Angel Guillen, a 26-year-old pro and online player from Mexico City won his first WSOP bracelet in Event 32 - the $2,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em after a tense six hour heads up duel with Mika Paasonen of Finland at the World Series of Poker. Both players had prevailed through three hard days of tournament poker in a field of 1,534 hopefuls that generated a prize pool of $2,791,880, delivering cashes right down to the 171st elimination.
It was another real achievement for Guillen, who plays extensively online, but only started entering live tournaments in January this (2009) year. Since then he has managed a third place in the Latin American Tour's Punta del Este (Uruguay) championship and has several other cashes of note in tournaments in the Bahamas and Monte Carlo. Just over a week ago he managed a runner-up finish in Event 13 - the $2,500 buy-in NLHE tourney, pocketing $312,800 for his time and trouble and bringing his total career winnings to just under $850,000.
On this occasion, Guillen's winner's prize was his first gold bracelet and a check for $530,548 after he defeated runner-up Paasonen in the marathon heads up, leaving the Finn with a second place payday of $326,203.
Six nations were represented around the final table; Canada, Finland, France, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United States, with the two finalists around the felt with Jason Boyes and Clark Hamagami (Canada), Steve Kohner, Eric Ladny and Chris MacNeil, all from the USA, Daniel Makowsky (Switzerland) and Antoine Amourette (France). Although Eric Ladny held the chip lead at the start of final table action, he was to bust out in fifth position, faced with a tough crowd of WSOP-experienced opponents.
In Event #33 - the $10,000 buy-in World Championship Limit Hold'em competition it was Greg 'FBT' Mueller's time to shine after surviving an entry field of 185 top players, all hunting for the biggest chunk of a $1,739,000 prize pool.
Three days on, the star-laden final table had been decided, consisting of Daniel Alaei holding the chip lead at 1,001,000, Matt Glantz (856,000), Matt Hawrilenko (770,000), Pat Pezzin (662,000), Greg 'FBT' Mueller (598,000), Chad Brown (513,000), Michiel Brummelhuis (420,000), Kenny Hsiung (390,000) and Soheil Shamseddin (386,000).
In the heads up, 37-year-old Canadian poker pro and former hockey ace Mueller faced fellow Canadian poker pro Pat Pezzin. It turned out to be a memorable occasion for Mueller, who took his first gold winner's bracelet and the main prize of $460,836, capping a World Series of Poker career that has included numerous cashes since 2003 and seven final table appearances with two second placings over the last three years. The win brings Mueller's WSOP career earnings to $1,321,352.
Commenting on his big win, the always affable Mueller said: "I was starting to think I was a second-place pony there for a while. I had nightmares, even heads-up. When he won a pot against me, I thought, 'My God, this could be the biggest choke ever.' But, it feels unbelievable and I am so happy right now.
"The funny thing was - this was probably the toughest final table that I have yet played. Everyone at the table is a helluva' player and a great tournament player. It's the crème de la crème."
Disappointed runner-up Pat Pezzin from Toronto, Canada had the consolation of a check for $285,195 for three tough days of work at the tables. His second placing prize was his highest money-earner yet in a career that has seen 14 live tournament cashes.
Californian Daniel Alaei, who started the final table as chip leader and was shooting for his third WSOP bracelet was eliminated in fourth place.
Latest Harrah's statistics show that so far the 40th Anniversary World Series of Poker has recorded 32,142 players entering the events, with some $64,117,613 in prizes paid out.
The United States continues to dominate the winners' lists, with Canada and the UK tied in second place. 22 wins this year have been by professional players, and 5 fell to amateurs. The remaining 4 wins have been classified as semi-pros and include Vitaly Lunkin, Brian Lemke, Lisa Hamilton and Leo Wolpert. So far this year 9 of the 33 winners have been WSOP bracelet holders from previous events.
Source: InfoPowa News