Matthew Ashton made four final tables this summer at the 2013 World Series of Poker — the fourth time was the charm as it saw him winning one of poker's most prestigious annual events — the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship. Event #55 brought poker's finest, and toughest, out in full force and spread a final table that included John Hennigan, David Benyamine, George Danzer, Jonathan Duhamel, and eventual runner-up Don Nguyen. This final table appearance also put Ashton into the top spot of the WSOP Player of the Year race to overtake Daniel Negreanu.
Day 5 started with the official final table of eight players and it only took four hands for Duhamel to go bust in a hand of Pot Limit Omaha.
Wattel was the next to head for the cashier after a hand of No Limit Hold’em and Ly followed him out in sixth place. George Danzer was gone in fifth place and when Nguyen knocked him out, he became the chip leader.
Four-handed play lasted about three hours — that included the 60-minute dinner break. Hennigan took the chip lead and Benyamine's stack got shorter. Benyamine finally went all-in in a hand of stud and Nguyen sent him home and took back the chip lead.
When it got down to three-handed, Ashton started pulling away and by the end of the 192nd hand he had more than half of the chips in play. He did drop a bit at the end of level 25 but never gave up the lead and eliminated Hennigan when he flopped two pair in Pot Limit Omaha. Seven hands later it was all over.
Ashton raised on the button and Nguyen called. Nguyen checked when the fell on the flop and Ashton bet. Nguyen check-raised, Ashton called and the dealer put up the . Nguyen bet and Ashton called to see the on the river.
Nguyen bet and then called all-in when Ashton raised. Nguyen had the but Ashton tabled the . Ashton's kicker put the finishing touch on the tournament.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
Matthew Ashton picked up $1,774,089 and a gold bracelet and his name will now be etched on the trophy next to legends like Chip Reese, Freddy Deeb, Scotty Nguyen, David Bach, Michael Mizrachi, and Brian Rast.
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