Following the footsteps of all of the other "November Niners" since 2008, Matt Jarvis became a well-known entity in the poker world after making the final table of last year's WSOP Main Event. While he'd depart from that table in eighth place -- in one of the more memorable hands in WSOP history versus Michael Mizrachi -- Jarvis nonetheless earned lasting fame from his performance, not to mention a million-plus dollar payday.
But with today's win in Event No. 40, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event, Jarvis has ensured himself instant respect as well for having bested one of the toughest large-sized fields the WSOP will likely see this summer.
Today's runner-up, Justin Filtz, should also gain some acclaim for his performance as well. Filtz enjoyed the chip lead for much of Day 3 and for part of the three-plus hours he and Jarvis battled heads-up last night and today. While he's surely disappointed in coming up one spot shy, the almost half a million dollars should help him get over it somewhat.
Jarvis is still beaming as he stands on the stage giving final interviews, clearly satisfied with having closed the deal here after being unable to do so last November. Jarvis collects $808,538 for his victory, his win marking the fifth by a Canadian at this year's Series, the most by any country other than the U.S.
Congratulations to Matt Jarvis, Event No. 40 champion! And thanks for following the coverage on PokerNews.