Talk about a silent killer. Richard Ashby came into today's final table third in chips and maintained a dangerous presence throughout the day. In winning tonight's bracelet he bested a skilled group of players that made every effort to stop him on his quest - and at times they nearly did. However, it wasn't to be. With a large British contingency railing him on he quietly built up a large stack before finally taking all of the chips.
Of course Ashby is no stranger to the winner's circle. The $140,467 he pocketed this evening will bring his live tournament earnings close to $800,000. Not too bad considering he doesn't even consider himself a tournament player. Ashby regularly crushes high-stakes cash games, but he might want to consider spending more time at the tournament tables - and in fact, he quietly sidled direct from his bracelet win into the Omaha event across the way. Sick.
This is also the third bracelet for Britain. Ashby joins Praz Bansi and James Dempsey as British winners. In a nice show of camaraderie, both Bansi and Dempsey showed up to cheer their mate on.
Congratulations to Richard Ashby, Event No. 21 Champion!