Event #10: $10,000 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed Championship

There Will Be No Friedman Four-Peat

MikePatrick • Level 9
Adam Friedman

For the first time since 2017, there will be a new champion of the WSOP $10,000 Dealer's Choice event, as Adam Friedman's reign has come to an end.

No-Limit Hold'em

Friedman limped the button and Mike Matusow raised to 6,000 in the big blind. Friedman then moved all in with Matusow slightly covered and Matusow called off for a bit under 60,000.

Mike Matusow: {a-Hearts}{10-Hearts}
Adam Friedman: {6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}

The board came {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}, bringing Matusow a full house, and leaving the three-time defending champion on fumes.

Omaha Hi-Lo

On the next hand, Friedman got his last 9,000 chips in on the button against Richard Bai in the big blind.

Adam Friedman: {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}
Richard Bai: {q-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}

The {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{j-Clubs} brought Friedman second pair and a straight draw, but he was behind Bai's pair of queens, and there was no low possible for hope of a split pot.

The {9-Diamonds} turn gave a second pair to Bai, and left Friedman with just the river to keep him alive.

The river {5-Spades} brought no help to Friedman, and with that his nearly four-year reign as champion of the WSOP $10,000 Dealer's Choice came to an end, with applause and a hug from Matusow.

Player Chips Progress
Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
us 120,000 55,000
Richard Bai us
Richard Bai
us 35,000 -33,000
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us Busted

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