Adam Friedman Defeats Todd Brunson After Long Heads-Up
Adam Friedman finally triumphed in the WSOP $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo tournament, after a gruelling final day which culminated in a three-hour heads-up with Todd Brunson. It was past five in the morning when Friedman finally overcame his opponent to capture the $269,037 first prize.
The day had started with nineteen players remaining, including some of the biggest names in the poker world. Short stacks Eli Elezra and Allen Bari were among the first to depart and they were followed by Phil Hellmuth, whose hopes of a twelfth WSOP bracelet were dashed when he was eliminated in fifteenth. The final table still contained plenty of quality with Phil Ivey, Bryn Kenney, Zimnan Ziyard and Todd Brunson joining John Monnette, who was seeking a second 2012 WSOP bracelet in a stud event.
Brian Twete was the first to leave the final table, and the big names began to fall as Kenney, Ivey and Ziyard followed him to the rail. Monnette’s challenge finally ended when he was despatched by Brunson in third place. With father Doyle in attendance at the rail, Brunson junior sought his second bracelet, and began the heads-up with a 2:1 advantage. The two battled for nearly three hours before Friedman managed to win a few back-to-back pots to wrest the advantage.
The final table payouts were as follows:
- Adam Friedman $269,037
- Todd Brunson $166,269
- John Monnette $109,444
- Nikolai Yakovenko $79,831
- Sven Arntzen $59,395
- Zimnan Ziyard $44,967
- Phil Ivey $34,595
- Bryn Kenney $27,012
- Brian Twete $21,392
Short URL: http://www.eatmystack.co.uk/?p=1616