And there you have it! Joe Cassidy wins his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet after beating Scotty Nguyen in an epic heads up battle. This event started four days ago with 256 players all gunning for that little piece of poker history, and of course a $294,777 first place prize.
Many greats came to play, and possibly the greatest came very close to winning his ninth bracelet. Phil Ivey couldn't close it out yesterday and found Nguyen and Cassidy battle heads up for the title today. And what a battle it was! Read all about Ivey's fight for number nine in yesterday's recap, as we started this fourth day with just two players.
These were the chip counts going into the final day of play.
Cassidy started off with a big lead and looked to close it out quickly, but Nguyen had other plans in mind. After just a couple of hands Nguyen got his stacks up to over a million and the first scoop of the day also went to the short stack.
From the button Scotty Nguyen just limped, Joe Cassidy raised and Nguyen made the call. The flop came down , Cassidy bet and Nguyen called. The turn was the and this time Cassidy opted to check-raise when Nguyen put in a 100,000 chip bet. Nguyen called. The river was the and this time Cassidy check-called.
Nguyen turned over for a straight and a low, and Cassidy got scooped. It didn't hurt Cassidy all that much, as he still had around 2.3 million chips left, and soon after he chipped Nguyen down to just 220,000 chips. It seemed to be over, but Nguyen had some fire left in him.
After doubling up with against on a board Nguyen was back up to 690,000 chips and ready for more. The limits were massive and only 25 minutes later Nguyen had managed to add another million to his stack.
Cassidy was clearly a bit frustrated, since he probably figured the bracelet was only a couple of hands away when Nguyen was super short. In the third level of heads up play Nguyen reached his high point at 1,710,000. From this point on it went uphill again for Cassidy who took Nguyen apart.
A serious of small pots knocked Nguyen down to just a few big bets, and even a runner-runner double up couldn't keep him in the tournament for long. This is how the final hand went down.
Joe Cassidy raised on the button and Scotty Nguyen re-raised all in for 200,000 total. Cassidy called and the hands were revealed:
The flop came down giving Cassidy top pair to Nguyen's bottom pair with the same low draw. However, the hit the turn to give Nguyen a leading two pair. Cassidy picked up a broadway draw and got there when the hit the river to win the tournament.
With this win Joe Cassidy collects his first ever gold bracelet and a $294,777 payday. Scotty Nguyen adds another amazing result to his long list of cashes, but his sixth bracelet will have to come some other time. Joe Cassidy is the new champion!