Last year, Austin Scott took eighth place in this event for $40,748. Not only did he better that performance this year, but Scott went on to win it all to grab his first-ever World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $361,797 in prize money.
When the day began, Vadzim Kursevich held the chip lead on the rest of the field. He stayed in front for nearly the entire day, but then the big clash came with Scott when action was four-handed at the final table.
Scott and Kursevich got all the money in on the board of in a massive pot of 3.7 million in chips. Kursevich held the for a set of nines and Scott the for top set of tens. The river completed the board with the and Scott exploded to a massive chip lead.
When Scott got heads up with Brett Richey, he was a little over four to one in front. Richey did what he could to battle back, but in the end Scott was just too much.
On the final hand, Richey was all in on the turn with the on the board. His two pair was up against the for Scott. When the landed on the river, Scott made a straight and won the tournament.
Final Table Payouts
That wraps up [i]PokerNews'[/] coverage of Event 26 from the 2012 WSOP. Be sure to stay with us all summer long for our ongoing coverage and thanks for following along once again. Until next time, goodnight from Las Vegas!