Jason Somerville Wins WSOP $1k No-Limit Hold'em Event

US pro Jason Somerville has won the 2011 WSOP Event #20 $1,000 NLHE, after defeating a field of 3,175 players to capture a career first bracelet, and collect the $493,091 first place prize.
The 24 year old New Yorker has been cashing in at live tournaments since late 2006 and his latest victory in Vegas now takes his earnings to an impressive $1,732,770. Equally impressive is the fact that at least $1 million of that tally comes from his 11 cashes at WSOP events.
By the time this year’s massive $1k No-Limit Hold’em Event reached its final table of nine, Brett Shaffer with over 2 million in chips was way out in front as the table leader. Somerville and three other players were then sitting on around half that amount, while the remaining four contenders were all well below average stacks.
However, after the exits of James Schaaf in 9th place ($36,833) and Shane Rose in 8th ($48,091), Jason Somerville proceeded to eliminate every remaining player at the final table to eventually go heads-up against Yashar Darian.
As the heads-up battle commenced, Somerville had a slight edge on 5.2 million in chips to his opponent’s 4.2 million, but with the blinds at 25k/50k and a 5k ante, there was still plenty of room to manoeuvre.
However, just one hand is all it took for the chips to go flying into the centre of the table after Jason Somerville was dealt A-A to Darian’s K-4. Somerville then
button-raised his opponent only to be reraised back, and after Somerville four-bet, Darian moved all in and was instantly called by Somerville.
The K-Q-7-2-6 then sealed Yashar Darian’s fate who then had to console himself with a runner-up finish worth $305,009.
In the meantime, Jason Somerville finally won a WSOP bracelet and had a 1st place victory to go with his previous 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place finishes at previous WSOP events.

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