Event #54 had a huge field of 3,221 building a prize pool of $2,898,900 and paying 324 places with $500,075 going home with the winner. It was scheduled for a three-day event but the heads-up final that took nearly four hours brought an unscheduled fourth day.
Will Jaffe and Luis Campelo sparred back and forth for the title and their supporting crowds sparred back and forth in jubilant noise making.
This from the WSOP final report: "...Jaffe and his colorful and often vocal rail of supporters. Prompted by a horde of Brazilians standing at the opposite side of the gallery cheering for their favorite player, Luis Campelo - the heads-up finale resembled an international soccer game more than a poker tournament. There were chants. There were cheers. There were flags. All that was missing was a riot."
Luis Campelo was short stacked when he moved all-in from the button. Will Jaffe made the call from the big blind and turned over ac2s. Campelo tabled kd3s.
The board ran out with the . Jaffe's cheering section went crazy while Luis Campelo had no choice but to accept second place and $309,429.
Will Jaffe took home the gold bracelet, the knowledge that his fans probably enjoyed the whole experience as much as he did, and $500,075. Congratulations Will!
PokerNews.com’s Lynn Gilmartin introduces Will Jaffe to the world of viewers:
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