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World Series of Poker -- Matt Matros Wins Event No. 12

Card Player Writer Earns first WSOP Bracelet of Career


Matt MatrosCard Player writer Matt Matros entered the 2010 World Series of Poker with more than $1.3 million in tournament winnings in his career, but throughout all of his success on the felt a WSOP bracelet had always eluded him.

So it only seemed fitting that the poker coach and writer would use a textbook display of poker at the final table of event No. 12 ($1,500 limit hold’em) to get his first taste of WSOP glory.

Matros entered the final table Sunday as one of the shorter stacks but he gradually chipped up, eliminating Jameson Painter in seventh place and a few hours later besting Ahmad Abghari heads up.

Here’s a look at the final-table results:

1. Matt Matros — $189,870
2. Ahmad Abghari — $117,272
3. Terrence Chan — $83,185
4. Georgios Kapalas — $59,838
5. Adrian Dresel-Velasquez — $43,647
6. Jason Potter — $32,281
7. Jameson Painter — $24,198
8. Roberto Truijers — $18,385
9. Mark Burford — $14,149
Here is a look at the action as it appeared in the Card Player live updates.

Following the dinner break, chips started flying around and the final table quickly lost some players.

Mark BurfordMark Burford Gone in Ninth Place ($14,149)

A short-stacked Mark Burford raised and faced a re-raise from Georgios Kapalas. With nearly half of his remaining stack already in the pot, Burford re-raised his last 3,000 and saw what appeared to be good news when Kapalas called.

Kapalas held ADiamond Suit 4Diamond Suit and he was trailing Burford’s AHeart Suit KSpade Suit.

The flop made it interesting, coming QHeart Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit. The 6Spade Suit turn didn’t help, but the river was disgusting for Burford. The 3Spade Suit hit, giving Kapalas a straight and eliminating Burford in ninth place.

Truijers Falls in Eighth Place ($18,385)

Roberto Truijers was short on chips and he raised all in from the big blind preflop. He was called by Jameson Painter and Ahmad Abghari. The two callers checked the entire board of KClub Suit 10Spade Suit 4Heart Suit KSpade Suit 3Club Suit and showed down. Their hands:

Truijers: ASpade Suit QSpade Suit
Abghari: 6Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit
Painter: Muck

Truijers was eliminated in eighth place, as Abghari took it down with two pair, increasing his stack to 325,000.

PainterPainter Finishes in Seventh Place ($24,198)

On a flop of KClub Suit 9Club Suit 8Heart Suit Matt Matros bet and Jameson Painter raised. Painter was all in holding ADiamond Suit QHeart Suit and he had been outdrawn by Matros’ AHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit.

The 3Spade Suit turn and 5Club Suit river were meaningless and Painter hit the rail in seventh place. The pot boosted Matros to second in chips with 550,000.

Jason Potter Next to Go, in Sixth Place ($32,281)

Jason Potter got all in with his last few chips, holding ASpade Suit JHeart Suit. His opponent Georgios Kapalas was holding 9Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit and the race was on. The board ran 10Heart Suit 10Spade Suit 4Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit 8Diamond Suit.

Potter missed his outs and was knocked out in sixth place.

Dresel-VelasquezDresel-Velasquez Busts in Fifth Place ($43,647)

Adrian Dresel-Velasquez got his short stack all in preflop and got three callers. The entire board was checked down, reading 8Heart Suit 6Spade Suit 2Club Suit 10Club Suit QDiamond Suit. Their hands:

Dresel-Velasquez: 7Club Suit 6Diamond Suit
Kapalas: ADiamond Suit 4Heart Suit
Matros: AHeart Suit 3Club Suit
Abghari: KClub Suit QHeart Suit

Abghari hit a pair of queens on the river and with that Dresel-Velasquez was gone in fifth place.

KapalasKapalas Loses Flip, Out in Fourth Place ($59,838)

Very short on chips, Georgios Kapalas got all in with 10Heart Suit 10Diamond Suit and was in a race situation against Terrence Chan’s ASpade Suit JHeart Suit.

The first card on the board was bad for Kapalas, and it didn’t get any better. It ran: QHeart Suit JClub Suit 3Spade Suit 2Club Suit 5Heart Suit

Chan paired his jack and held on to knock Kapalas out in fourth place.

Chan Out in Third ($83,185)

Terrence Chan nearly got all in after a series of back and forth raises heads up against Ahmad Abghari on a flop of ASpade Suit 10Spade Suit 8Diamond Suit.

On the 7Diamond Suit turn Chan got the rest of it in and was called.

Chan showed QSpade Suit 6Spade Suit for a flush draw and inside straight draw, while Abghari held AHeart Suit 7Club Suit for two pair.

The river KDiamond Suit helped nobody and Chan was eliminated in third place, and it set the heads-up match between Matt Matros and Ahmad Abghari.

AbghariMatt Matros Wins Event No. 12 ($189,870) — Abghari Finishes Second Place ($117,272)

After a back and forth heads-up match, a short-stacked Ahmad Abghari bet on a flop of QSpade Suit 4Spade Suit 4Diamond Suit and Matt Matros raised.

Abghari bet again on the 3Club Suit turn and Matros again raised, followed by Abghari re-raising to put his few remaining chips all in.

Matros called and flipped over QHeart Suit 8Diamond Suit for two pair, while Abghari showed AClub Suit 10Club Suit, needing an ace on the river to stay alive.

It wasn’t to be, as the 8Spade Suit hit and Matros took the title down, along with $189,870 and his first ever WSOP bracelet.

Abghari’s runner-up performance earned him $117,272.