After only seven hours and 136 hands, Day 4 has officially come to an end, with Britain’s Matt Perrins securing victory in Event #57: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em. The young poker pro from Rochdale, England, started the final table as the chip leader, and didn’t look back, as he secured his second WSOP bracelet, after winning a 'No-Limit 2-7 Lowball' bracelet back in 2011.
The final table got off to a quick start, with the shortest stack, Kent Roed, being eliminated first, when he ran his into Randal Flowers’ pre-flop, and didn’t improve.
Joe Serock was unable to capture his first title, after he tangled with Matt Perrins in several hands, before finally moving all in with , only to come up against Perrin’s , before being eliminated in 8th place.
Perrins would keep the heater going, when he eliminated Randal Flowers shortly after. Flowers opened to 100,000 and was met with a raise to 230,000, before he quickly moved all in, and was called. He tabled his , and was in great shape versus the , until the spiked on the turn, to give Perrins his next scalp.
Seven hands later, and a short stacked Thomas Muehloecker moved all in, as did Antonio Buonanno, with none other than Matt Perrins making the call, putting both at risk. At the end of the hand, Buonanno was able to double, but Muehloecker was eliminated, collecting $129,477 for his efforts, almost the same amount as his career earnings combined.
And only six hands later, we were left with four, after Matt Berkey was the unlucky recipient of a beat, as his run in this event came to an end. Cashing in his seventh event in this years series, and a fourth final table in a no-limit hold’em event, Berkey would move all in pre-flop after several raises against Perrins, holding against . Perrin’s rail begged for a seven, and received two, when the flop came down , having Berkey needing running cards to survive. It wasn’t to be though, as the cards bricked, sending him to the rail.
Perrins would then eliminate his fifth opponent in a row, when his got the better of Antonio Buonanno’s , after the board ran out , to leave us with just three.
The action was tight through out three-handed play, until the biggest pot of the night, saw both big stacks tangle. Arthur Pro opened the pot, before Seth Berger raised it up to 450,000. Perrins was next to act, and he opted to bump it up to 975,000, as Pro quickly got out of the way. Berger wasn’t going to give up there, as he min-raised it back to 1,600,000. Perrins thought about his next move for several minutes, before announcing all in, taking Berger by surprise. He tanked for over a minute, before making the call, which ended up being the right decision.
His was in great shape against Perrins’ , but it seemed like this was Perrins' destiny, as he caught the in the window, much to the delight of his monstrous rail. He held, leaving a distraught Berger crying in the corner, having to settle for another deep run in this series, after already securing a second weeks earlier.
Heads up play started with Perrins having a 10:1 chip lead over Arthur Pro, but he didn’t have it all his way, as Pro found some crucial doubles to stay in contention. However on the last hand, it just wasn’t to be, even thought Pro took the lead after flopping a pair. Perrins regained the lead on the turn, and one card later, he was guaranteed the victory, as his rail stormed into the middle of the Mothership, to congratulate their countryman.
For his efforts, Pro would walk away with $489,451, and an experience to cherish for a lifetime.
That concludes our coverage of Event #57. Thanks for tuning in to all the live coverage of what was definitely an exciting final table. Be sure to stay tuned, with the Main Event just around the corner, as PokerNews.com bring you all the action, here from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.