Seventeen players, out of the 558 who entered, emerged from Day 2 of Event #39, and Daniel Idema has outlasted the other 16 runners to claim the World Series of Poker gold bracelet and $184,590 in prize money. He finished off runner-up Joseph Hertzog after about 90 minutes of heads-up play (and a few shots) on the 301st hand of the final table. Idema had been down as low as four big bets in heads-up play.
There, four-time bracelet winner Artie Cobb, who won all of his titles in stud variants, was the first to hit the rail when Hertzog made a wheel. Well-known pros Mike Leah (fifth place) and Matt Vengrin (fourth place) fell a few hours later, and three-handed play commenced.
Once there, Raul Paez held more than half of the chips in play at one time, but Hertzog showed him a bluff on one of the most memorable hands of the tournament. Paez never seemed to recover, dropping out in third a bit later.
Idema claimed his second bracelet. His first win came in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship in 2011, when he claimed a $378,642 first prize.