Event #10: $1,500 Limit Hold'em found a winner after 121-hands of heads-up play. Brent Wheeler beat Mark Mierkalns and took home $191,605 and his first career gold bracelet in the process. This win put the Chicagoan over three-quarters of a million dollars in career tournament earnings and includes 14 World Series of Poker cashes.
The final day started with 19 players after three days of play and Eric Froehlich, the only bracelet winner remaining, led the field. Jeff Shulman was the first to bust after starting the day with just a few big blinds. Brandon Guss, Thomas Blizniak, Melanie Banfield, and Binh Ly hit the rail as play progressed.
Ly went bust to Grayson Scoggin after Scoggin turned a pair of kings against Ly's ace-high. A river blank sent Ly out of the competition.
Next to leave were Morgan Newman, John Zipperer, Jack Jiang, and Aaron Ogus.
It took almost an hour to end the unofficial final table; finally Ahmed Mohamed busted in 10th place. Mohamed was all-in with ace-king against Malissia Zapata's pocket queens.
The official final table's first loss was Froehlich. Froehlich took a few hits which included one hand where Chiduziem Obi ran down a wheel and then Froehlich was all-in for his tournament life with less than a big blind. Froelich busted in ninth place after trying to get past two players.
Alex Queen, Brian Nichols, and William James were next to go. Queen and Nichols were very short stacks when they headed for the Cashier's window but James lost a number of pots at the beginning of Level 24. James exited when he went all-in against two opponents and came up against rivered tens by Mierkalns.
Grayson Scoggin, playing in his first WSOP event, took fifth, Obi went bust in fourth, and Zapata left in third place.
Wheeler entered the final table seventh in chips and started heads-up play with a small lead and picked up speed. Level 27 changed the whole picture when Mierkalns built a more than 2:1 chip lead but Wheeler came charging back. Wheeler put the finishing touch on the tournament in Level 28.
Hand #241: Wheeler raised on the button, Mark Mierkalns raised, and Wheeler called. The flop came and Mierkalns led out, Wheeler raised, Mierkalns raised, Wheeler raised, and Mierkalns pushed all-in. Wheeler called.
Mierkalns needed a ten to double up or running cards to pair that would be higher than a three to split the pot, but the turn brought the and river produced the . Mierkalns finished in second place, earning $118,300.
Brent Wheeler took home $191,605 for first place and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet! Congratulations Brent!
Sarah Grant, champagne pink hair and all, spends a video moment with Brent:
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