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World Series of Poker -- Matt Jarvis Wins Event No. 40 ($5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em)

Former November Nine Member Jarvis Forces Day 4 and then Wins his First Gold Bracelet

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Matt Jarvis WinsMatt Jarvis came very close to winning the largest prize in the poker world in 2010 but he busted out of the main event in eighth place, falling a few places shy of poker immortality. He did claim his first gold bracelet on Sunday and a measure of vindication for his deep run to the November Nine by winning Event No 40 ($5,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em) at the 2011 World Series of Poker. He took home $808,538 in prize money and the gold bracelet after defeating Justin Filtz on the fourth day of the tournament that attracted 732 players.

Jarvis took his career earnings up to $2,426,389 with the win. He also defeated notables Matthew Vengrin, Dan O’Brien, and Hafiz Khan in the later stages of the tournament. “You dream of a moment like this from the first time you start playing poker. To win an event like this with as tough a field as this was, is an amazing feeling,” said Jarvis during the post-final table press conference. He also became the fifth Canadian player at the 2011 WSOP to win a gold bracelet. The U.S. still leads the country-by-country bracelet count with 25. “It’s 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,” said Jarvis.

Here is a look at the elimination hands from CardPlayer.com’s live updates:

Matthew Vengrin Eliminated in 6th Place ($98,567)

Matthew Vengrin was all in before the flop with QClub Suit JClub Suit against Wesley Pantling’s ASpade Suit 5Diamond Suit.

The board came AClub Suit 8Club Suit 7Spade Suit 4Club Suit 8Spade Suit, giving Pantling top pair on the flop to win the pot. Matthew Vengrin was the first one eliminated from the official six-handed final table in 6th place ($98,567).

Tore Lukashaugen Eliminated in 5th Place ($141,125)
Tore Lukashaugen

Justin Filtz opened the pot for 70,000 before the flop, Tore Lukashaugen moved all in for 530,000 from the big blind and Filtz called.

Lukashaugen lead with QHeart Suit QDiamond Suit against Filtz’s AHeart Suit QSpade Suit

The board came ASpade Suit 3Heart Suit 2Spade Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Club Suit, giving Filtz top pair on the flop to win the pot. Tore Lukashaugen was eliminated in 5th place ($141,125).

Robert Merulla Eliminated in 4th Place ($208,281)

Robert Merulla button-raised to 70,000 before the flop, Justin Filtz reraised to 195,000 from the small blind, Merulla moved all in for about 1.3 million and Filtz called.

Filtz lead with ASpade Suit QHeart Suit against Merulla’s AHeart Suit 8Spade Suit.

The board came JSpade Suit 9Diamond Suit 5Spade Suit 7Spade Suit 2Spade Suit, giving Filtz the nut flush on the river to win the pot. Robert Merulla was eliminated in 4th place ($208,281).

Wesley Pantling Eliminated in 3rd Place ($317,136)

Wesley Pantling button-raised to 95,000 before the flop, Matt Jarvis shoved from the big blind and Pantling called all in for about 1.2 million.

Pantling lead with ADiamond Suit JClub Suit against Jarvis’ QDiamond Suit 8Diamond Suit.

The board came KClub Suit 6Heart Suit 5Club Suit QHeart Suit 6Spade Suit, giving Jarvis a pair of queens on the turn to win the pot. Wesley Pantling was eliminated in 3rd place ($317,136) while Matt Jarvis took the chip lead going into heads-up play.

Matt JarvisJustin Filtz Eliminated in 2nd Place ($499,855)

Justin Filtz came to the unscheduled fourth day of this event out-chipped by more than 3:1 and was eliminated just minutes into the day.

Filtz open-shoved the button for about 2,000,000 before the flop and Matt Jarvis called from the big blind.

Jarvis lead with ASpade Suit 8Heart Suit against Filtz’s KDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit.

The board came 6Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 3Heart Suit 2Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit, no help to Justin Filtz who was eliminated in 2nd place ($499,855). Matt Jarvis wins the gold bracelet in Event No. 40 and the $808,538 grand prize.