Friday, October 14, 2011 12:29 AM Local Time
Tristan Wade has become the fourth player to collect a coveted gold bracelet this week. He was one of the players who requested the blinds be pushed back today and this allowed him to sit back in the early stages, stay out of trouble and observe all those around him.
We came back from the dinner break five-handed and a different beast returned. His VPIP percentage must've doubled as he began, with Michael Watson, to dismantle the field around him. He won a key hand versus Max Silver four-handed (KK v 44) that enabled him to eliminate the dangerous Brit who had position on him. It also to gave him the chips to compete with Watson, who was chip leader at that point after putting on his own masterclass.
Once Richard Toth was eliminated in 3rd, Wade reached an even greater level of aggression in his play. He pounded his Canadian opponent and soon overturned the chip-deficit and grew a substantial lead. There was one key heads-up hand where he managed to maneuver Watson off a big pot when the board read and this seemed to break his opponent's spirit.
Watson did manage to double-up when his king-ten over came Wade's pocket jacks, but moments later he was all-in again versus jacks. He was behind with ace-four and failed to find another three-outer.
Wade showed class throughout the three days of play, and that goes for on the table and off the table. He was polite and courteous to all around him and is very a popular and deserving winner.
Friday, October 14, 2011 12:11 AM Local Time
Tristan Wade found the same holding as before and the hand played out pretty similar to that huge hand that played out.
Michael Watson raised to 60,000 on the button and then moved all-in when Wade three-bet to 144,000 from the big blind. Wade snap-called with jacks again to create the showdown.
The board ran to safely see the American home.
Congratulations go to Watson who showed class and composure throughout.
Friday, October 14, 2011 12:02 AM Local Time
Michael Watson raised to 60,000 and Wade called. A flop reading saw both players check but when the landed on the turn Wade lead into his opponent with a 74,000 bet, a bet that Watson refused to call.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:59 PM Local Time
Tristan Wade's relentless aggression paid off when as he had his man on the ropes and got him to make a move when he was holding the goods. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't get his hand to hold up.
Wade raised to 60,000 from the button and snap-called when Michael Watson shoved on him for 507,000.
The board ran . It was a dream flop for Watson and his hand held to the river. Time to start all over again.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:51 PM Local Time
Tristan Wade is giving Michael Watson a lesson in big stack play right now and is not giving the Canadian one inch breathing room.
Wade is continuously raising when he has the button and three-betting all in whenever Watson dares to open the betting. We have been very impressed with Wade's play since the tournament became short-handed, especially heads up.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:48 PM Local Time
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:46 PM Local Time
Michael Watson raised to 45,000 and then called when Tristan Wade three-bet to 112,000.
The flop came down a very draw heavy and Wade lead into Watson with a bet of 106,000. Watson made the call and we saw the land on the turn. Wade did not slow down, instead he bet 202,000 and sent Watson into the tank. He emerged a full minute and a half later with a fold.
Watson looks slightly un-composed for the first time in this entire tournament. Does Wade not only have a two-to-one chip advantage but also a mental one too?
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:39 PM Local Time
Michael Watson is down to around 930,000 chips after giving up on a hand at the turn stage.
He raised to 45,000 and Tristan Wade peeled to see a flop. He continued for 48,000 but was check-raised up to 118,000 by Wade. He called to see the turn where he quickly folded to a 210,000 bet.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:34 PM Local Time
Tristan Wade has retaken the lead in this match after winning consecutive pots from Michael Watson.
In the first hand Watson raised to 45,000 and then folded when Wade came over the top with a three-bet to 112,000.
The second hand saw Wade open with a button raise to 40,000, Watson three-bet to 105,000 but Wade was having none of it and he made the first four-bet of the evening, making it 244,000 to play. This was too much for Watson to pay and he mucked his hand.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:26 PM Local Time
Michael Watson claimed the next pot to even up the stacks. He called a 40,000 raise from Tristan Wade to see a flop. Both players checked to the turn where Watson check-raised Wade's 42,000 bet up to 125,000. Wade check-folded.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:22 PM Local Time
Michael Watson raised to 45,000 and Tristan Wade called. The flop came down , Wade lead into Watson with a 44,000 bet and Watson called.
The turn brought the into play and Wade continued with his story and bet 72,000 and again Watson called him down. The river was another low card, the and Wade bet again, increasing the size to 150,000. After around a minute of thinking time Watson folded and Wade takes the lead for the first time in this heads-up battle.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:08 PM Local Time
We've only seen bet-calls or checked flops so far. That just changed but the hand still fizzled out.
Michael Watson raised to 45,000 and Tristan Wade called to see an all heart flop. Watson continued for 50,000 but was check-raised up to 122,000 by Wade. It looked as if the Canadian was planning something... fold.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:04 PM Local Time
Michael Watson min-raised to 40,000 and Tristan Wade called. Both players checked down every street on the board and Watson mucked as he was shown .
Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:03 PM Local Time
Tristan Wade tried something different and limped in from the button and Michael Watson checked his option. The flop was the and both players checked. The on the turn was checked by Watson, Wade bet 20,000 and Watson folded.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:55 PM Local Time
There have been four hands played since the level began and Michael Watson has won all of them.
Both times he was on the button his button raises got through. When he was out-of-position in the big blind he three-bet both times to force Tristan Wade to fold.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:48 PM Local Time
Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:40 PM Local Time
Tristan Wade and Michael Watson battle heads up for the bracelet.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:40 PM Local Time
The level has come to an end and the players have decided to take a five-minute break instead of the scheduled 20-minute break. We will be right back.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:38 PM Local Time
Dan Smith and Scott Seiver are party of the small but vocal rail supporting Michael Watson.
They have the nickname "Mad Dog" for their pal and are trying their best to get get Paul Neaves (The TD and announcer) to call Watson by his nickname. He resisted for a while but has softened and dropped the odd one in there to make the crown go wild!
Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:29 PM Local Time
The two players seem content with passing the blinds to each other and we went 10 hands without seeing a flop. However, when Tristan Wade raised to 32,000 on the 11th hand, Michael Watson called and we saw a rare flop.
Flop: - Watson checked and Wade checked behind.
Turn: - Watson bet 40,000 when the board paired and Wade wasted little time in folding.