$5k Hold'em Six Max - Men Mastered, Papola Wins!
After what seemed like a never ending heads up battle it's all over.
Jeff Papola started by taking a decent hunk of Men "The Master" Nguyen's stack, getting him down to around 2.5 million to his 6 million.
The final hand began with the standard Papola preflop raise that was countered by an all in shove by Nguyen.
Papola made the call and it was showtime:
Papola: J♣ J♥
Nguyen: K♠ T♠
Nguyen's cheering section (which at a dozen people strong was almost four times stronger than Papola's) began begging for a king. A king didn't come on the flop, but there was a spade giving the long shot backdoor flush draw a chance.
Any hope for the flush was dashed when the turn was a brick. The river was another blank.
Papola, who has been emotionless almost all day let out a mini fist pump and perhaps a 'yes!' or two.
Men took it in stride offering a handshake which Papola took him up on.
"It was a good battle huh?" Men asked the tournament director who replied with a nod.
It appeared that there was no end in sight and then in a flash it was all over.
Men "The Master" Nguyen will take home $412,746 for his second place finish.
Jeff Papola must be happy he declined the offer to 'save' $100,000. He gets the lion's share of the money - a hefty $667,433 and a spot in the history books!