$1.5k NLHE - Dwan Falls Just Short in Bracelet Bid
Close, but not close enough for Tom "durrrr" Dwan. Dwan may go home as the most distraught second place finisher in WSOP history based on the payday he could have garnered with a first place finish.
Still, even getting to a heads up match in a field of more than 2,500 players is an impressive accomplishment for the young poker pro who will celebrate his 24th birthday next month.
The final hand featured Dwan's queen-six off up against the pocket nines of Simon Watt all in preflop. Dwan never improved on a board of A♣ A♠ 8♣ A♦ K♥, allowing Watt to seal the victory and ensure that the WSOP hardware will return with him to his native New Zealand.
"It was amazing to play in this atmosphere and playing durrrr heads up for the title? It doesn't get any better than that," a grinning Watt told reporters after his victory. Watt had been working as a software developer but has recently focused more of his time on poker. "My parents were not too keen on me playing poker, especially my mum, so hopefully this will help," said Watt.
Watt isn't the only person breathing a sigh of relief. During Watt's post-tournament press conference, Mike Matusow came into the Amazon Room and asked the virtually unknown player how it feels to be the hero of high-stakes gamblers everywhere. Matusow said jokingly that there might be a shrine someday dedicated to the man who kept the poker community from going broke.
That's a wrap from Sunday at the WSOP, join us again on Monday as we dive head first back into all the exciting WSOP action.
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