Matt Matros, winner of the Mixed Hold´em Championship (Event 52), is no fool when it comes to WSOP success. This was the third year in succession that Matt has cashed in this event and his second bracelet – after winning a Limit Hold´em event in 2011.
Matt attributed his success in this tournament to his Limit Hold´em skills, and confessed that he was nearly out of the tournament after two hours of Day 1 when he was down to his last 625 chips.
Matt, who has a degree in mathematics and a master´s degree in fine arts, is also a published author – having written a biography about his early years, and the transition from student to software engineer to poker pro. The follow up should make good reading!
Final results from the World Series of Poker of 2011 $2,500 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No-Limit) event number 52:
1. Matt Matros (USA) – $303,501
2. Jonathan Lane (USA) – $187,844
3. Matt Hawrilenko (USA) – $124,837
4. Brandon Meyers (USA) – $92,642
5. Brian Smith (USA) – $69,524
6. Nikolay Losev (Russia) – $52,687
7. Noah Boeken (Netherlands) – $40,284
8. Aalok Arora (USA) – $31,047
9. Adam Sanders (USA) – $24,107
10. Dylan Drazen (USA) – $18,855
Huge Field in $1,000 Hold´em Event 54
While the big guns were grinding out in the Poker Player´s Championship (Event 55) and the Ladies were concluding their own tournament (Event 53), more than 4,500 poker players started the $1,000 NLHE Championship (Event 54) over two Day 1s (Saturday and Sunday).
When Day 2 starts later today, 655 players will be chasing the $648,880 first prize and 467 other cash prizes in what is the best attended tournament so far this year. Plenty of British interest in this tournament, with Kevin Williams from Leytonstone currently in sixth position, and the Hendon Mob´s Ross Boatman not far behind. Let´s hope some good fortune tonight enables the UK poker players to ruin American Independence Day!