Tristan Wade has become the fourth player to collect a coveted gold bracelet this week. He was one of the players who requested the blinds be pushed back today and this allowed him to sit back in the early stages, stay out of trouble and observe all those around him.
We came back from the dinner break five-handed and a different beast returned. His VPIP percentage must've doubled as he began, with Michael Watson, to dismantle the field around him. He won a key hand versus Max Silver four-handed (KK v 44) that enabled him to eliminate the dangerous Brit who had position on him. It also to gave him the chips to compete with Watson, who was chip leader at that point after putting on his own masterclass.
Once Richard Toth was eliminated in 3rd, Wade reached an even greater level of aggression in his play. He pounded his Canadian opponent and soon overturned the chip-deficit and grew a substantial lead. There was one key heads-up hand where he managed to maneuver Watson off a big pot when the board read and this seemed to break his opponent's spirit.
Watson did manage to double-up when his king-ten over came Wade's pocket jacks, but moments later he was all-in again versus jacks. He was behind with ace-four and failed to find another three-outer.
Wade showed class throughout the three days of play, and that goes for on the table and off the table. He was polite and courteous to all around him and is very a popular and deserving winner.