Punters Celebrate As Tom Dwan Narrowly Misses Out On WSOP BraceletJune 7, 2010 9:24 am
Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan narrowly missed out on picking up a WSOP bracelet after being defeated in a heads-up battle against 27-year-old New Zealander Simon Watt.
The 23 year old Full Tilt Poker pro not only failed to secure a first WSOP bracelet, but also lost the opportunity to pick up a small fortune in prop bets from fellow players who took up his offer of 3.25:1 odds on him not winning a bracelet at this year’s World Series Of Poker.
WSOP Event #11 ($1,500 No Limit Holdem), started with 2,563 players but eventually played down to a heads-up battle between Simon Watt and Dwan, with the former holding a sizeable chip lead over his opponent.
Despite a host of fans cheering for him from the rails, Dwan was unable to turn around his deficit and the final hand saw all the money go into the centre of the table with Dwan’s Q-6o in bad shape against pocket 9’s.
The rest, as they say, is history, and Dwan collected $381,885 for his impressive run in the tournament, while $614,248 and a prestigious WSOP gold bracelet went to Watt. Commenting on his famous victory, Watt said:
“It would have been crazy enough to just be playing the final table, but playing durrrr heads-up? It doesn’t get any better than that.”
In the meantime, Dwan’s detractors who had taken him up on his prop bet sighed a breath of relief and none more so than Mike Matusow who, with characteristic subtlety, was seen to congratulate Watt and said:
“Thank you for saving us all millions of dollars! How does it feel to be every high-stakes gamblers hero? They’re gonna, like, put you on the wall in Bobby’s Room or some shit.”
However, if Dwan’s present form is anything to go by, it would seem that those who have bet against him may have dodged one bullet for now but they must be feeling far less secure in their initial assessment of the young poker pro’s WSOP chances.