$10k Heads-Up - Leo the Lion Roars to Bracelet!

It's been an epic struggle between Leo Wolpert and John Duthie and it almost seems unfair for either player to lose this marathon match, but in the end there had to be a winner, and that man was Leo Wolpert.

The third heads-up match of this titantic face-off went to 191 hands and the last hand was somewhat of a cooler.

Here's the details.

Wolpert Takes the Bracelet!

Wolpert has held the upper hand for much of this final heads-up game and he had Duthie well out-chipped by the time the last hand played out.

It opened with Wolpert limping in from the button, and Duthie checking his option.

The pair went heads-up to a T 5 3 board and when Duthie checked, Wolpert led out for 120k.

#img: john-duthie_31684.jpg:left: Duthie's brave assault on the bracelet ends in defeat. #

Duthie now check-raised all-in...and Wolpert called!

Duthie showed down T 2 for top pair, only to have run straight into Wolpert's 5 3 for bottom two. Duthie needed to hit a ten or a deuce to keep his hopes of a bracelet alive, but the turn and river blanked to crush those hopes and we had our champion!

Duthie collects $386,636 for what was a superb performance in an immensely strong field but ultimately the EPT supremo came up just short in his bracelet bid.

Meanwhile, Leo Wolpert has conquered all, proved his heads-up mettle and collects a whopping $625,682 as well as the bracelet and plaudits.

Join PokerListings shortly for our re-cap of how he took down the tournament as well as shots of our newly-crowned champ but for now congratulations to Leo for a fine victory

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$10k Heads-Up - The Final Continues

We’re about 100 hands into Match 3, and Jon Duthie has just survived an all-in to stay alive.

Duthie has ditched the hat and he’s loosened up a bit at the table after six hours of grueling play.

Both players have lots of friends around the final table, and it’s still anybody’s match.

The bracelet is on the table and ready for the taking. Here’s a glimpse at the past hour:

Chip Counts Courtesy of www.worldseriesofpoker.com

Leo Wolpert
Jon Duthie

Duthie’s A Survivor

Everyone around the final table stood up in anticipation as Duthie went all in with 6-8 off-suit and a 5 and 7 showing on the board.

Duthie was at risk with an open-ended straight draw and Wolpert had him beat with a pair to the board.

Duthie and his entourage had a delayed reaction when the 4 hit on the river to give Duthie the straight, but he let out an expression of overjoyed relief when he realized that his out had hit.

Getting Back To Square One

The big double up on Duthie’s river straight brought him right back into the match. Duthie had dropped down to around 1.5 million chips before the all in hand.

The latest chip counts stand with Wolpert at 4.25 million against Duthie with 3.18 million.

PL.com will keep tabs on the $10k Heads Up World Championship until we have a winner.

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$10k Heads-Up - Wolpert Pulling Away

Leo Wolpert is beginning to pull away, winning a stretch of five consecutive hands in the last hour. Wolpert’s holding about 5.5. million chips to Jon Duthie’s 2.1 million.

Here’s a look at where we stand:

A Winning Streak For Wolpert

Wolpert has enjoyed the chip lead for much of Match 3, and the players went into the most recent 10-minute break with Wolpert at just under the 5 million chip mark.

Duthie returned to the table with about 2.7 million chips, but Wolpert went to work immediately.

Wolpert took the win in each of the first five hands after the break, using an aggressive style. Duthie didn’t even show a hand in any of the five pots, and Wolpert’s chip lead bgean to grow even bigger.

The streak ended when Duthie re-raised Wolpert from 120k to 350k on the next hand, and Wolpert thought about it for awhile before folding.

After a quick three-hand winning streak for Duthie, Wolpert is back in control again. It looks like the bracelet could be decided soon.

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$10k Heads-Up - Tied 1-1

After a slow and steady back and forth for most of the first three hours, the action has been fast and furious between Jon Duthie and Leo Wolpert.

Duthie trailed Wolpert for most of Match 1, but the EPT pioneer chipped away at Wolpert’s big stack and finally came away with the win.

The match took nearly three hours, but after a short 20-minute break the finalists went right back at it.

Match 2 couldn’t have been more different than Match 1, as Wolpert put away Duthie in less than 15 minutes to tie the championship at 1-1.

Here’s a look at what’s gone down:

Duthie Wins Marathon Match 1

It took nearly three hours and almost 100 hands, but Duthie finally broke through for the 1-0 lead. Wolpert re-raised pre flop and Duthie called, which put Wolpert at risk.

Wolpert looked to be in decent shape with K Q but knew he was in trouble when Duthie revealed A Q.

The board played out 8 5 3 2 A, giving Duthie a pair of aces and the win.

Wolpert Fires Back

The two finalists took a welcome 20-minute break after the first match, and the intermission ended up coming at a great time for Wolpert, who went on a big run to win Match 2 in short fashion.

The big pot came in just the ninth hand of the match, and Duthie found himself in the unfortunate position of holding AK with an ace on the the board, but running into Wolpert’s trips.

The bets started getting big after the flop hit 9 6 A. Duthie moved all in after the turn came 2 and Wolpert called, showing 6 6 to Duthie’s A K.

The trip sixes were enough to vanquish Duthie, and we’re on to Match 3.

Stay here at PL.com to see how the $10k Heads Up World Championship plays out.

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$10k Heads-Up - Duthie's Not Dead

Another 40 hands have gone by and we’re still not much closer to deciding a winner.

Wolpert has taken a small chip lead in the last hour and currently holds about 4.2 million chips to Duthie’s 3.4 million.

Wolpert took a big lead early in the second hour and owned more than 5.4 million chips at one point.

Duthie won’t give in easy, however, and Match 1 of the best two of three is still too close to call.

Here’s a look at some of what’s gone down in the last hour:

Duthie Up And Down

The players took a 10-minute break at the end of Level 2, and Duthie came back to the table with plenty of work to do.

Wolpert had built his stack up to more than 5.4 million chips, with Duthie hanging in at just more than 2 million chips.

The EPT legend Duthie didn’t waste any time coming out of the break, taking the first pot down with aggressive play while holding 5 8.

Duthie went on to win the first four hands after coming back from the break, giving him some much-needed breathing room.

Wolpert With The Lead

While Duthie has played short stacked for most of the last hour, Wolpert has had the luxury of playing with the chip lead.

Wolpert once again built his stack up to the 5 million chip mark later in the hour, but now it looks like Duthie has battled back and reduced Wolpert’s stack to around 4.2 million.

The crowds continue to watch as these two well-mannered pros show off their A-games in the $10k Heads Up World Championship.

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$10k Heads-Up - It's Anybody's Match

We’ve played about 40 hands in the finals of the $10k Heads Up World Championship and we’re just about right back where we started.

EPT pioneer Jon Duthie and Leo Wolpert have traded lots of chips back and forth in the first hour, but neither player has been able to build any kind of visible advantage.

Duthie and Wolpert appear to have almost identical chip stacks as the crowds continue to gather in the Amazon Room.

Duthie Comes Out Firing

The cards went into the air around noon and Duthie went to work right away on the first hand, calling two raises from Wolpert and checking when the river hit.

The board showed Q A 2 T Q, and Duthie showed A 9, which was good enough for the win and an early advantage for Duthie.

Action Packed

The two finalists aren’t exactly playing timid poker, as there have been only a few walks in the first hour. Duthie and Wolpert are both playing loose, but appear to be evenly matched.

An incident near the end of the first hour put the sportsmanship of Duthie, one of poker’s great ambassadors, on display.

Duthie needed change and the dealer oversaw an exchange where Wolpert took some of Duthie large-value chips and gave Duthie change.

Duthie, however, noticed that Wolpert had been shorted considerably after making the change, and the floor person settled the dispute. Duthie then went on to win the hand.

Lots Of Poker Still To Come

The $10k Heads Up World Championship goes to a best two out of three format in the finals, so we still have a long way to go before awarding a bracelet today.

Both players have spent time with the chip lead early at the final table, but it’s still anybody’s match.

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$10k Heads-Up - The Final

It all comes down to this.

The 2009 WSOP $10k Heads-Up Title is on the line today as Team PokerStars Pro and EPT Founder John Duthie takes on poker pro-turned-law student Leo Wolpert with a $625,682 first-place prize hanging in the balance.

It's a best of three match format and PL.com will have all the highs and lows in hourly updates throughout.

Stay tuned; some serious heads up action is coming your way.

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Event Name Event 29 - $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 13 June 2009
Final Day 15 June 2009
Buy In $10,000
Entrants 256
Prize Pool $2,406,400
First Prize $625,682

Leo Wolpert

Event 29 - $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Leo Wolpert $625,682
2. John Duthie $386,636
3. Jamin Stokes $214,289
4. Nathan Doudney $214,289
5. Johnny Chan $92,580
6. Dustin Woolf $92,580
7. Steve O'Dwyer $92,580
8. Bryan Pellegrino $92,580
9. Roberto Romanello $38,424
10. Clavet Mathieu $38,424