Lee Davy reaches into the pit of the 40th day of the World Series of Poker and pulls out the dregs of the final two remaining events, including victory in the $10,000 Dealers Choice Championships, for Quinn Do, and news on the battle between Matt Matros and Faraz Jaka in the LUCKY SEVENS event.
The party is nearly over. Two more preliminary events remain at the 46th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) – here’s the lowdown on both.
Quinn Do is the winner of the inaugural $10,000 Dealers Choice (DC) Championships. The Vietnamese born LA resident, defeated a compact and bijou field of 108 entrants. 12 people shared the million-dollar prize pool, and Do bagged $319,792 of it.
It was Do’s second gold bracelet. His first came a decade ago. The death of Pope John Paul II saw 4 million people travel to the Vatican to mourn him, everyone thought Prince Charles was a little sloshed when he married Camilla Parker Bowles, and Do was beating a field of 373 entrants on his way to victory in a $2,500 Limit Hold’em event.
It was a tough final table. Most $10,000 Championship events are. Jeff Madsen was searching for his fifth gold bracelet; Paul Volpe, David Benyamine and Adam Friedman were searching for their second. Volpe is in red-hot form and is currently itching in third spot on the 2015 WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard.
But Do had his secret sauce. The man who has cashed 17 times in WSOP events, and has a 100% win rate when he reaches the final table, told WSOP officials that he doesn’t play the games that he is good at, instead he plays the games that other people are bad at.
“I have kept with that strategy, and it’s worked, so why change it?”
Do has now earned over $2.5m in live tournament earnings.
Final Table Results
1st. Quinn Do – $319,792
2nd. Rep Porter – $197,608
3rd. Jeff Madsen – $129,651
4th. Jake Abdalla – $89,114
5th. Adam Friedman – $63,277
6th. Jussi Nevanlinna – $46,384
7th. David Benyamine – $35,065
8th. Paul Volpe – $35,065
Matros and Jaka Battle it Out for $777 Glory
4,422 punters loved the $777 price point and 10 remain at the end of a third day of action. Player power ruled as the final 10 agreed to have an early night and return at noon to pull the gloves on and start swinging.
Two huge stars remain in contention for the title: Matt Matros and Faraz Jaka. Matros has over $2.4m in live tournament earnings, and three bracelets earned in 2010, 2011 & 2012. All of them have come in some form of No-Limit Hold’em. Jaka has never won a bracelet, but has close to $5m in live tournament earnings and is a former World Poker Tour (WPT) Player of the Year. The pair start 4th and 7th respectively.
Other than that, John Gallaher has two WSOPC gold rings hidden in his underpants draw, and the rest of the field is as clean as a fresh crisp of sheets blowing in a cold windy day in Iceland.
There is $487,784 awaiting the winner.
1st. David Yu – 3,965,000
2nd. Jeffrey Dobrin – 3,630,000
3rd. Connor Berkowitz – 3,610,000
4th. Matt Matros – 2,415,000
5th. John Armbrust – 1,980,000
6th. John Gallaher – 1,765,000
7th. Faraz Jaka – 1,430,000
8th. Bao Nguyen – 1,360,000
9th. Massimo Mosele – 1,135,000
10th. John Zimmerman – 850,000