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Miracle Recovery Seals Keikoan's 2nd WSOP Bracelet
The Rio Casino witnessed Matt Keikoan make one of the greatest comebacks in World Series Of Poker history to seal his second bracelet in the $10k Championship Limit Event Thursday.
"This one almost feels better than the first one," said Keikoan, who won his first bracelet at WSOP 2008 in the $2k No-Limit Hold'em event.
The 42-year old American poker pro faced off against a tough final table peppered with talented stars such as 2009 double-bracelet winner Brock Parker, this year's "Player of the Year" contender Michael Mizrachi and the double-braceleted WPT winner David Chiu.
Keikoan bested all these acclaimed stars until he was left facing off against Canadian Daniel Idema - and that's when things started to turn ugly.
A searing sequence of hands saw Keikoan's stack reduced to just a single big blind, leaving a confident Idema poised to collect his first bracelet.
"It would have been rough," said Keikoan about the prospect of finishing runner-up. "I wanted a gold bracelet bad."
But the American was able to turn things round in dramatic fashion, stringing together a number of crucial double-ups to turn the match on its head and begin to overpower his shell-shocked opponent.
In the early hours of the morning, he dealt the final blow to Daniel Idema's bracelet hopes, winning the heads-up battle for $425,969 and completing his fairytale, chip-and-a-chair comeback.
Many of Keikoan's close family were there to cheer on his remarkable victory and he paid tribute to their support.
"My mom and dad are here," said Keikoan. "It does not get any more special than that."
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