Matthew Ashton Wins the $50K Poker Players Championship
The heads-up match between Matthew Ashton and Don Nguyen lasted just seven hands.
Ashton began heads-up play with a nearly 7-to-1 chip lead, and Nguyen was never really able to make a dent in it.
The game switched to Limit Hold'em, and that's where it would end.
The final hand played out over a board of 10♣ 7♦ 3♦ 9♠ Q♦, and Nguyen put his final chips into the pot on the river with 10♠ 6♣ for a pair of tens.
But it was no good, as Ashton flipped over K♣ 10♦ to win the pot -- and the second-most coveted WSOP bracelet -- with a pair of tens and a king kicker.
Don Nguyen finished as the runner-up, the second time he has finished second in a bracelet event this summer. (He also finished second in Event #16, $10K Heads-Up NLHE.)
Matthew Ashton also had a second-place finish this summer (Event #13), and a third (Event #5). But not tonight.
Tonight, Ashton won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, the tournament designed for the best players in the world to prove themselves at high stakes. The winner of this event is recognized as one of the best all-around poker players in the world.
Ashton's name will be engraved on the Chip Reese Trophy, putting him alongside previous champions Chip Reese, Freddy Deeb, Scotty Nguyen, David Bach, Michael Mizrachi (who won it twice), and Brian Rast.
Congratulations to the 2013 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Champion, Matthew Ashton!
1st: Matthew Ashton - $1,774,089
2nd: Don Nguyen - $1,096,254
3rd: John Hennigan - $686,568
4th: David Benyamine - $497,122
5th: George Danzer - $388,523
6th: Minh Ly - $309,830
7th: Mike Wattel - $251,602
8th: Jonathan Duhamel - $207,630
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