Thu, 18 Jun 2009 01:11:16 -0700
Angel Guillen Wins Event #32 - $2,000 No Limit Hold'em! ($530,548)
Only a week or so after he finished 2nd to Kevin Stammen in a $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event, Angel Guillen has managed to outlast 1,533 other players to claim his very first WSOP gold bracelet.
Mika Paasonen came to the final table with the chip lead, as well as the heads up but the lead changed several times and Guillen had his opponent all in twice. Guillen managed to pick up cards where it mattered and won the crucial big pots that are so important in a one-on-one situation.
Finally, after an epic five hour heads up battle, the Mexican has won out in the early hours of the morning.
Congratulations to Angel Guillen!
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 01:08:59 -0700
Mika Paasonen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($326,203)
We were starting to wonder whether this titanic duel would ever end but it has. A raise from Paasonen was called before
flop came down. Guillen led out for 250,000 before Paasonen moved all in and received an instant call.
The turn came
before Guillen's supporters on the rail went mad and mobbed him.
A word or two has to go to Mika Paasonen. He fought his way through his opponent's friends to congratulate his conqueror. After around five hours of heads up it's not nice to lose but he did himself proud by sticking in there despite being the short stack for most of the match.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:55:49 -0700
Longer Than Return of the King
A flop of
was checked before Guillen checked the
turn. Paasonen bet 175,000 and Guillen check-raised to 475,000. Paasonen then moved all in and Guillen quickly folded.
Everyone is looking tired now.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:48:03 -0700
Nice Hand to Find!
Paasonen got the last of his chips in the very next hand and was called before showing he'd only woken up with
The board ran
to double him to 2,000,000.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:45:25 -0700
Guillen raised it up and was called so a
flop came down before Paasonen led out for 350,000. It was called before the
came and Paasonen check called a 600,000 bet. The river
saw the Finn check once more and this time he faced a 750,000 bet. It took him a lot longer but he called only to muck upon seeing the
Passonen below a million chips now.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:20:54 -0700
Paasonen Back In It
Mika Paasonen is building back up over 3.6 million after winning a showdown with
Both players, perhaps showing signs of fatigue, have really stopped 3-betting so much and are playing much slower.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 00:05:24 -0700
All In All In
Mika Paasonen raised it up before Angel Guillen moved in over the top. Paasonen snap called with
and was in better shape this time as Guillen had
The flop ran
to double the Finn up to 3,100,000. Guillen on 6,000,000.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 23:57:22 -0700
Guillen Wins More
Guillen raises to 200,000 and Paasonen calls.
They both check the
before Paasonen bets out on the
turn and Guillen calls.
The river is the
and Paasonen checks, Guillen checks behind and shows
which is good.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 23:43:57 -0700
We're still on the same small-ball game with pots alternating in which direction they travel. The last two pots went to Guillen with the preflop three bet taking the first one. He made a wheel on the river on the second one but only called a river bet from Paasonen.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 23:29:35 -0700
Small One for Guillen
Mika Paasonen raises to 200,000 and Guillen calls from the big blind before check-calling 300,000 on the
flop. Both players check the
river before Guillen shows a very slowly played
to win the pot.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 23:22:22 -0700
First Hand Back All In
In the first hand back Guillen limped from the button to see Paasonen move all in and get snapped off.
The board came
The three outer on the turn keeps this long heads up match going and gets Passonen right back in this with 3,360,000 to Guillen's 5,740,000.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 23:17:05 -0700
We're Back Underway
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 22:57:14 -0700
20 minute break for the players.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 22:51:54 -0700
It's all become very much a raise/fold game now. Paasonen has managed to stem the tide from Guillen but it's still going to be very difficult as he's now 4:1 down in chips.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 22:36:54 -0700
Meanwhile the Finnish railbirds are a lot more nervous, all sitting very quietly at the moment and barely saying a word.
Guillen seems to win all the big pots, he just check-called a bet on the turn of a
board before both checked the river. Guillen showed
to win another pot.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 22:24:29 -0700
The last ten minutes has seen Angel Guillen keep control of this battle. The last four times Paasonen has min raised from the button only to lay down to a three-bet from Guillen. Is he trying to set something up or just getting outplayed? Time will tell
Guillen has 7,000,000 to Paasonen's 2,100,000.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 22:12:11 -0700
Guillen Continues to be in Control
Angel Guillen raised to 125,000 and Mika Paasonen made it 425,000, only for the Mexican to make it a cool 1,000,000. Paasononen folded quickly, the Guillen fanclub went wild.
Guillen then called a 250,000 bet on the turn of a
board from Paasonen before the Finn checked the draw-making
on the river. Guillen bet 430,000 and Paasonen passed, only to be shown Guillen's
which prompted more Mexican cheering.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 21:54:00 -0700
Angel Guillen -- 6,700,000
Mika Paasonen -- 2,400,000.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 21:51:25 -0700
Back to Back Pots to Mexico
Angel Guillen looked like he was letting this heads up battle get away from him but two pots in a row have swung the pendulum back in his favor.
The first saw Guillen raise it up and get called before they both checked the
turn saw Paasonen lead for 200,000 and get called. The river
saw Paasonen lead out once more and receive an instant call. Paasonen's
no good against
for a straight.
The next hand saw Guillen three bet preflop then lead out on a
flop. Paasonen called before the
river were checked through. Guillen showed
and took the pot as the Finn mucked.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 21:41:57 -0700
Frequency Of Three-Bets Increases
Gradually both players are starting to reraise each other a bit more of the time. Mika Paasonen seemed to be doing it slightly more at first but the Guillen supporters are clearly encouraging their man to fight back as much as possible.
Immediately the next hand Guillen reraises out of the big blind and Paasonen instantly folds.
Paasonen has his own game plan too though, he just limped in and then reraised Guillen's 210,000 bet to 670,000. Guillen folded and the Finn showed
It's become a real battle of wills here.
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 21:33:10 -0700
Pot Goes One Way, Then the Other
Paasonen raised it up to 125,000 and Guillen called before a
flop came down. Guillen bet 150,000 and 250,000 on
turn and was called both times. Paasonen checked again on the
but Guillen checked behind and mucked upon seeing Paasonen's
The next hand was a role reversal with with Guillen check calling all the way down until we had a
board. The third check by Guillen was checked behind though and he didn't get any extra value out of the trips he hit on the river with