Brett Shaffer defeated tough British pro David Vamplew in Event #53 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em when it got down to heads-up. Shaffer made it through a field of 2,816 runners to win the biggest $1,500 event of the summer so far; he collected his first WSOP bracelet and $665,397 in the process.
Only three players returned after action had been stopped due to time constraints. Arttu Raekorpi fell in third after only four hands when his queen-jack did not improve against Shaffer's king-queen.
David Vamplew took off with an early lead but Shaffer grabbed it back before extending it to a two-to-one advantage. After 23 hands of heads up play and 201 hands at the final table, Hand #201 brought the end of the deal. David Vamplew opened to 400,000 on the button and Brett Shaffer moved all-in for just over 8.3 million. Vamplew called with what he had left — 3,935,000 in chips.
The flop put Shaffer ahead with top two pair. Vamplew's British and other European players rail had them coming to their feet, calling for the but the fell on the turn.
"Queen of f**king spades one time!" screamed one of Vamplew's rail birds but the dealer put the on the river. Vamplew was gone in second 2nd place to take home $413,157.
Brett Shaffer spends a moment with Sarah Grant after his win: