On Sunday, a dozen players returned to action in Event #67: $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship, a first-time tournament that attracted 108 runners and created a prize pool of $1,015,200. By late evening, all but one had hit the rail, leaving Quinn Do as the last man standing, an accomplishment good enough to win him $319,792 in prize money and his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet.
"It's been a very long time, ten years," Do said of his latest win, which follows a 2005 victory in which he took down Event #17: $2,500 Limit Hold'em for $265,975. "I constantly work on my game over the last 10 years. I know I'm going to come back to this final table."
As for which bracelet means more to him, it wasn't even close: "Oh of course this one because I play mixed games, so to have all the games is special. Very proud."
Final Table Results
|1||Quinn Do||El Monte, CA||$319,792|
|2||Rep Porter||Woodinville, WA||$197,608|
|3||Jeff Madsen||Los Angeles, CA||$129,651|
|4||Jake Abdalla||Las Vegas, NV||$89,114|
|5||Adam Friedman||Gahanna, OH||$63,277|
|6||Jussi Nevanlinna||Helsinki, Finland||$46,384|
Among those to fall before the final table of six were Stuart Rutter (12th - $21,908), Ray Dehkharghani (11th - $21,908), Jens Lakemeier (10th - $27,714), David Chiu (9th - $27,714), Paul Volpe (8th - $35,065), and David Benyamine (7th - $35,065).
At the final table, Finland's Jussi Nevanlinna was the first to go, and then Do dispatched both Adam Friedman and Jake Abdalla in a round of no-limit 2-7 single draw. It was all in line with Do's plan.
"I'm familiar with all the games, but I picked the game that my opponent was bad at," Do admitted after the win. "It seemed to work really well, because I can see the cards, I can see their frustration. They do know how to play, but not [some games], so there was a huge advantage, and I took that advantage."
Do continued: "The bets were so big, so I knew when I could cripple them, that was another strategy that had been working really well. That's the great thing about Dealers Choice, you get to pick the games. The games that I pick aren’t my favorite games, it's their worst game. That's the best thing about this tournament."
From there, Do sent Jeff Madsen, who had won his fourth bracelet earlier in the summer, out the door in third place in a hand of no-limit hold'em. It happened when Madsen moved all in for 150,000 from the button holding the and Do called from the big blind with the . The board ran out a clean and that was all she wrote for Madsen.
Not long after, Do used his sizable chip lead to dispatch Rep Porter in a hand of 2-7 triple draw. In what would be the final hand, Porter made a ninety-seven low, but it was no good as Do made a winning eighty-seven.
"I'm really familiar with all the games," the 39-year-old Do revealed. "There are one or two I'm not expert at, I just used a different strategy. A certain player, when they're good at it, they might go a little bit aggressive. I just changed my approach against certain players when it changed a game they're not comfortable with. I just attacked them more. It was a very good strategy that I used the first day. It was working so I kept doing it. Why change when it's working!"
Do, who plays medium-to-high stakes mixed games at Commerce and Bellagio, just had a newborn son and plans to use the money to take some time off to spend with his family.