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Waxman Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet

He has made a number of achievements in the poker world in the last few years, and now Matt Waxman can add a WSOP Gold Bracelet to those accolades.

The American took out WSOP’s Event #6, a $1,000 No Limit Hold’Em event, earning his first ever Gold Bracelet and the $305,952 first place cash prize. A field of 1,837 players took to the felt for the three-day event.

Waxman claimed his first final table scalp fairly early on after eliminating Tuu Ho in eighth place when his Pocket Queens held against Ho’s Ace Queen off suit. Waxman then knocked out Robert Dreyfuss in seventh place after his Ace Seven was outkicked by the eventual winner’s Ace Nine. Waxman hit a Nine on the flop for good measure en route to chopping the event down to its last six players.

One-time WSOP Gold Bracelet winner Brent Hanks made it into the final table as he made an attempt to win his second Bracelet of his career. Eric Baldwin was also another one-time Gold Bracelet winner on the final table and he too was hungry for his second.

In a pre flop show down between both players, Hanks’ Pocket Eights were in the lead against Baldwin’s Pocket Threes. Hanks needed this to stick throughout the board if he wanted to stay in the tournament, but it was not to be as Baldwin hit a 3 on the flop, sending Hanks packing in fifth place.

Waxman claimed his third elimination when he knocked Amit Makhija out of the event in fourth place after his Pocket Aces won out against Makhija’s Pocket Queens. Baldwin was not to be outdone, however, as he eliminated Jess Dioquino in third place after his Queen Ten had Dioquino’s Queen Two dominated.

This left Baldwin and Waxman in heads-up play, and neither of them was prepared to relinquish their chips quickly. It took around seven hours of heads up play for the tournament to finally end, with the chip lead constantly switching between the players throughout that time.

Waxman established a strong lead in the later stages of the tourney, however, and it was not long after that he eliminated Baldwin en route to winning the event.

In the last hand of the tournament, Baldwin moved all in pre flop, which was promptly called by Waxman. Baldwin showed Seven Four off suit while Waxman showed Ace Five off suit, giving him the better hand before the board was shown.

Waxman hit top pair on the flop after the Ace of Diamonds, Ten of Hearts and Three of Spades was shown. The Six of Spades on the turn gave Baldwin an inside straight draw for a chance to stay in the tournament, but this did not happen as the Six of Clubs came on the river.

The hand knocked Baldwin out in second place and made Waxman the event’s winner. The cash prize is not Waxman’s biggest; he won around US$721,000 after taking out the 7,500 Euro No Limit tourney at the 2011 WPT Grand Prix de Paris. The Gold Bracelet win, however, is likely to make this win one of the most memorable for Waxman.

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