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Dana Castaneda wins $454,207

The Canadian poker contingent was ready. Staring at a heads-up matchup between their Jason Bigelow and Dana Castaneda, they were ready to celebrate a record-extending 11th bracelet this Series, but in Event 54, they would leave the Rio settling for second-place as Castaneda, a 31-year-old waitress and municipal worker from Bullhead City, Arizona, played a fantastic final table to win her first bracelet and become the first female open-event champion of the 2013 World Series of Poker. She earned $454,207 for her victory over the field of 2,883, not a bad return on a $1,000 buy-in.

"It's amazing," she said. "I can't believe I won this. It's for my grandmother."

Her grandmother had passed away only days before her victory and during her last visit, Castaneda told her grandmother that she was going to Vegas to win at the WSOP.

"My grandmother was 94-years-old," she said. "She came to visit me in California one time … We went to the casino and bought into a $2/$4 game together. I sat her down. She hit a straight flush. She didn't know what was going on. It was great. She won the high hand of the hour and got a jacket. So, that was our thing. Poker was our thing."

Castaneda entered the final table as the short stack but managed an incredible run that allowed her to run over her competition in only 115 hands. She won the key races, had the best hands hold and used timely aggression to wear down the field. She entered heads-up play against Bigelow with a 5:1 chip lead and never let him really gain much ground. On the final hand, Bigelow moved all-in postflop with a flush draw and failed to hit. He earned $281,991 for second place, his best career finish and pay day at the WSOP.

This was Castaneda's second cash of the 2013 WSOP and a win she, nor the poker world, will ever forget.

"It's truly amazing," Castaneda said. "I love [my grandmother]. I just wish she could have been here to see it. This win is 100 percent for her."

Other notable finishers include Jacob Bazeley (seventh), Gabriel Nassif (23rd) and Matt Salsberg (31st).

Below are the complete results of Event 54 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 54: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,000
Entries: 2,883
Prize pool: $2,594,700
Players in the money: 296

1. Dana Castaneda ($454,207)
2. Jason Bigelow ($281,991)
3. Mattias Bednarek ($198,883)
4. Michael Zucchet ($143,642)
5. Philippe Clerc ($105,007)
6. Barry Hutter ($77,685)
7. Jacob Bazeley ($58,147)
8. Joseph Wertz ($44,032)
9. Kenneth Gregersen ($33,731)
10. Nicco Maag ($26,128)
11. Molissa Farber ($26,128)
12. Rupesh Pattni ($26,128)
13. Thomas Hall ($20,472)
14. Orjan Skommo ($20,472)
15. Monte Hoover ($20,472)
16. Kelly Slay ($16,216)
17. Andre Sochovsky ($16,216)
18. Emile Petit ($16,216)
19. Marcus Mack ($12,999)
20. Michael Katz ($12,999)
21. Christopher Kozlowski ($12,999)
22. Lee Downing ($12,999)
23. Gabriel Nassif ($12,999)
24. Louis Salter ($12,999)
25. Aaron Mermelstein ($12,999)
26. Yann Cohen ($12,999)
27. Norman Smyth ($12,999)
28. Matthew Weber ($10,534)
29. Jonathan Therme ($10,534)
30. Rocco Palumbo ($10,534)
31. Matt Salsberg ($10,534)
32. Douglas Crook ($10,534)
33. Jeffrey Bartlett ($10,534)
34. Darren Grant ($10,534)
35. Charles Henry ($10,534)
36. Matthew Newcombe ($10,534)
37. Remi Subair ($8,614)
38. Ryan Austin ($8,614)
39. Amanda Musumeci ($8,614)
40. Viktor Pabst ($8,614)
41. Collin Cheung ($8,614)
42. Violeta Mccrink ($8,614)
43. Duy Ho ($8,614)
44. Eric Rivkin ($8,614)
45. Glenn Atienza ($8,614)
46. Ira Basil ($7,135)
47. George Rocchi ($7,135)
48. Brian Bord ($7,135)
49. Daniel Fisher ($7,135)
50. Warwick Mirzikinian ($7,135)
51. Chandrasekha Billavara ($7,135)
52. Tosten Walshlommen ($7,135)
53. Scott Michel ($7,135)
54. James Davis ($7,135)
55. An Tran ($5,967)
56. Deonarine Itwaru ($5,967)
57. Jeffrey Schneider ($5,967)
58. Jason Berilgen ($5,967)
59. Adam Lippert ($5,967)
60. Sameer Aljanedi ($5,967)
61. Anthony Mender ($5,967)
62. Joshua Betters ($5,967)
63. Phillippe Ktorza ($5,967)
64. Fergal Nealon ($5,033)
65. Kerry Sokalsky ($5,033)
66. Samuel Grafton ($5,033)
67. Luke Edwards ($5,033)
68. Colin Ralls ($5,033)
69. Caroline Vu ($5,033)
70. Sergey Pomerantsev ($5,033)
71. Arjun Pasricha ($5,033)
72. Lars Henrick Lindkvist ($5,033)
73. David Harris ($4,307)
74. Renee Luba ($4,307)
75. Andrei Kaigorodtcev ($4,307)
76. Don Johnson ($4,307)
77. Jorge Arriola ($4,307)
78. Darryl Ronconi ($4,307)
79. Jason Wright ($4,307)
80. Barry Leventhal ($4,307)
81. Dinesh Alt ($4,307)
82. William Durkee ($3,710)
83. Raffi Soualian ($3,710)
84. Ruben Navarro ($3,710)
85. Robert Cassioppi ($3,710)
86. Jacob Phillips ($3,710)
87. Himmaphoum Bounthinh ($3,710)
88. Blake Barousse ($3,710)
89. Jim Collopy ($3,710)
90. Zoltan Gal ($3,710)
91. Tyler Patterson ($3,243)
92. Patricia Barsantichou ($3,243)
93. Erkut Yilmaz ($3,243)
94. Paul Guertin ($3,243)
95. Antoine Maurice ($3,243)
96. Chang-Hau Huang ($3,243)
97. Donald Auger ($3,243)
98. Ronald Crabtree ($3,243)
99. Marcos Garcia ($3,243)
100. Christopher Le Blanc ($2,854)
101. Anthony Spinella ($2,854)
102. Kenneth Holmes ($2,854)
103 Shing Har ($2,854)
104. Chance Steed ($2,854)
105. Brian Abramson ($2,854)
106. J.C. Tran ($2,854)
107. Thomas Brabham ($2,854)
108. Stephen Bokor ($2,854)
109. Perry Rouzes ($2,854)
110. James Brooking ($2,854)
111. Nicholas Decktor-Korn ($2,854)
112. Donald Fleming ($2,854)
113. Mario Faraone ($2,854)
114. Roger Franco ($2,854)
115. Charles Robbins ($2,854)
116. Brenton Reynolds ($2,854)
117. Eddie Yadegarian ($2,854)
118. Taha Maruf ($2,854)
119. Greg Hobson ($2,854)
120. Seyed Edalat ($2,854)
121. Hiu Fung Yong ($2,854)
122. Jason Hill ($2,854)
123. Sergio Cabrera ($2,854)
124. Sayed Moussavi Nameghi ($2,854)
125. Julian Herold ($2,854)
126. Richard Humphrey ($2,854)
127. Peter Nigh ($2,854)
128. Orville Evans ($2,854)
129. Joseph Zaik ($2,854)
130. David Mottais ($2,854)
131. Andrew Thompson ($2,854)
132. Jesse Sylvia ($2,854)
133. William Roche ($2,854)
134. Deborah Phillips ($2,854)
135. Rodrigo Mascarenhas ($2,854)
136. Jason Christy ($2,542)
137. Mark Fischer ($2,542)
138. Chris Dombrowski ($2,542)
139. Steven Leiner ($2,542)
140. Jamie Rosen ($2,542)
141. Jeffry Schwartz ($2,542)
142. Dan Murariu ($2,542)
143. Kyle Bowker ($2,542)
144. Dao Bac ($2,542)
145. Carter Swidler ($2,542)
146. Mans Montgomery ($2,542)
147. Jordan Knackstedt ($2,542)
148. Noah Vaillancourt ($2,542)
149. Christian Paradis ($2,542)
150. Justin Dean ($2,542)
151. Danilo Cicero ($2,542)
152. Bryan Porter ($2,542)
153. Karl Tretter ($2,542)
154. Keith Wintermans ($2,542)
155. Ryan Loughead ($2,542)
156. Giovanni Dicosmo ($2,542)
157. Emanuel Santiago ($2,542)
158. Russell Crane ($2,542)
159. Eugene Du Plessis ($2,542)
160. Randy House ($2,542)
161. Wojciech Barzantny ($2,542)
162. Jaspal Brar ($2,542)
163. Timothy Milliron ($2,542)
164. Massimo Alessandrini ($2,542)
165. Marty Westmoreland ($2,542)
166. Jukka Vainio ($2,542)
167. Calaeb Roland ($2,542)
168. Robert Flowers ($2,542)
169. Dylan Linde ($2,542)
170. David Roemer ($2,542)
171. James Miles ($2,542)
172. Nick Binger ($2,283)
173. Alfonso Amendola ($2,283)
174. Erik Seidel ($2,283)
175. Danick Landriault ($2,283)
176. H Michael Borovetz ($2,283)
177. Jacin Steele ($2,283)
178. Adam Geyer ($2,283)
179. Kammar Andries ($2,283)
180. Andrew Vanhattum ($2,283)
181. Jameson Painter ($2,283)
182. Carmelo Anselmini ($2,283)
183. Claudio Schacher ($2,283)
184. Ryan Turner ($2,283)
185. Darren Wong ($2,283)
186. Andrew Jeffrey ($2,283)
187. Karin Bruteig ($2,283)
188. Kathy Liebert ($2,283)
189. Anthony Hice ($2,283)
190. Sergio Lo Valvo ($2,283)
191. Joe Brandenburg ($2,283)
192. Billy Rogers ($2,283)
193. Gregory Wiggins ($2,283)
194. Iori Yogo ($2,283)
195. David Jacobson ($2,283)
196. Roseana Tidball ($2,283)
197. Pedro Piazuelo ($2,283)
198. William Richardson ($2,283)
199. Todd Fuerst ($2,283)
200. Edward Nassif ($2,283)
201. Michael Gathy ($2,283)
202. Hieu Le ($2,283)
203. Jeremy Sokolsky ($2,283)
204. Craig Swick ($2,283)
205. Dmitry Vitkind ($2,283)
206. Peter Traply ($2,283)
207. Jay Merchant ($2,283)
208. Kevin Carroll ($2,075)
209. Nicholas Mitchell ($2,075)
210. Robert Cheung ($2,075)
211. Jason Clarke ($2,075)
212. Mitch Schock ($2,075)
213. Jason Harmon ($2,075)
214. Eduardo Christ ($2,075)
215. Jason Rivkin ($2,075)
216. Isaac Wilson ($2,075)
217. Derrick Rosenbarger ($2,075)
218. Erik Dikken ($2,075)
219. Charles C Strobel Iii ($2,075)
220. Derek Yelle ($2,075)
221. Tod Holley ($2,075)
222. Patrick Halter ($2,075)
223. Brian Nichols ($2,075)
224. Jasen Currie ($2,075)
225. Timothyjames Lowe ($2,075)
226. Joseph Ogden ($2,075)
227. Ryan Hall ($2,075)
228. Eduardo Mauad ($2,075)
229. Mason Nile ($2,075)
230. Jarett Minkoff ($2,075)
231. Phuong Tran ($2,075)
232. Clayton Fisher ($2,075)
233. Gary Petrime ($2,075)
234. Dorothy Wakamiya ($2,075)
235. Alexander Stark ($2,075)
236. Cory Norton ($2,075)
237. Jeremiah Vinsant ($2,075)
238. Jason Seitz ($2,075)
239. Kelley Slay ($2,075)
240. Heinz Kamutzki ($2,075)
241. Roy Thung ($2,075)
242. Brian O'Donoghue ($2,075)
243. Massoud Mazhari ($2,075)
244. Myung Kil ($2,075)
245. Zachary Bassett ($2,075)
246. Steven Mote ($2,075)
247. Omar Jacob ($2,075)
248. Kenn Pluard ($2,075)
249. Ardavan Yazdi ($2,075)
250. Philip Lowery ($2,075)
251. Perry Gray ($2,075)
252. Edward Sanders Iii ($2,075)
253. Guy Lepage ($1,894)
254. Kevin Igersheim ($1,894)
255. Robert Mclean ($1,894)
256. Christopher Marohn ($1,894)
257. David Ritter ($1,894)
258. Randall Lipps ($1,894)
259. Eric Stocz ($1,894)
260. Evan Stachelek ($1,894)
261. Darren Schultz ($1,894)
262. David Chaput ($1,894)
263. Sam Abueid ($1,894)
264. Joshua Rotenberg ($1,894)
265. Alyssa Valverde ($1,894)
266. Alexander Hartung ($1,894)
267. Kent Grusendorf ($1,894)
268. Junwen Yap ($1,894)
269. Georg Bernardini ($1,894)
270. Salim Zakhem ($1,894)
271. Jerry Utke ($1,894)
272. Wayne Boyd ($1,894)
273. Adam Kagin ($1,894)
274. Brett Reichard ($1,894)
275. Per Emil Mattsson ($1,894)
276. Roger Edelen ($1,894)
277. William Daymon ($1,894)
278. Kevin Buck ($1,894)
279. Henry Noyes ($1,894)
280. Jesse Wilke ($1,894)
281. Christopher Winter ($1,894)
282. Dana Kellstrom ($1,894)
283. Peter Hengsakul ($1,894)
284. Andoni Larrabesanchez ($1,894)
285. Daniel Luna ($1,894)
286. Richard Muhlenbruch ($1,894)
287. Fernando Del Valle ($1,894)
288. Chris DeMaci ($1,894)
289. Are Bjelland ($1,894)
290. Ian Friedman ($1,894)
291. Allen Pock ($1,894)
292. John Wellnitz ($1,894)
293. Michael Kuryllo ($1,894)
294. Fernando Gutierrez ($1,894)
295. Earl Turnipseed ($1,894)
296. Matthew Ezrol ($1,894)