UK Pro Darren Woods Wins WSOP $2.5k Limit Hold ‘em 6-maxJune 14, 2011 8:24 am
UK poker pro Darren Woods has just won 2011 WSOP Event #19: $2,500 Limit Hold’em 6-max, after overcoming a field of 354 players over three days to capture his first WSOP bracelet, and collect the $213,431 first-place prize.
With his latest victory, the 26 year old former accountant becomes the third UK player to win a bracelet at WSOP 2011, and adds his name to that of Jake Cody and Matt Perrins on the honours list.
With just 19 out of 58 events completed at WSOP 2011, the Brits will now be hoping to better their 2010 haul of 5 bracelets.
As the third and final day of action got underway in Event #19, the remaining twelve hopefuls were reduced down to a final table of six after three and a half hours.
The first finalist to then get his marching orders was Gabriel Nassif in 6th ($27,720), holding A-9 to his opponent’s A-Q.
A short-stacked Andrey Zaichenko then busted in 5th ($39,317) after pushing his K-9 pre-flop into Darren Woods’ A-K. He was soon followed by Alexander Kuzmin in 4th ($57,236) and Samuel Golbuff in 3rd ($85,616).
The heads-up phase of the tournament then began with Darren Woods up against fearsome female player Kim Nguyen. However, Woods got off to a good start and managed to continually pile the pressure on Nguyen.
Eventually, the defining hand was dealt after an hour and a half of heads-up play when a short-stacked Nguyen holding Kc-2c found herself all-in against Woods 4h-2h. The K-4-6-J board looked promising for Nguyen, but a 4 on the river ended her bracelet dreams and so she walked away $131,900 better off after her deep run in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Darren Woods collected $213,431 to go with his WSOP bracelet, and commenting later on his heads-up opponent said:
“She’s a great player. She’s very aggressive. She knows what she’s doing. To be honest I thought I was a favorite, I am a heads-up specialist so I was loving it as soon as got heads-up with a decent amount of chips I really wanted to play. All credit to Kim she did play very well.”