Kiwi Simon Watt Wins WSOP Bracelet; Durrrr Falls Short!

Posted at 19:58 2010-06-07

The 2010 World Series of Poker has reached fever-pitch...and we’re only one week into the series! Last night Men “The Master” Nguyen won his seventh WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship, overcoming Full Tilt Poker pro Brandon Adams heads-up to claim the title. Nguyen joins the likes of Phil Ivey and Billy Baxter with seven bracelets to be equal sixth on the all-time WSOP bracelet leaderboard.

However Nguyen’s remarkable achievement was overshadowed today by the incredible hype surrounding the man they call “durrrr”.  Tom Dwan was the chip leader deep into Event #11: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event and had many fellow poker pros very nervous.

It’s been revealed that Dwan has a multitude of side bets on him winning a bracelet at this year’s WSOP. While an exact figure for the bets is unknown, Dwan confirmed in a PokerNews interview that if he won the bracelet, the amount that he stands to collect from his side bets would make it his “biggest winning day ever”. For a man who regularly has seven-figure swings, I think we can all do the math. Daniel Negreanu commented that Dwan had the potential to “single-handedly break the poker world”, subtly hinting at the magnitude of the side bets.

So as the final table formed, the hype was at an all-time high as everyone wondered if Dwan could do it. It wasn’t an easy final table, as Dwan lost his chip lead and several young guns put up a tremendous fight including David Randall and New Zealand’s Simon Watt. Of course Watt is well known for his victory last year in the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event and it’s great to see him taking his talents so successfully onto the International stage.

The three-handed battle was thoroughly entertaining with poker of the highest quality and tension that you could cut with a knife. Three-bets, four-bets, thin value bets, bluffs and icy-cold stare downs...this one would’ve been a beauty for ESPN to capture for TV. Alas! The huge crowd on the rail soaked it in and enjoyed every minute.

When Simon Watt spiked a three-outer to eliminate Randall in third place, it was the young Kiwi heads-up for a WSOP bracelet against the world’s premier player in Tom Dwan. It’s the stuff of legends.

It was a tense heads-up duel with both players very deliberate with their actions as play ticked into the wee hours of the morning. Watt held the chip advantage and didn’t give Dwan a chance to recover.

In the end Dwan was forced to make a move all in with a meagre {Qd}{6c} with Watt snap-calling with {9d}{9c}. The board was spread {8c}{ac}{As}{Ad}{Kh} and it was over!

Dwan misses out on millions in side bet action as the WSOP can breathe a sigh of relief that the poker world still has some money left to buy into the rest of the events on the schedule. Meanwhile Simon Watt is the toast of New Zealand tonight as he wins the country's first ever WSOP bracelet and a whopping $614,248 in prize money.

Congratulations Simon!

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