For some people playing for a title worth half a million dollars, they'd be sure to get as much rest and relaxation as possible going into the final table. Ashton Griffin isn't one of those people though.
Griffin openly admitted to being a little nervous about the final table and that he didn't want to try and get a few hours of sleep and risk not waking up in time. So instead, Griffin fired up some online poker tables and went at it. He had intended to just ease some nerves before the big day today, but ended up playing right up until the early afternoon today when he needed to head to start the final table. "It may not be the ordinary way to do things, but I'm not that ordinary," said Griffin.
Despite numerous naps during breaks and dozing off between hands, Griffin was able to battle through a very tough final table before finding himself heads up with Hoyt Corkins. Heads-up play last only a couple of hands before Griffin and Corkins got all in both holding top pair. Griffin had the better kicker and it held strong to the end.
For his win, Griffin took home a total of $560,000. It breaks down as $75,000 for winning his first table, $30,000 in bounties, and then $455,000 for first place. Not a bad day's work.
Scott Seiver was the player who earned the most bounties and that scored him a win of $100,000. With $75,000 for winning his table and $40,000 in bounties, that adds up to $215,000 total. Seiver won all of this, but only managed to come in fourth place at the final table. Here's how the final places at the final table look and all the money each player earned.
1st: Ashton Griffin - $560,000 (6)
2nd: Hoyt Corkins - $100,000 (5)
3rd: Joe Cassidy - $95,000 (4)
4th: Scott Seiver - $215,000 (8)
5th: Faraz Jaka - $95,000 (4)
6th: Brett Richey - $90,000 (3)
7th: Peter Eastgate - $85,000 (2)
That wraps up all of our coverage from the 2010 PokerStars.net NAPT Venetian. Until next time, this is the PokerNews crew signing off!