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Matt Grapenthien Wins World Series of Poker $10,000 Stud Event

Grapenthien Beats Todd Brunson Heads-Up To Earn First Bracelet


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The final day of the $10,000 buy-in seven card stud event at the 2014 World Series of Poker began as a sweat for Phil Hellmuth, who was looking for his record 14th gold bracelet, but once the poker brat hit the rail, the tournament became all about a back-and-forth heads-up match between Todd Brunson and Matt Grapenthien.

In the end, Brunson was denied his second bracelet and Grapenthien emerged with the victory, his first WSOP title and the $268,473 first-place prize.

Grapenthien, who resides in Chicago, spends most of his time in Canada playing online stud cash games.

“I started playing poker professionally when I was in my early 20’s," he said. "Back then, poker was 60 percent hold’em and 30 percent stud, and the rest was everything else. I started playing stud, and then it started dying out. So, this field became really strong with the best players. I’d never even cashed in this event before. It’s a big buy-in. It’s always been my favorite game.”

The tournament drew 102 of the best players in the game today, creating a total prize pool of $958,800. To get the victory, Grapenthien had to overcome a final table that included Henry Orenstein (8th), Phil Hellmuth (6th), Steve Landfish (5th), Ben Yu (4th), James Obst (3rd) and the aforementioned Brunson (2nd).

Orenstein, a member of the Poker Hall of Fame thanks to his patent on hole card cameras and his involvement with a number of poker television shows, became the oldest player to record a cash at this year’s series at the age of 90.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Winnings POY Points
1 Matt Grapenthien $268,473 600
2 Todd Brunson $165,891 500
3 James Obst $103,895 400
4 Ben Yu $75,227 300
5 Steve Landfish $58,793 250
6 Phil Hellmuth $46,885 200
7 Henrik Hecklen $38,073 150
8 Henry Orenstein $31,419 100

*Photo courtesy of the WSOP

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