A at 11am, then many players opted to exercise their option for a single re-entry in the Flight B session, which began at 5pm. This event drew almost as many players as last year’s $1,000 re-entry tournament, which drew 3,404 players. The top 324 players finished in the money in this event.
This event is one of three re-entry events on this year’s WSOP schedule. The second, the Millionaire Maker, is already well underway and setting records. The third is the unlimited re-entry Little One for One Drop, which will run from July 3rd-6th.
This event, which was added to the WSOP last year, has gone to Canadians both years it has run. In 2012, the winner was Ashkan Razavi of British Columbia.
Charles-Alexandre Sylvestre has a total of $720,000 in WSOP winnings.
WSOP Interview With Charles-Alexandre Sylvestre
WSOP: How does it feel to win your first WSOP gold bracelet?
Sylvestre: It feels amazing. It’s my first WSOP final table, my first bracelet. I had two of my friends here with me cheering, including the World Champion.
WSOP: What’s more meaningful, the huge amount of money you won, or the gold bracelet.
Sylvestre: The cash for me. Half a million dollars, is very nice, that’s for sure. I don’t know what I’ll do with it yet – make some investments and play some more tournaments. The bracelet means more, but the cash is amazing, for sure.
WSOP: What did it mean for you to have Jonathan Duhamel here supporting you and what did you learn from him, if anything?
Sylvestre: The Quebec poker community is very close. We are all friends. We all tend to support each other….we had an amazing experience together two years ago. We followed (Jonathan) through the entire series.
WSOP: What can we expect for an encore?
Sylvestre: I was planning to be here just ten days, but now I think I am going to play the whole series and see what happens. Maybe I will run good and go for another gold bracelet – and then maybe a deep run in the Main Event.
Here are the final table results from Event 3, the $1,000 Re-Entry Event:
1st: Charles Sylvestre – $491,360
2nd: Seth Berger – $303,952
3rd: William Guerrero – $215,107
4th: Michael Cooper – $155,706
5th: Binh Ta – $114,017
6th: Ryan Olisar – $84,459
7th: Darren Rabinowitz – $63,273
8th: Ruben Ybarra – $47,925
9th: Ping Liu – $36,705