Marco Johnson was 0-for-3 playing heads-up for a World Series of Poker bracelet; even finishing as runner-up to Ronnie Bardah in this same tournament last year. But all good things come to those who
play good wait and Johnson defeated Jeff Thompson heads-up to take his first WSOP title and the first place prize of $206,796.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
David “Bakes” Baker was the big story for the day however, as he was looking for his fifth final table at this year’s WSOP. He ended up busting in 10th place after coming into the day as one of the shorter stacks.
Heads-up play started with Johnson holding a 1.6 million to 900,000 chip lead over Thompson and they tangoed for 20 minutes or so but Johnson finally won two big hands in a row. The last hand had Johnson with middle pair and Thompson holding an open-ended straight draw:
Jeff Thompson raised from the button and Marco Johnson reraised. Thompson called to see a flop of . Johnson bet, and Thompson called. The turn brought the , and Johnson bet. Thompson tanked and counted out his chips. He had just over a raise left — he put it in. Johnson put him in, and Thompson made the call.
Johnson was up and out of his chair — he was just one card away from his elusive bracelet. Thompson needed a four, six, or nine, but the river brought the . Celebration time for Marco Johnson – second place and the cashier for Jeff Thompson.
Sarah Grant and Marco chat about his win:
Catch the full tournament report here.