06/09/13 07:04:50 PM PST
Congratulations to Mark Radoja, Winner of Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em ($331,190)!
One of the more interesting events on the World Series of Poker schedule has officially come to a close. Mark Radoja was able to navigate a field of 162 entrants to come out on top of Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em, capturing the gold bracelet and the $331,190 first-place prize money in the process.
The third day of play began with four players returning and vying for the gold. On the secondary feature sat relative unknown Don Nguyen who had clinched his first WSOP cash with this event. Nguyen squared off with online legend Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky. All eyes were on Sulsky as the man who has consistently dominated the virtual felt was in the midst of a deep run in one of the most prestigious live tournaments around. Nguyen, however, made quick work of Sulsky, defeating him in just 41 short hands. On the final hand, Nguyen raised to 60,000 from the button, Sulsky three-bet to 145,000, Nguyen pushed out what looked like 800,000 in chips, and Sulsky moved all in for 935,000. Sulsky showed and was ahead of Nguyen's . However, after the board ran out , Nguyen was able to seize victory with his straight and secure his seat in the finals.
Simultaneously, Radoja played Justin Bonomo over on the ESPN Main Stage in the semifinals. Bonomo was the clear aggressor in the match, winning most of the smaller pots. However, Radoja seemed to hold when the money got in and eventually Radoja was able to clinch a victory over Bonomo. During their final hand, a short-stacked Bonomo moved in from the button holding and Radoja snapped him off with . An ace peeled off on the flop and that was all she wrote for Bonomo, who was eliminated in the semifinals taking home $110,485.
A mere half hour later, Radoja and Nguyen took their seats on the feature table to play one last match for the championship. Nguyen took an early lead and forced Radoja to cash in one of his add-on's fairly early. Radoja found a huge double about halfway through the match when his pocket queens were able to hold against Nguyen's during a preflop all in. Despite this, Nguyen had managed to work Radoja down to cashing in his final lammer, meaning Radoja had a huge uphill battle to seize the victory.
From this point on, Radoja worked the short stack to his advantage by winning small pots by shoving all in and taking advantage of the ever-raising blinds. On the 83rd hand of the match, Nguyen moved all in from his button and Radoja snapped him off with pocket sixes. The pocket pair held and Radoja was able to completely turn the tide on Nguyen, who was left with only one lammer to cash in. A mere two hands later Nguyen shoved his short stack from the button and Radoja called for the tournament.
Nguyen's ace-high was ahead and it stayed that way when the flop hit the felt. The on the turn made it more likely that the match would roll on, but the on the river brought everything to an abrupt halt with Radoja eliminating his final opponent and seizing WSOP glory.
PokerNews would like to extend its deepest congratulations to Radoja who is taking home his second WSOP braclet. That does it for our coverage of heads up action, but be sure to check out our Live Reporting page for immediate coverage of all of the remaining events at the 2013 WSOP!
06/09/13 06:35:48 PM PST
Don Nguyen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($204,648)
Hand #84: Mark Radoja announced all in from his button. Don Nguyen folded.
Hand #85: Nguyen moved all in from his button and Radoja announced a call.
"Come on, man!" yelled Radoja seeing he was behind at this point. "King of hearts ONE TIME!!!!"
The flop came and Nguyen's ace-high remained in the lead. Radoja would need to pair up on the next two streets in order to end the tournament here. Nguyen came one step closer to doubling on the turn and needed to dodge a king or a nine on fifth to stay alive.
The dealer produced the river- the and Radoja screamed with pure joy, securing his second WSOP victory. Nguyen was eliminated in 2nd place and will take home $204,648 in prize money.
|Mark Radoja||7,680,000||5,155,000 |
|Don Nguyen||0||-5,155,000 |06/09/13 06:31:07 PM PST
Nguyen Fires Final Bullet
Hand #81: Don Nguyen folded his button.
Hand #82: Mark Radoja raised all in from his button and Don Nguyen called. Radoja showed and Nguyen tabled . The board ran out and the two chopped the pot.
Hand #83: Nguyen moved all in from his button and Radoja snapped him off.
The flop came and Radoja's sixes retained the lead. The was of no help to Nguyen and he needed to spike an eight on the river in order to stay alive. Unfortunately for Nguyen, fifth street was the and he was forced to ship his stack over to Radoja. Nguyen then fired his last bullet by cashing in his final add-on for 1.28 million in chips.
06/09/13 06:27:18 PM PST
Hands 79-80: Radoja's Roll Begins
Hand #79: Nguyen opened for 240,000, Radoja shipped it all-in, and Nguyen called after mulling his options for a few moments. Radoja's was ahead of Nguyen's , and a clean runout of gave him the pot, forcing Nguyen to cash in a 1.2 million chip lammer.
Hand #80: On the next hand, Radoja punished his reeling opponent with an all-in move before the flop, and Nguyen mucked immediately.
06/09/13 06:24:46 PM PST
Hand #74: Radoja opened for 240,000 and Nguyen called to see the flop of . After Nguyen checked, a bet of 165,000 earned Radoja the pot.
Hand #75: Nguyen opened for 240,000, Radoja called, and the dealer fanned a flop of . After a check by Radoja, Nguyen bet 140,000 and took it down.
Hand #76: Radoja opened for 240,000, Nguyen called, and they saw a flop of . Nguyen then check-folded to Radoja's 165,000 wager.
Hand #77: Nguyen went for a walk in the big blind
Hand #78: Radoja limped in, Nguyen raised to 280,000, but folded when Radoja reraised to 780,000.
06/09/13 06:16:44 PM PST
Hand #71: Mark Radoja called from the button and Don Nguyen checked his option. The flop came and Nguyen fired 125,000. Radoja called to see the hit the turn. Nguyen slowed with a check and Radoja fired 140,000. Nguyen mucked and Radoja took it.
Hand #72: Nguyen opened to 240,000 from his button and Radoja folded.
Hand #73: Radjoa raised to 240,000 from hit button and Nguyen tossed them away.
06/09/13 06:14:17 PM PST
Radoja Clawing Back
Hand #67: Mark Radoja shipped all in from the button and Don Nguyen folded.
Hand #68: Nguyen folded his button.
Hand #69: Radoja called from the button and Nguyen checked his option. The flop came and Nguyen checked. Radoja fired 120,000 and Nguyen called. The turned and both players checked. The board completed with the and Nguyen checked again. Radoja bet 305,000 and a moment passed with Nguyen thinking.
"Alright," sighed Nguyen, throwing in a call.
Radoja showed for a straight and Nguyen mucked his hand.
Hand #70: Nguyen raised to 240,000 from his button and Radoja three-bet all in. Nguyen folded and Radoja took it down.
|Don Nguyen||5,155,000||-1,245,000 |
|Mark Radoja||2,525,000||1,245,000 |06/09/13 06:08:21 PM PST
Last Three Hands of the Level
Hand #64: Don Nguyen raised to 160,000 from the button and Mark Radoja three-bet all in. Nguyen folded.
Hand #65: Radoja button-raised to 160,000 and Nguyen replied by announcing all in. Radoja folded and Nguyen took it down.
Hand #66: Nguyen folded his button.
06/09/13 06:05:29 PM PST
Hand #60: Nguyen won with a preflop raise to 160,000.
Hand #61: Nguyen got a walk in his big blind.
Hand #62: Nguyen opened for 160,000, and mucked when Radoja shipped it.
Hand #63: Radoja folded his button, giving Nguyen a walk.
06/09/13 06:02:36 PM PST
Hand # 59: Radoja Rocked by Lucky Turn
Hand #59: Radoja opened for 160,000 and Nguyen shipped for the rest of his stack, forcing Radoja all-in if he elected to call. Holding , Radoja did just that, and he was in great shape to double through against Nguyen's .
"The six is alright," Radoja said, knowing that he had dodged the most dangerous part of the board.
With that, Nguyen's gin card had arrived, and he was now one card away from felting Radoja and forcing him to cash in his last 1.2 million chip lammer.
It looked suspiciously like the nine Radoja needed, but the river card was a blank and Nguyen smiled as he stacked the rest of Radoja's second bullet.
|Don Nguyen||6,400,000||1,850,000 |
|Mark Radoja||1,280,000||-1,850,000 |06/09/13 06:00:52 PM PST
Plenty of Extras Being Given Away at This Year's WSOP
The buzz inside the walls of the Rio extends beyond just the tournaments on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule. Online poker in Nevada is a very, very hot topic right now, and WSOP.com is making a lot of noise.
While the site has yet to launch, you can head to the Lambada Room of the Rio or look for one of the beautiful and friendly WSOP.com ladies walking the hallways to sign up for a free, personal WSOP.com online poker account. This is a great way to get a jump on the site's registration, and plenty of people have already taken this opportunity.
What's more is that the WSOP will be hosting daily raffles for everyone that has taken the time to register for WSOP.com at the Rio. What can you win? Plenty of fantastic prizes including 36 WSOP seats!
Players 21 years of age and older who sign up for a WSOP.com account will automatically be entered into the "36-Seat Giveaway" where a randomly-selected winner will win a seat into the next day's first WSOP gold bracelet event. One of the events eligible in this promotion is the $111,111 One Drop High Roller No-Limit Hold'em tournament that is expected to feature a $10,000,000 prize pool and allow you to play poker with the biggest names in the game. In total, $182,333 in WSOP seats, including a seat to the WSOP Main Event, are being given away during this one-of-a-kind WSOP.com promotion.
In addition to the 36-Seat Giveaway, a "Hot Seat" promotion will allow any player who signs up for a WSOP.com online account and wears their WSOP.com patch on their chest at the table while playing an event to be randomly selected to receive 500 bonus dollars deposited directly into their WSOP.com online account once the site has received all regulatory approvals and launches.
With 62 WSOP gold bracelet events and three winners promised for the Main Event, this promotion includes $32,000 worth of value to those participating.
06/09/13 05:56:15 PM PST
Hand #56: Nguyen raised to 120,000 from the button, Radoja came along, and the dealer flopped the . Both players checked, the turn came , and a bet of 175,000 earned Radoja the pot.
Hand #57: Radoja raised to 160,000 and Nguyen mucked on his big blind.
Hand #58: Nguyen opened to 160,000, and got his big blind right back.
06/09/13 05:50:58 PM PST
Hand #51: Mark Radoja opened his button to 160,000. Don Nguyen three-bet all in and and Radoja let it go.
Hand #52: Nguyen opened with a raise from the button and took it down.
Hand #53: Radoja button-raised to 160,000 and Nguyen shipped all in for 1.83 million. Radoja got away and Nguyen picked it up.
Hand #54: Nguyen made it 160,000 from his button and won the pot.
Hand #55: Radoja opened to 160,000 and Nguyen flat called. A monotone flop of fell and Nguyen tapped the table. Radoja continued for 100,000 and Nguyen folded his cards.
|Don Nguyen||4,550,000||400,000 |
|Mark Radoja||3,130,000||-400,000 |06/09/13 05:46:29 PM PST
Last Two Hands of the Level
Hand #49: Mark Radoja raised to 120,000 from the button and found Don Nguyen come out swinging with a three-bet to 280,000 from the big blind. Radoja released and Nguyen grabbed the pot.
Hand #50: Nguyen button-raised to 120,000 and Radoja flat called to see a flop.
The dealer fanned on the felt and Radoja checked over to the raiser. Nguyen bet 75,000 and Radoja opted to throw his hand to the muck.
06/09/13 05:40:43 PM PST
Hand 48: Back to the Grind
Hand #48: Nguyen opened for 120,000 and Radoja used his newly acquired chips to call. Both players checked the flop, and Radoja mucked on the turn, after a bet of 175,000 by Nguyen
06/09/13 05:39:05 PM PST
Hand 47: Mark Radoja Loves the Ladies
Hand #47: Radoja opened for 120,000 and Nguyen shoved all-in to put his opponent to the ultimate test. Radoja's made that test quite easy to pass, and he insta-called with a premium hand. Nguyen held the , and would need to find some help, but a runout of left him with no pair, giving Radoja a huge double to get back into the match.
|Don Nguyen||4,150,000||-880,000 |
|Mark Radoja||3,530,000||875,000 |06/09/13 05:35:40 PM PST
Hands 43-46: Exchanging Chips
Hand #43: Radoja opened for 120,000, but quickly folded when Nguyen pushed all-in over the top.
Hand #44: Nguyen opened for 120,000, Radoja called, and the flop fell [9c3dks
Hand #45: Nguyen got a walk in his big blind.
Hand #46: Nguyen raised to 120,000 and Radoja released.
06/09/13 05:31:06 PM PST
Three Small Ones For Radoja
Hand #40: Don Nguyen opened to 120,000 and Mark Radoja three-bet all in from the big blind. Nguyen let his hand got and Radoja picked up the pot.
Hand #41: Radoja raised to 120,000 from his button and Nguyen folded.
Hand #42: Nguyen made it 120,000 from his button and Radoja shipped all in over the top. Nguyen tossed his hand away.
06/09/13 05:29:06 PM PST
Hands 34-39; Preflop Poker
Hand #34: Don Nguyen opened with a preflop raise and Mark Radoja three-bet all in. Nguyen folded and Radoja took it down.
Hand #35: Radoja called from the button and Nguyen checked his option. The duo saw fall and Nguyen checked. Radoja fired 60,000 and Nguyen threw his hand away.
Hand #36: Nguyen folded his button.
Hand #37: Radoja made it 120,000 from the button but folded when Nguyen moved all in.
Hand #38: Nguyen opened to 120,000 and took down the blinds.
Hand #39: Radoja opened to 120,000 from his button and Nguyen called. The two saw fall and Nguyen check-folded after a 80,000-chip bet from Radoja.
|Don Nguyen||5,030,000||-90,000 |
|Mark Radoja||2,655,000||95,000 |06/09/13 05:22:20 PM PST
Hands 27-33: Where Have all the Flops Gone?
Hand #27: Radoja raised to 100,000 and Nguyen called, bringing a flop of to the board. Nguyen then check-called a bet of 75,000, and the came on the turn. After another check by Nguyen, Radoja fired 180,000 into the middle, but folded quickly after Nguyen set him all-in.
Hand #28: Nguyen opened for 100,000, and mucked after Radoja shipped his remaining stack.
Hand #29: The action reversed itself, as Radoja opened for 100,000, and folded to an all-in three-bet.
Hand #30: Nguyen raised to 100,000, and mucked after Radoja announced himself all-in.
Hand #31: Radoja mucked his button, and Nguyen went for a walk in the big blind.
Hand #32: After Nguyen opened for 100,000 and Radoja came along, the flop fell . Radoja then check-folded t a bet of 75,000.
Hand #33: Radoja limped in, Nguyen checked his option, and the flop came . Nguyen led for 75,000, Radoja called, and both players checked the on the turn. After the river came , Nguyen check-folded to Radoja's 155,000 move.