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Matt Matros Wins $2,500 Mixed Hold'em at 2011 World Series of Poker

Poker Pro and CP Blogger Captures Second Career Bracelet and $303,501


Matt MatrosCard Player columnist Matt Matros has won the $2,500 mixed hold’em event here at the 2011 World Series of Poker. Matros beat out a tough final table on Saturday to capture his second career bracelet and the $303,501 first-place prize.

The poker pro and author has been on a tear lately in limit hold’em. Last summer he picked up his first bracelet in a $1,500 limit event, and at this WSOP, Matros had previously cashed three times in the discipline before Saturday’s win in the mix of limit and no-limit hold’em. Two of his other cashes this summer were nearly final tables, as he finished 11th and 12th respectively. The rush has brought his lifetime tournament earnings to just barely under $2 million.

The 34-year-old Matros was super short at the dinner break on Saturday with just 285,000 of the 4.35 million in play. However, he played well and went on a heater to bring his chip stack back into contention. One of the those hands occurred against fellow limit hold’em specialist Matt Hawrilenko. Matros and Hawrilenko got all the chips in preflop with big pair vs. big pair, and Matros’ kings held to give him the double up to 700,000.

With the elimination of Hawrilenko in third place, Matros had the chip lead going into heads-up play with 3,250,000 to Jonathan Lane’s 1,100,000. Lane remained resilient and fought back to take the lead. However, Matros never panicked and eventually overcame the chip deficit to take home the title.

Here are the elimination hands, as featured in Card Player’s live updates:

Adam SandersAdam Sanders Eliminated in 9th Place ($24,107)

Adam Sanders opened the pot for 17,000 before the flop, Matt Hawrilenko reraised to 45,000 from late position, Sanders moved all in for about 175,000 and Hawrilenko called.

Hawrilenko lead with AClub Suit KClub Suit against Sanders’
ASpade Suit QClub Suit.

The board came JSpade Suit 8Club Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Club Suit 7Club Suit, no help to Adam Sanders who was the first one eliminated in 9th place ($24,107).

Aalok Arora Eliminated in 8th Place ($31,947)

Brian Smith opened the pot for 17,000 before the flop, Aalok Arora moved all in 228,000 and Smith called.

Arora lead with 8Spade Suit8Club Suit against Smith’s AHeart Suit QDiamond Suit.

The board came AClub Suit JHeart Suit 6Spade Suit 4Club Suit 5Spade Suit, giving Smith top pair on the flop to win the pot. Aalok Arora was eliminated in 8th place ($31,947).

Noah Boeken Eliminated in 7th Place ($40,284)
Noah Boeken

Matt Hawrilenko opened the pot for 23,000 before the flop, Noah Boeken button-shoved for 130,000 and Hawrilenko called.

Hawrilenko had ADiamond Suit QSpade Suit against Boeken’s KDiamond Suit QHeart Suit.

The board came KSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 3Club Suit JClub Suit, giving Boeken top pair on the flop for the lead, but Hawrilenko hit a jack on the river to give him an ace-high straight to win the pot. Noah Boeken was eliminated in 7th place ($40,284).

Nikolay Losev Eliminated in 6th Place ($52,687)

Brian Smith button-raised before the flop, Nikolay Losev reraised the big blind and Smith called.

The flop came AHeart Suit 9Heart Suit 4Spade Suit, Losev bet all in for 22,000 and Smith called.

Smith was ahead on the flop with AClub Suit 9Heart Suit for top two pair against Losev’s KHeart Suit JHeart Suit flush draw.

The turn and river were the 3Club Suit and the 3Spade Suit, no help to Nikolay Losev who was eliminated in 6th place ($52,687).

Brian Smith Eliminated in 5th Place ($69,524)

Brian Smith open-shoved before the flop for 380,000 and Jonathan Lane called from the button.

Lane lead with 7Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit against Smith’s 6Spade Suit 6Heart Suit.

The board came KDiamond Suit 8Club Suit 3Spade Suit 5Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit, no help to Brian Smith who was eliminated in 5th place ($69,524).

Brandon Meyers Eliminated in 4th Place ($92,642)

Brandon Meyers got it all in before the flop with
QSpade Suit QHeart Suit against Matt Hawrilenko’s KSpade Suit KHeart Suit.

The board came AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit JClub Suit JHeart Suit 8Club Suit, no help for Brandon Meyers who was eliminated in 4th place ($92,642).

Matt HawrilenkoMatt Hawrilenko Eliminated in 3rd Place ($124,837)

On a flop of QHeart Suit JDiamond Suit 6Diamond Suit, Matt Hawrilenko got it all in with QDiamond Suit JClub Suit for top two pair against Matt Matros’s
KDiamond Suit 2Diamond Suit flush draw.

The turn and river were the 5Diamond Suit and the 3Heart Suit, giving Matros a flush on the turn to win the pot. Matt Hawrilenko was eliminated in 3rd place and Matt Matros took the chip lead going into heads-up play against Jonathan Lane.

With the elimination of Matt Hawrilenko in 3rd place, Matt Matros took the chip lead going into heads-up play with 3,250,000 to Jonathan Lane’s 1,100,000.

Jonathan Lane Eliminated in 2nd Place ($187,844)

Jonathan LaneMatros began heads-up play with a chip lead of about 3.2 million to Jonathan Lane’s 1.1 million. Lane managed to steal the chip lead in Level 25 after turning a wheel to scoop a big a pot right after the break, but his run at the top was short lived after Matros picked off a huge bluff with top pair on a scare board with three to a flush, a baby straight and a pair. That hand put Matros way out in front and it wasn’t long before Lane got the short stack all in before the flop in the final hand of the tournament.

Matt Matros button-raised to 65,000 on the button, Jonathan Lane moved all in from the big blind and Matros called.

Matros lead with ASpade Suit 10Club Suit against Lane’s JDiamond Suit 10Heart Suit.

The board came QSpade Suit QHeart Suit 5Spade Suit 4Spade Suit 4Heart Suit, no help to Jonathan Lane who was eliminated in 2nd place ($187,844). Matt Matros wins his second gold bracelet in Event #52 and the $303,501 grand prize.

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