Just two days ago 358 of the world's greatest players took to the felt for Event 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.
It has been stated that this event boasts one of the strongest starting fields in any World Series event, and this was underlined with some of the toughest starting tables ever witnessed as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein and Phil Hellmuth were joined by sit-n-go masters and online prodigies.
However only thirty-six players would survive day one with Dario Minieri, John Duthie, Chad Brown, Tom Dwan, James Akenhead, Faraz Jaka, Chino Rheem and Chris Ferguson just a few of those looking at capturing a 2010 bracelet. Unfortunately the more recognizable names would fall to the rail as a final table of six would be set with a purely USA versus Europe element.
The UK’s Neil Channing and Stuart Rutter along with Frenchman Nicolas Levi would be waving their respective flags against the Stars and Stripes of Brent Hanks, Joseph Elpayaa and Joshua Tieman.
Hanks was clipped by fellow countryman Elpayaa early and never was able to recover as he bowed out first before being followed by Levi and Elpayaa as their tournament was ended by Tieman as he took more than half the chips into three-handed play. Soon that was cut down to heads up play once Rutter’s dominated ace failed to improve as Tieman and Channing sat down exactly the way the day started – USA versus Europe.
The six-to-one chip advantage that Tieman held soon increased to an eleven-to-one one before Channing – like fellow countryman Rutter – committed the last of his chips with a dominated ace against Tieman. No suckout would occur and Tieman would not only record his tenth WSOP cash but also win his first gold bracelet while increasing his live tournament earnings three-fold.
PokerNews would like to congratulate Joshua Tieman on an excellently played tournament composed of patience, poise and excellent decision making to be crowned the Event 6 Champion and recipient of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $441,692 in prize money.
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