November Niner to 2011 Gold Bracelet Champion
Wins Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Pro Rakes In $808,538 in Prize Money
Canada! Five Gold Bracelets Now For the
Great White North
Cashes Again – 82 In-the Money Finishes for All-Time Lead (and Counting)
Full House at
the 2011 WSOP-- Tournament Attendance Continues Running Ahead of Last Year
Bracelets Won – 18 More Still to Go
does anyone top making the WSOP November Nine?
That’s an easy answer for any
serious poker player. How about returning the following year to the World
Series of Poker, and winning a gold bracelet.
Today, Matt Jarvis did exactly
that. Seven months after his uber-impressive eighth-place finish in the 2010
WSOP Main Event Championship, he returned to the arena of his former glory and
heartache and ended up winning his first WSOP title. Jarvis won the
$5,000 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em championship, held at the Rio in Las
Vegas. This was the 40th gold bracelet event (of 58) on this year’s
Jarvis overcame a brutally-tough
field totaling 732 players. More of a challenge perhaps than the sheer volume
of runners, was the fact that this was as stacked a field as has ever been
assembled for any live six-handed competition. Indeed, the best online
poker players in the world mingled amongst a few hundred world-class touring
pros creating a gauntlet for any aspiring champion. After three long days
and nights, plus an unscheduled fourth-day afternoon, Jarvis alone proved up to
Matt Jarvis is a 26-year-old
poker pro from Vancouver, BC (Canada). He won $1,045,743 by outlasting
7,311 players in last year’s championship. Jarvis added a whopping
$808,538 to his bankroll for this victory, which was one of the biggest cash
prizes of the year so far at this year’s WSOP. Jarvis now has more than
$1.8 million in winnings over the past two years, which places him among the
top ten performers in that category.
The runner up was Justin Filtz,
from Stevens Point, WI. He is a 24-year-old poker pro who was making his
second top-three finish at the WSOP. Filtz previously finished third in
an event at the 2008 WSOP. The final duel was a real test for both
players. The see-saw battle lasted four hours in real time. Both
players had chances to win. But it was Jarvis who ultimately took
advantage and won the final pot of the tournament.
Jarvis becomes the fifth
Canadian poker champion so far at the 2011 WSOP. In fact, the last four
gold bracelet events have all been won by non-Americans. Players from
Russia, France, Ukraine and Canada have won the last four tournaments in
Speaking of Canadian
poker champions, last year’s Main Event winner didn’t fare too badly,
either. Jonathan Duhamel, the reigning world poker champion from
Montreal, finished in 15th place. Four-time gold bracelet winner Daniel
Negreanu, originally from Toronto, also went deep, finishing in 20th place.
For a comprehensive recap of Event #40,
please visit the WSOP.com tournament portal page HERE.
EVENT #40 CHAMPION – MATT JARVIS
World Series of Poker $5,000 buy-in Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em champion is
Matt Jarvis, from Vancouver, BC (Canada).
Jarvis is a
26-year-old professional poker player.
born in Richmond, BC (Canada).
best known for making it to the final table of the 2010 WSOP Main Event
Championship, becoming what is known as one of the “November Nine.” Jarvis ended up finishing in eighth place,
earning $1,045,743 in prize money.
victory, Jarvis collected $808,538 for first place.
official records, Jarvis now has 1 win, 2 final table appearances and 3
in-the-money finishes at the WSOP.
Jarvis currently has
$1,858,566 in career WSOP winnings.
winning this event, Jarvis was zero for ten in cashes at the 2011 WSOP.
Jarvis had an
incredible story prior to last year’s WSOP Main Event. He was planning to come and play. But a few months prior to the tournament, his
father was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment. Jarvis was prepared to skip playing at the
WSOP. But instead, his father talked him
into coming to Las Vegas and encouraged him to go ahead and play. The rest, as they say, is history. Jarvis’ father remains in good health today.
Jarvis is to be
classified as a professional poker player (in WSOP records and stats), since he
has been a full-time player for about three years.
On how it feels to finally win a WSOP
“You dream of
a moment like this from the first time you start playing poker. To win and event like this with as tough a field
as this was, is an amazing feeling.”
On making the November Nine and the
eight months that have since passed:
“It’s been a
really crazy year. I did win two (live)
tournaments. I also won a major
tournament online. It’s been a really
good year for me, so far. I just hope it
On becoming the fifth Canadian
champion so far at the 2011 WSOP:
unbelievable. There are so many great
players coming out of Canada, especially in Vancouver. It’s amazing to be part of that group that is
doing so well here this year.”
On his father’s encouragement and
support, particularly in light of his illness:
really well. I actually just got off the
phone with him a few minutes before we started back. I heard from (someone else) that he had tears
in his eyes. He’s really good. He’s doing much better now in his
recovery. I am really proud of him for
the effort he’s put into everything.”
Filtz, his final opponent, who battled heads-up for more than four hours:
“Justin was really tough. He put a
lot of pressure on me….he played really great the whole time.”
On which is better, making the
November Nine versus winning a gold bracelet the next year:
tough to answer. I think the November
Nine put me on the map. But this secures
me as a player. Especially in such a
tough field, it shows I can do it again and that I’m a capable poker
player. I do not know if I can say one
is better than the other. I’m just
really happy that one followed the other.”
THE FINAL TABLE
final table was comprised of the top six finishers.
table contained no former gold bracelet winners.
were represented at the final table – Norway (1 player) and the United States
match between Matt Jarvis and Justin Filtz was a marathon test of willpower and
stamina. The duel lasted more than four
hours. In fact, play was interrupted at
the end of Day Three, requiring an extra day of action. Both players had the chip lead at various
times and had their respective opponents all in and drawing for help. Filtz was ahead by 3 to 1 in chips at one
point. But he could not deliver the
final blow to his opponent. Jarvis had
the chip lead a majority of the time, but it took all he had to ultimately
defeat his final foe.
was suspended after the third day of play, the two heads-up finalists returned
for an unscheduled day four. The last
day lasted only 6 minutes. Jarvis had a
4 to 1 chip lead and won the last hand with ace-high (A-8 versus K-9 all in
The runner up
was Justin Filtz, from Stevens Point, WI.
He cashed for the sixth time at the WSOP, coming close to winning this
event, but instead missing out and ultimately finishing second. Filtz collected $499,855.
finisher was Wesley Pantling, from Marina Del Rey, CA.
fourth-place finisher was Anthony Merulla, from New York, NY.
fifth-place finisher was Matt Iles, from London, UK.
sixth-place finisher was Matthew Vengrin, from Henderson, NV.
play began at 9 pm on a Saturday night.
Played concluded about four hours later (playing time wise) at 3 am on
Sunday morning. They returned for play
at 2:45 pm on Sunday and play ended a short time later.
table play began, Justin Filtz enjoyed the chip lead (and finished second). There were essentially four big stacks and
two small stacks. Matt Jarvis began play
with one of the larger stacks. However,
he was fourth in chips when cards went into the air.
table was played on ESPN’s main stage. The
new final table set this year is getting raves in terms of design and
appearance. No stage in the history of
poker has ever looked as spectacular. Viewers
will be able to see ESPN’s coverage again once the WSOP Main Event begins in
streamed live over WSOP.com. Viewers can
tune in and watch most of this year’s final tables. Although hole cards are not shown, viewers
can follow an overhead camera as well as a pan-shot of the table. The floor announcer provides an official
account of the action.
OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS
The top 78
finishers collected prize money.
champion was Jeffrey Papola, from New York, NY.
He did not cash this year.
Among the former
gold bracelet winners who cashed in this tournament were the following: Jonathan Duhamel (15th), Daniel Negreanu
(20th), David Singer (29th), Phil Hellmuth (36th),
Kevin Song (50th), Angel Guillen (54th), Daniel Alaei (58th),
Lisa Hamilton (66th), Nenad Medic (72nd) and Jason DeWitt
champion Jonathan Duhamel’s 15th-place finish marks the second time
he has cashed this year. Duhamel
finished 54th earlier in one of the $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em
Hellmuth’s 36th-place finish marks his 82nd time to cash
at the WSOP. He continues to separate
himself from the pack and is now ten cashes ahead of second-ranked player Men
“the Master” Nguyen. He also took back
the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
are to be included in all official WSOP records. Results are also to be included in the 2011
WSOP “Player of the Year” race.
of the Year” standings can be found at WSOP.com HERE.
ODDS AND ENDS
attracted 732 entries. Participation was
up significantly from last year, as the same event attracted 568 entries. This represents a 29 percent increase over
last year’s attendance.
world poker champion Jonathan Duhamel cashed in this tournament, finishing in
15th place. His strong
showing in this tournament breaks a pattern that has existed for a decade. Most reigning poker champions have not
performed well at the following WSOP. In
fact, since Chris “Jesus” Ferguson won the world championship in 2000, and then
won another gold bracelet the following year, most have failed to cash in any events. One notable exception was Greg “Fossilman”
Raymer, who finished first in the 2004 Main Event, and then finished 25th
the following year in the world championship.
This is the 932nd
gold bracelet awarded in World Series of Poker history. This figure includes every official WSOP
event ever played, including tournaments during the early years when there were
no actual gold bracelets awarded. It
also includes the 16 gold bracelets awarded to date at WSOP Europe (2007-2010). Moreover for the first time ever, one gold
bracelet was awarded for this year’s winner of the WSOP Circuit National
WSOP gold bracelet ceremony takes place on the day following the winner’s
victory (or some hours later when the tournament ends very late). The ceremony takes place inside The Pavilion,
which is the expansive main tournament room hosting all noon starts this
year. The ceremony begins at the
conclusion of the first break of the noon tournament. The ceremony usually starts around 2:20
pm. The national anthem of the winner’s
nation is played. The entire
presentation is open to the public and media.
Video and photography is permitted by both the public and members of the
bracelet ceremony is set to take place on Monday, June 27th. The national anthem of Canada will be played
in honor of his victory.
was scheduled to be played over three consecutive days/nights – which ran into
a fourth day due to the late finish.
Day One began
with 732 entries and ended with 172 survivors.
Day Two began
with 172 players and ended with 20 survivors.
began with 20 players and played down to heads-up.
began with 2 players and played down to the winner.
officially began on Thursday, June 23rd at noon. The tournament officially ended early Sunday
afternoon, June 25th at 3 pm.
2011 WSOP STATISTICS
Through the conclusion
of Event #40 the 2011 WSOP has attracted 49,877 combined total entries. $79,888,860 in prize money has been awarded
conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of nationality of gold bracelet
winners has been:
conclusion of this tournament, the national origin (birthplace) of winners has
conclusion of this tournament, the home-states of (American) winners have been:
New York (3)
conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of professional poker players to
semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets has been:
Cody, Cheech Barbaro, Eugene Katchalov, Allen Bari, Harrison Wilder, Matt
Perrins, Sean Getzwiller, Viacheslav Zhukov, David Diaz, Andrew Badecker, Tyler
Bonkowski, Brian Rast, John Juanda, Aaron Steury, Darren Woods, Jason
Somerville, Bertrand Grospellier, John Monnette, Elie Payon, Mark Radoja, Chris
Viox, Dan Idema, Andy Frankenberger, Chris Lee, Sam Stein, Mark Schmid, Jason
Mercier, Mikhail Lakhitov, Fabrice Soulier, Mitch Schock and Matt Jarvis
Semi-Pros (5): Sean R. Drake, Amir Lehavot, Oleksii
Kovalchuk, Eric Rosawig, Arkadiy Tsinis
(4): Geffrey Klein, Foster Hays, James
Hess, Kirk Caldwell
tracking first started in 2005, this year’s WSOP has the greatest disparity of
professionals winning over semi-pros and amateurs than any year recorded, so
far – with 36 out of 40 events being won by pros or semi-pros.
conclusion of this tournament, the victories of 8 of the 40 winners (20
percent) marked the first time the new champion had ever cashed at the WSOP.
held over the past 11 years has included at least one multiple gold bracelet
champion (meaning two or more wins within the same year). The last year the WSOP was comprised
exclusively of single-event winners was back in 1999. The record for most multiple gold bracelet
winners within a single year was in 2009, when five players managed to win two
or more titles. So far, no player has
yet won two gold bracelets (this year).
The streak of
consecutive male WSOP gold bracelet winners has now reached 199 consecutive
events. Aside from the annual Ladies Poker
Championship, the last female player to win a WSOP tournament open to both
sexes was Vanessa Selbst, in 2008. The
longest “cold” streak for female players occurred between years 1982 and 1996,
when 221 consecutive open events passed without a female champion.
finish by any female (open events) at this year’s WSOP was by two players. Maria Ho finished second ($5,000 buy-in
No-Limit Hold’em). Kim Nguyen also
finished as the runner up ($1,500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em).
finish by any defending champion at this year’s WSOP was by David Baker, who
after winning the previous $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball
World Championship finished in sixth place in defense of his title.
world poker champions rarely perform well the following year after their
victory. Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was the
last world champion to win a gold bracelet the next year, which happened in
2001. Perhaps it’s due to the increasing
size of the fields. But there’s also
great pressure on the champions to do well.
What follows is a list of the only world champions in history to win a gold
bracelet after winning the championship during the previous year:
players who make it to the final table of the Main Event Championship (November
Nine) one year tend to do quite well in subsequent WSOP years. Consider that last year, three former Main
Event finalists won gold bracelets – Eric Buchman, Tex Barch and Scott
Montgomery. This year, Matt Jarvis won
his first gold bracelet one year after making it to the November Nine.
tournament records set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):
Heads-Up tournament prize pool in history ($3,040,000) – Event #2
live Omaha High-Low Split Tournament in history (925 entries) – Event #3
live Six-Handed tournament in poker history (1,920 entries) – Event #10
Deuce-to-Seven tournament prize pool in history ($1,184,400) – Event #16
live $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start
(3157 entries) – Event #18
live $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start
(3175 entries) – Event #20
consecutive-days starting field sizes in poker history (combined 6,332 entries)
– Event #18 and Event #20
live Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in poker history (1,071 entries) – Event #22
Mixed-Game (Eight-Game Mix) in poker history (489 entries) – Event #23
Seniors tournament in poker history (3,752 entries) – Event #30
Seniors No-Limit Hold’em championship prize pool in history ($3,376,800) –
single-day live tournament start in poker history (3,752 entries) – Event #30
Largest consecutive-days starting field
sizes in poker history (combined 6,580 entries) – Event #30/Event #32 (broke
Event #18/Event #20 record from earlier in 2011 WSOP)
Largest four-consecutive days field sizes in
poker history (2,500+3,752+2,828+3,144 =12,224 entries) -- Events 28, 30, 32,
34, June 16-19, 2011
Largest Mixed Pot-Limit tournament in history (606 entries) –
New player records
set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):
35-year span between Artie Cobb’s first cash in this event (1976) and most
recent cash in the same event (2011) represents the longest time span in WSOP
history. He accomplished this in
Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split (Event #25).
Hellmuth added to his record as the individual all-time leader in cashes (82)
and final table appearances (42).
RAISING AWARENESS: BAD BEAT ON CANCER AND THE WSOP
Bad Beat on
Cancer was created in 2003 by Phil Gordon and Rafe Furst as an easy and fun way
for poker players to donate to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. It all began when Chris Moneymaker pledged 1
percent of his 2003 Main Event winnings and went on to capture the championship,
contributing $25,000 when he was awarded the $2.500,000 first- place prize. By taking the pledge, wearing the patch, and
joining ‘Team 1%’, players can feel good supporting a cause that only benefits
when they win. As the official charity
of the WSOP, pledges simply indicate to the payouts staff that they are
donating 1 percent of their winnings, and the funds are automatically withheld.
A tax receipt is generated and sent to
their mailing address. Several high
profile professionals have made ‘life pledges’ of 1 percent of all their
winnings -- including Annie Duke, Phil Hellmuth Jr., Lee Childs, Paul Wasicka,
Andy Bloch, Dennis Phillips, and others. Since 2003, the initiative has raised over $3,500,000
for cancer prevention research, education, and community outreach programs. Players can pick up a patch and join Team 1%
by stopping by the Bad Beat on Cancer booth, located at the 2011 WSOP opposite
the Amazon Room in the concourse. The Nevada Cancer Institute based in Las Vegas
is a benefiting charity from the Bad Beat on Cancer.
Various categories and statistics will be updated with each gold
bracelet event as they are completed.