There could be no bigger smile in the room right now than that of Harrison Wilder, who as we speak is posing for his winner's photo alongside his proud parents, Tony and Dee Dee. The Wilder family moved out here to Las Vegas from Portland, Orgeon only three weeks ago to escape to a warmer climate, but now Harrison's "making it rain" as the 2011 WSOP Event #6 champion!
It was a stellar performance from the 29-year-old professional poker player, who came to this final table third in chips and managed to hold it all together, despite the massive swings between all ten players. Californian accountant Timothy Chauser was the first to depart in 10th place when despite pairing his on the flop, Scott Clements' was best.
However, Clements was the next to go in ninth; after being crippled in an earlier hand, the man they call "Big Risky" got the last of his money in preflop with but failed to improve against William Davis' . Mitch Schock then followed in eighth place; the North Dakota family man moved all-in for the last of his chips with on a flop that read , but Thomas Jamieson outdrew him with .
Craig Laben was then sent to the rail in seventh - having grinded his short stack for most of the final table, he finally succumbed to John Myung when he moved all-in preflop with , only to run into Myung's . New Jersey native Sean Nguyen then went through a massive downswing after dinner before losing the last of his chips to Matthew Elsby. The 24-year-old moved all-in on the turn on a board that read with , but ran into Elsby's .
And even though taking out Nguyen put him into the chip lead, it didn't last long for Elsby, who eventually fell to Thomas Jamieson in fifth place when his failed to improve against Jamieson's despite hitting the nut flush draw on the flop. William Davis, who started the day as the overall chipleader, then departed in fourth place when Wilder's outdrew his .
And although Wilder was crippled shortly after that, he was able to compose himself rebuild before eventually taking out Myung in third place when his outdrew Myung's on the turn, taking a commanding chip lead into the heads-up battle against Jamieson.
And just after 12.30am local time, it was all over, with Wilder's holding up against the of Jamieson all the way down the board of . Congratulations Harrison for a wonderful victory - and if they happen to change the Main Event to Limit Hold'em we'll see you there!
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