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Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 30,000

Players Info

Prize Pool $827,200
Event #72: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
Day 3 Completed

Mike Wattel Wins Bracelet No. 2 in $10,000 Seven Card Stud: "I Was Trying To Win For Me"

Brentharrington • Level 26: 150,000-300,000, 30,000 ante
Mike Wattel
Mike Wattel

Mike Wattel won the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship to claim his second WSOP gold bracelet and the $245,451 first prize.

Just after 2 a.m. local time, Wattel hit a flush on seventh street and left his opponent with less than a big bet. His opponent was none other than Chris Ferguson. Ferguson needed a win to take over first place in the WSOP Player of the Year race. He was also looking for his first bracelet since 2003.

On the very next hand, Wattel got all in on third and Wattel would make kings up to knock out Ferguson after six hours of heads up play and win his second WSOP gold bracelet. Wattel had also had a long stretch without a bracelet, winning his second bracelet 18 years after his first.

"I was wondering if the second one was ever coming," Wattel said after the victory. "Second one better than the first. I’m just feel relieved that I finally won one again."

Wattel and Ferguson were both at risk during heads up play. On one seventh street, Wattel pulled trip fives to double up and would eventually go on to finish off Ferguson and claim his second WSOP win.

"It was an epic battle," Wattel added. "He plays great and I had him, then he had me. I pulled it off at the end."

Here are the final table payouts:

PlacePlayerPrize (USD)
1Mike Wattel$245,451
2Chris Ferguson$151,700
3Perry Friedman$104,416
4Sean Mirrasouli$73,810
5John Monnette$53,621
6Bryce Yockey$40,066
7Shaun Deeb$30,817
8David Benyamine$24,419

The final table for this event started Saturday evening and David Benyamine was eliminated in eighth place. He was eliminated by Perry Friedman when Friedman made aces up.

When play started Sunday at 2 p.m. Shaun Deeb was the short stack, entering the day with less than a big bet. He busted shortly after play began when he went four to a flush on fourth, but bricked the remaining streets and was eliminated by Sean Mirrasouli.

Bryce Yockey was next to go. He got a pair of sixes in against Ferguson and couldn't improve. John Monnette finished in fifth place after being eliminated by Wattel, who started with split aces and made aces up to beat Monnette's single pair of aces. Monnette will jump into first place in the Player of the Year race with his fifth place finish here. Ferguson will now be in second behind Monnette thanks to his finish here as well.

Sean Mirrasouli busted in fourth place when Wattel made a wheel on seventh street. Then Perry Friedman, who entered the day with a big chip lead, fell to Ferguson in third place. Ferguson made a pair of nines after getting Friedman all in on fourth street and Friedman couldn't improve on his pair of threes.

Heads up play lasted longer than the rest of the final day up to that point, but when all was said and done it was Mike Wattel who added another WSOP gold bracelet to his resume. He was unconcerned about the Player of the Year ramifications or that a majority of the poker world was cheering for him to beat Ferguson and lock him out of the top spot on the POY leaderboard.

"I was trying to win for me. I didn’t care who the opponent was."

Wattel and Ferguson both hurried out quickly since they are both planning on playing Day 1c of the WSOP Main Event.

Thanks for following the updates for the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, and be sure to follow along for the rest of the WSOP, especially the Main Event right here on PokerNews.com.

Tags: Bryce YockeyChris FergusonDavid BenyamineJohn MonnetteMike WattelPerry FriedmanSean MirrasouliShaun Deeb

Chris Ferguson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($151,700)

will_shill • Level 26: 150,000-300,000, 30,000 ante
Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson: {a-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} / {j-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{q-Clubs}{4-Hearts} / {4-Diamonds}
Mike Wattel: {k-Hearts}{q-Hearts} / {8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} / {8-Clubs}

Mike Wattel brought in and Chris Ferguson raised all in. Wattel called.

Ferguson was ahead with a pair of sixes, but on sixth street Wattel had made a pair of kings.

Wattel improved to kings up on seventh street, and although Ferguson improved, his two pair was inferior and he was eliminated in 2nd place.

The 2000 Main Event champion takes home $151,700 in prize money.

Chris Ferguson us Busted

Tags: Chris FergusonMike Wattel

Mike Wattel Grabs Big Lead, Ferguson Barely Hanging On

Brentharrington • Level 26: 150,000-300,000, 30,000 ante
Mike Wattel
Mike Wattel

Mike Wattel: {x-}{x-} / {2-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} / {x-}
Chris Ferguson: {x-}{x-} / {3-Spades}{4-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{8-Hearts} / {x-}

Mike Wattel was the bring in and Chris Ferguson completed. Wattel raised and Ferguson called. On fourth, Wattel bet and Ferguson called. He bet again on fifth and Ferguson called. Wattel bet sixth and Ferguson raised. Wattel called.

Wattel check-raised seventh and Ferguson called. Wattel showed {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} for a flush. This left Ferguson with just 175,000.

Mike Wattel us 4,230,000 1,530,000
Chris Ferguson us 170,000 -1,530,000

Tags: Chris FergusonMike Wattel

Level:
26
Blinds:
150,000/300,000
Ante:
30,000

Break Time

Brentharrington • Level 25: 12,000-240,000, 30,000 ante

"What time is it?" asked Mike Wattel as the final seconds of the level ticked off the clock.

"One forty-five," replied Chris Ferguson.

"Shit."

Mike Wattel and Chris Ferguson are headed to a ten-minute break. They will play at least one more level tonight; if they are still playing at that point, they may have to bag and return tomorrow.

Tags: Chris FergusonMike Wattel

Mike Wattel Hits Aces on Fifth

Brentharrington • Level 25: 12,000-240,000, 30,000 ante

Mike Wattel: {x-}{x-} / {q-Spades}{a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
Chris Ferguson: {x-}{x-} / {3-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}

Chris Ferguson was the bring in. Mike Wattel completed the bet and Ferguson raised. Wattel reraised and Ferguson called.

Wattel bet fourth street and Ferguson called. Wattel hit two aces on his board on fifth and bet. Ferguson folded.

Mike Wattel us 2,690,000 -45,000
Chris Ferguson us 1,710,000 45,000

Tags: Mike WattelChris Ferguson

Mike Wattel Wins With Kings Up

will_shill • Level 25: 12,000-240,000, 30,000 ante

Chris Ferguson: {x-}{x-} / {j-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Diamonds} / {x-}
Mike Wattel: {x-}{x-} / {3-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs}{k-Hearts} / {x-}

Mike Wattel brought in and Chris Ferguson completed. Wattel raised and Ferguson called.

On fourth street Ferguson bet and Wattel called. Ferguson check-called on fifth street.

Ferguson called bets in position on sixth and seventh street.

Wattel showed {k-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs} for kings up and took down the pot.

Mike Wattel us 2,735,000 870,000
Chris Ferguson us 1,665,000 -870,000

Tags: Chris FergusonMike Wattel

Mike Wattel Gets Some Back

Brentharrington • Level 25: 12,000-240,000, 30,000 ante

Mike Wattel: {x-}{x-} / {3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}
Chris Ferguson: {x-}{x-} / {q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Mike Wattel was the bring in and Chris Ferguson completed. Wattel raised and Ferguson called. Ferguson bet when he hit the {6-Diamonds} on fourth and Wattel raised. Ferguson called. On fifth, Wattel paired his seven and bet. Ferguson folded.

Chris Ferguson us 2,535,000 -565,000
Mike Wattel us 1,865,000 565,000

Tags: Mike WattelChris Ferguson