WSOP $10,000 PL HE Championship- A Champion Is Born
After play got to be four handed, Matt Marafioti suggested that they take a quick break. James Calderaro thought that would be a good ideas as well, so the players took a ten minute break to get their game plan in action.
Calderaro Is In-N-Out
James Calderaro had not been involved in any pots for some time, and he finally opened for 200,000. Valdemar Kwaysser potted, and Calderaro moved in for his remaining 1,700,000. Kwaysser made the call.
Calderaro held A♠ K♣, but was up against the pocket jacks of Kwaysser. The board ran out 6♠ 5♥ 4♠ 3♦ 3♣ which made Calderaro our 3rd place finisher.
He would take home a cool $284,845 for his efforts.
How About A Chop?
When it got to heads up play Kwaysser had about 7.3 million in chips, and Marafioti was sitting at a disadvantage with 655,000 in chips.
"Ok, how about a chop?" Marafioti asked.
Kwaysser didn't laugh and seemed as though he was trying to figure out if he was serious or not.
It seemed as though it was going to be a short match with Marafioti at such a short stack. It didn't take him long to get it all in, and Kwaysser called him down. Marafioti had pocket aces and was up against the K♦ 9♥ of Kwaysser.
The board bricked completely for Kwaysser, and Marafioti doubled.
A few hands later Marafioti raised to 200,000, and Kwaysser called for a flop. It came J♣ 6♠ T♣. Kwaysser checked, and Marafioti vet 425,000. Kwaysser potted to put Marafioti all in. He made the call with 1.6 million behind.
Kwaysser held J♦ 8♦ for top pair, and Marafioti had K♣ 6♣ for a pair and a flush draw. The turn and river came a Q♠ and the 7♠ which were not the right black cards to give Marafioti a win.
Mariafioti becomes our 2nd place finisher making $381,507.
Valdemar Kwaysser Takes It Down!
A very excited Kwaysser and his friends celebrated with cheers and hugs when he won the last pot against Marafioti. It was a great day for the young Hungarian who dropped out of school to play poker.
He said that he didn't know much about pot limit games, but he found that he had an edge because people respect the raises more when there are no antes involved. He was able to play a very aggressive game at the final table and this propelled him to a fantastic victory.
He will take home a bracelet and $617,214 in hard earned cash.
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