Mike Wattel Defeats Chris Ferguson to Win WSOP $10K Stud Championship

Mike Wattel Defeats Chris Ferguson to Win WSOP $10K Stud Championship 0001

Mike Wattel won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship to claim his second WSOP gold bracelet and the $245,451 first prize.

Just after 2 a.m. local time, Wattel hit a flush on seventh street and left his opponent with less than a big bet. His opponent was none other than Chris Ferguson. Ferguson needed a win to take over first place in the WSOP Player of the Year race. He was also looking for his first bracelet since 2003.

On the very next hand, Wattel got all in on third and Wattel would make kings up to knock out Ferguson after six hours of heads up play and win his second WSOP gold bracelet. Wattel had also had a long stretch without a bracelet, winning his second bracelet 18 years after his first.

"I was wondering if the second one was ever coming," Wattel said after the victory. "Second one better than the first. I’m just feel relieved that I finally won one again."

Wattel and Ferguson were both at risk during heads-up play. On one seventh street, with Ferguson holding a 9-to-1 lead before the hand, Wattel pulled trip fives to double up and would eventually go on to finish off Ferguson and claim his second WSOP win.

"It was an epic battle," Wattel added. "He plays great and I had him, then he had me. I pulled it off at the end."

Event #72 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize (USD)
1Mike Wattel$245,451
2Chris Ferguson$151,700
3Perry Friedman$104,416
4Sean Mirrasouli$73,810
5John Monnette$53,621
6Bryce Yockey$40,066
7Shaun Deeb$30,817
8David Benyamine$24,419

The final table for this event started Saturday evening and David Benyamine was eliminated in eighth place. He was eliminated by Perry Friedman when Friedman made aces up.

"I was trying to win for me. I didn’t care who the opponent was."

When play started Sunday at 2 p.m. Shaun Deeb was the short stack, entering the day with less than a big bet. He busted shortly after play began when he went four to a flush on fourth, but bricked the remaining streets and was eliminated by Sean Mirrasouli.

Bryce Yockey was next to go. He got a pair of sixes in against Ferguson and couldn't improve. John Monnette finished in fifth place after being eliminated by Wattel, who started with split aces and made aces up to beat Monnette's single pair of aces. Monnette will jump into first place in the Player of the Year race with his fifth place finish here. Ferguson will now be in second behind Monnette thanks to his finish here as well.

Sean Mirrasouli busted in fourth place when Wattel made a wheel on seventh street. Then Perry Friedman, who entered the day with a big chip lead, fell to Ferguson in third place. Ferguson made a pair of nines after getting Friedman all in on fourth street and Friedman couldn't improve on his pair of threes.

Heads up play lasted longer than the rest of the final day up to that point, but when all was said and done it was Mike Wattel who added another WSOP gold bracelet to his resume. He was unconcerned about the Player of the Year ramifications or that a majority of the poker world was cheering for him to beat Ferguson and lock him out of the top spot on the POY leaderboard.

"I was trying to win for me. I didn’t care who the opponent was."

Mike Wattel
  • Despite owning a huge lead heads-up, Chris Ferguson was denied his first bracelet since 2003.

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.

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