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Jarvis Finds Redemption in $5k Six-Max Event
Matt Jarvis proved that his eighth-place finish at the 2010 WSOP Main Event was no fluke on Sunday.
The 26-year-old beat one of the most dangerous fields assembled at the 2011 WSOP and took home the Event 40 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max title and $808,538.
He also secured his very first WSOP bracelet.
“This has been a really tough four days,” he said. “I had to compete with players like Vanessa Selbst and Michael Mizrachi at my table. It was just one tough opponent after another."
The tournament was sweet redemption for Jarvis, who nine months ago fell painfully short of winning the Main Event.
If anything the 732 players he outlasted to win Event 40 were much tougher than the Main Event as online pros have a strong appreciation for the short-handed format.
At the final table of the $5k Six-Max, Jarvis had the misfortune of time expiring on the maximum 10 levels when he was heads-up with a 4-1 lead on Justin Filtz.
The clock was paused and organizers told the players to come back today.
The hard stop was all too familiar for Jarvis, who had to wait four months to play out the final table of the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
“The break was tough. I had so much momentum, which was how I felt for the November Nine.”
This time around Jarvis was able to seal the deal and finally take down his first WSOP bracelet.
He joins a long list of players who have had success after a Main Event final table appearance including Phil Ivey, Eric Buchman and Scott Montgomery.
Jarvis is a resident of Vancouver, Canada, which has one of the most competitive poker scenes in North America and is home to fellow pros Shawn Buchanan and Greg “FBT” Mueller.
“There was a really good foundation for poker in Vancouver,” he said.
“We have like five or six casinos where players can find decent games. A lot of us know each other and kind of come up together. There are a lot of really solid players from Vancouver. Look for more good things to come.”
Unlike many poker players, Jarvis has decided to take the rest of the summer off after taking down his first WSOP bracelet.
He will, however, be back to play in the Main Event and see if he can improve on his eighth-place finish from last year.