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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

Mark Radoja Wins WSOP $5,000 NLH Shootout

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From Guelph, Ontario (Canada), 25 year-old professional poker player, Mark Radoja took down the $5,000 No Limit Holdem Shootout, and conquered a 387 player field to snag the 1st place prize of $436,568 - and the coveted gold bracelet.  The total net prize pool was $1,818,900 and paid the top 40 players.

A note of interest from the WSOP Official Report.

There must be something in the water in Guelph.

For those of you who have no idea what this refers to, Guelph is a small city in southern Ontario (Canada). It’s part of what is called the tri-cities, which also includes Kitchener and Waterloo. Guelph is known as “The Royal City.”

Guelph is also increasingly known as a place that produces great poker talent. Consider that World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Gavin Smith grew up in Guelph. Steve Paul-Ambrose, with nearly $2 million in live tournament winnings, lives near Guelph. Mike McDonald, one of the top online players in the world, is from Guelph. Grant Pittman, one of the best online cash game players, lives nearby. About an hour away resides Howard Goldfarb, who finished as a runner up to Dan Harrington in the 1995 WSOP Main Event Championship. Pat Pezzin, another respected pro, lives roughly the same distance, too. Then there’s poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, who is originally from Toronto, which is approximately 40 miles away.

The road to fame and riches took three days and an 11-hour final table and Radoja won a successive series of tough matches along the way. He finally sealed the deal with trip tens on the final hand.

On the final hand, Jeffrey Gross raised to around 500k, from the button position.  Mark Radoja answered with an all-in shove, to which Gross instantly announced a call.  It looked like celebration time for Gross when he tabled {A-Spades}{J-Clubs} and Radoja held {K-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

As the cards tolled an ominous shade of despair, the flop came {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}-2s]. The rail on both sides could be heard, some in despair, some jubilant. The {10-Clubs} hit the turn and Radoja's rail went into screaming hysteria.  Jeffrey Gross was done, drawing dead, and in locking up 2nd place, the tournament win paid him $269,742.

Mark Radoja's rail surrounded him with fits of craziness and hugs and then busted out their famous chant that is taken from the song My Sharona by The Knack.

"Ooh my little pretty one, pretty one.
When you gonna give me some time, Mark Radoja?
Ooh you make my motor run, my motor run.
Gun it comin' off the line Mark Radoja!"

Mark Radoja had the satisfaction of outlasting 386 players, winning his first gold bracelet, and taking down $436,568 for his 1st place win! Congratulations Mark!

The Top Nine:

Mark Radoja
Jeffrey Gross
Nicolas Fierrogottner
Scott Baumstein
Adam Junglen
Nikita Lebedev
Todd Terry
Tom Marchese
Sean Getzwiller

For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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