One year to the very day that Daniel Idema finished as runner-up in the 2010 WSOP $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold'em World Championship, he came back to Sin City and drew out on himself by winning the very same $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold'em Championship in 2011. Event #27 started with 152 entries with a prize pool of $1,428,800 that paid the top 18 players. First prize came to $378,642 and that's what Idema took with him when he claimed the gold bracelet.
No stranger to the WSOP bright lights and final tables, Idema has 1 win, 3 final table appearances, and 5 in-the-money finishes to his credit.
The tournament took three grueling days and had some of the toughest players in the poker world in action - all trying to claim gold - three-time bracelet winner and Team PokerStars Pro (USA) Barry Greenstein; runner-up in the 2009 WSOP $40K NLHE tournament, Isaac Haxton; Microsoft millionaire Richard “Quiet Lion” Brodie; online sensation Justin “Boosted J” Smith; and Nick Schulman, who has numerous titles to his credit including a WSOP bracelet in the 2009 $10K No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw event.
The final table looked like this:
|Seat ||Player ||Chip Counts |
|1||Nick Schulman ||252,000 |
|2 ||Daniel Idema ||977,000 |
|3 ||Domenico Denotaristefani ||461,000 |
|4 ||Steve Landfish ||649,000 |
|5 ||Justin "Boosted J" Smith ||484,000 |
|6 ||Barry Greenstein ||428,000 |
|7 ||Matthew Gallin ||514,000 |
|8 ||Richard Brodie ||384,000 |
|9 ||Isaac Haxton ||409,000 |
When it got to heads-up, the hand that crippled Gallin came down with Daniel Idema raising on the button and Matthrew Gallin three-betting from the big blind. After Idema made the call - and on all three streets with a board showing , Gallin led out and Idema called. Gallin showed down but Idema's took the pot and Gallin was left with 330,000.
The next hand found Gallin raising on the button and Idema calling from the big blind. Idema checked the flop and Gallin Bet. Idema answered with a check-raise that put Gallin all-in, and Gallin called showing . Idema was already in the lead with two pair when he tabled . The turn and the river ended Matthew Gallin's run for the bracelet, sending him home in 2nd place with $233,944.
Daniel Idema had this to say, "I felt very fortunate to get there last year and this year, as well. Last year, I got very unlucky when we got heads-up. Mind you, I ran very well to get heads-up. I would say it is a surreal experience. It really hasn’t all sunk in yet."
While the whole experience and excitement of winning the event is soaking in, Daniel Idema will have new piece of bling hanging from his arm and a pocket full of dough - like $378,642 worth! Congratulations Daniel!
Final Table Results
|1 ||Daniel Idema ||$378,642 |
|2 ||Matthew Gallin ||$233,944 |
|3 ||Barry Greenstein ||$169,512 |
|4 ||Steve Landfish ||$125,120 |
|5 ||Domenico Denotaristefani ||$94,029 |
|6 ||Justin “Boosted J” Smith||$71,897 |
|7 ||Isaac Haxton ||$55,908 |
|8 ||Richard Brodie ||$44,207 |
|9 ||Nick Schulman ||$35,519 |
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