Canadian poker pro Mark Radoja topped a field of 162 to take home the win in one of the most prestigious events to date in the WSOP Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em. Radoja bested Don Nguyen heads-up to claim the gold bracelet and $331,190 in first-place prize money.
Four players were playing for gold when Day 3 started. Nguyen was a relatively unknown player but his first WSOP cash was in the books with this event and Nguyen faced online legend Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky, who also scored his first WSOP cash in this event. Nguyen finished off Sulsky in just 41 hands. Nguyen raised to 60,000 from the button on the final hand and Sulsky raised to 145,000, Nguyen set out close to 800,000 in chips, and Sulsky pushed all-in for 935,000. Nguyen called and showed the against Sulsky's. The board ran out , giving Nguyen a straight.
Radoja played Justin Bonomo over on the ESPN Main Stage in the other semi-final table. Bonomo was the aggressor in the match and won most of the smaller pots. Radoja won the big pots. The final hand came down with a short-stacked Bonomo moving all-in from the button with and Radoja insta-called with . An ace hit the flop and Bonomo was out in third place for $110,485.
Radoja and Nguyen played one last match at the feature table for the championship. Nguyen kept Radoja on the ropes and forced him to cash in one of his add-ons fairly early. Radoja did find a huge double about halfway through the match. But Nguyen ground Radoja down to cashing in his final lammer. Radoja had a huge uphill battle to take the victory.
Radoja put the heat on by winning small pots by shoving all in and taking advantage of the ever-increasing blinds. On the 83rd hand of the match, Nguyen moved all in from the button and Radoja beat him with pocket sixes and that was he beginning of the Radoja-chip-gathering. Radoja turned the game around and Nguyen eventually was left with only one lammer. It was only two hands later that short-stacked Nguyen shoved from the button and Radoja called.
The flop brought the . The on the turn looked as if the duel would continue, but the on the river put an end to Nguyen's tournament.
Congratulations on game well played and the win go out to Mark Radoja!
Sarah Grant talks to Mark after his win: