07/03/11 03:41:48 AM PDT
Matt Matros was crowned winner of the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em event, earning his second career bracelet. The Limit Hold'em specialist won the $1,500 Limit event last year. He has come close to another final table twice already this year, finishing 12th in the $2,500 Limit Six Max event and 11th in the $1,500 Limit event that he'd won in 2010. This time he went all the way and now has the double gold to prove it.
This was one of the few events that reached a final table by the end of Day 2, so it was only the final nine who sat down at the felt this afternoon. Adam Sanders was the first to make his exit in ninth place, followed by Aalok Arora in eighth. Dutch pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken then fell in seventh place. After three quick eliminations, the final table stalled at six. After some back-and-forth, Russian Nikolay Losev was eliminated in sixth place.
Matros was extremely short at the dinner break. But after dinner it was Brian Smith who exited first, in fifth place. Matros doubled and doubled again. Brandon Meyers started the day with a big chip lead, but with the limit rounds of each hour playing so big, every player experienced wide swings. Meyers, who plays as "norajean" online, had the biggest lead of the tournament after one particularly dominant round of four-handed no limit. During the next round of limit, however, he got run over by limit experts Matros and Matt "Hoss_TBF" Hawrilenko. He was the short stack when they made it back to no limit and got his chips in with queens against the kings of Matros to finish in fourth place.
And then there were three: bracelet-winning limit hold'em experts and good friends Matt and Matt, and Jonathan Lane, a relatively unknown player who is having a fantastic series. Matros knocked out his good friend, Hawrilenko, in third place, making a flush to best Hawrilenko's two pair in limit hold'em. That gave Matros a 3:1 chip lead to start heads up. Lane fought valiantly, even taking the lead at one point, but in the end, it was Matros who won the day. Lane earned $187,844 in his fifth cash of the Series a week after finishing sixth at the final table of a $1,000 No Limit event. Matros was all smiles with his $303,501 and his second career bracelet.
07/03/11 03:27:34 AM PDT
Matt Matros opened for 65,000 on the button and Jonathan Lane shoved all in for the rest of his short stack. Matros called and the hands were tabled for the showdown.
Matros' hand held and Lane was eliminated in second place. Matros claimed his second WSOP bracelet.
07/03/11 03:22:54 AM PDT
Matt Matros opened for 75,000 on the button and Jonathan Lane called. The flop came , Lane checked, Matros bet 75,000 and Lane raised to 250,000. Matros called and the came on the turn. Both players checked and the river came . Lane slid out 500,000 and Matros went into the tank.
Matros was visibly pained by the decision and after a few moments announced call. Lane turned over for a stone bluff and Matros tabled and took a decisive pot. Lane was only left with about 850,000 after the hand.
07/03/11 03:09:01 AM PDT
Jonathan Lane opened for 55,000 on the button and Matt Matros raised to 225,000 in the big blind. Lane called and the flop came . Both players checked and the came on the turn. Matros check-called 225,000 and the river came . Matros checked and Lane checked behind.
"Great check," Matros said as he tabled for trip queens and Lane mucked.
07/03/11 03:02:23 AM PDT
Jonathan Lane opened for 80,000 on the button and Matt Matros raised to 225,000. Lane called and the flop came . Matros checked, Lane bet 275,000 and Matros moved all in for 1.4 million.
Lane tanked and said, "You'd hate me forever." He counted out a stack to call and was pained about his decision. He eventually said, "I can't do it," and tossed his cards to the dealer.
They are virtually even in chips after Matros took the pot.
07/03/11 02:52:36 AM PDT
07/03/11 02:34:50 AM PDT
Matt Matros raised his button, and Jonathan Lane called. Lane check-called one bet on the flop. He checked again after the turn, but this time he stuck in a raise after Matros bet. Matros called, then called one more bet after the river. Lane showed for the turned wheel to take over the chip lead.
Jonathan Lane - 2.9 million
Matt Matros - 1.45 million
07/03/11 02:34:31 AM PDT
The final two get 20 minutes off, so you do too.
07/03/11 02:28:45 AM PDT
After plenty of back-and-forth with no flops, Jonathan Lane raised and Matt Matros three bet. Lane made it four, and Matros called. The flop fell , and Matros check-called. Same action on the turn and river. Lane tabled , and kings and jacks took the pot. He has pulled nearly even with Matros.
07/03/11 02:23:51 AM PDT
Jonathan Lane raised on the button, and Matt Matros called. Matros bet out at the flop, and Lane called. Matros slowed down and check-called the turn and river. Lane showed , and top two took the hand.
07/03/11 02:16:29 AM PDT
|Matt Matros||3,250,000||925,000 |
|Jonathan Lane||1,100,000||-150,000 |
07/03/11 02:12:53 AM PDT
Matt Hawrilenko was short when he doubled up through Matt Matros, but then he gave back those chips one hand later. Down to his last four bets, he got it all in, again against Matros, on a flop.
Hawrilenko: - top two pair
Matros: - flush draw
The on the turn put Matros in the lead and meant Hawrilenko needed to catch a queen or a jack on the river. Instead it was the , and Hawrilenko was eliminated in third place by his good friend. This is Hawrilenko's fourth cash of the series and leaves him just short of a second bracelet. He left his chips to Matros, who now has the chip lead in pursuit of his own second bracelet.
Alway even-keeled, Hawrilenko is taking a quick break (a phone call to his wife and some frozen yogurt) and then jumping straight into the $50k Players' Championship.
07/03/11 02:03:59 AM PDT
The final three are taking a quick break between the no limit and limit halves of the level to color up the T1,000 ante chips. Here are where they stand:
|Matt Matros||2,325,000||725,000 |
|Jonathan Lane||1,250,000||-650,000 |
|Matt Hawrilenko||520,000||-180,000 |
07/03/11 02:02:24 AM PDT
Matt Matros raised his button to 60,000, and Jonathan Lane called out of the big blind.
Flop: - Lane checked, and Matros bet 60,000. Lane then check-raised to a small 135,000. Matros called.
Turn: - Lane tried again with a 160,000 bet, and Matros called.
River: - The board paired on the river, and Lane checked it. Matros didn't mind the river or the check and bet 300,000. Lane instantly tossed away his cards.
07/03/11 01:42:00 AM PDT
Brandon Meyers was chip leader by a wide margin at the end of the last No Limit round. But 30 minutes of Limit had him on the ropes. All it took was one quick No Limit cooler to send him home in fourth place.
Meyers called all in with to discover that Matt Matros had him dominated with . The board fell , and suddenly Meyers' evening was over. Matros, who was the super short stack an hour ago, is now second in chips with around 1.6 million.
07/03/11 01:33:02 AM PDT
07/03/11 01:30:35 AM PDT
My how one round of Limit can change everything with only 54 bets on the table. Brandon Meyers went from huge chip leader to short stack, and Jonathan Lane took over the lead.
|Jonathan Lane||1,900,000||550,000 |
|Matt Matros||1,000,000||420,000 |
|Matt Hawrilenko||700,000||160,000 |
|Brandon Meyers||600,000||-1,600,000 |
07/03/11 01:28:35 AM PDT
Matt Hawrilenko raised on the button. Brandon Meyers three bet from the small blind, and Hawrilenko called. Then Hoss called bets on every street of the board to find that Meyers rivered a wheel with . Not the first time we've seen this hand today.
07/03/11 01:20:20 AM PDT
Matt Hawrilenko's housemates were busy watching the UFC fights this afternoon. They made it to the Thunderdome to sweat their friend and clearly brought some run good with them. The first hand they watched, Hawrilenko bet a flop, and Brandon Meyers called. He bet again on the turn. Meyers raised, and Hawrilenko called. The river paired the flushed board, and Hawrilenko bet out. Meyers called, and Hawrilenko turned over for quad kings.
The next hand, Hawrilenko won a pot with aces full. He is well over a million in chips now.
07/03/11 01:15:20 AM PDT
Matt Matros and Brandon Meyers went three bets before the flop of . Meyers bet out, and Matros called. The turn was the , and Matros called another bet. The river brought the , and Matros called a last bet. He showed , which was very good against Meyers' queens. That hand has Matros nearing the 1 million-chip mark and very much back in contention after returning from dinner in critical condition.