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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

Matt Matros - Two Years, Two WSOP Gold Bracelets

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Matt Matros earned his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet after winning Event #52, the $2,500 buy-in, Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No Limit) Championship. The field started with 580 runners that built a prize pool of $1,319,500.  The first place prize would be $303,501 with 54 players taking home money.

Matros is obviously not new to the WSOP; he's finished in-the-money 22 times. In 2008, Matros cashed in the WSOP Main Event championship, finishing 78th out of 6,844 players. Last year he cashed in the Main Event again, taking 539th place out of 7,319 entries. And 2010 found Matros beating out 624 players in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Event to claim his first WSOP gold bracelet and $189,870.

The $2,500 Mixed Hold'em event is one of the few that reached a final table by the end of Day 2. Matt Matros was very short at the dinner break but managed to double and double again. When it got to three handed, Matros knocked his friend Matt Hawrilenko out in third place.  

When heads-up play started, Matros had a 3:1 chip lead over Jonathan Lane.

Lane put his best effort into it, even taking the lead at one point but it finally came down to one final hand where Matros opened for 65,000 on the button and Jonathan Lane shoved the rest of his short stack all-in. Matros called.

Matros: {A-Spades}{10-Clubs}
Lane: {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {Q-Hearts}{A-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Hearts}.

Jonathan Lane took home 2nd place prize money in the amount of $187,844.

Matt Matros has finished 12th in the $2,500 Limit Six Max and 11th in the $1,500 Limit event that he won in 2010.  This time he claimed the title, the gold bracelet, and $303,501.  Congratulations Matt!

Matt was asked if he would rather win second prize and $700,000 or, a gold bracelet and $500,000?

“I think I will take the extra 200,000, but the bracelet is definitely meaningful. There is definitely some number where I would take the bracelet, but I think it is less than 200,000. In some sense almost anybody can win one bracelet. It is pretty hard to win two and I feel incredibly fortunate today that I was able to get such good cards at this final table against other players who had good cards. Brandon Meyers is an outstanding player and he had two Queens and I had two Kings and that is just a situation where we are going to get all the money in no matter what and one of us is going to win. I feel really lucky it happened to be me and I happened to run so good today.”

*Quote from WSOP Report*

The final nine payouts:

Matt Matros
Jonathan Lane  
Matt Hawrilenko
Brandon Meyers
Brian Smith
Nikolay Losev 
7Noah Boeken
8Aalok Arora
Adam Sanders 

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

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