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Chuffed Up! Ashby Wins WSOP Bracelet
Richard “Chufty” Ashby became the third British player to win a bracelet at the 2010 WSOP on Saturday.
The 38-year-old Englishman from Vatford outlasted a tough final table that included the likes of Sorel Mizzi, Dan Heimiller and Pat Pezzin to win his first bracelet in Event 21 $1.5k Seven-Card Stud.
"It means a lot to me to have won it," said Ashby. "You just play for so many hours in these tournaments and you put so much energy into them."
Ashby beat Christine Pietsch heads-up to win the tournament. Pietsch would have become the 16th woman to win WSOP bracelet.
Despite ultimately falling short of victory, Pietsch was upbeat after busting and even praised Ashby's game.
"I'm really OK with this," said Pietsch. "I almost wanted him to win."
Ashby, for his part, was extremely impressed with Pietsch's performance. It was her first WSOP event and just the second tournament she had ever played.
"She was fearless," he said.
Known more for playing the high stakes games on Full Tilt Poker, Ashby seems to have developed an affinity for live Seven-Card Stud as of late.
Ashby won the Seven-Card Stud EM European Poker Champion in Baden in late 2009.
Coincidently the first poker tournament Ashby ever played was a £10 buy-in Seven-Card Stud event.
"I like the game and I've had good success in it," he said. "Maybe I should play it a little more."
Ashby joins Praz Bansi and James Dempsey to become the third Englishman to win a bracelet at the 2010 WSOP.
The final table originally looked to be Sorel Mizzi's to lose as he entered the day as the chip leader. The Titan Poker pro lost several pots in the early goings and was finally evicted in seventh place.
Despite being one of the most celebrated online players in the world, Mizzi is still in search of his first major poker title.
Dan Heimiller also appeared like he might finally win his second WSOP bracelet but he busted fourth.