$1.5k Stud – Ashby Claims Victory
Richard Ashby has defeated Christine Pietsch to win Event 21 $1.5k Seven-Card Stud.
The heads-up match began with Pietsch holding a marginal chip lead over Ashby but the Brit battled back with several key hands.
One of the most pivotal hands saw Ashby hit trip deuces against Pietsch's two-pair kings and jacks. By winning that hand Ashby took the chip lead and never looked back.
Perhaps it was his experience playing heads-up online but Ashby's victory was never really in doubt after that point.
Pietsch finally made her move when this went down:
Ashby: (Q♦)(Q♣)3♥ 7♦ 9♣ 7♠(J♠)
Pietsch (K♣)(T♦)J♣ 8♣ T♠ A♦(2♥)
Pietsch got the last of her chips in on fifth street and found her pair of tens dominated by two-pair queens and sevens. She didn't hit the board on sixth or seventh street.
And with that hand a masterful performance by Ashby was complete.
Keep in mind there were several times this evening where Ashby was the short stack and looked primed to collapse. That didn't happen as the Full Tilt pro showed amazing resilience to win this tournament.
Pietsch picks up $86,756 for placing second in the very first WSOP tournament she's ever entered. Meanwhile Ashby earns $140,467 for coming in first and scoring his first bracelet.
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