Friday, July 5, 2013 1:17 AM Local Time
Congratulations to Matthew Ashton, Winner of the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship ($1,774,089)
For Matthew Ashton, the fourth time was the charm here at the 2013 World Series of Poker. At this, his fourth final table of the summer, he finally captured that elusive gold bracelet, and it comes in one of the most marquee tournaments of the year, the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship. Not only does Ashton earn the gold and nearly $1.8 million, but his name will now be etched on the trophy next to legends like Chip Reese, Freddy Deeb, Scotty Nguyen, David Bach, Michael Mizrachi, and Brian Rast.
The fifth and final day of this event started with an official final table of eight, and on the fourth hand, Jonathan Duhamel exited in a hand of pot-limit Omaha. The 2010 Main Event champ was all in and at risk with kings and an open-ended straight draw against his teammate George Danzer's two pair, but was unable to improve.
Mike Wattel was the next to exit in a hand of no-limit hold'em, and Minh Ly followed him out the door in sixth place. Ly, who was making a return trip to the Players' Championship final table, made two pair, but David Benyamine bested him with an ace-high flush.
After a quick turn of events, Danzer was eliminated in fifth place. He and Don Nguyen engaged in a ferocious raising war in pot-limit Omaha on an flop, and eventually the money went in. Both players held trips, Danzer was ahead holding an ace, but Nguyen paired one of his other cards on the river to make a winning full house. Not only did Nguyen record a knockout on this hand, he also surged into the chip lead.
Including the 60-minute dinner break, four-handed play lasted a little over three hours. During this time, John Hennigan climbed into the chip lead, and David Benyamine got shorter and shorter. Finally, during Level 24, Benyamine busted in a hand of stud. Nguyen made a full house against the Frenchman, and reassumed the chip lead.
When play reached three handed, Ashton started to pull away. By the 192nd hand he had more than half of the chips in play, and despite dipping a bit at the end of Level 25, the Brit never relinquished the lead. He eliminated Hennigan in Hand #257, flopping two pair in pot-limit Omaha, and heads-up play lasted only seven hands.
On the final hand, which you can read below, both Nguyen and Ashton made top pair, but Ashton out-kicked Nguyen and was crowned champion.
Congratulations to Ashton, the second British player to win a bracelet here at the 2013 WSOP. With that the coverage of this event comes to an end, but stay tuned for coverage of the remaining bracelet events, including the Main Event. For now we will leave you with Lynn Gilmartin's table-side chat with our champion, and until then, good night from Las Vegas.
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:57 AM Local Time
Don Nguyen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($1,096,254)
Matthew Ashton took a big chip lead into heads-up play and did something he failed to do at three other final tables this summer—win a gold bracelet. Meanwhile, Nguyen was left with his second runner-up finish of the summer.
Hand #264: Ashton raised the button and Nguyen defended from the big blind. Nguyen then checked the flop and Ashton bet. Nguyen woke up with a check-raise, Ashton called and the dealer burned and turned the . Nguyen bet, Ashton called and the completed the board on the river.
Nguyen bet a second time and then called off when Ashton raised. Nguyen flipped over the but it was no good as Ashton tabled the . Both players had a pair of tens but Ashton's kicked sealed the victory.
Nguyen slowly stood from the table, shook hands with Ashton and then took his leave in second place.
|Matthew Ashton||19,800,000||1,700,000 |
|Don Nguyen||0||-1,700,000 |
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:47 AM Local Time
Ashton Extends Lead
Don Nguyen raised the button and Matthew Ashton called, bringing about a flop of . Ashton checked, Nguyen bet and Ashton woke up with a check-raise. Nguyen called and then called a bet on the turn. Both players checked the river and Ashton tabled the . Nguyen double checked his cards and then mucked.
|Matthew Ashton||18,100,000||800,000 |
|Don Nguyen||1,700,000||-800,000 |
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:41 AM Local Time
|Matthew Ashton||17,300,000||1,300,000 |
|Don Nguyen||2,500,000||-700,000 |
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:40 AM Local Time
John Hennigan Eliminated in 3rd Place ($686,568)
Hand #256: Don Nguyen raised to 300,000 out of the small blind, John Hennigan defended his big blind, and the flop fell . Nguyen bet out, and Hennigan called all in for 345,000.
Hennigan's trip nines held as the turn and river came , respectively, and he doubled.
Hand #257: Hennigan limped in from the small blind, Matthew Ashton raised to 300,000, and Hennigan re-raised the pot (900,000). Ashton called, and Hennigan moved all in before the flop fell . Ashton called.
Ashton had flopped two pair and a flush draw, and Hennigan was unable to catch up as the board finished , . Hennigan is out in third place, earning $686,568.
|John Hennigan||0||-2,195,000 |
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:29 AM Local Time
Nice Razz Pot for Ashton
Matthew Ashton: / /
Don Nguyen: / /
Hand #252: Matthew Ashton completed and then called when Don Nguyen raised. Nguyen proceeded to call a bet on fourth before both players checked fifth. Ashton check-called bets on sixth and seventh and showed for a J-7-6-5-2 low, which was good as Nguyen mucked.
|Matthew Ashton||16,000,000||2,500,000 |
|Don Nguyen||3,200,000||-1,400,000 |
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:21 AM Local Time
Ashton Starts the Level With a Scoop
Hand #243: Don Nguyen raised on the button, Matthew Ashton called in the big blind, and the flop fell . Ashton check-called a bet, then check-called another when the turned. The completed the board, Ashton led out, and Nguyen called.
Ashton showed for aces and sevens with the second-nut low, scooping the pot.
|Matthew Ashton||13,500,000||1,500,000 |
|Don Nguyen||4,600,000||-1,000,000 |
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:14 AM Local Time
Level 26 started
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:58 PM Local Time
|Matthew Ashton||12,000,000||2,600,000 |
|Don Nguyen||5,600,000||-1,300,000 |
|John Hennigan||2,195,000||-1,005,000 |
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:56 PM Local Time
The players are now on a 20-minute break. Full counts are en route.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:56 PM Local Time
Straight Flush for Ashton
Hand #239: Matthew Ashton called from the small blind and then put in more chips when Don Nguyen raised from the big. Ashton then bet the flop, Nguyen called and the action repeated itself on the turn and river.
Ashton rolled over the for a straight flush and it was good enough to scoop the pot as Nguyen sent his hand to the muck.
That was the last hand before the break, so we'll have official counts for you in just a moment.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:52 PM Local Time
Full House for Nguyen
John Hennigan: / /
Don Nguyen: / /
Hennigan brought it in, Nguyen completed, and Hennigan called. Both players paired up on fourth, and Nguyen bet double. Hennigan raised double, Nguyen called, and then Nguyen check-raised on fifth. Hennigan called. Nguyen bet out on sixth and seventh, Hennigan called both bets, and Nguyen turned over for a full house.
|Don Nguyen||6,900,000||2,050,000 |
|John Hennigan||3,200,000||-2,500,000 |
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:43 PM Local Time
Some No-Limit Hands
Hand #224: John Hennigan opened for 200,000 from the small blind and Matthew Ashton defended from the big. The latter then called a bet of 175,000 from the former on the flop and the dealer burned and turned the , which both players checked.
When the completed the board on the river, Hennigan bet 300,000 and Ashton called.
"You got it," Hennigan admitted prompting Ashton to table the for the win.
Hand #226: Ashton made it 160,000 from the button, both his opponents called and it was three-way action to the flop. Two checks put action on Ashton and he bet 240,000. Don Nguyen folded and then Hennigan woke up with a check-raise to 500,000, which Ashton called. Both players checked the turn and then Hennigan fired out 700,000 on the river. Ashton thought for a brief moment and then folded his hand.
|Matthew Ashton||9,400,000||-800,000 |
|John Hennigan||5,700,000||700,000 |
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:35 PM Local Time
Eight-Perfect for Ashton
2-7 Triple Draw
Hand #219: John Hennigan raised on the button, Don Nguyen called in the big blind, and both players drew three cards. Nguyen check-called a bet, then drew two. Hennigan discarded one, and Nguyen check-called another bet.
On the final draw, Nguyen stood pat, Hennigan drew one, and both players checked. Nguyen showed and won the pot.
Hand #220: Matthew Ashton raised on the button, Nguyen re-raised in the small blind, Hennigan made it four bets in the big blind, and both Ashton and Nguyen called.
|Player||First Draw||Second Draw||Third Draw|
Nguyen led out after the first draw, both players called, and he checked after the second. Hennigan bet, both players called, and on the final draw, the action checked to Ashton. He bet, and only Nguyen called.
Ashton tabled for an eight-perfect, winning the pot.
|Matthew Ashton||10,200,000||2,000,000 |
|John Hennigan||5,000,000||-2,000,000 |
|Don Nguyen||4,850,000||-50,000 |
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:20 PM Local Time
Ashton Gives It Up
2-7 Triple Draw
Hand #213: Matthew Ashton raised from the small blind and Don Nguyen defended from the big. Both players drew two and then Ashton check-called a bet from Nguyen.
Ashton drew one and Nguyen on the second draw. Ashton checked, Nguyen bet and the Brit woke up with a check-raise. Nguyen called, both players stood pat and then Nguyen bet when Ashton checked. Ashton folded.
|Matthew Ashton||8,200,000||-1,800,000 |
|Don Nguyen||4,900,000||2,500,000 |
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:07 PM Local Time
Hennigan Fighting Back
Hand #198: Matthew Ashton raised on the button, John Hennigan called in the big blind, and the dealer spread . Hennigan checked, Ashton bet, and Hennigan check-raised. Ashton called.
Hennigan led out when the turned, Ashton called, and both players checked on the river ( ). Hennigan showed for kings and fours, winning the hand.
|Matthew Ashton||10,000,000||-2,400,000 |
|John Hennigan||7,000,000||1,600,000 |
Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:01 PM Local Time
"Well That Worked Out Famously"
Hand #195: Matthew Ashton raised from the button and then called when John Hennigan three-bet from the big blind. Hennigan then bet dark before the flop came out and Ashton called. Both players then checked the turn and the completed the board on the river. Hennigan bet and Ashton called.
"Made it," Hennigan said and showed . Ashton then showed the for the same straight.
"Well that worked out famously," Hennigan said as the dealer chopped the pot.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 10:56 PM Local Time
More for Ashton
Hand #193: Don Nguyen raised to 160,000 on the button, Matthew Ashton called in the big blind, and the flop fell . Ashton check-called a bet of 210,000, then check-called another 410,000 when the turned. The two checked after the completed the board, and Ashton showed for a flush.
|Matthew Ashton||12,400,000||900,000 |
|Don Nguyen||2,400,000||-800,000 |
Thursday, July 4, 2013 10:51 PM Local Time
Ashton Pulling Away
Hand #192: Matthew Ashton raised to 160,000 on the button and John Hennigan called from the big blind. Hennigan then check-called a bet of 160,000 on the flop and the appeared on the turn. Again Hennigan check-called a bet, this time 480,000, and then the completed the board on the river.
Hennigan checked for a third time and Ashton fired out a healthy 980,000. Hennigan called only to muck when Ashton rolled over the for a full house.
|Matthew Ashton||11,500,000||2,900,000 |
|John Hennigan||5,400,000||-2,400,000 |
Thursday, July 4, 2013 10:47 PM Local Time
Ashton's Trap Fails, But He Still Takes the Lead
Hand #189: Matthew Ashton raised to 240,000 out of the small blind, Don Nguyen called out of the big blind, and the dealer fanned . Ashton led out for 270,000, Nguyen called, and the turn brought the . Ashton fired out another 720,000, Nguyen min-raised to 1.44 million, and Ashton called.
Both players knuckled when the completed the board, and Ashton took down the pot with for the nut-flush.
|Matthew Ashton||8,600,000||1,800,000 |
|Don Nguyen||3,200,000||-2,400,000 |