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Full Tilt $25K Heads-up World Championship, Day 2: Ashton Griffin Captures Title

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The final four players returned to the Full Tilt $25K Heads-up World Championship on Sunday to play down to a champion, and when the final battle was over and the smoke had cleared, Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin was the winner. A first-place payday of $551,250 was at stake as the last four players — David Benefield, Jim “WinnerFish” Kilarjian, Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin, and Blair “yogiblair” Anderson — returned at 4:00 ET to begin a new round of heads-up duels, each man armed with 5,000 in starting chips. Each of the four players had defeated four opponents to make it to this point and was guaranteed at least $165,375. Their victories on the road to the Final Four were as follows:

David Benefield victories: Rafe Furst, DarkHorse19, DjAdi, IvanLendL

Jim “WinnerFish” Kilarjian victories: PureCash25, Steven “stevesbets” Jacobs, Mirttinur, Rob “Vaga_Lion” Akery

Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin victories: GrindMode, Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton, David Singer, Past

Blair “yogiblair” Anderson victories: Negrodamus2, Scott Montgomery, dingepling, Alex “Kadabra” Keating

The Final Four

Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin Defeats Blair “yogiblair” Anderson

Griffin put himself in position notch the victory at 40/80. Holding a 5-to-1 chip lead over his rival, Griffin looked to advance to the championship match with {K-Spades}{J-Clubs} against Anderson’s {A-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. But Griffin’s Kojak couldn’t improve as the board rolled out {A-Spades}{10-Spades}{3-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{8-Spades} and Anderson doubled up. Anderson’s comeback was short-lived, however. He made a stand with {5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}, but ran into Griffin’s {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}. The board fell {3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades}{A-Spades} and Blair “yogiblair” Anderson was out in fourth place for $165,375.

David Benefield Defeats Jim “WinnerFish” Kilarjian

At the 60/120 level, Kilarjian held the lead and was looking to close out the match. Benefield raised to 260 and Kilarjian called, leading to the {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{A-Hearts} flop. Kilarjian check-raised from 275 to 790, but was met with a reraise from Benefield to 1,475. Kilarjian called and shoved on the {9-Hearts} turn card with the bigger stack. Benefield insta-called with {10-Spades}{5-Hearts}, miles ahead of Kilarjian’s {A-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}. The river fell the {Q-Spades} as Benefield took over the chip lead. He took it down at 80/160. Preflop, Benefield opened with a min-raise to 320, which Kilarjian called. The flop came {9-Hearts}{4-Spades}{7-Hearts} and Kilarjian check-raised all in for 2,066. Benefield called and tabled {J-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for the overpair to Kilarjian’s top pair with {Q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}. The turn and river brought no help to Kilarjian, out in third place for $165,375.


Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin Defeats David Benefield

Benefield grabbed the early lead in the match-up, but then suffered a big hit at 25/50. He min-raised to 100 and Griffin called, bringing out the {5-Spades}{J-Hearts}{6-Clubs} flop. Griffin checked it to Benefield, who bet 125, and Griffin countered with a check-raise to 510. Benefield then popped it to 1,275, only to see Griffin move all in for 4,080. Benefield called with {K-Clubs}{J-Clubs} and found himself behind Griffin’s {J-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. The turn and river fell {Q-Hearts} and {7-Clubs} as Griffin doubled up to take a commanding lead.

The match ended later in the same level. Griffin raised to 100 and Benefield called. The flop came {7-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Benefield led out 125. Griffin came along to see the {8-Diamonds} hit the turn. Benefield bet 325 and Griffin reraised all in. Benefield called all in for his last 930 with {8-Spades}{6-Spades}, but was in deep trouble against Griffin’s {9-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. The {Q-Spades} on the river brought the tournament to a close. David Benefield finished as the runner-up, pocketing $315,000 for his efforts. Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin was the winner of the $25k Heads-up World Championship, good for $551,250.

Final Results:

1. Ashton “theASHMAN103” Griffin - $551,250
2. David Benefield - $315,000
3. Jim “WinnerFish” Kilarjian - $165,375
4. Blair “yogiblair” Anderson - $165,375
5. Past - $94,500
6. Alex “Kadabra” Keating - $94,500
7. IvanLendL - $94,500
8. Rob “Vaga_Lion” Akery – $94,500

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