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World Series of Poker -- Mark Radoja Wins $10,000 Heads-Up Bracelet

Radoja Becomes Fifth Canadian Bracelet Winner of the Summer


Mark RadojaIn 2012, five Canadians won bracelet at the World Series of Poker. So far this summer, five Canadians have won bracelets through just 16 events.

Event no. 16, the $10,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up tournament, went to 27-year-old Mark Radoja. The Guelph, Ontario resident has been one of the more under the radar success stories of the WSOP the past few years, earning two bracelets and finishing runner-up in another event.

Radoja’s first bracelet came in the $5,000 shootout event in 2011. In 2012, he took second in a $1,500 six-handed no-limit hold’em event. For his win on Sunday, Radoja banked $331,190, the second largest score of his career.

Radoja defeated eight players en route to victory, including Alex Venovski, Ludovic Lacay, Phil Hellmuth and eventual runner-up Don Nguyen.

“This is a big event,” said Radoja. “All eyes are on it. You are playing every single hand. If you fold, there’s a new one coming up. It’s the highest skill level you there is. It’s not the longest blinds or the deepest structures, so I’m not going sit here and say I’m the best heads-up player in the world. But I thankfully did not let my game slip and have no regrets the whole way about the cards that came.”

Here’s a look at the final results.

Place Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Mark Radoja $331,190 780
2 Don Nguyen $204,648 650
3 Justin Bonomo $110,485 455
3 Ben Sulsky $110,485 455
5 Phil Hellmuth $54,024 228
5 Randy Lew $54,024 228
5 Sean Winter $54,024 228
5 Russell Rosenblum $54,024 228

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Photo Credit: Eddie Malluk/WSOP