Coming into the final table of Event #55, there was one player who probably wanted to win a bracelet more than all of the other eight players – Aaron Massey. But in poker, as in life, desires and reality often do not correspond. Massey finished in 3rd place, while it was Asi Moshe who captured his first bracelet.
For Moshe, this was his fourth ever WSOP event. Of the four tournaments played, he cashed in two. His resume now includes a fifth place finish in 2013 and the gold bracelet and $582,000 win from last night. Moshe is a computer programmer and semi-professional poker player who plays most of his games in the online environment, but that will probably change now as his live cashes are in excess of $700,000.
Massey, on the other hand, has two WSOP circuit rings and a total of 32 circuit cashes. Combined with his nine WSOP cashes, Massey’s total WSOP earnings amount to $623,000. That includes last night’s third place worth $255,000. For Massey, the dream of winning a bracelet has long eluded him and last night he came so close to finally capturing it. Good vibes were coming to his Twitter from all over the place, but he ran out of luck after he pushed his pocket Tens into the pocket Queens of Moshe. Despite hitting a ten on the flop, it was not enough when his opponent also found a queen and Massey’s run at the bracelet ended.
This left Moshe to play heads-up for the bracelet against Michael Ferrer, holding about a 2.5:1 chip lead over his opponent. However, Ferrer wasn’t going away easily and managed to grind his stack back to even. After some more back and forth, it was a cooler-type hand that determined the winner.
The board was reading #qs#5d#2c#3h#4c and after Ferrer moved all-in over a bet from Moshe, he snap-called. Ferrer was holding #ac#qd for the wheel, but his hand was only second-best. Moshe made a six-high straight with his #5c#6c, sending Ferrer to the cage to pick up his $361,207.
Moshe earned not only his first bracelet but also the hefty sum of $582,321. He admitted in an interview with WSOP.com that it was “maybe the best feeling of his life.” He said that winning the bracelet was one of his dreams, but he never really believed it was going to come true. But dreams sometimes do come true for some, and Moshe can count himself lucky to be one of those people who turned their dreams into reality.
Other final table players included 4th place finisher David Jackson ($183,500), Bobby Poe in fifth worth $133,686, Henrik Hecklen (6th), Marc-Etienne McLaughlin (7th), Tim West (8th) and Brian Kennedy (9th).